Booze lovers and locavores, rejoice! It's once again time to update Curbed's handy guide to breweries, wineries and distilleries on the Cape and Islands. Best of all, there's a major new addition since we last put together our map of places on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket to take a tour, grab a growler, or pick up some spirited swag with the recent opening of the Devil's Purse Brewing Company. For those keeping score, Cape Cod now has three wineries, two breweries, and one distillery; Nantucket has one of each, conveniently co-located; and the Vineyard is home to a single brew pub. Happy drinking, and as always, feel free to write in with any updates. Cheers!Read More
Mapping Every Cape and Islands Brewery, Winery and Distillery
1. Cape Cod Winery
Founded in 1994, the vineyard grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Grigio, together with Seyval and Vidal. Having recently relocated, they "are currently under renovations and are hoping to open in Summer 2015." Meanwhile, they do have an online shop and offer custom labels upon request.
2. Cape Cod Beer
Cape Cod Beer has been making earth friendly and delicious brews since 2004. They sell at retail, wholesale and can be found at any number of charity and community events. To see what's on tap, check out their handy beer release calendar. Don't miss the free brewery tour, beer garden, and retail shop filled with local goods.
3. Devil's Purse Brewing Company
South Dennis, MA 02660
Cape Cod's newest brewery was established in 2013 and, after a lengthy permitting and renovation process, recently opened it's doors to the public. You can buy growlers and samples of their "American styles heavily influenced by their older European cousins" at the on-site tasting room, or in any number of bars and restaurants from Hyannis to Provincetown.
4. First Crush Winery
The Cape's only winemaking cooperative, First Crush allows members the option to be involved in the wine making process. Grapes are delivered from the Napa Valley area and are aged in new French, Hungarian and American oak. Tours by appointment only.
5. Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod
This "green winery" has been open since 1992 and operated by the Roberts family since 2007. With a focus on sustainability, they offer reds, white, a lighthouse series, and limited release. In addition, they've recently added a distillery, South Hollow Spirits, producing Twenty Boat Spiced Rum from organic molasses and cane sugar juice steeped in spices sourced from the neighboring Atlantic Spice Company. The vineyard features daily tastings, complimentary winery (meet by the Mulberry Tree) and distillery (meet by the "rum shack") tours, a lunchtime food truck, a Wine, Art, Appetizers and Music weekly series throughout the summer, and functions as a wedding venue.
6. Offshore Ale Company
"It's better offshore..." at this Oak Bluff's brew pub. Offshore's handcrafted year round beers include East Chop Lighthouse Ale, Beach Road Nut Brown Ale and then some. They've also got seasonals, beer-to-go and their Pints with Purpose program supports the Coast Guard Foundation.
7. Bad Martha Beer Co.
After a May 2013 launch, Bad Martha recently opened an Edgartown brick-and-mortar shop in 2014. Located in a post-and-beam barn on the grounds of Donaroma’s Nursery, the store features a handful of beers brewed on site for customers to sample and growlers for purchase. As an added bonus, ten percent of profits are donated to local food pantries.
8. Cisco Brewers
"Nice beer...if you can get it" is the motto over at Cisco Brewers. Varieties include classics, seasonals, Island Reserve, and the Woods series. The brewery (and winery + distillery) offers public and private tours, plus live music events with available food from local vendors daily throughout the summer.
9. Triple Eight Distillery
The Cisco Brewers had the foresight to make the connection that whiskey is beer that's been distilled and thus, Triple Eight Distillery was born. They now sell Notch ("not Scotch, but rather single malt whiskey from Nantucket"), vodka, Gale Force Gin, Nor'easter Bourbon, Hurricane Rum and liqueurs.
10. Nantucket Vineyards
Mother Nature refused to cooperate with the founders of the Nantucket Winery and thus, they import their grapes from "the finest growers in California, Washington State and New York." With a focus on fermentation and production, the winery offers Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Port and more.