Guide to New England’s Breweries and Distilleries

By Emily Marcus, June 28, 2019

Whether it’s a cold brewskie or an artisanal cocktail, libations are a fabulous way to celebrate the hard work and commitment of your company. These New England spots offer both breweries and distilleries, and make for prime destinations for a company retreat, conference, or party. Here are the top picks from each lush location:

Destination: Easthampton, Mass.

Almost half-way between Boston and New York, this small yet mighty former mill town savors its industrial past while also attracting innovative and artsy new spots. Also enjoy the scenic Pioneer Valley sights of rolling farmland, stunning hills, and hiking galore.

Sublime Suds: Abandoned Building Brewery

Founded in 2013 in a former mill building, Abandoned Building Brewery sits in a 2,700 square foot space with lofty ceilings and original hardwood floors. The tap room has a laidback and warm warehouse feel, and their events such as Food Truck Fridays and live music bring a friendly crowd. Inquire online about private events.

Spectacular Sprits: murr-ma

Located in a converted mill that also houses shops, breweries, restaurants, and artists, this small distillery honors the legacy of the building with their artisanal small batch spirits including “River Valley Vodka”, “Mt. Tom Gin”, a canned “Gee and Tee” and more. Stop by to enjoy a tasting or tour or find their delicious craft-spirits in many local restaurants and bars.

Sagacious Suggestion: Coco and the Cellar Bar

Coco and the Cellar Bar is an intimate and chic choice for a small group dinner (their dining room sits only 32, and the cellar sits 24). The seasonal and innovative food menu is matched by a captivating cocktail menu including gems like “Oaxacan Punch” and “Amici Amari.”

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