Zero Gravity Brewing, in Burlington, VT, is just as beautiful as the rest of Burlington. The taproom opens up to a large, gorgeous wooden deck out front. Inside, the taproom is very spacious and polished and even had a shuffleboard to play, which you don’t find in many breweries.
I have to say, I loved every single beer that I had here. Wilson’s Plover, the Saison, was full of orange peel flavor and and a light-straw haze look. This has to be one of the best Saisons I’ve ever had. Little Wolf, the Pale Ale, had a mixture of Mosaic and Citra hops giving it a citrus flavor and aroma. Very light and smooth beer making for a solid Pale Ale.
I’m not normally a fan of sour beers, but the Strawberry Moon was actually really good. The sour taste wasn’t too strong but it had a great strawberry flavor to it. Finally, Cone Head, which made me automatically picture Dan Aykroyd’s Conehead sipping on a beer, was a tame, hoppy IPA. This light, citrus-y IPA is perfect for the non-IPA drinker as well.
If you’re in the Burlington area or looking for a fun trip, make sure to stop by Zero Gravity Brewery. It’s located on the best beer street in Vermont as there’s 4 breweries (Zero Gravity, Queen City, Switchback, and Citizen Cider) within walking distance of each other.
Zero Gravity Brewery
716 Pine St
Sunday-Thursday 12 p.m.-9p.m.
I’ve heard about Foam Brewers being the next big thing since they opened a year ago. So when I was planning my trip to Vermont, I knew this had to be one of my first stops. It absolutely exceeded all of my expectations.
Located right along Lake Champlain, just the location alone is perfect. With a decent size taproom and an outside area out front, this place is perfect to grab a couple beers with some friends.
The best part, though, is the beer. Ka-Bloom, like the name suggests, is bursting with flavor. The passion fruit and citrus of this Session IPA was so light, sweet and refreshing. Perfect beer for the summer. With a tap list mostly of DIPAs, of course I had to try all of them. My favorite had to be Rated R. Very appropriate name as it makes you say “fuck, that’s good”. The mango and pineapple make this beer so juicy and smooth. Experimental Jet Set, like the Rated R, was full of tropical flavor. Ugly Casanova was more like a creamsicle while Manteca had that bitter pineapple taste. Needless to say, these juice bombs are some of the best.
If that doesn’t make you believe that these beers are killer, the line for growlers will make you believe. Especially the guy getting 15 growlers to bring home. Yes, it’s THAT good. So excited that they’ll start canning in a couple weeks just in time for my next trip.
112 Lake St
Ever since Castle Island opened up their new taproom, I’ve been dying to head down to visit it. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
First thing I noticed when I walked in was the big projector screen on the wall playing the Mighty Ducks. Did someone tip them off that I was coming or something? One of my favorite movies of all time.
Castle Island has some of the best beers around, in my opinion. Ever since having Big Ern at a beer fest, I’ve been dying for more. This DIPA is full of body and flavor.
My favorite though had to be the Mosaic Hopped Candlepin. This session Ale is taken to the next level of the original with this dry hop. It gives it a more citrus taste. Perfect beer that I could drink forever or until my liver gave out. Swipe Ripe, another DIPA had more of an apricot and melon taste to it that mellowed out the strong DIPA taste. Not quite Big Ern, but good nonetheless.
The beertender we had was amazing. Anything I wanted to try he was there. Though they do not offer flights, you can sample anything and everything before grabbing your beers. The open space overlooks the brewhouse so you can sit and actually see the brewery process in action.
Castle Island Brewing Company
31 Astor Ave
Small, but mighty, Cold Harbor Brewing Co in Westborough, MA is everything that I love finding for beer: twists on the everyday beers.
Cold Harbor’s beers are anything but ordinary, and that’s the best part. Secret Garden, gives a new unique twist to a Hefe. Chamomile is added to give it a more herbal taste, which is a great compliment to the traditional clove taste as well as the added honey. Definitely the most unique Hefe I’ve ever had. Farmer’s Friend, a Saison, is very true to it’s name as it has a hay after taste to pair with the honey taste. Indian Summer, a hazy, New England IPA, stayed true to the citrus taste of a juice bomb with mango and pineapple notes but added a little spice to it. I could drink this beer everyday.
Petals N’ Rinds, a Pale Ale hopped with Mosaic and Citra to give it a citrus taste, mixed with florals to create a perfect balance. Finally, my favorite had to be Ra-venna, a Session IPA. Like Petals N’ Rinds, it’s hopped with my two favorite hops: Mosaic and Citra giving it a strong citrus taste but a little hoppier than the Pale Ale.
