Planning a NE Brewery Run

Discussion in 'New England' started by SeanS, Feb 19, 2013.

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  1. SeanS

    SeanS Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2013 New York
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    In a couple months, my wife and I are going to head up the coast to get to some great breweries in Maine and Vermont. I'm thinking of definitely hitting up the following breweries
    • Allagash
    • Maine Beer Co
    • Hill Farmstead
    • Alchemist
    Anything else we should consider? Any help appreciated!
  2. Greenplastic615

    Greenplastic615 Devotee (412) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Where are you leaving from?
  3. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    Maybe NEBCo. Try the new england regional forum, too. Might have some hidden gems.
  4. SeanS

    SeanS Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2013 New York
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    From NYC
  5. SeanS

    SeanS Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2013 New York
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    Thanks, I will definitely add them to the list too!
  6. Archemedies

    Archemedies Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2011 Massachusetts

    Hit up Jack's Abby in Framingham MA if you can.
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  7. Greenplastic615

    Greenplastic615 Devotee (412) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Cambridge Brewing Co. does some nice wild ales if you're passing through Boston.
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  8. dunix

    dunix Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2011 Vermont

    Rising Tide in Portland, ME.
    Smutty/Portsmouth in NH - great lunch spot and on your way from Boston to Portland.

    If you go Portland <-> Vermont, you could take Rt 302, which would take you through North Conway, NH, which you should hit The Moat for lunch or dinner. It is a beautiful drive through the lakes region of Maine and through the White Mountain National Forest (Take a picture infront of Mt Washington Hotel - it is a tourist must). Also great outlets in North Conway.

    Another option is taking Rt 112 through NH to VT, which is also known as the Kancamagus Hwy. Both options are probably the most beautiful drives in New England.

    Going East to West or vice verse in Northern New England can take awhile because of the mountains, and you have to use these 2 lane routes.
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  9. SeanS

    SeanS Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2013 New York
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    This is awesome knowledge. I will definitely add this into consideration for our itinerary!
  10. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    If you find yourself in Boston, hit the "Brewer's Bermuda Triangle" of Nightshift Brewing, Idle hands (right next door to each other) and Mystic Brewing (5 mins away driving).
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  11. fistfight

    fistfight Initiate (178) Jan 13, 2006 Massachusetts
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    If you were going up 302 I'd recommend going to Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, Maine, just a 10 minute detour. Their draught selection is always VERY interesting, and the owner Chris's bottle cellar is astounding. Vintage Cantillon dating back decades I'd wager. Good food, to boot.

    Though it's north of Portland, I would check out Oxbow Brewery in Newcastle, Maine. They may be my favorite new brewer along with the previously mentioned Jack's Abby in Framingham, MA.

    Honestly, all of the suggestions in this thread are solid.
  12. DrinkingIPA

    DrinkingIPA Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2011 Massachusetts

    Blue Lobster in Hampton NH...on your way to/from Maine, off 95.
  13. dunix

    dunix Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2011 Vermont

    You can't leave Maine without trying some Oxbow. Most of the good places in Portland will have at least one of their beers on tap.

    Another brewery in Portland I forgot to mention is, if you like good Lagers, Bull Jager is putting out some great beer.
  14. fistfight

    fistfight Initiate (178) Jan 13, 2006 Massachusetts
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    I've been curious about Blue Lobster, but I was hoping to hear some general thoughts on their beer before heading to the brewery. Are they worth checking out? I only ask because they have such short hours only two days a week and I want to know if it's worth working my schedule around them.
  15. Brez07

    Brez07 Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2009 Maine

    If you decide to hit up Rising Tide in Portland (which I recommend doing), probably worth driving just down the road to check out Bunker Brewing as well. And if you're into cider and/or mead, Urban Farm Fermentory and Maine Mead Works are in the same area
  16. FrankLloydMike

    FrankLloydMike Zealot (500) Aug 16, 2006 Massachusetts

    I've only had a couple beers from them (those short hours are killing me too), but the Gold Claw Pale was especially good--very floral and crisp, a really great pale ale. The good news is that their hours are supposed to be expanding pretty soon, thanks to added capacity in the brewery, so it shouldn't be too hard to stop by on your way through without having to schedule around it.
  17. jomobono

    jomobono Disciple (350) Mar 12, 2012 Massachusetts
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    When are you going?
  18. sleepydave

    sleepydave Initiate (43) Nov 3, 2009 New Hampshire

    Maine Mead Works is seriously legit. I would definitely add them to your list. Jack's Abby is a must as well. If you are planning on Blue Lobster I can give you some very biased information and potentially point you in the direction of someone who can help better. There are some textual reviews up on Ratebeer at the moment, but not many.
  19. DrinkingIPA

    DrinkingIPA Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2011 Massachusetts

    I think it's worth the trip. The beer is excellent and the brewer is a great guy. Trained by the best...internship at Hill Farmstead...
  20. beerinmaine

    beerinmaine Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2009 Maine

    By that time Maine Beer Company will probably be in their new location; Freeport, not Portland. You'll definitely want to check back for location and hours...maybe with the new location and what looks to be a tasting room, they'll be open for more than a few hours on Friday?

    New spot removes the convenience of being across the road from Allagash, but it appears you're not afraid of traveling all over the place :slight_smile:
  21. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Yes they do, but who can know what Will will available then. If you are coming through around their anniversary party you would be doing yourself a huge favor by showing up. Vintage BW's, sours, new beers you name it.
  22. mathematizer

    mathematizer Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2006 Maine

    A little old, but still relevant...

    Book your free allagash tour online ahead of time.

    I've heard good things about Blue Lobster. If you're spending time in Mass, consider Night Shift, Enlightenment Ales, Jacks Abby, and/or CBC.

    Going to VT from ME sends you past Ebenezers Pub off 302.

    Check out "The Festival" - it might coincide with your visit to Portland.
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  23. atdunn9

    atdunn9 Initiate (49) Feb 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I would also recommend Lawson's Finest Liquids in Vermont. They don't sell beer at the brewery but I am sure you can find them at some stores in the area.
  24. jdauria

    jdauria Initiate (172) Sep 15, 2010 Massachusetts

    I second Rising Tide in Portland.
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