If you have a thirst for beer then the Berkshires of western Massachusetts should most definitely be on your bucket list of places to visit this year. Craft breweries have been springing up all over the map in the past decade and the Berkshires are home to some of the finest. India pale ales, hearty stouts, porters, lagers, and seasonal limited-release brews are among the stars of the craft brewers in the region. Come spend a day exploring our favorite spots to quaff a pint or two directly from the source. Tours and tastings, special events, music and more await you in the tap rooms.
Big Elm Brewing, Sheffield, MA
Our very local production brewery opened in its current location in 2012. Stop in Thursday-Sunday from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM for purchases or to sample the wares in the tap room. Producing a year-round line up of six regional beers, the repertoire includes a Belgian ale, American lager, oatmeal stout, and hoppy IPAs. Stop in on Saturdays for a tour of the facility and insight into their recipe for successful brewing.
Barrington Brewery and Restaurant, 420 Stockbridge Road, Suite 7, Great Barrington, MA
A solar-powered brew-pub in the heart of the Berkshires, this established brewery has been serving up their own “barn-brewed beer” and delicious food offerings since 1995. Known for their locally-sourced fresh ingredients and produce, their hand-crafted beer flavors many of the inspirational dishes served in the tavern. Who knew that beer could be the secret ingredient for fresh-baked breads, cheddar ale soup, chili, barbeques sauces, salad dressings, and Chocolate Stout Cake, made famous by bon Appetit magazine?!. Chrissy Farm, their new catering facility, hosts special gatherings and celebrations. Serving food Monday- Thursday, 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM; Friday and Saturday until 10:00 PM and Sunday until 9:00 PM.
Great Falls Brewing Company, Canaan, CT
The events calendar of Great Fall Brewing Company is chock-a-block full of fun-filled festivities. While constantly updating their brew list, current offerings include east and west coast style IPAs, imperial stouts, saisons, and a rotating selection of cask ales. Although their tap room does not currently have a kitchen, from time to time they bring in food trucks, and invite you to bring your own food from home or order from a local restaurant. Open Thursday – Saturday, Noon – 11:00 PM, and Sunday – Wednesday, Noon – 10:00 PM.
Wandering Star Craft Brewery, 11 Gifford Street, Pittsfield, MA
Established in 2011 by a British ex-pat, the theme here is backyard fun. A production brewery by choice, the tap room is open weekends from noon to 5:00 PM for tours and tastings, or for a quick growler refill. Wander into their seasonal beer garden, replete with bocce, cornhole, pool and ping pong, for a relaxing afternoon catching up with friends. And if you’re interested in starting your own home brewing experiment, you’ll find lots of great information in their vast in-house library.
Shire Breu-Hous, Dalton, MA
Born of a friendship years in the making, Shire Breu-Hous opened its doors in the former Crane Stationary Factory in the summer of 2017. Built with the love and support of family and friends, and created with a mission to preserve the character of the original building, Shire Breu-Hous embodies the spirit of “Live, Life, Local”. Ingredients for their well-crafted brews are source locally and menu items served in the brew pub often feature produce from local farms. With whimsical names like Just Another Bald Man and Outside Pajamas, beers on tap are fresh and flavorful and espouse an eclectic style of brewing. Open Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00 PM to midnight, Friday to 1:00 AM and Saturday Noon to 1:00 AM.
The craft beer craze is alive and well in the Berkshires. Although this list is not nearly extensive, it captures the essence of what makes the region a beer lovers paradise. Come join us at the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast and treat yourselves to a pint or two of our local beers, then bring some home to share with family and friends.