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.
As I mentioned in my last post, I recently made a trip to Newburyport. During the visit I spent some time with the folks from Riverwalk Brewing.
Steve Sanderson and his wife Betsy started brewing operations in the summer of 2012 and since then have grown to a point where they expect to produce 2000 barrels this coming year. In the beginning, Steve was a one-man show, playing a role as brewer, salesman, marketer, janitor and more. The staff is still relatively small, with roughly a half dozen employees. The beer is self-distributed, and is limited to draft, growlers and “growlettes”, 32 ounce bottles that are available at select package stores on the North Shore.
The tasting room is worth mentioning, as it has a unique feel. “We are going for an English pub look,” said Sanderson. 1980’s era stand-up arcade games greet you as you enter. The games are completely free to play. The brewery aims to be kid friendly and in addition to the arcade games, it sports a toy box full of loot. The bar is made from an absolutely gorgeous solid pine slab.
Right now the tasting room pours samples only.
Steve works to locally source fresh ingredients that go into his beer and he is vehemently against using artificial flavors or chemicals. He is also very much in favor of only brewing seasonal beers in season (i.e. no August pumpkin beers from this brewery).
Our trip was fantastic and I was glad I made an effort to go to Newburyport for the day. I would like to thank Steve as well as to Sales Manager and “Princess of Ales”, Alyssa Kirk for hosting us and treating us so well. Thanks folks!