Last Friday, we rounded up the newest members of the Craft Beer Cellar family, CBC Westford, CBC Newton, CBC Braintree, and CBC New England Annex for a trip down to Plymouth, MA and a visit to Mayflower Brewing Company. What follows is a brief recounting of our time and tour, because a.) We were having so much fun that we maybe didn’t take the most diligent notes and b.) YOU NEED TO GET DOWN TO MAYFLOWER BREWING COMPANY, YO!
So with limited commentary, we present to you:
Field Trip Fridays: Mayflower Brewing Company (#CBContour 🙂 )
The key to any successful brewery tour is a pre-tour sampling of the wares. Mayflower IPA, Porter, Pale Ale, Golden Ale and Summer Rye (the last we’ll see of it until next year) were delicious as expected.
Tasting glasses in hand, we enjoyed a thorough, ‘Grain-to-Glass’ tour led Mayflower Founder and President Drew Brosseau. He explained that a recently completed expansion will result in a doubling of production from 2000bbl (previous) to 4000bbl (projected), with the ultimate capacity to brew 8000bbl per year. In short: more Mayflower Brewing Company beer for the people, yay!
At the bottling line, we were encouraged to hear Drew reiterate Mayflower’s commitment to employee safety. To dispel any rumors, Mayflower doesn’t have plans to begin canning their beer any time soon. We were also introduced to “Otto”, the brewery pup. As you can probably tell, he stole the show.
After the tour was complete, we were treated to a special surprise: a vintage Mayflower Brewing Company Thanksgiving Ale from 2011. While this year’s version won’t be available until November, the 2011 vintage had aged remarkably well, exhibiting dark fruit notes and a smooth, woody finish. *Pro tip: get a couple for the cellar!
After a brief stop for pictures, we headed over to a Plymouth landmark (no, not that Plymouth landmark): Driftwood Publick House.
Chef recommends: Driftwood Fries. Pair with: Your favorite Mayflower Brewing Company beer, duh :).
Thank you so much for the invitation, Mayflower Brewing Company!
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