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Best Beer Establishments in New England

Best Beer Establishments in New England
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If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy a pint, check out our list of some of the best beer establishments in New England. You can find more great regional recommendations like this in our May/June 2011 “Best in New England” issue.

The London Tavern
, Temple, NH
With a menu that includes bangers-and-mash, bubble-and-squeak, and to-die-for shepherd’s pie, this classic eatery, housed in an old stagecoach stop (The Birchwood Inn), will feed your inner Anglophile. You can stay the night, too.
340 Route 45. 603-878-3285;

Samuel Adams Brewery Tour
, Boston, MA
Start with a lesson on one of America’s Founding Fathers (and early malt suppliers); then take a step-by-step tour of the beer-making process. Wrap it all up with a free sample or two of the award-winning brews in the tasting room.
30 Germania St. 617-368-5080;

Skunk Hollow Tavern
, Hartland Four Corners, VT
It’s hard to find a place less touristy than this c. 1790 country tavern/restaurant where locals, and Dartmouth students from across the river, pack the downstairs pub. There’s a slew of New England microbrews on tap, and on Thursday nights $15.95 buys you a half-pound burger and a pint. Regular live music, too.
12 Brownsville Road. 802-436-2139;

Willimantic Brewing Company
, Willimantic, CT
Internationally influenced ale, beer, and stout, all brewed on site in this former post office. Sip the suds or a glass of wine with basic steaks, or sample fish and chicken prepared with flair.
967 Main St. 860-423-6777;

These are our some of our favorite beer establishments in New England. What are yours?

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2 Responses to Best Beer Establishments in New England

  1. Kevin December 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    The Alchemist Brew Pub no longer exists.

    • Aimee Seavey December 8, 2011 at 11:21 am #

      Hi Kevin,

      Thank you for your comment, and we are sad to say that you are mostly correct. The Alchemist was hit hard by the flood waters from Hurricane Irene last summer, which resulted in a major loss for owners Jennifer & John Kimmich. On November 19th they announced that they were choosing not to re-open The Alchemist, however, there will be a new 60-seat pub built on the same site, which they own, with plans to open this winter.

      They also announced plans to move their 7 barrel brewery to a new production site nearby, where “John will be hard at work to supply the community with his creative and tasty small production beers.” So at least there is that to look forward to!

      Happy Holidays,

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