Several Cape Cod Craft Breweries to Check Off Your Massachusetts Breweries Map.
May you always have a beer in your pocket, and sand in your shoes. Or, something like that.
Drinking beer on Cape Cod is a national pastime on par with baseball. Plus, it's a lot cheaper than drinking at Fenway Park, and, for that matter, most Boston breweries. If we didn't know better, we'd say that the red solo cup was invented specifically for sneaking beers onto Nauset Beach. There was a running joke when "born-on dates" were invented in the late 90's by Annheuser-Busch that the beer expiration date code's for cases of beer bought on the Cape were the same day. We say cases because this was before 30 racks, 18 packs, and whatever other random denominations beer comes in these days.
Tourists and year-rounders alike can find fresh-brewed craft beer at several bars and restaurants on the Cape. So even if you can't make it to the local breweries themselves, you can find small-batch Cape Cod beer at area restaurants on your next getaway - some even off-island.
For example, at Father's Kitchen and Taphouse in East Sandwich, Barnstable Brewing's Blueberry Ale and Jesuit Juice are served on tap, along with Cisco Brewers' Whale's Tale Pale Ale and the Speedway Boogie IPA from 6A Brewing just over the Sagamore bridge. The 1620 Brewhouse in Provincetown features the Pollock RIP IPA on tap and the Handline Kolsch in cans from Devil's Purse in South Dennis. Both pair well with an order of the brewhouse's fish tacos or the lobster BLT with garlic mayo.
And, Hyannis's Tap City Grille features bottles and cans from many New England breweries, not just local Cape breweries. Local favorite Hog Island Beer Company's Outermost IPA just got added to the rotation. What's more, you can enjoy Cape Cod Beer tastings on the Local Libations Sunset Cruise. Cape Cod Beer, along with Willie's Superbrew partnered with Hy-Line Cruises, the ferry service that takes you to The Islands, to put on an evening of dining, drinking, and live music.
We miss boating, dining, drinking, and live music. The COVID-19 pandemic needs to end. It has closed down so many tasting rooms, much to the dismay of not only craft beer-loving tourists, but the owner's who would like to remain in business.
The Cape Cod Beer Fest
The Cape Cod Beer Fest, now in its 9th year, is an event featuring nearly 100 brewers from around the country, along with live music and food vendors. Many of the Cape Cod Breweries attend the event to pour out samples and talk craft beer shop, alongside many CT Brewers, ME Brewers, NH Brewers, RI Brewers, VT Brewers, and other MA Brewers.
6A Brewing Company
119 Cranberry Highway, Sagamore Beach, MA 02562
6A Brewing Company is conveniently located immediately upon crossing over Cape Cod Canal, on the Cranberry Highway in Sagamore. The Endless Night Mint Chocolate Stout is the kind of boozy, rich, flavorful, did-we-mention-boozy? stout that we can stand behind. 6A's variety doesn't start and end with different types of IPAs, they offer brown ales, white lagers, and witbiers, too.
Aquatic Brewing is currently trying to open up their taproom in Falmouth. In the meantime, folks in Falmouth should consult Bad Martha or Naukabout for their craft brew needs.
Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery
876 E Falmouth Hwy, Falmouth, MA 02536
A flight paddle of beers, lawn games, and live music sound really good right now. All three can be found, along with 4-packs to go and growlers, at Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery in East Falmouth. Open year-round, this brewery is a (strong) stone's throw into the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. An in-house 15bbl system assures patrons both on-site and purchasing locally of fresh craft beer year-round.
Give the easy-going Seconsett Island Session Ale a try if you're going to spend a few hours around the Bad Martha taproom.
485 W Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Speaking of beach beers, Barnstable Brewing's Cape Crusher sounds exactly that, a beer you crush on a beach. They even state that themselves on their website. Jesuit Juice is a call back to the family's Boston College and Creighton roots. Quite the rationale for the beer name. Saddle up to the bar, or, take your pour to the bag toss area for some friendly competition at this Main Street Hyannis taproom.
Cape Cod Beer
1336 Phinneys Ln, Hyannis, MA 02601
Naming your brewery Cape Cod Beer is a masterclass in branding. CCB offers brewery tours, live music in the Beer Garden on Saturday nights, and even plays host to the Cape Cod Farmers' Markets. Add in some exercise classes (Hoops & Hops), cocktail classes, and Monday Industry Nights, and their event schedule is jampacked. We haven't even discussed the beer.
