Things are brewing in the Berkshires! Innovative beers with local flavors!
What’s on tap?
In Lee, the Berkshires’ smallest brewer, the Glass Bottom Brewery, brews its TeaSB with Earl Grey tea and lemon zest while Parsnippity is brewed with the obvious for a country flavor. Weird? Yes, but definitely different! Or how about a dessert beer like Banana Cream Stout? In the spring, there’ll be a repeat of last year’s Dandelion IPA.
A few miles south, Barrington Brewery in Great Barrington features more than a couple of dozen beers, including a number of seasonal ones — Cask Conditioned and Rum N’Oak Brown — as well as Farmer’s Ale, made completely with local ingredients.
Travel a few miles further south and head for Big Elm Brewery in Sheffield. India Pale Ale is their most popular brew but American Lager, they say, it heading to the top. And we’re not just talking about foam. Another popular choice is 413 (the Berkshires’ area code), which includes chamomile flowers and locally sourced peppercorns. Their dark beers — like Gerry Dog Stout or Imperial Stout which incorporates coffee and chocolates – are favorites during the challenging New England winters.
But once you’re at Birchwood Inn, you don’t even have to get in your car. Nejaimes Lenox Wine Cellar stocks local beers and offers beer, wine, and cheese tastings every Saturday afternoon.
Yup, here in the Berkshires there’s a beer for all seasons. So come up and hoist a few! They’ll warm up winter’s chill!