Top 10 Craft Beers in New England: A Guide to the Must-Try Brews

Top 10 Craft Beers in New England: A Guide to the Must-Try Brews

Top 10 Craft Beers in New England: A Guide to the Must-Try Brews

Some of New England’s Best Craft Beers

New England, a region known for its rich history and picturesque landscapes, has also carved out a reputation as a hotbed for craft beer innovation. From juicy, hazy IPAs to rich, complex stouts, the breweries of New England offer a diverse array of flavors that capture the spirit and creativity of the area. Here’s a look at the top 10 craft beers that you absolutely must try from New England.

1. Heady Topper – The Alchemist (Vermont)

Heady Topper by The Alchemist

No list of New England beers would be complete without mentioning Heady Topper. Brewed in Stowe, this double IPA set the standard for the hazy, juicy New England IPA style with its intensely hoppy and beautifully balanced profile.

(See our review here: Beer Review: Heady Topper by The Alchemist)

2. Julius – Tree House Brewing Company (Massachusetts)

Julius by Tree House Brewing

Julius is a tropical and hazy IPA that has become almost synonymous with the New England craft beer scene. Its notes of passionfruit, mango, and citrus make it a must-try for anyone who appreciates finely crafted IPAs.

(See our review here: Beer Review: Julius by Tree House Brewing Company.)

3. Sip of Sunshine – Lawson’s Finest Liquids (Vermont)

This luminous golden IPA is rich with tropical fruit flavors and a delicate, hoppy aroma. Sip of Sunshine is a vibrant and refreshing beer that showcases the mastery of Lawson’s Finest Liquids in balancing flavor and drinkability.

4. Dinner – Maine Beer Company (Maine)

Dinner is a double IPA that offers a complex array of hop flavors including pineapple, mango, and a hint of pine. This beer is a beautifully crafted example of how deep and varied the flavors of an IPA can be.

5. Captain’s Daughter – Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island (Rhode Island)

This double IPA packs a punch with its robust hop profile and hefty 8.5% ABV. Expect a blend of citrus and pine that finishes with a crisp bitterness, making it deeply satisfying.

6. Night Shift – Santilli (Massachusetts)

An American IPA that has garnered numerous awards, Santilli offers a crispy, clean, and beautifully balanced drinking experience. Its bright citrus notes are complemented by a subtle malt backdrop.

7. Good Measure – River Roost Brewery (Vermont)

Though not as widely known as some others on this list, Good Measure’s Near and Far IPA is exceptional. It strikes a perfect harmony between fruity and hoppy, offering a crisp and refreshing finish.

8. Allagash White – Allagash Brewing Company (Maine)

A Belgian-style wheat beer that has become almost as iconic as the brewery itself, Allagash White is delicately spiced with coriander and Curaçao orange peel, producing a beer that’s balanced, refreshing, and distinctly flavorful.

9. Baby Genius – Bissell Brothers (Maine)

Baby Genius by Bissell Brothers

This blonde ale is light and hazy, providing a sessionable beer without sacrificing flavor. It’s a testament to the skill of Bissell Brothers in creating distinctive, memorable beers that are also highly drinkable.

(See our review: Beer Review: Baby Genius by Bissell Brothers.)

10. Trillium Fort Point Pale Ale – Trillium Brewing Company (Massachusetts)

This pale ale is both floral and citrusy with a soft, creamy body that makes it exceptionally smooth and approachable. It’s a standout that represents the best of what New England craft breweries have to offer.

These ten beers only scratch the surface of the rich tapestry of craft brewing found across New England. Each brewery brings its unique twist to the craft, reflecting the innovation and diversity of this region. Whether you’re a local or planning a visit, these brews are sure to provide a delightful and profound taste of New England’s brewing excellence. Cheers!

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