Brewery: Berkshire Brewing Company
Location: 12 Railroad St., South Deerfield, MA
The Tour: 1:00 on Saturdays — and it’s FREE with two generous samples of whatever is on tap!
Flagship Brew: The Steel Rail Ale. This beer is delicious, and is the closest competitor we’ve found yet to Lake Placid’s Ubu Ale.
What to Bring: Either bring some snacks, or be sure to eat before you come. Like I said, the samples are generous, and the afternoon is young..
For more information: www.bershirebrewingcompany.com
The air was crisp and cool. A small crowd gathered near the train tracks – like a group of travelers waiting to board a train that would never come. But today, it would not be a locomotive that gathered momentum but a crowd – growing slowly but steadily in numbers. The anticipation could be felt in the hushed tones of muted conversation. And as we parked our car and made our way over, we could tell already that this was shaping up to be another excellent Time-Crunched adventure.
Who would have thought that this corner of the pilgrim state could offer so much? A thoroughly American icon, the best hiking in Massachusetts, and a brewer that continues to pick up steam – the Berkshire Brewing Company – our Brewery of the month.
Precisely on the hour, we filed into the building. True to the motto printed on their growlers there was no hype, just good beer. Each visitor, free of charge, was provided the opportunity to try two of Berkshire’s fine ales and stouts. The taste spoke for itself. The guided tour followed.
After the tour it was off to our next stop on the adventure, but this leg of the journey wouldn’t take long at all. Just down the road we arrived at the Yankee Candle Factory excited about buying our own iconic American candles straight from the source.
But if you think that all they sell is candles, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Honestly, I ask: where else can you expect to see…
A fiberglass cow, suspended in mid jump, catching a Frisbee in its teeth…
So if brewery tours get you excited or if a walk through a Dr Suess-like candle factory is just what you need for inspiration, then I invite you to follow us for another Time-Crunched adventurer and head to western Massachusetts for some great free samples!
If you can’t make it for the tour, you can also purchase Berkshire Beer at locations throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts.