What do you do when the first day of spring delivers a few more inches of snow? You hop on a flight! Or you head to a brewery to get some hops on a flight. My apologies to everyone who follows me on social media and has already heard that line, but I have a love of terrible puns and I couldn’t leave it out.
We took a ride up to Gloucester to tour Cape Ann Brewing Company and we were not disappointed! As you locals know, Gloucester is very much a fishing town and it’s evident in the decor both inside and outside the brewery.
You can even play a game trying to hook a fish on the wall. Bonus points if you can do it with a beer in the other hand.
This was a little different than some of the brewery tours we’ve done before in that we didn’t actually get to sample anything during the tour itself, but it was nothing less than informative. I can always be won over with a carefully drawn out diagram.
After learning how the beers were crafted, we had the opportunity to visit the pub and try a few. It’s not easy to narrow it down to just a couple when the descriptions sound this good, so we had to go with a flight to try six at once.
While most are available on tap, the barrel-aged options come in a bottle that can serve 2-3 people for $20. We were told these were best for wine drinkers because you get the cabernet flavor mixed with the beer, taking away some of the bitterness. I’m not much of a beer drinker myself, so I would have loved to try one of these, but it wasn’t included in our flight. I did, however, enjoy the Rockporter – a dark, chocolately porter named for a neighboring coastal town. Dan’s favorite was the Tea Party – a barley wine made with three flavors of tea.
We couldn’t leave without also sampling their food, so I tried a pub classic.
Dan had a BBQ chicken sandwich that he says was delicious. I can only vouch for the pickle.
With its wooden, cafeteria-style tables and its ever-changing menu of craft beers, this seems like a great place to come with friends to enjoy a few snacks and drinks. Even if you aren’t the biggest beer-enthusiast, like myself, there is something for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s a behind the scenes tour, or a plate of soft pretzels as an alternative way to get your carbs!
[This post is not sponsored and Cape Ann Brewing Company has no idea that I’m even writing about them. I simply wanted to share a positive experience and give some local love 😉 ]