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Beer in New England Wrap Up

Picture of a Schooner of BeerWe have been meaning to do this wrap up for a while since we completed our tour of New England’s breweries and brew pubs. This post simply wraps it all up and gives you an good idea of where the great beer can be found.

In summary…

State # of Breweries # of Brew Pubs
Connecticut Beer 9 11
Maine Beer 22 21
Massachusetts Beer 42 16
New Hampshire Beer 16 9
Rhode Island Beer 5 4
Vermont Beer 16 8

As of May, 2012

Picture of Beer and BreadHands down Massachusetts has the most breweries and brew pubs with over 50. But on a per capita basis, Maine and Vermont are in a virtual dead heat for the most breweries and brew pubs per person.

From a social stand point our Massachusetts post and Maine post were far and away the most popular each garnering well over 100 Likes, Tweets and other social mentions. New Hampshire was a very distant third and the rest of the states barely blipped. This surprised us for Vermont where they appear to take their beer very seriously.

Please, if you hear of new breweries or brew pubs coming online let us know and we will update the posts so that they stay up to date.

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Beer in Vermont

Picture of a Draft BeerLast up in our Beer in New England series, but certainly not least, is Vermont.

If you want to catch our previous installments in this series you can find them here:

Vermont takes their breweries and brew pubs very seriously. Unique to New England states, there is a company in Vermont that offers “beer tours”. Burlington Brew Tours offers three different tours that take you to breweries, brew pubs, and beer houses in and around Burlington and Stowe. With over 20 breweries and beer pubs, Vermont can also lay claim to having the most breweries and brew pubs per capita of any New England state (Maine is a very very close second).

Following are the breweries, brew pubs, and beer festivals in Vermont:

Vermont Breweries

Vermont Brew Pubs

Vermont Beer Festivals

Vermont Brewer Organizations

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Beer in New Hampshire

Picture of Beer and BreadWe are in the home stretch of our Beer in New England Series. Up now is the Granite State – New Hampshire.

If you want to catch our previous installments in this series you can find them here:

New Hampshire has a nice selection of breweries and brew pubs, and is home to New England’s largest brewery, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack. If you only have one place to go in New Hampshire to sample beer then head to Portsmouth. Portsmouth is home to two breweries – the Redhook Ale Brewery, and the Smuttynose Brewing Company, and one brew pub – the Portsmouth Brewery. In addition, the Throwback Brewery is only a few miles away in North Hampton. A close second would be Manchester with the Candia Road Brewing Company and Milly’s Tavern brew pub.

Following are the breweries, brew pubs, and beer festivals in New Hampshire:

New Hampshire Breweries

New Hampshire Brew Pubs

New Hampshire Beer Festivals

New Hampshire Brew on Premises

New Hampshire Brewer Organizations

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Beer in Connecticut

Picture of a Draft BeerIt is time for the next installment in our “Beer in New England” Series. If you missed the previous posts on this topic you can find them here:

Up this time is the State of Connecticut. While Connecticut may physically be the second smallest state, in population it is New England’s second largest. Given that one might expect to find more breweries and brew pubs then we found. Be that as it may, there is still a vibrant “beer scene” in Connecticut with a good number of breweries and brew pubs to get acquainted with, and we are told that there are many other breweries in the development phase so there will be more to look forward to…

Connecticut Breweries

We should also mention the The Hartford Better Beer Co.. They, however, brew their beer at the Shipyard Brewery in Maine.

Connecticut Brew Pubs

Connecticut Beer Festivals

Connecticut Brewing Organizations

Connecticut does not really have an active brewer’s guild or other brewing organizations, although we hear that one may be in the process of forming. Until then, the best resource for Connecticut beer is Bryon Turner’s CT Beer Trail.

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Beer in Rhode Island

Picture of a Glass of Pilsner BeerBeer in Rhode Island is the third installment in our Beer in New England series. Previous posts include:

Rhode Island Breweries

Listed below are all of the breweries that we could find in the State of Rhode Island. Please let us know if we missed any.

Rhode Island Brew Pubs

Rhode Island also has its share of brew pubs.

Rhode Island Beer Festivals

In keeping with their love of beer, Rhode Island plays host to several beer festivals throughout the year.

Rhode Island Brewer’s Organizations

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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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More Great New England Beer and Ale

Picture of Beer GlassOur mention of the two breweries in New England that were among the Wine Enthusiast’s top 25 for 2010 (Duo of New England Brews Garner Top Honors) prompted us to do a survey of New England’s other Great breweries, micro-breweries, and brew pubs (Great New England Brews). Many have asked what other breweries we turned up while researching “Great New England Brews“. Wait no longer, following is our list of other well thought of New England Breweries:

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Great New England Brews

Our post about the award winning breweries (Duo of New England Brews Garner Top Honors) proved to be so popular that we decided we would dig a little further to try to uncover the best breweries, micro breweries, and brew pubs (that make their own) in New England.

Now I will admit up front that our approach was very simplistic. We searched on “best breweries in New England” and culled through the first 2 pages of Google results (20 results). Any brewery, micro brewery, or brew pub that got mentioned more than once made the list. Did we miss some? No doubt. Nonetheless we did come up with a list of excellent New England breweries…

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