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Cape Cod's Rapidly Expanding Craft Beer Scene
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, September 16, 2019

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Last summer, we explored the Cape's craft breweries, as it was becoming quite evident that the scene was taking off. Over the past year or so, three more brewers have burst onto the scene, making Cape Cod a must-visit destination for beer aficionados. Brand new tasting rooms are open for business in Sagamore, Falmouth, and Provincetown, so if you are spending time in any of these locations, make sure you check them out.

In addition, there is a craft brewery in Plymouth that deserves attention, giving you somewhere to stop if you take a day off the Cape. Checking out the area's craft breweries is just another way to spend a day or two during your Cape Cod vacation.


6A Brewing Company

Seconds after crossing the Sagamore Bridge onto Cape Cod, you'll pass 6A Brewing Company and its new taproom that opened in June 2019. The brewery sits in a building formerly occupied by Flynn's Irish Pub. As the story goes, the brewery's owners started their journey by opening Flynn's in 2011. They soon expanded to three additional locations, each with rotating craft beer taps. In 2017, ownership began brewing beer in a nearby warehouse to sell at local restaurants. By 2019, they had decided to turn one of their pubs into a taproom, giving them the chance to put their creations out there for the public.

The tasting room is small and doesn't serve any food, although food trucks are a possibility in the near future. For now, you can bring your own food to enjoy, as long as you clean up after yourself. The beer here has excellent reviews, with the Soul Radiation IPA, Tiny Gift American Brown Ale, and Open Road German-style Lager being among the most popular. Both draft and cans are available.


Provincetown Brewing Company

The Provincetown Brewing Company is a little different from most breweries because it practices "draftivism". Basically, "draftivism" means that the company donates 15% of all profits to causes and organizations that are important to the Outer Cape community, including those supporting LGBTQ+ rights and environmental conservation. In the fall of 2018, for example, the Provincetown Brewing Company celebrated its unofficial launch during an event at Provincetown Town Hall. During this event, the brewery helped raise $2,500 towards a new LGBTQ Welcome Center in the town.

The brewery's actual tasting room didn't open its doors until August of 2019, but it has quickly become a hit with locals and visitors alike. Unlike many taprooms, this location opens at 9:00 AM every morning for breakfast and also serves lunch and dinner. As for the beers, you'll find both cans and draft on the menu. Some of the more popular options include the Bearded Mistress IPA and the Golden Hook Ale.


Bad Martha Beer

Bad Martha has been a staple on Martha's Vineyard since 2013, so it isn't a brand new brewery, but its Cape Cod location just opened in September of 2019. This taproom in East Falmouth is entirely self-sufficient, meaning its 15-barrel brewing system is large enough to handle its on-site needs, and provide the products distributed throughout the Cape. The beer here can be purchased as a pint or paddle flight, and free samples are available. Who says there's no such thing as free beer? You can also buy four-packs, growlers, and crowlers to take home with you. Bad Martha is trying to establish itself as a place to hang out with friends, and it's doing a pretty good job of achieving this in its early stages. The brewery has outdoor games and live music, in addition to a diverse food menu that includes pizza, charcuterie platters, bar snacks, and cheese plates.

You'll have to visit Bad Martha a few times if you want to try everything, but some of the more popular offerings include the Half Shell Oyster Stout, Crooked Coast Pale Ale, Shark Bite Lager, and Great Harbor Gose. They have up to 16 beers available at any given time, so you'll have some serious decisions to make. Bad Martha's is located on Route 28, just west of Waquoit Bay.


Independent Fermentations Brewing

If you choose to hop off the Cape for a few hours during your vacation, Plymouth is a beautiful place to visit. And while you're there, why not give Independent Fermentations Brewing a try? Known locally as IndieFerm, the brewery uses barley, wheat, and rye that is mostly grown in Massachusetts, although some ingredients come from other parts of the northeast and beyond. On average, about 80% of the ingredients in each brew are local. While you're here, you'll want to try the Farmhouse Red, Boat for Sale Pale Ale, Rye and Sage Saison, or Gratzer, which uses an oak-smoked wheat malt that makes it taste like bacon. Yes, it's weird, but it's also delicious.

IndieFerm Brewery is located on Camelot Drive, just off the Pilgrims Highway and a short distance from The Grove at Plymouth. If you're heading back to your vacation rental after a few hours in Plymouth, make sure you grab a growler or some cans to-go on your way.


So Many Choices

By our count, there are now nine craft breweries on Cape Cod, which is incredible considering that just a few years ago, Cape Cod Beer was the only game in town.

This growth is excellent news for beer lovers who will be taking a vacation to the Cape because you'll find somewhere to have a one-of-a-kind pint in many different neighborhoods.


Keep in mind that if you're looking to explore these breweries and enjoy a few drinks, the Cape Cod Brew Bus can be your designated driver. Each tour is $89, which includes a beer at each location. This service is a great way to see many of these taprooms in a single day.

