I’ve wanted to go to Long Live Beerworks in Providence, RI for quite some time now. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
While watching Long Live on social media, they’ve been producing some very unique beers and it’s definitely the kind of thing I look for in a brewery. Though they only had a couple of beers on tap when I went, they were awesome!
Nitro Cart was like a chocolate donut in a glass. Yes, it’s heavenly as it sounds and drinking your donuts is healthier, right? Cherry Ghosts was a cherry kettle sour that was one of the best sours that I have ever had. It had a slight creaminess and since it was kettled, the sour taste is not over powering. I could drink this beer all day. Finally, Riot Girl was a earthy juice bomb, which was a Pink Boots Society brew. This IPA was full of flavor taking pine notes with citrus.
The girls working the bar were beyond nice and were very helpful at planning the rest of our “Rhode Trip”. It was just a great atmosphere to kick back and enjoy a couple beers.
Though the taproom is very small, Long Live is moving to a bigger space at the end of summer. I can’t wait to see this place transform and keep pumping out great, creative beers.
Long Live Beerworks
425 West Fountain St
I can’t believe I hadn’t been to Dirigo in Biddeford, Maine until now. This place is great. Located in a mill right on the dam, Dirigo is a fun taproom with a great view.
This place is like heaven. Drink some beers and watch a bunch of dogs run around. Just be careful of the brewery dog who pokes your butt with his nose if you don’t give him popcorn. Not a bad problem to have though, if you ask me, because he’s instantly your friend.
Our bartender was one of the best that I’ve had at a brewery. I love when the bartender is passionate about the beers and takes the time to talk to you about them.
The Baltic Porter was a roasted, malty porter with a slight bite. The Saco River Red Rye was very malty with a twang to it. The Redbier was a malty, yet crisp and smooth traditional red. The N.E.P.A.L was definitely one of my favorites as it was a hoppy and hazy pale lager. The Lager was a traditional take of this smooth and drinkable brew for any beer fan. Finally the Champagne de Maine had to be my favorite. This is a kettlehead (my favorite type of sour) with a classic splash of raspberry. The kettle makes the beer less sour tasting and makes for a more drinkable beer. This is the perfect beer to have on a nice summer day.
Not much more you can ask for than a great tap room, solid beers, quality people, and dogs. Dirigo has all of these things making for a great brewery trip. The mill is also home to Banded Horn Brewing and the newly opened Nuts and Bolts Brewery making for a nice brewery crawl.
Dirigo Brewing Co
28 Pearl St
When I walked into Brewery Silvaticus in Amesbury, MA on a Sunday afternoon, I did not expect to see a completely full taproom. Word has gotten out about one of the area’s newest breweries and people are definitely digging it.
The taproom itself feels very industrial and I love the fact that you can drink right next to the tanks, watching the process come full circle.
Now you can’t get a flight here but they have a taplist of about ten beers that you can spend the afternoon trying. Specializing in Belgian and German beers, Silvaticus perfects traditional styles.
The Vig was an Indian Pale Lager with the right amount of hopiness and citrus flavor. The combination of Mosaic hops with El Dorado cuts down the fruity flavor to a more subdued hint. Southern Bullet was a New Zealand Pale Lager with hints of melon and peach.
Though I didn’t get to try as many of their beers as I would have liked, that just means there’s more reason for another trip there. In warmer weather, there is a side patio to enjoy some outside beers.
9 Water St
I have never had more of a welcoming and home-like feeling at a brewery than I did at Blasty Bough Brewing. Yeah, say that five times fast. Opened just in February, this brewery is already making a name for itself at McClary Hill Farm in Epsom, NH.
Dave, the owner, is a jack of all trades. He built the brewery (which was meant to be a farm store), brews all of the beer, and he’s the guy pouring the beer. On top of that, Dave is the one that sets that welcoming feeling the minute you walk in.
With a U-shaped bar, it’s easy to start conversations with other people at the bar and everyone in the brewery ends up talking to each other.
Aside from a great atmosphere, the beers are incredible as well.
