This past Friday Melissa and I took a trip to Plymouth, MA for a Mayflower Brewery visit. The brewery has been in operation since 2008 and last year brewed 7500 barrels. There room for growth with the existing space they have, although my host for the afternoon, retail manager Sarah Richardson, let me know that Mayflower is taking expansions slow and meticulously as to not grow too quickly.
The operation includes 20 staff, including head brewer Ryan Gwozdz and assistant brewer Paul Coyne.
During my visit I got a chance to see the bottling machine in action. Check out the sweet videos I took!
Mayflower focuses on brewing classic beer styles to perfection. The IPA is their best seller and they are most renown for their porter.
Mayflower was bottling 12 packs of IPA for the first time ever. I was surprised to see that they were hand-packaging the bottles. I was equally surprised to hear that they were still doing a lot of self-distribution.
The operation includes a retail store/tasting room. Guests can try samples, flights of samples or order full pints. Hours for the tasting room can be found on
This was another great visit to a Massachusetts brewery. There are a handful of breweries in and around Plymouth. If you’re in the area, I would recommend including Mayflower in your travel itinerary.
On Wednesday evenings we play trivia at a local pub with some friends. We have gotten fairly good, usually placing in the top three. Last night was not the case; we had probably the worse evening since we started many months ago. I suppose you can’t win them all.
As we come up on the long holiday weekend, I’m really looking forward to it. On Friday, I’ll be working a half day and then heading to Plymouth to visit the folks at Mayflower Brewing Co. After that, I shoot into Boston to attend the Massachusetts Brewer’s Fest. On Saturday, we are getting together with friends Greg and Heather. Sunday is a lazy day, and on Monday we hang out with friends Sean and Kerry.
Tonight I’m watching the last preseason game for the Patriots. I can’t believe it’s almost September and regular season football time. Stupid fall. I’m pairing my seasonal displeasure with two beers from my recent trip to Chicago: Outerbanks Brewing Station Lemon Grass Wheat Ale and Capital Dark Voyage.
Outerbanks Brewing Station Lemon Grass Wheat Ale is absolutely fantastic! It’s light and refreshing, making it a great summer option. Lemon flavor totally dominates, but is enjoyable rather than overly tart or sweet. This brew reminds me A LOT of a shandy, even though it isn’t. Highly recommended.
Capital Dark Voyage is a black IPA style beer. I love this style, but haven’t had one in quite some time. This style is a fun one to review because I find they fall into three easily distinguishable categories: 1. More IPA than black 2. More black than IPA 3. Somewhere in the middle.
This beer falls somewhere between 1 and 2, leaning into the hoppy side of things. I will say it still had a decent dark malt backbone. It wasn’t my favorite black IPA ever, but it was probably top 10. Very solid beer.