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Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Place Score: 92
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.16
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[ Brewery, Bar ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ciscobrewers

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Reviews by GarthDanielson:
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Photo of Jsmick
1.6/5  rDev -61.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2

It pains me to give this place a one star review. The beer is five stars, and so are the spirits...... however, this place is an absolute ripoff, and that's what I will speak to in this review. We were charged a five dollar cover charge per person for the privilege of paying $20 per person for a tour. For $20 a person, I thought it would be an in depth tasting and tour of the facilities, as they stated that this was a top rated tour in America.

We were passed around a growler of three different beers, which were very commonly available in stores..... none of their special brews. We were then shown the outside building of the winery.... and just the outside, and then the edge of the barrel aging spirit room.... and nothing else. No tasting of the spirits or wines.

The brewmaster who led the tour was amazing.... intelligent, kind, passionate, and thorough. This tour, however, should have been free, and the "cover charge" because some annoying band that I could care less about is a load of crap. Owners, you are ripping off the public, and you should be ashamed of yourselves. I will never frequent your brewery again. Breweries like Allagash don't charge you a cent. Buy their beer at your favorite craft beer store, but steer clear of this wallet vacuum.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of kwiley03
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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!

Photo of rct828
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of cneville
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.7/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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.

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Cisco Brewers Inc. in Nantucket, MA
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