Road Trip Idea #8: Beer Trail!
In Western Mass, farm to table also applies to hops, barley and craft beer! The region is home to dozens of craft breweries offering handcrafted brews, bites and following all the latest safety protocols.
Grab your mask and hand sanitizer then plan your visit to Western Mass around our fantastic local breweries. Here are some suggestions but more information is available on our Western Mass Beer Trail landing page.
The name says it all! Abandoned Building Brewery is inside an old mill building in Easthampton. The Brewery oozes cool with high ceilings, exposed brick and plenty of space to gather and sample locally brewed craft beer. Their outdoor patio is open Thursday – Sunday with food trucks and curbside pickup is available during select hours all week.
Amherst Brewing Company is a full-service brewpub located in downtown Amherst with additional outposts at The Hangar restaurants in Agawam, Westfield and soon in South Hadley. The 10-Barrel brewery is visible from the bar and produces some of the area’s finest ales and lagers.
Brew Practitioners is a majority female-owned, small craft brewery and taproom located in Florence serving craft beer and in carry-out growlers. Brew Practitioners offers live music from time to time and specializes in great beer and great customer service. Check their Facebook page for hours and events.
New City Brewery is a small brewery in Easthampton making itself known for hand-crafted alcoholic ginger beer. The brewery is also located inside the old mill on Pleasant Street and in addition to its ginger beer, serves a mix of stouts, IPAs and ales. Patrons can enjoy the small bar with personal service and live music. They also have an outdoor patio.
Iron Duke Brewing is located at the Historic Ludlow Mills complex in Ludlow. Stockhouse 122, sits directly along Chicopee River and was originally used to house jute back in the early 1900’s. Over the last 12 years, Iron Duke has worked on perfecting their craft using a small nano-system built from scratch. Iron Duke Brewing has gathered an impressive collection of awards for wide variety of beer offerings.
In 2011, White Lion Brewing Company’s founder, Ray Berry realized his dream of starting a craft brewing company to establish a local product for the city of Springfield and the Western Mass region. More than a brewer, White Lion is a catalyst for Springfield’s revitalization and is excited to open soon in its new location inside Tower Square. For now, enjoy White Lion using their door-to-door delivery service.
Some of our favorite local breweries are located nearby Western Mass like these two:
Wormtown Brewery is located in the heart of Worcester, on Shrewsbury Street. Wormtown Brewery is dedicated to putting “A Piece of Mass in Every Glass” by working with local farms and sourcing ingredients for the freshest beer possible. Be sure to check out Sunday Fundays for live music in the Beer Garden.
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