New England breweries in the top 50 states

Massachusetts came in at 5th, Vermont at 6th, Maine at 9th place and New York at 11th place. check it out along with breweries Here.

best beer by state


Connecticut Valley Brewing

Still antsy I visited Connecticut Valley Brewing on Sunday for my first time and it opened this year also. It was easily found at 765 Sullivan Ave, “off Rt. 194 just east of Rt. 5” South Windsor, CT. It is situated in a large building, that contains the brewing process in the back part, along with a big bar tavern type area that could hold at least 60 people, along with an outdoor sitting area, and a section I think that could be rented out? At the bar and maybe by waitress the pours are 5oz, 12oz, & some at 16oz, plus they will give small samples. They don’t fill growlers just 16oz cans to go and they will let you mix a four pack. The brews I tasted, and pictures are below.

A Fantastic Voyage pours golden with good head and sticking lacing. Nose of citrus & pine aromas. Taste is big on citrus flavor with a gentle bitterness. very good at 6.5% at brewery on 12/3/17.

Into the Woods IPA pours golden with short head and sliding lacing. Nose of citrus & melon/fruit? Taste of melon with an upfront bitterness that lingers. very tasty 6.5% at brewery on 12/3/17.

Farmhand Kölsch small sample.

Alt, Alt, and Away Altbier small sample.


Hitchcock Brewing

I got antsy seeing winter is coming on and camping has been over for almost some 2 months or more. On Saturday I visited Hitchcock Brewing in Whately MA. For the first time that it’s been opened this year. To find that finding it would be an adventure with just a sign like people running for some town election would put on some one’s lawn, and then some 1000 feet off Christian Lane just past a lama farm and a couple of homes. Now that I’m writing this I should have taken pics of the farm, but sorry about that just imagine that I did. The tasting was free, and you could try all 9 brews from a 2-oz. plastic cup, and then purchase cans or a growler fill to go. The brews I tasted, and pictures are below.

Crossover Golden Ale Very good ale.

Single Bottom IPA Big on citrus aromas and flavors. Nice bitterness to it.

Double Bottom IPA nose of faint citrus. taste is big and over whelming of bitter aromatic flavors. very frigging good

Angry Sparrow Very deep malt aromas and flavors. Very good.

HBC Alpha-1 Big on grapefruit aromas. Taste is grapefruit sweet creamy mouth. A great double IPA.

HBC Alpha 2 Big smooth of fruit and citrus, with gentle bitterness. Very friggin good.

Hurricane Porter Chocolate and roasty coffee aroma and flavor. Very good.

Raspberry Hurricane Porter Big on raspberry aromas and flavors. With porter back ground. Very tasty.


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Shire Breu-Hous

We visited a new Brewery Shire Breu-Hous in Dalton Mass just before the end of our camping season. It’s in an old brick industrial building in the center of town next to the old fire station. I did a sampler board of 4 that I picked from their tap list and one was a guest brew. Their kitchen serves a normal menu of food, plus there’s a few guest brews on tap to pick from. Their times are somewhat different than most with opening at 4pm to 12am Thursday-Saturday. Why 4pm on a Saturday, why not noon, well I will ask those questions on my next visit. I do have to say that every new visit to a brewery, I find that each have their own tastes and merits. I will post my write ups on each of them below.

Pioneer pale ale W/ glacier Deeply flavorful ale. Another big aromas and flavors brew..

Calanthe Mooie an amazing stout big on rich deep dark malt aromas and flavors. Very frigging good.

Batch #5 Big on blonde aromas and flavors very good.

Shire Summer Saison Big Saison flavors and aromas. Very good.


Tin Bridge Brewing

We have a new Brewery in town, it opened on October 5th and its called Tin Bridge Brewing Co, located at 487 East main St Westfield MA. It occupies a building that has been a restaurant with several different names for many years. My visit was on Saturday 14th, and it was quite busy with almost every seat taken along with a food truck outside their big overhead backdoor, they also have a couple free play video games and other games for kids and adults. I did their predetermined 5 sampler board, which was not disappointing. I will post my write ups on each of them below. I would like to say the session IPA was like high test in flavors and bitterness best I’ve had so far for a session. Prices are on the moderate side as you can see in the picture of what’s on the tap list and sizes of pour.

