Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re looking for a youthful way to celebrate – something beyond the standard box of chocolates, this Valentine’s Day, then you’re in luck. Our crew has pulled together a long list of breweries in New England you’ll want to check out, on your next date. Breweries have been popping up left and right in New England and while fancy dinners, gifts, and flowers are always a treat – Matt and I decided to put a casual spin on Valentine’s Day this year to get outside of our mundane tradition and check out some newer local businesses.
Now the best part about breweries is how casual, yet aesthetically pleasing, the environment is. This means whether you’re heading out on a first date, a group date, a Galentine’s date or trying something new on date one million, like Matt and I – the environment is kind of foolproof. It’s intimate but rambunctious, there are a prethala of conversation starters, and most breweries across New England offer everything from tours to tastings! So whether you’re looking for a pint of what’s on tap or some tasty bar snacks, scroll down to see breweries in New England you’ll want to check out, on your next date.
Before we jump into all the brewery details let’s chat about Matt & I’s puffer moment – shall we! The weather in New England during this time of year can be sporadic to put it nicely so light layers are essential. Before heading out to check out a few breweries this past weekend, we layered up with these matching puffers from Red Fleece. Matt wore a red puffer vest over a pink sweater in honor of the upcoming holiday while I put a casual spin on my go-to work slacks and white crepe blouse by adding this pink puffer jacket and turning in the heels for these wicked cute pink color-blocked white sneakers. Honestly, both Matt and I have a soft spot for pink in February and were so thankful for our jackets as the night went and the weather got a little nippy. Overall, puffer jackets are a spring staple in my closet and would make a splendid gift for that perfect someone in your life if you’re looking to exchange gifts on Valentine’s Day, just saying!
Nestled in an old manufacturing building, Two Roads Brewing Company offers tours, a merch shop, and private event hosting. Inside their tasting room, visitors can purchase pints and sample-sizes to enjoy on the premises. Six-packs and 64-ounce growlers can be purchased to-go. Two Roads offers seasonal beers and yearly brews too!
This brewery offers tours, ‘Hoppy Hour,’ trivia night, billiards, and a full menu restaurant! Every Tuesday, Portsmouth Brewing Company lets visitors give back to the community. With every beer purchased, 25 cents is donated to the drinker’s charity of choice!
Both Boston, MA and Windsor, VT brew hubs offer guided tours every day of the week! On the tour, you’ll see and learn how Harpoon brews their beer and hard ciders. The knowledgeable guide will answer any questions you have during your brewery adventure and tasting session. Inside the Beer Hall, visitors can purchase handmade soft pretzels that are boiled in Harpoon IPA and sprinkled with brewhouse malted barley to complement their pint!
This brewery is new to town and already a hit! The industrial space is home to a beer hall, cocktail bar, old school arcade, cornhole, live entertainment, karaoke Mondays, and full menu restaurant. With over 30 beers on draft and nearly 50 on deck – Elicit offers a brew for any palate!
With 15 beers on tap, the Magic Hat Artifactory has a brew for everyone. The brewery offers both 32-ounce crowler and 64-ounce growler fills – plus lots of local Vermont-sourced snacks like artisanal cheese plates and unique grilled cheeses. Join a guided tour or explore the funky factory on your own!
Trillium Brewing Company is a year-round taproom and brewery. Located in the nostalgic Fenway district (Go Sox!), this brewery’s available brews include hoppy, roasty, sour & wild styles. With a greenhouse-inspired taproom and a retail outlet, visitors can enjoy beers at their open-air patio during the summer and watch ice skating through the glass walls during the winter. Trillium offers a second taproom at their Canton, MA location!
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