We are really interested in sampling the Carrot Cake Belgian Strong Ale. Sounds boozy. Sounds delicious. Cape Cod Beer features a wide variety of serial beers, like the Get Roasted, Rum Runner's Series, Barrel Series, Pilot Brewers, etc. This Cape Cod brewery brews a ton, that's clear.
As for food, they have local food trucks stop by, along with Pop Up Kitchen vendors - local restauranteurs. In fact, the Cape Cod brewery is so complete, it offers wine from First Crush Winery in Harwich, just a 20 minute ride down Route 6.
The place really has it all. You could even argue it has too much, as there is no way we are ever going to try Shucker's Reward Oyster Stout, an Irish Extra Stout brewed with something "extra" ... you guessed it, 20lbs of whole oysters. We will stick to the Cape Cod Red, thank you very much.
Devil's Purse Brewing Company
120 Great Western Rd #3715, South Dennis, MA 02660
Devil's Purse Brewing Company sells retail kegs of beer. And just like that, we're in love!
Their craft beers include the Handline Kölsch, Hen & Chickens Double IPA, Pollock RIP, South Dennis-Style Table beer, and, coming in around 11% abv, the Chart Monster Olde Ale (bottled, of course). The notes of cherry, leather, and tobacco better be worth the $35 bucks.
You can purchase "relics" of the brewery's history, including a framed portrait of Emperor Ming for $500. Or, you know, a $5 DVD of Bonnaroo in 2004 - the same Bonnaroo we had a ticket for only to have the ticket offerer leave preemptively.
Hog Island Beer Company
28 West Rd, Orleans, MA 02653
We are very much interested in snagging ourselves a SIP-A-DEE-DO-DA NEIPA. That will be one wonderful day.
Hog Island Beer Co. is open seven days a week from noon to 8pm. They also have two patios and a lawn to sip beverages on. With rows of picnic tables, some even covered by a large tent, visitors should feel welcome to enjoy a few pints during a hot day on the Cape.
Naukabout Brewery and Taproom
13 Lake Ave, Mashpee, MA 02649
Naukabout Beer Company recently completed a project to offer outdoor beer garden for sit-down beer and food service. In addition to the six thousand square feet of patio, Naukabout will also be pairing with The Lobster Trap and Bay End Farm to offer Lobster Rolls and fresh, locally-sourced produce with their food. The cycle completes itself as Bay End uses NBC's spent grain as fertilizer.
Naukabout Beer Company has crafted a "Virtual" series of beers, including the Staycation IPA, the Salmon Pants Strawberry Milkshake IPA, and the 6 Feet Away DIPA - New England Double IPA, the latter of which comes in just a hair over 8% abv. Niiiiice.
Breweries on The Islands
Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery (Edgartown)
270 Upper Main St #5932, Edgartown, MA 02539
Enjoying a charcuterie plate and drinking a cold Vineyard Summer Ale on a lush, verdant outdoor patio covered by an extended pergola, listening to light-hearted acoustic guitar-playing singers sounds very on-brand for Martha's Vineyard. That's Edgartown's Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery for you.
5 Bartlett Farm Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554
Cisco Brewers, where the party never stops. Nantucket's lone brewery is a Gronk-level fiesta, only subbing out the mesh shorts and tank top vibe for canary yellow polos and anchor-embroidered khaki shorts. A few Grey Lady's on the Cisco patio are just what the vacation doctor ordered. Also, the brewery tour is an enjoyable way to spend an hour in the afternoon.
As a bonus, they possess a winery and distillery on-site. Huzzah!
Offshore Ale Company
30 Kennebec Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
Offshore Ale Company is a perennial winner of "Best of the Vineyard" awards, such as Best Bar/Pub, Best Year-Round Restaurant, etc. Offshore is a brewpub that is a full-service restaurant that features wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and more.
Beyond dining and drinking in, Offshore Ale Co. offers 4pk cans and 64oz growlers to-go. They even have a few dog-friendly tables in their beer garden for Fido and the rest of the puppers out there.
Breweries near the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges
If you are considering stopping at local breweries on your way onto or away from Cape Cod, there are plenty in Plymouth, along with a few strewn along routes 495/195, in towns like Buzzards Bay and Wareham.
If Rt. 195 is your way home, stop at Moby Dick Brewing Company in New Bedford. The Whale's Tail flight paddles are top notch.
Hopefully you make it out to some Cape Cod breweries this summer and sample all of their great craft beer. Hopefully we do, too.