The Grip session IPA pours yellow with good head and sliding lacing. Nose of citrus and fruit aromas. Taste is big on bitterness that lingers with a grapefruit and melon flavors. Very frigging good at 5%.

Radio Metal pours yellow with short head and sliding lacing. Nose of malt. Taste is mouth puckering of malt and hop flavors and bitterness. Very frigging good at 6.2%.

Mosaic pours hazy yellow with short head and sliding lacing. Nose of citrus and fruit maybe? Taste is big on mango and citrus flavor with a gentle bitterness that lingers. Very frigging good 7.5%.

Brown is Down pours brown with short head and sliding lacing. Nose of rich dark roasted malt aromas. Taste is wet of dark malt and a porter flavor? Very good 5.8%.

Porter Pounder pours black with short head and sliding lacing. Nose of rich dark malt aromas. Taste is wet of dark malt and a semisweet porter mouth flavor. Very good 5.2%.


Stoneman News Letter


Stoneman is Back

we are “All In” for this batch so please help support us so we can continue doing what we love to do… Creating something you can pour into an empty glass…

Stoneman Brewery’s Official Newsletter…


It’s been a little while since I have put together a newsletter on this email chain… I apologies for keeping people in the dark about the changes I have been making and I welcome any new people reading about Stoneman for the first time. 


To briefly recap I started one of the first Beer CSA’s in the country on my tiny one barrel farm brewery in the hill town of Colrain sourcing almost all the ingredients from near by farms brewing 100 batches a year for several years…  I have only sold beer to a handful of stores and restaurants since I was one of the smallest breweries in the North East and sold most of my beer directly to CSA members… Needles to say running a business by yourself, brewing, bottling, marketing, delivering and raising little Maggie (almost 3) was a lot for one person to handle… I slowed down the business a year and a half ago to come up with a better more sustainable plan, and recuperate from working myself into the ground…  The Beer CSA has taken a pause so I could figure out a plan to move forward…. and that day has come…


Today I am proud to release the first batch of “ALL IN WITH WESTERN MA HOPS IPA” 7% abv… I have started Contract Brewing in Williamsburg MA and I have brewed and caned a 23 barrel batch…  It is hitting the shelves as I type with the help from Berkshire Brewing Company who is now my distributor… Starting a one barrel brewery by my self has taught me a lot and I have learned a lot of lessons… I never intended to get bigger or go with a distributor but I also want to be able to continue at a more sustainable pace… My goal is to be able to generate enough excitement about these Contract releases and then I will be able to focus on small test batches / collaboration projects / start up a New Beer CSA Model that I have been working on for over a year… In order for my tiny brewery to work I have to generate enough capital working with other people and not doing everything my self… So brewing on a larger system and having my friends brewery distribute for me makes a lot of sense.


The Vision of Stoneman is still very clear in this larger batch… 100% of the hops came from Four Star Farms (Northfield) and 30% of the Grain came from Valley Malt (Hadley MA and 100 miles away in NY)… I also used flaked wheat from Maine Grain co-op…  It is a NORTHEAST Style IPA… all the hops were added after the boil so it a very aromatic ale with not a lot of bitterness and a smooth cloudy mouth feel from the malted and flaked wheat.  It is best fresh so please share this email / tell your friends to help support Stoneman…


I have taken a much needed break from social media / promoting / marketing but now I am back… here is my schedule of tastings for the next two days..


