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Follow the Berkshires Beer and Cider Trail

February 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Beer and Cider TrailCraft beer and ciders are taking America by storm and the Berkshires are no exception. Come travel the Berkshires Beer and Cider Trail and discover the wide variety of flavors and styles available in the beautiful mountains of western Massachusetts.

The picturesque Berkshires are dotted with orchards and farmlands that, among other things, produce an abundant supply of natural, delicious apples and hops; the perfect inspirational backdrop for a healthy community of artisan cider makers and craft brewers. Consequently, the Berkshires are home to several award-winning breweries and cideries – enough, in fact, for a truly rewarding Berkshires Beer and Cider Trail.

Follow the Berkshires Beer and Cider Trail to visit your favorite Berkshire craft brewers and discover new ones! Tour the breweries and cideries, meet the makers, enjoy samples of their product, and buy some to take home.

Berkshires Beer and Cider Trail

Carr’s Ciderhouse
295 River Drive, Hadley MA 01035
Carr’s offers a variety of ciders including Cidre Doux, Barrel-aged Dry, Apple Pommeau, Seasonal Fruit-infused Cider and Farmhouse Dry Cider.

Berkshire Brewing Company
12 Railroad Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
BBC produces nine styles of beer year round and seven seasonal products, as well as occasional special, limited-release brews.

Headwater Cider
112 Forget Road, Hawley, MA 01339
Headwater features two crisp, clean, and dry ciders: New England Dry and Ashton Blend – both fermented to 8% abv and bottled in 750 ml bottles.

Northshire Brewery Inc.
108 County Street, Bennington, VT 05201
Northshire Brewery crafts several popular beers including Battenkill Ale, Equinox Pilsner, and Northshire Chocolate Stout.

Beer Diviner
taproom: 15950 NY Route 22, Stephentown, NY 12168, brewery: 241 Bly Hollow Road, Cherry Plain, NY 12040
The Beer Diviner offers 8 styles changing every week including Original Pale Ale, and the award-wining Got Your Back Coffee Oatmeal Stout.

Wandering Star
11 Gifford Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Wandering Star crafts a number of beers including 5 regular releases and up to three other seasonal or limited-release beers.

Hilltop Orchards
508 Canaan Road, Richmond, MA 01254
Hilltop crafts Johnny Mash Hard Cider and Cidre Special Reserve along with Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay, and many other wine varieties.

Glass Bottom Brewery
480 Pleasant Street, Lee, MA 01238
A brewer of a wide variety of beers, including types of beer. TeaSB, Forest Farmer’s Brown Ale, Banana Cream Stout, and much more.

Chatham Brewing Co.
59 Main Street, Chatham NY 12037
Chatham Brewing makes a variety of ales with seasonal varieties throughout the year, including a Belgian Tripel, and a Dry Irish Stout.

Barrington Brewery
420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Barrington Brewery makes 25 different beers over the course of a year and always has nine beers on tap including the popular Berkshire Blonde.

Big Elm Brewing
65 Silver Street, Sheffield MA 01257
Big Elm Brewing annually creates several seasonal offerings and 3 year round styles: 413 Farmhouse Ale, Gerry Dog Stout, and IPA.

Bear Swamp Orchard
1209 B Hawley Rd, Ashfield, MA 01330
Bear Swamp Orchard offers a variety of organic hard ciders including a Farmhouse Cider, Hopped Cider, and an Ice Cider.

Whetstone Station
36 Bridge Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Producing small batches of handcrafted beers, one at a time, in an ever-changing variety of experimental and traditional styles.

Each stop along the Berkshires Beer and Cider Trail features an independent producer providing not just a unique selection of craft beer or cider but also venue and practices. Many feature tasting rooms with set times for touring and visiting while others have limited days and hours open for visitors, so be sure to contact those you hope to visit before hand. Also: be safe and assign a designated driver so you can safely enjoy the samples you will encounter. Most all – have fun!

Berkshires Lodging
Whatever brings you to the beautiful Berkshires, make your stay the best it can be by sampling the comforts of Applegate Inn in beautiful Lee, MA. Located on six gorgeous acres and featuring eleven plush suites, you’d be hard pressed to find a better base of operations. Do yourself a favor and book a stay today at luxurious Applegate Inn.

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