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Mayflower Brewing Company: a local tradition

Modern beer drinkers are often surprised to learn that it was once common for everyone, even children, to drink beer every day. This was especially true on long voyages, such as that of the Mayflower.

 Beer is actually somewhat nutritious, and was safer than water in an age of water-borne disease. Unlike modern brews, it was low in alcohol.  The early settlers of Massachusetts who arrived on the Mayflower depended on beer during their long voyage. Want of beer was cited as their reason for landing on these shores. As one passenger recorded, “We could not now take time for further search or consideration, our victuals being much spent, especially our beer, and it being now the 19th of December.” One of the first structures the early settlers built was a communal brewery.

Nearly 400 years later, a tenth great grandson of Mayflower beer barrel cooper John Alden, founded Mayflower Brewing Company. A craft microbrewery located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, they are dedicated to honoring local traditions and customs, and utilizing traditional English brewing methods.

 Mayflower Brewing Company currently makes four different year-round brews. A traditional Pale Ale is their original, “flagship” beer. Golden Ale is their mildest; a hop-forward India Pale Ale is a highly rated mainstay; and a rich but balanced Porter is their darkest brew. They also produce seasonal limited batch brews; Autumn Wheat Ale, a delicious, dark, medium bodied wheat ale is available now.

 A 9,000 square foot production facility houses all of Mayflower Brewing Company’s milling, brewing, cellaring, packaging, and warehouse operations, with a capacity of 10,000 barrels per year. It’s not only produced in New England, but also bottled, packaged, distributed, purchased and consumed locally. It’s currently available in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, but with ratings by Beer Advocate ranging from “very good” to “world class“, it won’t be long before it’s available in other states as well.

 You can taste Mayflower Brewing Company’s wares at the 3rd Annual Local Craft Brewfest on Friday, October 5 from 6 to 9:30 PM at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Fort Point, Boston.

 Marissa Jacobs with Mayflower Brewing Company notes that:

“I am looking forward to trying new local beers & food that I haven’t tried before! Fests that feature local businesses/brews/food etc. always bring out a great crowd too- So I’m looking forward to sharing our beers with local fans. “

Presented by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts‘, the Brewfest will showcase the amazing artistry of over 50 craft brewers, as well as local food producers, musicians, and spectacular views of downtown Boston. Don’t miss Mayflower Brewing Company’s delicious Autumn Wheat Ale, perfect for a crisp fall New England evening!

This post was written by Stewart Wise of Goosefat, go check him out!

Posted by: Nicola on October 4, 2012 @ 2:02 pm
Filed under: Blog,Local Craft Brewfest