Cruising for Breweries in New England

From a romantic weekend getaway to a vacation at a family resort, a trip to New England takes you to a distinctly American region rich in history, culture, and natural beauty.

One tasty way to sample each of these is by making up your very own brew pub tour.

American brew pubs, or”brewery taverns,” have been growing in popularity since 1986 (at that time, there were only five in the US).  These establishments sought to revive the sentiment of well-known early Americans such as William PennSamuel Adams and Patrick Henry.  The growth of brew pubs in the United States in the last 20 years has been considerable: The Association of Brewers reports that in 2006 there were 1,389 regional craft breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs in the United States.

Stumbleupon blogger Juno recently summed up her tour of the New England brew pub scene:

Ever since the first day, I’ve been drinking my way around the US, and part of Canada. Blueberry wheat beer, cappuccino stout, double smoked porter, brown ale, IPA, imperial IPA… I like that I really could enjoy the good quality of beer in any time of the day, no matter where I am, what I’m doing. Well, except when I was driving. In lazy afternoon at home, after a good hike around the hill, compare with delicious lunch, share growler with friends, or sometimes used as a little booster for afternoon work.

During her brew hopping adventure, she and The Bohemian Traveler encountered seven different venues, which they documented in this Youtube video:

You can read the rest of Juno’s New England Brew Hopping Adventure here.

Here are the details on the pubs they visited:

Allagash Brewing Company

50 Industrial Way
Portland, ME 04103
Twitter: @allagashbeer

Harpoon Brewing Company

The Harpoon Brewery
306 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
Twitter: @harpoon_brewery

The Liberal Cup

115 Water St # 1
Hallowell, ME 04347
(207) 623-2739
“The Smallest Brewery in Maine”

Gritty McDuff’s Brewpub

Twitter: @grittys
Two other locations. Check their website.

Portsmouth Brewery

56 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-1115
Twitter: @portsbrew

Otter Creek Brewing

793 Exchange Street
Middlebury, VT 05753, United States
(802) 388-0727
Twitter: @OCBrewing

Shipyard Brewing Company

86 Newbury Street
Portland, ME 04101, United States
(207) 761-0807
Twitter:  @shipyardBrewing


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