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MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: A waitress is carries some Mass (= one liter glass) of beer in the Hofbrauhaus tent on the opening day of the 2022 Oktoberfest beer fest on September 17, 2022 in Munich, Germany. This year's Oktoberfest, which runs until October 3 and is expected to draw over a million visitors, is the first to take place since 2019. The past two years were closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Hey, it’s October! There is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon sitting by an outdoor firepit, loading in a slice of pizza. With friends, you share stories and sip on a delicious neighborhood brew made five feet away. So, to continue to be Boston’s future #1, 300 word blogger, I have found the best breweries in Massachusetts! 

Oktoberfest

If you’re a beer consumer, the first thing that comes to mind in early October is, ROCK-tober, if you’re a DJ. The second thing is Ocktoberfest.  So, let’s take a look at the humble beginnings of Ocktoberfest:

The Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest, featuring a beer festival and a travelling carnival. It is held annually in MunichBavaria, Germany. They hold it to a 16- to 18-day folk festival. It runs from mid- or late-September to around the first Sunday in October. More than six million international and national visitors attending the event. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture.  It’s been held since the year 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modeled after the original Munich event. 

Beer In America

From bisonbrew.com: Beer and America have one of the oldest and most robust connections. It arrived in the states during the English rule but has remained in the locals’ hearts to this day. One of the most potent impacts was seen in Massachusetts. By the time of the revolution, craft beer was produced nationwide. The 1800s showed Boston in a new light as the mecca of beer and made it an industry-producing beer. 

So, now we know where public beer drinking maybe was originated. Let’s take a deep dive into the best breweries in Massachusetts!

  • Boston Beer Company-Boston

    Almost a household name, Jim Koch created this company and of course, Sam Adams beer.

  • The Treehouse Brewery-Charlton, MA

    According to Bisonbrew.com, the one of the top breweries in Massachusetts. It’s near me in Charlton.This place has SEVEN beers by the company are on the list of top 25 beers in the country. It only serves it’s own beers.

  • Aeronaut Brewing Company-Somerville

     

    The place was founded in 2014 by two graduates of Cornell and MIT. Drinking this beer can give you super powers.

  • Trillium Brewing-Boston

    The Mettle Alloy 6 (it’s a beer) has been voted as a gem in the list of beers by Trillium; the blend of orange, mango, and pineapple gives it an intense flavor that lingers even after a while.

  • Cape Cod Beer-Cape Cod

    From bisonbrew.com: A brewer who was laid off from the old Hyport Brewing Company in 2003, Todd, came back to work as an owner of the old machines to brew beer and started selling beer to the local clients in the mid cape area. There were ups and downs along the road and a significant setback in 2007, but Todd and Beth were able to deal with it, and now it has become one of the most visited tourist spots for beer.

  • Greater Good Imperial and Brewing Company-Worcester

    These folks are known for their beer FLAVOR, as bisonbrew.com says: The main purpose behind building a brewing company in 2015 was the boozy burn issue that left customers with an unpleasant taste. Greater Good Imperial’s brewers realized that beer needed more flavor to tone down the ABV and gave a smoother after touch to the brews. The company produces drinking beers such as ales, IPAs, sours, stouts, and porters. The brewery’s best sellers are its IPAs of New England style, especially the beer “V”. The sours follow-up next, the 55 Funk series, has a range of beers with different tropical flavors such as passionfruit, guava, lime, and coconut.

  • Harpoon Brewery

     

    Google says: IPA is a style of beer, which is popular enough these days to be called “regular” beer. It is a type of pale ale but is made with more hops, to give it a stronger flavour. There’s no standard threshold at which a pale ale becomes an IPA, though.

    One of my FAVS is Harpoon. According to bisonbrew.com: According to the story published on the official site, the official first Harpoon Ale was brewed by the UC Davis graduate Russ Heisner, who was a fermentation expert and hired to work for the Harpoon. One of the most popular beers by Harpoon is the Winter Warmer; it contains nutmeg and cinnamon, a weird and new combo with beer for the first time in the 1900s. The mega beer industry has two more branches of Brewery: one located in Worcester, MA, and another in a different city and state, Windsor, Vermont. Many tourists have loved visiting the brewery and have been served fresh off-the-tap beer.