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Cisco Brewers Inc.

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BA SCORE
92
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25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 17.15%
Active Beers: 42
Beer Ratings: 5,792
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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[ Brewery, Bar ]

5 Bartlett Farm Road
Nantucket, Massachusetts, 02584
United States
phone: (508) 325-5929

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

ChipChaight, Jun 15, 2014
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TaraF, Oct 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

A cool little spot on some farmland, this is always a must-visit for me when in Nantucket.

Cisco's beers are solid mostly, with some being really great. I loved the gose they had on tap last summer during a visit, but at the same time was quite disappointed by the Russian Imperial Stout. That's kind of the trend with Cisco, hit or miss beer-wise.

While the atmosphere can be pleasant, the place is almost always packed and the crowd is very representative of Nantucket (at least the seasonal crowd) in that you have lots of privileged, self-entitled folks crawling around that haven't learned such pleasantries as "Please," "Thank you," and "Excuse me."

Also, I have to ding this place for the use of plastic cups to serve their beers. I'd hope a brewery would respect the proper glassware ethos without exception or excuses.

I should mention there are coolers with beer for take-home consumption, growler fills available, and a lot of schwag for sale.

The servers here can either be cool, or uppity pricks, so that's always a crapshoot.

ONovoMexicano, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

The Pros: they have a bus that takes you back and forth from downtown. There is live music and tons of people having fun. They have beer, wine, and liquors all in one place. The cons: it's expensive. They charge $5 entrance cover on a Sat, and the drinks are not cheap. The $20 tour sucks. You get a small glass and a couple of pours of beer from a growler. You do not get any wine or liquor. Not worth the time or the $20.

morebeergood, Aug 25, 2014
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KevinDanger23, Nov 08, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -9.2%

I visited Cisco this past week on a Tuesday. My girlfriend and I took the one hour ferry ride from Hyannis to Nantucket, hopped on a Moped, and zoomed on over to the farm for a few drinks.

Cisco is basically a Brewery, Winery, and Distillery all in one. There are three huts selling the various products, that open up in-between with tons of seating and a really relaxing/chill setting. I stuck mainly to the brewery.

It looked like there were 20 or so beers on tap, but when I went to order, many of the offerings were not available. I still managed to try three brews, and loved just hanging out in the open space. It has a hippie/gypsy/eccentric/artsy type feel, without being pretentious.The beers were decent overall, but not anything incredible. They had merch for purchase and a bunch of their bottled and canned beer available as well.

We got there at around 2:00, so there wasn't any live music and the raw bar was just starting to set up.I'd recommend visiting if you have plans to spend some time on Nantucket, but I don't know if it's really worth going to on its own. We had a good time, but it is quite a trek.

trxxpaxxs, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Oh boy, did I have a good time at this place. I was staying on the mainland, so I took the ferry over to the island. From there, I took a cab up to the brewery. Before I decided to make this trip to Cisco, I checked out the website and learned that the brewery was also accompanied by a winery and distillery. Make sure you get some food in your system before you venture out, if you are attempting to visit all three sites. In the brewery, you can sample all of the beers available for $10, and you keep the glass. All beers available in pint form, as well as most being available to go in bottle form or growler. They have a rotating set of taps alongside their flagship brews to provide the locals that visit frequently a better shot at getting their hands on some of the more special offerings. Snacks are available in the brewery, and there are also some food trucks that are parked there on scheduled rotations. The place has live music regularly, and the outdoor area gives you a great look at all the farmland that produces the harvest to create all the beer and other goodies. The outdoor area is also great for kids and dogs, if you happen to have either with you. The bartenders were very informative at each place, and very friendly. Tours are available for $20 at 4pm daily, but that was too late for my return ferry ride so I passed on that one. Great time on our visit all around, and I am already looking forward to getting back to the island to visit once again.

GarthDanielson, Jul 23, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +7%

I go to Nantucket every summer and have to stop at the brewery at least once per trip. The brewery, distillery, and winery form an open courtyard with several tables in the center. Each of the three is wide open to the courtyard with a good sized bar, but no indoor seating besides at the bar. There is very limited parking and it gets pretty crowded by 4 or so with about a quarter mile of cars lining the narrow Bartlett Farm Road. Get there early if you want to do beer or wine tasting because by about 1 or 2 they will stop doing them due to the crowds. I recommend the beer tasting if you haven't had their beers before. It's not a bad value (~$10 for ~10-12 samples and you keep the sampling glass). Most of their beers are in the $5-7 range with the standards in pints and the specialties in 10 oz. pours. The service can get pretty slow when it is crowded, which only annoys me because I have seen some employees standing around socializing. The distillery has specialty cocktails and the winery has several of their homemade wines and sangria. There is no food available, besides the occasional hot dog or pizza vendor, but they encourage you to bring your own.

The atmosphere is great. It's a very relaxed and casual crowd with many people coming straight from the beach still in their swimming attire. There is usually some live acoustic music going on and in my experience it is usually pretty good. There are a ton of dogs around as the employees usually have theirs and they encourage you to bring your pooch. There are some corn-hole and other games set up along one wall.