Friday June 23 4-530 @ Hagers Market on Route 2 just on top of the hill from Greenfield MA… It is the first of there farmers market series that happens ever other week… Come out meet the brewer and taste/buy some of this new beer


Saturday June 24  12-2 @ Pine Hill Orchards on Colrain Shelburne Rd…

Saturday June 24 3-5 @ River Valley Market in Northampton…


Here is the complete list of stores that have ordered this beer as of today


Atkins Farm Amherst

Ryan and Casey Greenfield

The Beer Shop E Longmedow

River Valley Market NoHo

4 season Hadley

Pine HIll Orchards Colrain

Provisions NoHo

Hagers market Shelburne

Cold River Package Charlamont

State St NoHo

Coopers Corner Florence

McCuskers Buckland


Sorry if I missed someone on the list it’s off the top of my head and I just spent the day driving around Boston for the for the first time hitting up stores along route 2 …


If you want my beer and live in MA tell your local package store to order through Berkshire Brewing Co or get in touch with Stoneman and he make sure you can get some…. The more people that stop it to there favorite store and request this beer the more I can make and continue on the path of the Vision Of Stoneman… One of the best things about distributing with BBC is that they are everywhere in the state so together we can easily get you a 4 pack or a case… People can also email me for a case order and I can hook it up to a package store near you through BBC… It’s a pretty amazing opportunity…


I have much more News on the way but for now I have to get ready to drive around tomorrow and do the Hustle…  I am very proud of this new larger batch and I couldn’t be where I am today with All of Your Help… Thanks for buying my product, believing in me, supporting me and please help spread the word about how special this beer is… 111 pounds of Hops in 23 barrels of beer…. All Four Star Farms Cascade, Nugget and Rakkau …  The More Beer I can sell this weekend and next week the larger the next batch can be which gets us closer to the goal or our New CSA Model release which I will explain later…


Cheers Justin Korby a.k.a. Stoneman…

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Throwback Brewery News Letter

Mug Club Openings, Rock On Beer Release Party, New Brews, & More!

Hope everyone is having as good of a Summer as we are! In this email, we cover some of our July events as well as new beers and openings in our mug club. We hope to see you here to enjoy this amazing weather in our beer garden. Cheers!

Limited Mug Club Openings Now Available
Interested in becoming a member of our mug club? Well, now is your time – we are opening up at least 10 spots to make room for you!

The inaugural year of our Throwback Brewery Mug Club has been such a success, and in such high demand (thank you!), that we thought – why not expand it and make room for a few more?

So, if you haven’t heard the perks of membership yet, or are a current member who hasn’t yet re-upped, here is a recap of the special privileges that await for our lucky mug club members in year two!

Membership Privileges – Exclusive Benefits of the Throwback Brewery Mug Club include:
– Mug Sized Beers (19oz) at regular 16oz pint prices
– 25% off Throwback merchandise.
– A free burger (or veggie burger) & a beer during your birthday week!
– One free mug of beer to celebrate your initiation or renewal
– 10% off your food and beer order during Thursday and Friday lunches (
– Exclusive Mug Club-only appreciation events. In year 1, we had a behind the scenes tour of our farm and brewery, plus a Winter social with tasty snacks from Chef Carrie. We have more fun ideas for year 2!
– First access to limited bottle releases or special beer dinners and events before they go on sale to the public. This coming year, we will give mug club members first access to purchase our Fat Alberta chocolate peanut butter imperial stout. Also, like last year, instead of a bottle limit of 4, you can purchase up to 6 bottles if you choose.
– Bragging rights for helping to fund our big list of projects. In 2016, we used the mug club membership fees to buy and install acoustic tiles!

Also, as in year one, the top 10 most active mug club members receive 40% off their mug club renewal for the next year ($45). Renewal rate for alums is $75. First time mug clubbers is $100.

To learn even more about our mug club, click here.

Beer Release and Concert – Tuesday, July 18th!
When the non-profit Rock On Foundation asked that we brew a beer with them to support their Rock On Fest (featuring a bunch of female-led bands), how could we say no? Also, never one to really need an excuse for a party, we also thought ‘why not throw a release party here of this limited edition collaborative beer called Master of Art Saison?’! So come on by Throwback Brewery on Tuesday, July 18th from 6-9pm for the release of this beer plus a free show from Boston’s Damn Tall Buildings – a kick butt, folksy bluegrass band!

Note – this is a free event, but will be capped at ~200 for capacity reasons. Please make sure to grab a ticket on eventbrite if you would like to go!

