The leisurely days of fall provide an ideal excuse to head out for a tour on the Berkshire Beer & Cider Trail. The trail features locations in New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts, including five that are convenient to Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast.
The lush Berkshire landscape not only provides wonderful fall colors, but a great growing environment for many of the ingredients the brewers use in crafting their beers and ciders.
Big Elm Brewing is our local Sheffield venue. They produce three year-round ales—a golden ale, creamy oatmeal stout, and an IPA—as well as seasonal beers, such as the Lion’s Ale, an English style amber ale. Their tap room is open Thursdays through Sundays for tastings and to-go growlers.
Big Elm Brewing
65 Silver Street, Sheffield, MA
Thursday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Nearby Great Barrington is home to Barrington Brewery, whose solar brewing has set a standard and ranks them among the top twenty solar brewers in the world. Yearly production includes 25 different brews, with nine beers always on tap. The highlight of fall is the popular Octoberfest beer.
420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA
Does not offer tours, but brewing operation is viewed from tavern.
Tavern opens at 11:30 .m.
Hilltop Orchards in Richmond, Massachusetts, made a name for itself with its nationally recognized Johnny Mash, a hard apple cider that was named the number one hard cider in the United States by Yankee Magazine’s Brew Review. In addition to several ciders, Hilltop Orchards crafts wines under the Furnace Brook Winery label. You can taste both at the orchard, which is open year-round. (Check out our blog on winter activities at the orchard.)
508 Canaan Road, Richmond, MA
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Three New York City transplants began the Wandering Star Brewery in 2011. The 15-barrel microbrewery in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, consistently turns out award-winning beers. In fall, the brewery roasts pumpkins and squash hand-picked from a local supplier for its seasonal pumpkin and squash ale.
Wandering Star Brewery
11 Gifford Street, Pittsfield, MA
Brewery is open Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for tastings, tours, and growler fills.
The Berkshire Beer & Cider Trail is a great day tour for guests at Staveleigh House. Visit during September and October and you can take advantage of our Fall Foliage Special. Stay for two or more nights (Sunday-Thursday, excluding Columbus Day) and get a 25% discount on your reservation. Check it out and book online!
PHOTOS COURTESY OF BERKSHIRE FARM & TABLE TASTE TOURS.