Last summer I took a trip to Cape Cod for the first time since I was a kid. It was an awesome trip.
I got to rediscover what I loved about Cape Cod and found a bunch of new things to fall in love with, and by "things" I mean "Craft Beer."
It was awesome to try some new brews coming from all over the Cape and the Islands. Even with the time spent I've spent in Boston there were a few of these breweries I had never tried before. One brewery that was and early stand out, and has become a quick favorite, was Cape Cod Beer.
Cape Cod Beer is a young brewery getting ready to celebrate their 6th anniversary with a party at the end of this month. They are based out of Hyannis Mass., and there beers can be found around Cape Cod. However, with Cape Cod Beer having no major bottling line, the only way to get your hands on these delicious brews is on tap or in a growler. The best place to get growlers is at brewery itself , but you can also find them all around the Cape at some package stores (or a "Liquor store" for those not from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts).
Their Red Ale, IPA, and Beach Blonde Ale are the three year round beers that are the easiest to find on tap if you are out at night. The Red and the IPA are the most available on tap but this year it looks like the Beach Blonde is going to see some more action at the bars. Of these three beers, I was able to get my hands on the Red and the IPA last summer. The Red Ale is the “flagship of Cape Cod Beer” and it certainly doesn’t disappoint, and being an unapologetic hop head, I absolutely fell in love with their IPA. With 85 IBUs, the hops seem to jump out of the glass. With how much I enjoyed both of these beers last summer, I look forward to getting my hands on a growler of the Beach Blonde Ale when I’m up there this summer.
In addition to the three year round beers, they have three seasonal beers. They brew a hefeweizen for the Summer, a malty German style Harvest ale for Fall, and a nice dark Porter for the Winter. These three beers are a great compliment to the year round brews. I had a chance to try the Harvest ale and the Porter this past November and I thought both were spectacular. Much lighter on the hops that the IPA, and even the Red, they are very smooth and great cool weather seasonal brews.
On top of all this, Cape Cod Beer does two more things that I like a lot. First, in addition to the Seasonal Beers they also brew three Specialty Beers. In late summer they brew a Dunkel Wiezen that bridges the gap between the Summer Hefewiezen and the Fall Harvest ale. For the holidays they brew a “Berry Merry Holiday Ale” which is an amber ale with cranberry, orange, and cloves to spice it up. I have been told this is absolutely spectacular. The third Specialty beer is “Old Man Winter” which is brewed in January/February in case the Porter isn’t enough for you during the cold Cape winter months.
The second thing this brewery does that I like a lot is their “One Barrel Series.” This has recently become my favorite things they do at Cape Cod Beer. This is exactly what it sounds like, they brew one batch and sell it in growlers at the brewery. Then, once it's gone, you are out of luck. I’m not sure how many of these they have had, but I have only been lucky enough to come across one growler from the “Oak Aged Bourbon Red Ale” series. It was an absolute treat, and because sometimes we like to show off, The Beer Friends did a "Bonus Brewery Beer Review."
Based on the beers that I have tried, I suggest trying anything you find from this brewery. If you find yourself anywhere on Cape Cod then do yourself the favor and seek this brewery out. They have quickly become a favorite and I look forward to every new season to see what they are putting out.