While most of the country was heading out for Black Friday shopping, I decided to do something a little less crazy, day drinking. Tributary Brewery has been one of my favorite places around the Seacoast for some time now. The people, the beer, and the atmosphere are the reasons I always come back for more. Every time I come, I feel that community vibe. Families gather for birthdays or just an afternoon out. Since the brewery is BYOF (meaning you can pick up Kittery’s finest foods to have at the brewery), it’s a great place for an indoor picnic, but better, because there’s endless beer. Be sure also to check out the website for live music at the brewery.
Even if you don’t know anything about Tributary, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of their Mott the Lesser beer. Whenever this beer’s released, people camp out and line the streets. With a 10.5 ABV, this Russian Imperial Stout is strong for a reason. It’s aged in apple brandy, port, Mount Gay rum, scotch oak barrels then blended. This way, this beer gets aged and flavored in many different flavors. The apple brandy is definitely the stand out flavor though.
Moving slightly lighter, the Black IPA is a smooth, dark IPA with a tiny bite, but not the strong bite you’re expecting. The tameness of this beer makes it more drinkable than other dark beers. The Winter Saison is coppery-colored, fruit aroma farmhouse ale with a hint of pepper. This beer was definitely full of flavor. Finally was the Pale Ale with a crisp, refreshing taste with a variety of hop tastes.
Whether you’re spending the day hitting the Kittery outlets or taking a trip across the bridge from Portsmouth, do yourself a favor and hit up Tributary Brewery. If you want to treat yourself a little more, pick up my favorite, Loco Coco’s, on the way. Also remember that today is Small Business Saturday which is a great reason to get out and support your local brewery.
10 Shapleigh Rd
Wednesday-Saturday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.