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Exploring Cape Cod's Breweries This Summer
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 6, 2018

Naukabout Brewery

As with most of the country, Cape Cod’s craft beer industry has seen rapid growth and is becoming a notable entity. If you’re a beer lover, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try some new adult beverages during your holiday because there are independent breweries up and down the Cape, most of which have a tasting room. Remember, however, that most tasting rooms don’t offer food and aren’t full bars, so children and pets are often welcome. In addition, these tasting rooms keep limited hours and are only permitted to serve you a certain amount of beer, depending on the license they hold. Summer is the perfect time to head out and try some local flavor on for size, so make sure you get out there and experience the Cape Cod Craft Beverage Trail from your vacation rentals. It doesn't matter if you're in Harwich Port, Chatham, Provincetown, or Bourne, craft beers are never far away thanks to the following Cape Cod breweries.


Devil's Purse Brewing Company

You'll find Devil's Purse Brewing Company on Great Western Road in South Dennis. The area surrounding the brewery is mostly industrial, although there is a residential neighborhood nearby, as well. This brewery is also close to the trailhead of the Cape Cod Rail Trail, so if you're completing your ride in South Dennis, you can stop in for a pint at the end. A variety of different beer types are available at Devil's Purse, as they aim to be accessible to general beer drinkers and craft beer lovers alike. Most beers are American in style, but also influenced by their Europeans cousins. The tasting room is open from noon until 6 PM between Monday and Saturday, and no food is available. You can, however, bring your own food to enjoy with your beer.


Hog Island Beer Company

Although Hog Island is one of the newer breweries on Cape Cod, it has quickly developed a solid reputation, and its products are available not only all over the Cape but throughout Massachusetts. The tasting room is centrally located in downtown Orleans, making it easily accessible for those staying in the area. The tasting room is open from 11:30 AM until 11 PM seven days a week, so you'll have plenty of time to get down there to sample the exceptional beers they have available. Live entertainment and other events are on-site almost every night of the week, especially in July and August, allowing you to make a full evening out of your time at Hog Island.


Naukabout Beer Company

Although it sits just off Main Street in Mashpee, Naukabout Brewery and Taproom is a hidden gem that can be difficult to find. That is because it is on Lake Avenue near Attaquin Park, an area with dense tree cover and not much traffic unless, of course, you're visiting the beach. After spending a day at the beach on Mashpee Pond, it makes complete sense to hit up this beer company for a pint or two. Once you get to this Cape Cod brewery, however, you'll quickly see why it is worth seeking it out, as they specialize in hop-forward beers that craft beer drinks love. The offerings at the brewery are always changing, however, as they're continually experimenting and trying to make their beer even better. While there is no food available inside the tasting room, food trucks are present almost every day in the summer, and there is often live entertainment, as well.


Barnstable Brewing

Barnstable Brewing just opened in September 2017, and ran into some early troubles, mostly because they had a one-barrel pilot system, which limited the amount of beer they could make at one time. As a result, they would run out of beer always every week, making it difficult to build a loyal fan base. Now, however, the company has a 30-barrel steam brewhouse, so they are firing on all cylinders and shouldn't run into that problem ever again. The taphouse, which sits on West Main Street in Hyannis, is open from noon until 6 PM every day during the summer, although it occasionally has extended hours during special events or when introducing new beers to the market. There is also a patio, making it a relaxing place to enjoy a beer in the sun.


Cape Cod Beer

Cape Cod Beer has been around since 2004 and grown every year of its existence. The brewery is located on Phinneys Lane in Hyannis and is open from 10 AM until 6 PM during the week, and 11 to 4 on Saturdays. The location is child and pet-friendly, so you don't have to ditch the family to head in for a sample. The main draw at Cape Cod Beer is its outdoor beer garden. This beer garden features games and has patio furniture, and creates an all-around festive atmosphere, especially during the summer. The beer garden moves indoors in the winter, so if you choose to vacation on Cape Cod during the off-season, you don't have to miss out. The beer company also participates in countless events away from its storefront and has an on-site farmer's market on Fridays. If you visit a local music festival, beer garden, or concert, there's a good chance the event will serve Cape Cod Beer. Since its presence is everywhere, you'd have to go out of your way to not taste a Cape Cod Beer offering at least once this holiday.


Sea Dog Brew Pub

Sea Dog is the lone brewpub on this list, and it is undoubtedly worth checking out. Not only does this location brew its own beers, but Sea Dog also serves beer crafted by other local breweries, so if you don’t have time to travel the Cape visiting various taprooms, one trip to the brewpub might suffice. Of course, since this brewery doubles as a pub, you can also order a meal, which is something that you’ll find appealing if you plan to stay for more than a pint or two. Sea Dog is located in South Yarmouth just off Route 6, making it easily accessible, especially if your vacation rental is somewhere on the Mid-Cape.


Planning Ahead

Of course, any time you'll be consuming alcohol, it's necessary to plan your transportation. Make sure you have a safe ride back to your Cape Cod vacation rental. Cape Cod has numerous taxi companies, as well as Uber and Lyft, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding transportation. There's also the public bus system, which is efficient if you aren't traveling too far.

Visiting these breweries and sampling some local beers is a great way to spend a couple of days during your vacation. Get out there and see what you can find!

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