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New England Beer Trek

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When a beer fan contemplates highly acclaimed brewing regions of the USA, the Northwest, Denver and Milwaukee understandably come to mind. However, the six New England state have proven themselves very worthy of profound respect and accolades in the past 20 years.

Brewing in the Northeast isn’t a new phenomenon. In the late 1870’s, the city of Boston alone boasted 22 breweries! Reaching back further into history, the Pilgrims docked the Mayflower in Massachusetts because their important provisions, including beer, were depleted. If they had planned better, John Alden and company may have landed at Jamestown Rock instead of Plymouth Rock.

In 1908, Narragansett, of Rhode Island, was the largest brewery in New England with production of 196,000 barrels and Boston was home to more breweries than Milwaukee before the Prohibition. Through the years, New England has been the lucky recipient of such local classic breweries as Hanley’s and Roger William’s of Providence, Dawson’s of New Bedford, Frank Jones of Portsmouth, Largay of Connecticut and Pickwick of Lowell.

The new generation of this region’s breweries and pubs is led by the Boston Beer Company, established in 1984. Their Sam Adams brand is now recognized worldwide. Brewing Companies from the 1980’s and 1990’s which are still enjoying great success include D.L. Geary Brewing and Gritty’s Brewpub of Maine, Long Trail and McNeil’s of Vermont, Portsmouth Brewing / Smuttynose from New Hampshire, New England Brewing of Connecticut and Trinity and Union Station Brewhouses of Rhode Island.Northampton Brewery is the oldest brewpub in the Northeast, not just Massachusetts established in August 1987.

New England is a vital area of breweries and brewpubs with approximately 70 thriving today. Awards and medals from competitions across the globe have found their homes on the walls of many Northeast brewers.Whether you’re searching for stouts, Belgian-styled Dubbels, wheat beers, Barleywines or cask ales, you won’t have far to travel before locating some beautiful brews in the six-state area. After you’ve relaxed on the beaches of Cape Cod or hiked the mountains of Maine or skied the slopes of Vermont, hoist a pint of lovingly prepared New England beer.

-Dan Kochakian, Ale Street News, May 2005

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Size opened: 20 x 24 inches (51 cm x 61 cm)

Size folded: 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches (11cm x 17 cm)

Province(s) or State(s):

New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)


United States