About the Rock On Foundation. Founded by brothers Luke Bonner and Matt Bonner, Rock On Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that serves to enrich the quality of life in communities by supporting athletic, artistic, and scholastic initiatives.

Read on for more news about upcoming beers, events, and more!

–Annette & Nicole

Upcoming Events
• July 13th – 2:15-6pm Exeter Farmer’s Market
• July 13th – 7-9pm  Live Music: Michael Bernier
• July 15th – 8am-1pm Portsmouth Farmer’s Market
• July 15th – 11am-8:30pm Seacoast Microbrew Fest
July 16th11am Yoga
July 18th6-9pm Rock On Beer Release Party
July 19th6:15pm Cribbage Tournament
July 20th2:15-6pm Exeter Farmer’s Market
July 20th7-9pm  Live Music: Lee Mehlenbacher
July 21st3pm Early Close for Private Event (2pm Kitchen)
July 22nd12-4pm
4th Annual NH Brewers Fest
July 23rd11am Yoga
July 23rd1pm Book Club
July 26th5-8pm Tasting at Epoch on the Patio
July 27th2:15-6pm Exeter Farmer’s Market
July 27th7-9pm  Live Music: Unnamed Colors
July 29th8am-1pm Portsmouth Farmer’s Market
July 30th11am Yoga
Aug 3rd2:15-6pm Exeter Farmer’s Market
Aug 5th8am-1pm Portsmouth Farmer’s Market
Aug 6th11am Yoga
Aug 10th2:15-6pm Exeter Farmer’s Market
Aug 12th8am-1pm Portsmouth Farmer’s Market
Aug 12th12-3pm Beveridge Summer Fest
Aug 13th11am Yoga
Aug 17th2:15-6pm Exeter Farmer’s Market
Aug 19th8am-1pm Portsmouth Farmer’s Market
Aug 20th11am Yoga
Aug 20th3-5pm Live Music: The Midnight Wrens
Aug 22nd4:30-7:30pm Tasting at Bert’s Better Beers
Aug 24th2:15-6pm Exeter Farmer’s Market
Aug 26th8am-1pm Portsmouth Farmer’s Market
Aug 27th11am Yoga
Aug 30th6:15pm Cribbage Tournament
Aug 31st2:15-6pm Exeter Farmer’s Market

New Beers!
On our 6th birthday party, we released
Kelly Likes Hops IPL – a hoppy lager, also known as an India Pale Lager. This beer is super crisp and clear with a full hop bouquet and taste – melon, grapefruit peel, with a bit of hop dank-ness. Some of you might be very surprised to learn that it’s a lager! This is the second beer in our Hoppin’ Summer Series – the first was Cashmere Track Suit (which has already come and gone, but you can expect it to make an appearance again early Fall!). In August, we are releasing a dry-hopped, tart blonde ale. And, finally, in September, you can look forward to a dry-hopped sumac sour!

Today, we ‘watermeloned’ our blonde ale – so look forward to Watta Melon by this Saturday.

Next Tuesday, July 18th at 6pm, come celebrate the release of Master of Art Saison – a hazy, golden-colored, dry saison with a big tangerine nose and flavors of tangerine, peach, and apricot – balanced by a kick of peppery spice from the saison yeast. This beer received its name as a tribute to indie-rocker Laura Stevenson who will be headlining Rock On Fest in downtown Concord, NH on Sat, August 12th – a festival boasting live music, basketball, family fun, outdoor yoga, an outdoor movie, and our beer!

And, finally, coming up for the 4th Annual NH Brewers Fest, we are brewing a special beer – a fruit-forward grisette. Light and drinkable at 4.6% ABV! For those of you without plans on July 22nd, we highly recommend this beer fest! There will ne more NH brews flowing than any other brewfest across the State. With OVER 40 of NH’s craft breweries hard at work to make this year’s festival the biggest offering yet- with special releases, collaborations, and several seasonals available. And let’s not forget how many of NH brewers and assistant brewers will be on site and pouring their brews! So grab a ticket, and come try our special release for this fest, and say ‘hi’ to Throwback co-founder Nicole.

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