I highly recommend this place, especially in the rain. They set up a large tent covering the courtyard and the rain keeps away the crowds. There are certainly worse ways to spend a non-beach day on the island. The brewery, winery, and distillery all sell their products to take home as well as several different souvenirs sporting their logos (glassware, frisbees, hats, clothes). If you are on this site and going to Nantucket, you will have a great time at the Cisco Brewery.

Note - They fill growlers but you can no longer drink them there, you must take them home to drink. They say it is due to Mass. law. It was a bit cheaper when you could drink the growlers there but it still isn't atrociously priced for Nantucket.

NoLeafClover44, Feb 01, 2012
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4.64/5  rDev +12.1%

I live on Cape Cod and visit my brother-in-law several times a year on Nantucket. The brewery is a must on every visit. The atmosphere is relaxing and family/pet friendly. There is plenty of seating outside and an almost endless variety of beverages. The beer barn has roughly 10-12 taps, the liquor barn has creative and original cocktails, and the wine barn has a sangria of the day. It is a great place to go with friends for a low key relaxing afternoon. The bartenders are also pretty lax about keeping track of your tab. A must if on island!

kwiley03, Oct 31, 2011
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4.34/5  rDev +4.8%

If you happen to find yourself on Nantucket for lore than a few hours, a stop over at Cisco brewery is definitely worth your time. A $6 ab ride from downtown puts you at an establishment with three separate tasting houses, one each for beer, wine and spirits, surrounding a large courtyard. The place starts to fill up around 4:00 with a healthy kid of tourists and locals. Live music is common, trending towards a folksy, almost bluegrass, style. No food, unfortunately but Bartlett's farm is right around the corner, which serves up excellent organic sandwiches for a decent price.

The beer room offers all of the current selections on tap (served in plastic, bio-degradable cups) plus six-packs and 22oz bottles for take out. The servers are knowledgable about the product (you get the feeling they've had more than a few brews in their time) and very friendly. They're more han willing to chat with you about the product and will offer suggestions based on your taste.

For $20, they offer you a brewery tour, which is nothing special if you're familiar with brewing process, but you receive several tastings and a take home glass. They take you out into the hop fields to show you how they grow them, which is neat if you're into the agriculture side of brewing.

In all a very enjoyable (and reasonably priced) establishment that's a great place to stop by on your way home from the beach. If you're ever on island, do yourself a favor and stop by.

rct828, Oct 30, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +7%

Visited Cisco while in Nantucket, and didn't regret it. It's set away from the main area of Nantucket, and initially I thought it would be a tourist trap. It wasn't.

After trying a couple wines (meh) we went over to the beer part of the brewery. The whole place is open air and wide open, with really just a room for pouring beers. The guy at the taps let me try a few, and wasn't rushing me at all even though it was crowded. They had around 15 of their own beers to try, and all I tried were good. Beer was in plastic cups, but at least they were biodegrable. The open air setup was full of families, people who packed lunch, dogs everywhere, and just a generally great atmosphere. Reasonable prices considering the area.

cneville, Aug 09, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

I've been drinking Whales Tale Pale Ale for about a week or two less than I've been legally able to do so. Over the intervening half-decade, I've seen Whales Tale increase in availability and had the opportunity to try several other Cisco beers. I've been meaning to visit the Nantucket brewery for awhile now, and finally had the chance to do so with my girlfriend on a spring-like afternoon this past Saturday. I can only imagine that in my pilgrimage, I learned the feeling of joy and exaltation felt by those believers in Mecca or Bethlehem; and that in the veritable tent revival of beer I found there, mine was a baptism of the pint; and I give all glory and honor to that Most Assonant of Ales.

We arrived via taxi shortly before 3pm, intent on attending the tour, which we were quickly informed was offered by appointment only during the off-season. Neither dispirited nor entirely disappointed, we settled into the rustic, sun-streamed, canine-filled taproom and ordered a first round of beers from the approximately dozen tap offerings and half-as-many barrel-aged bottles. The room, endowed with a charming degree of clutter outnumbered by a wall of attractive schwag, is built upon bare brick floors and houses a single, large table topped with a stack of BA magazines. The bar seats maybe eight, and between the table, stools, and employees and friends behind the bar, there were probably about a dozen or so people in the place when we arrived, and half as many dogs, including one black bear of a beast.

The place slowly filled with people (and accompanying dogs) as we did with beer ahead of a promised 4:30pm performance by a New England folk band, Four Easy Payments. We left our stools to stroll outside in the brisk, but pleasant mid-March air, as dogs bounded after one another from the nearby fields and between the three outbuildings that comprise this brewery-distillery-winery.

By the time the band went on, the taproom was completely packed and the crowd had spilled over largely into the adjacent courtyard and front area of the brewery. Pots of food, small children in tow, dogs-aplenty and an ample array of friendly characters befitting any small New England town crowded the brewery and its environs to revel in the local beer, music and company. Dust from the farm-like building floated in the warm, incandescent light like a thousand stars beginning to emerge in the evening sky.

