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Beer (Breweries and Microbreweries) in Massachusetts

Beer (Breweries and Microbreweries) in Massachusetts

Picture of a Schooner of BeerA recent release by Massvacation, Massachusetts’ Local Goods Inspire Fresh Journeys, provided the inspiration for this post. In it, among other things, they promote five microbreweries/brew pubs. This planted the seed of an idea. We had done a couple of very popular posts in the past about New England microbreweries (see Great New England Brews and More Great New England Beer and Ale).

So we decided to do Massvacation one better. Following you will find a listing of all the breweries, brew pubs, and major beer fests in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (at least all of them we could find). We even threw in a few brew on premise establishments.

Massachusetts Breweries

From big to small, there are breweries all over the state making an enormous variety of beer and ale. Most of these provide tours but you should check their website or call for tour specifics.

Massachusetts Brew Pubs

Rounding out the picture of great beer in Massachusetts are the state’s many great brew pubs:

Massachusetts Brew on Premise

Massachusetts Beer Festivals

Wine does not have a lock on festivals. Here are some of the major upcoming beer festivals in Massachusetts:

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  1. We probably should have mentioned the Massachusetts Brewer’s Guild. Thank you to Mary at Ipswich Ale Brewery for bringing the Guild to our attention.

  2. You also forgot Idle Hands Craft Ales in Everett, MA. Boston’s first nanobrewery and the commonwealth’s smallest brewery. Open to the public every Saturday, 12 to 4pm for tours, tastings and growler fills.

  3. For those that truly want to sample, many of these are available on tap in one location, Horseshoe Pub in Hudsaon, MA. 80 taps, 2 casks.

    For those who want to go way more upscale, there’s Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Only 20 taps, but over 100 in bottles.

  4. Also forgot Jack’s Abby who exclusively brew larger beers. Pretty Things could also be included though I don’t believe they brew in only one location.

  5. Thank you to everyone who has let us know what we left out. If there are any others please let us know…

  6. You forgot to mention Lefty’s Brewing Company and People’s Pint, both breweries are located in Greenfield, MA.

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