Brew Tours of Boston, MA; Portsmouth, NH; and Burlington, VT Phone: 617-453-TOUR (8687)
Top 10 New England breweries welcome beer-loving visitors for tours
Brewery operators in New England are proud of their beers and lagers, and eager to show their hospitality to guests on a vacation or getaway in New England. Here is a list of the best among the best: the top 10 brewery tours and brewers who welcome beer lovers to their unique workplaces.
Cottrell Brewing Co., 100 Mechanic Street Pawcatuck, CT 06379 Phone: 860-599-8213
Tours and tastings are held Monday-Wednesday by appointment; Thursday at 3 p.m.; Friday tours on the half hour from 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturday tours on the half hour from 1 to 5 p.m.
16 Tobey Road Bloomfield, CT 06002
Hooker is open tours and tastings every Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For $5 you'll get a guided tour of the brewery and a full tasting of Hooker brews. If you taste a beer you like pick up a growler of brewery fresh beer. Friday open houses are held the first and third Friday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. A happy hour with drinks, a guided tour, and a pint glass for $10.
15 Knox Road Bar Harbor, ME 04609 Phone: 207-288-2337
Free tours of the brew house are offered daily at 2, 3, and 4 p.m. from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Free tastings of beers and sodas also can be done in the gift shop. No reservation is necessary for tours0.
86 Newbury Street Portland, ME Phone: 800-BREW-ALE
Free tours by reservation are offered April through December on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. These are full tours of the brewery. There is limited space (25 people) and reservations are required. The company’s trade brewer, Bruce Elam, hosts these full tours.
1336 Phinney’s Lane HYANNIS, MA 02601 Phone: 02601
Guided tours are offered Tuesdays and 11 a.m. and Saturdays, at 1 p.m. Visitors may take self-guided tours during regular retail hours, Monday-Friday, noon-6 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
30 Germania Street Boston, MA 02130 Phone: 617-368-5256
During free brewery tours, guests can learn Sam’s history, see the brewing process,taste the malts used to brew Samuel Adams beers, smell the Hallertau hops, and sample some award winning beers. Tours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All tours depart approximately every 45 minutes and last about 1 hour. To avoid long waits we recommend you arrive as early in the tour day as possible. Saturdays are especially busy and capacity is often filled by noon. No reservations.
175 State Road East Westminster, MA
Brewery tours are offered Wednesday and Thursday, noon-4 p.m. (last tour at 3); Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. (last tour at 4). Brewery store hours are Wednesday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, noon-6 p.m. The company also hosts tastings, pint nights, and special events.
1 Redhook Way Pease International Tradeport PORTSMOUTH, NH 03801 Phone: 603-501-3940
All tours of the brewery include a guided walking through the brewery, some Redhook history, an explanation of how the ales are madwe, a sampling session or three to four beers, and a souvenir glass. Tour lasts about 45-60 minutes. Minors may attend tour but must be accompanied by an adult. Brewery tours are held Monday, 3, 4, 5 p.m.; Tuesday, noon, 1 and 2 p.m. ; Wednesday and Thursday, 1, 3, 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. on the hour; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. on the hour. Check schedule in advance; times of public tours are subject to change.
135 Main Street North Woodstock, NH Phone: 800-321-3985
A helpful Brew Sampler of four five-ounce glasses of your choice of beers can help you determine your favorite among Red Rack, Pig's Ear, Pemil Pale Ale, Loon Golden Ale, and any seasonal offerings. Take home a half-gallon Growler jug if you like. Or stay a night or two in this small homestead in the big mountains, near many attractions and ski resorts (Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley, Cannon Mountain). Take exit 32 off I-93.
Coastal Extreme Brewing Co., 293 JT Connell Road Newport, RI 02840 Phone: 401-849-5232
The visitors center is open for tours and tastings daily except Tuesdays from noon to 5 p.m. During opening hours, visitors may enjoy a tasting of Newport Storm beer and Thomas Tew rum. Self-guided tours during all open hours; guided tours leave once daily at 3 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. No reservations are necessary for groups of less than ten people. The visitors center has a gift shop with glassware, apparel, and Storm and Tew gear.
336 Ruth Carney Drive WINDSOR, VT Phone: 802-674-5491
Guided tours of the brewery are offered Fridays at 5, 6, and 7 p.m.; Saturdays, every hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, every hour from noon to 4 p.m. The tour is followed by a Harpoon and UFO beer tasting.
5 Bartlett Bay Road SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT Phone: 802-658-2739
The tour ramp is open for free guided tours on Thursday-Friday, 3, 4, and 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come by and take a self-guided tour during Artifactory hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
108 County Street BENNINGTON , VT 05201 Phone: 802-681-0201
632 Laporte Road (Route 100) MORRISVILLE, VT Phone: 802-888-9400