Three Whales Tales and as many other beers after arriving, we reluctantly called a cab and wandered down the driveway reminiscent of a forest path to the road, which would take us back into town and whisk us away from this fleeting brewtopia. Winding back to town, I thought of Frost and recounted to myself a deep and true affection for a place and beer I have loved so well:

So was I once myself a swigger of Whales Tales;
And so I dream of going back to be.
...
That would be good both going and coming back.
One could do worse than be a swigger of Whales Tales.

FrankLloydMike, Mar 14, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

From notes: Visited September 14, 2010 which happens to be the first week "off" season. The complex is a 45 minute walk from town(uphill), had this been planned out better and not just a realization after walking into a liquor store, we would of rented bikes. It was a beautifully warm fall day with about 20 people or so between the 3 buildings, the beer shack was a bit more crowded and it took a bit of patience to get a brew. I expected to get fleeced but $6 a pint was reasonable as all hell I thought on this tourist trap island. Bartender was extremely friendly and chatty with the group hanging at the bar. The girlfriend went to the wine shack and got sangria which she said was the best she's had, after that she got some fruity rum based thing that she raved about as well. There were a few dogs wandering around as well all friendly and pretty much keeping to themselves with only one instance of dog on dog conflict. A 3 piece acoustic jazz kind of band set up and was very entertaining. NO FOOD a sign says bring a picnic. Had we had more time on the island we would have spent all day (and picnicked), I'm not sure what summer and tourist season is like but early "off" season was outstanding.
Clothing, glasses, other swag, and bombers all for sale on site as well.
The ferry fare may make this a bit prohibitive as a solo outing but if you happen to make the trip over I highly recommend it.

sliverX, Nov 25, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

I thought the brewery was great, especially as it wasn't very crowded. We tried their tasting of about 10 beers for $10. I zeroed in on the limited 15th anniversary ale which was great, with nice color, high ABV, and tasty flavor($8 pt). Their famous whale's tale ale is also very good and hoppy($6 pt). The bartenders are busy but friendly and it's pretty laid back. They also have a winery and distillery here. The hours here are a little strange as they open at 3PM and have live music which was bluegrass when we were there. Tables are set up for families and lovers and except for the smoking it was very nice. It is an easy 3 mile bike ride to the brewery from the town of Nantucket and well worth the ride, which we did twice.

excalibur, Sep 29, 2010
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4.29/5  rDev +3.6%

A definite must for anyone who visits the island of Nantucket. It is located up Hummock Pond road a decent distance from town, but certainly bikeable. It is set up with a courtyard area with outdoor tables surrounded by out buildings. Each building serve the different offerings from Cisco- one for wine, beer and spirits. There is not a lot of interior space in these outbuildings, particularly in the beer bar, where less than ten people can sit. I would recommend that people visit Cisco on a nice day so they can enjoy the mingling outdoor environment, where there is often live music.

With respect to the quality of beer, Cisco in my opinion makes a number of good beers and are available for order in pints (served in plastic cups) or tastings where you can try each style. I know that this is BA, but Cisco also makes a good rum (hurricane) and bourbon (nor'easter). I have yet to try their 888 dollar single malt. Their wine selection is ok.

Price wise Cisco is pretty reasonable given its location on Nantucket island (everything is pretty expensive on the island.) I cannot recommend highly enough that visitors make the trip on a nice day and spend the afternoon drinking good beer outside with friends.

dontcostnuthin, Nov 26, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Spent a day on Nantucket and biked up to the brewery. I was very excited since I love Whales Tale and wanted to see what else Cisco had to offer. We got up there and decided to check out some wines firts and then head over to the brewery building. I was dissapointed when we got there and were told that we couldn't do a tasting because things were starting to get busy. I understand that it's time consuming for the bartender but it didn't seem like it would be too much for two of us to sit down and taste 4 or 5 beers. Anyway, we decided to grab a drink and head out to the patio to listen to some live music (which by the way was great). The atmosphere is pretty fun. Lots of people just off the beach, heading up there for a drink. People were opening tabs and seemed to be starting their night at the brewery. There were all types of people there-young, old, families, kids and even a bunch of dogs. It was a really relaxing afternoon and we decided we would be back, hopefully in the near future!

KATE12, Sep 14, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -23.9%

Cisco beer is very good, but the actual brewery is in the middle of nowhere, has no food or even snacks, and is pretty much a low budget operation. The place has three small outbuildings, a brewery, winery, distillery, but in the winter they just keep one open on the weekends. They have a tiled patio with some tables to sit down, but again, this is rustic stuff. There was a John Deere tractor in the yard and plenty of brewing and fermenting aluminum vats and holding tanks around the outbuildings. There was also some wooden crates hanging about too. This brewery is for real, but it isn't that nice of a place to visit. The brochure with table service and candles and tables service wasn't even close to reality when I was there this winter. Maybe in the summer time, this place picks up and is more inviting.

albern, May 24, 2009
Cisco Brewers Inc. in Nantucket, MA
92 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.