With the lounge and the guesthouse closed until April, we are now left to our own devices to keep ourselves entertained and our glasses full. It’s that time of year where we all get antsy to get out. So I’m looking forward to taking a field trip to some of these local Massachusetts folks crafting fine beer and spirits.
Devil’s Purse Brewing Co.
This small craft brewery just opened in South Dennis in 2015 but is already generating buzz over their unique offerings including a German-style Kolsch, an ESB, and an IPA. I get a kick out of the names of their brews. Names like “Handline,” “Surfman’s Check,” “Pollock Rip,” and “Cross Rip,” are all specific references to Cape Cod’s maritime history. The two owners, Matt Belson and Mike Segerson, began as home brewers in 2010 but have since traveled throughout New England, to Florida, Colorado, Oregon, and Germany to hone their craft and learn the business. For mor about them, click here.
Cape Cod Beer
Founded in April 2004 by a husband and wife team who are still running the business and the brewing operations, Cape Cod Beer was an early arrival on the craft beer scene on Cape Cod but it has staying power. Originally started in a basement, the Hyannis brewery has grown exponentially and now produces 12,000 barrels annually. Cape Cod Blonde Ale, Cape Cod Red, Cape Cod Porter, and Cape Cod IPA make up their year round staples, but they also produce seasonal and specialty beers. They offer tours and tastings every day except Sunday (closed). For more, click here.
Dirty Water Distillery
Plymouth gets a bad rap cause it’s over the bridge but it definitely has some cool things going on, not the least of which is this micro-distillery located in the heart of town. It is run by two brothers-in-law, Steve and Pepi, who bring a fun sense of adventure and exploration to their spirits. They offer a couple Single Malt Whiskeys; vodkas in flavors like ginger and cranberry; rum; and something I (as a beekeeper) am particularly curious about: Krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian Honey Liquor. They offer regular tours and tastings on Saturdays and Sundays. For more info, click here.
Located a bit beyond the bridge in Medfield, this distillery was named Massachusetts Distillery of the Year at the 2016 New York International Spirits Competition. Astraluna offers several Cape Cod inspired spirits including a Sippewissett Cape Cod Gin, a London dry-style gin infused with Cape Cod sourced lavender, cranberry, rosehip, and beach plum and Cape Cod Great White Rum, a refreshing (and at 86 proof, a bit snappy) summer sipping rum. For more about Astraluna, click here.