The taproom itself is small but they just added an outside area to enjoy some sunshine and some cornhole.
I strongly recommend Cold Harbor Brewing Co if you’re looking for a break from the everyday beers, which I’m always looking for. I can’t wait to see what else this brewery comes up with next.
Cold Harbor Brewing Co
108 Milk St Suite 6
Saturday 11 a.m.-9p.m.
Sunday 12p.m.-5 p.m.
You would never expect a high quality brewery to be in the middle of a market and ice cream shop, but that’s exactly where you’ll find Start Line Brewery in Hopkinton, MA.
Start Line’s beers, to me, are some of the most high quality beers around. The Hazelnut Cold Brew tastes like something that I could drink for breakfast instead of coffee. The smooth hazelnut flavors remind me of a Guinness but with much more flavor. Honestly, if I could get away with bringing this to work as coffee, I’d probably survive my job much better anyways. Drunk me is always a more productive and happy me , so who would argue against that.
The Honey Pale Ale was just that. A Pale Ale that’s bite was calmed by the honey flavor. Very drinkable with a much more honey subdued taste. The Hop Load IPA bursted with grapefruit, papaya and citrus. The sequel, the Hop Load Citra was actually a calmer taste that the original. Both very good and drinkable for the summer.
For a brewery with flavors and beers like these, i hope to see this brewery expand a lot more and have a space of their own. And I definitely can’t wait til they reach a place where they can distribute as I NEED that Hazelnut Cold Brew Stout.
Start Line Brewery
151R Hayden Rowe St
Wednesday-Thursday 12p.m. – 7p.m.
Friday-Saturday 12 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
When you think about finding your Pipe Dream, Londonderry isn’t usually your first thought. But hidden in back of the airport, you’ll find a wave of gnarly brews.
Pipe Dream Brewing has quickly become one of my new favorite breweries, though I wish I lived closer to it (Though it did’t stop me from going back to back days)! Keeping with that laid back surfer vibe, this place makes you just want to stay all day. The outside area has a couple picnic tables, ladderball, and of course, cornhole. And the best part, it’s extremely dog friendly. If lawn games aren’t your thing (but really, who doesn’t love them?), there’s shuffleboard and pinball inside. If you time it right, there’ll also be some live music playing.
Accompanied with fun throwback surfer and motorcycle cartoons, Pipe Dream has some great named beers that just so happen to taste great too. The Naked 3 Sum IPA was a darker IPA with a melon and pine taste. It was a pretty good IPA. The Hue Heffy was definitely my favorite of the bunch as it was light, hazy and very refreshing with the classic banana and clove taste with a little extra sweetness. The Bombshell Brown, though I’m not much of a dark beer person, had great caramel flavoring with a little bite with it. The Rip Curl Saison was also a solid beer with a light, citrus and melon taste with just enough spice.
I can’t wait to go back already as they have so many different, juicier IPAs in their rotation and that’s my weakness. Aside from the beers, you have to check out their food. I got the loaded nachos and they were incredible. Topped with chicken, guac, salsa, cheese and more. I didn’t get a chance to try the pizza but if it tastes anything like it looked…
Pipe Dream Brewing
49 Harvey Rd
Wednesday-Saturday 12 p.m.- 8p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m.- 5p.m.
Located in the back of an industrial park, hides one of Portland’s hidden treasures, Bunker Brewing Co. The second I pulled up to the brewery, I was in love. The brewery is very open with picnic tables outside, a food truck, and more tables inside.
Inside, the brewery has a rustic feel and Bob Marley vinyls playing away. There’s also a section on the side where you can play cornhole and ping pong.
The best beer had to be Salad Daze. As the name suggests, it’s a session lager packed with citrus as it’s hopped with Citra. The perfect beer to quench your thirst on a hot summer day. Machine was the perfect example of a Czech Lager with traditional spicey, earthy notes. Cypher, the Hoppy Lager, had a very interesting taste with a different piney taste. Finally, the Rockerz IPA had everything that I love in a beer (hops, grapefruit and Mosaic hops). It’s a darker IPA but still very drinkable.
Props to my new bartender friend for drinking her beers from a dino sippy cup. You and your dog are the real MVP. Everyone there is beyond nice and the kind of people you want to hang out at the bar and talk to.
Just a couple minutes from Bissell Brothers, this may become our new second stop every time we visit. One thing they have on Bissell is they allow dogs, which Bissell just stopped. I still need to get my dog petting fix. Yes, I’m a dog creeper.
Bunker Brewing Co.
17 Westfield St Unit D
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 12p.m.-9p.m.