The craft beer revolution has made its mark on nearly every corner of the US – and the Berkshires are not immune. Berkshires breweries offer fresh and unique craft beers reflecting the flavors of the region. Come discover the craft breweries near our Berkshires B&B!
Do you tend to think of beer as just a pale, yellow, fizzy concoction that pairs well with fast food? If so, you owe it to yourself to give craft beer a chance.
The craft beer movement may look like just another wave of hipster mania – and there are definitely elements of that to it – but that’s hardly defines it in its entirety. Craft beer enthusiasm is really a move backwards to a time when beer, like so much else, had regional flavors and styles.
Beer, like wine, has more than one style. These varieties were developed, more often than not, due to the ingredients available at the time. The craft beer movement brings this concept – and then some – back to brewing.
Craft brewers, by and large, are an inventive, can-do breed with an interest in locally-sourced ingredients. This combination is what gives each craft beer its own, unique flavor and feel. This approach replaces the dull homogeneity of big beer with a constellation of new flavors and styles. Best of all, many craft beers are only available within their home region. This makes finding and visiting craft breweries that much more exciting!
As I say at the top, there are a number of Berkshires breweries crafting excellent beer close by our Lee, MA B&B, Applegate Inn.
Berkshires Breweries Near Our B&B
420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230 – website
Barrington Brewery is just 15 minutes from Applegate Inn in Lee, MA. They pride themselves in using solar power and locally-sourced ingredients where possible. Their brewery includes a full-service restaurant and nine beers on tap, including seasonals and cask-conditioned ales.
Wandering Star Craft Brewery
11 Gifford Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 – website
Wandering Star is a production brewery offering tours, tastings, and growler fills on Saturdays from 12 – 4pm. Wandering Star is only 25 minutes drive from our Berkshires B&B.
59 Main Street, Chatham NY 12037 – website
Chatham Brewing, just 30 minutes from our Lee B&B, offers a variety of ales at their tasting room throughout the year, along with a full pub menu. Open daily, except Tuesdays.
Big Elm Brewing
65 Silver Street, Sheffield MA 01257 – website
Big Elm Brewing offers 9 taps in their Tap Room, Thursdays through Saturdays, with tours on Saturdays. Pints, six packs, four packs, and growler fills are available. Berkshire Mountain Distillers is just up the street and also worth a visit. Big Elm Brewing is only half an hour’s drive from Applegate Inn.
Whatever brings you to the Berkshires of Western MA, make your stay the best it can be by sampling the comforts of Applegate Inn. Our Berkshires B&B offers eleven beautifully appointed rooms and suites, all nestled on six gorgeous acres. Book your stay today at Applegate Inn!