The Farmer’s Alchemy was one of the best saisons I’ve ever had. The complexity of it definitely made it stand out. In one sip you could have a little tartness, some spice, and a little sweetness. Isabella McCoy’s Choice, a robust porter, had an underlying smokiness to compliment a roasted chocolate malt. The Echo Valley Alt was a very light and refreshing beer. The 1933 was a traditional kolsch with a great crisp and slight spice. Tiny Trailer Pale would make the perfect beer for a hot summer day as the juiciness was very refreshing. Boonie Cruiser IPA was a NE IPA with bursts of tropical notes and a slight bitterness. Finally, the Fort Mountain DIPA had a perfect balance of floral and citrus hops lending to a sweet and bitter taste. In all, this flight was very solid and impressive for a brewery that just opened its doors.
As I left the brewery, I just kept telling my boyfriend how much I just loved this place and the vibe. I’ve never felt more at home at a brewery (and believe me, I go to A LOT). In the summer months, they’re hoping to open their decks to enjoy the beautiful farmland. You’ll definitely find me out there relaxing with some great beers.
Blasty Bough Brewing Co
3 Griffin Rd
I had visited Banded Horn, in Biddeford, Maine, a year ago and was surprised to walk in now to a redesigned taproom.
This place is a beer lover’s dream.
One of the best things about Banded Horn is the fact that they have 17 beers on tap. For any smaller craft brewery, this is quite the treat.
The Jolly Woodsman was a Coffee Stout with a perfect balance of coffee hints, chocolate and just a touch of fruit. Resolution, in collaboration with one of my other favorite Maine breweries, Barreled Souls, is a pleasant surprise. This wild fermented beer was inspired by champagne with fruit and tartness and definitely doesn’t drink like a 10.5 ABV. Daikaiju, not only fun to say, but a solid beer. This DIPA has a citrus aroma and taste with a bit of pine. Finally, Pizza Night was an IPA with a perfect mixture of Mosaic, Azacca, Simcoe, and Summit hops lending to an orange and mango taste with a slight earthy note.
The taproom itself is in a mill building along a dam. There are arcade-style games and old school Nintendo. It looks like when the weather’s nicer, there’s a deck out back, which I have yet to explore. You’ll find me there when it warms up…eventually.
32 Main St
Barewolf Brewery in Amesbury, MA felt like a community get together in your mom’s basement, if the basement had awesome arcade-style video games and great beer.
Yes, cue the “Ma, the meatloaf!” jokes.
While flights are not offered, the bartender will hook you up with anything that you want to try. I told him that is a dangerous thing to tell me as he’d never get rid of me.
Slugworth’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout was a wonderful mixture of chocolate, oats, vanilla, and a little nuttiness. Hop Salad is an Australian hops wonderland with the hoppiness of a kangaroo and a little oat hint. Finally Smitten Kitten is an IPA packed with western hops which edges on a hint of stone fruit and pine.
The place is kid-friendly, but it’s more important to note that it is dog-friendly, which is a major plus in my book. They have all kinds of games as well, including Crazy Taxi, Mortal Combat, Skeeball, and pool.
Barewolf just opened a year ago but is growing very fast and pumping out new beers by the minute. I have a feeling that they’re only going to get bigger over this next year.
12 Oakland St.
Instead of pointing North, my compass is always guiding me to beer. It definitely hit the mark when it led me to Navigation Brewing Co. in Lowell, MA.
I loved everything about this place from the taproom to the vibe to, of course, the beers.
I would like to see Navigation get a little more creative with their beer names as most are named after the type that they are but that doesn’t take away from how good they are. Pale Ale was a very smooth pale full of citrus tastes, as it was dry hopped with Citra. Milk Stout was a creamy body with a slight bite to it. DDH Cocked Hat was the brew that packs that punch. Bursting with citrus and bitterness, this beer still went down very smoothly. Finally the IPA, dank in color, had papaya and pine flavors. All of these beers made a very solid flight.
My favorite thing about Navigation, other than the beers, was that it was dog friendly. Something about dogs in a taproom just makes a place come alive.
If you’re hungry or need to soak up some beer, Navigation usually has a food truck outside. My favorite, Lexie’s Burger Bus, has been known to make some stops there.
Now that Navigation’s on my map, I can’t wait to go back and can’t wait to see what they do in the future.
Navigation Brewing Co.
122 Western Ave.