A craft beer lover's guide to the 280+ best breweries in Boston and all of New England

With this many Boston breweries to sort through, let alone all of the other cities and states, it’s hard to establish a beer ranking system and determine which brewery is the best. In fact, that is beyond the scope of the brewery list below.

While it would be fun to categorize the top ten beers by state or best IPA, we just don’t have the time. I mean, we don’t even have the time to figure out which Framingham, MA brewery is the best (I say Springdale, Pants says Exhibit A).

How many breweries are in Boston?

At least a dozen. And, that doesn’t include the breweries that aren’t in Boston proper, those found in Cambridge, Somerville, Everett, etc. When you add them into the mix, it’s not hard to see the Boston craft beer drinking explosion.

Now apply your moustache wax and break out your suspenders.

Bully!

What other states should I visit for good craft beer?

New Hampshire breweries hold a special place in our heart, as we enjoy not only the fine scenery, but the abundant recreation as well.

Mostly 80s Day at Loon Mountain … Fist up for The Woodstock Brewery by the way.

Lakes Region Breweries (NH)

If you find yourself strolling around the Granite State with some free state and a thirst to quench, you should check out The Lakes Region craft beer scene. Burnt Timber Brewing is an excellent stop on the east side of Lake Winnipesaukee, while Kettlehead, Shacketts, and White Mountain Brewing are worthwhile on the west.

If you do stop at White Mtn, tell Steve the Bartender we say hi.

White Mountain Brewing Company pub
Steve the Bartender!

280+ New England Breweries: from the largest craft breweries to the smallest nanobrewery

A comprehensive list of where you can find the best craft beer throughout New England.

From the urban: Trillium (Boston, MA), Allagash (Portland, ME), and City Steam (Hartford, CT)

To the suburban: 603 Brewery (Londonderry, MA), Lefty’s Brewing Company (Greenfield, MA), Brass Works Brewing (Waterbury, CT)

To the rural: Lawson’s Finest Liquids (Warren, VT), Sheepscot Brewing (Whitefield, ME), and Squam Brewing (Holderness, NH)

To everything in between. There are so many good beers that you may even find your sippin’ sunshine in a treehouse, you old lone wolfe, you.

Ok, that was a terrible pun. Enjoy the beer.

The List

Brewery Location
3cross Brewing Company Worcester, MA
3 Beards Beer Company Northborough, MA
30 Mile Brewing Company Old Saybrook, CT
603 Brewery Londonderry, NH
7th Settlement Brewing Dover, NH
10th District Brewing Company Abington, MA
14th Star Brewing Co. St. Albans, VT
Abandoned Building Brewery Easthampton, MA
Able Ebenezer Brewing Merrimack, NH
Agapé Brewing Gloucester, MA
Alchemist Brewery Waterbury, VT
Allagash Brewing Portland, ME
Aeronaut Brewing Somerville, MA
Armory’s Tomb Brewing Company Maynard, MA
Aroostook Brewing Company Gorham, ME
Aspetuck Brew Lab Black Rock, CT
Atlantic Brewing Company Bar Harbor, ME
Austin Street Brewery Portland, ME
Backlash Brewing Boston, MA
Backyard Brewery Manchester, NH
Back East Brewing Bloomfield, CT
Bad Martha Brewing Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Banded Horn Brewing Company Biddeford, ME
Banner Beer Company Grafton, MA
Barewolf Brewing Amesbury, MA
Barnstable Brewing Hyannis, MA
Barrel House Z Hingham, MA
Barreled Souls Brewing Company Saco, ME
Battle Road Brewing Maynard, MA
Baxter Brewing Lewiston, ME
Beara Brewing Co. Portsmouth, NH
Belgian Mare Brewery Alstead, NH
Beerd Brewing Co. Stonington, CT
Bent Hill Brewery Braintree, VT
Bent Water Brewing Company Lynn, MA
Bentley Brewing Company Southbridge, MA
Berkley Beer Company Berkley, MA
Berkshire Brewing Company South Deerfield, MA
Big Elm Brewery Sheffield, MA
Big Red Beard Brewing Dover, NH
Bissell Brothers Brewing Portland, ME
Black Hat Brew Works Bridgewater, MA
Black Hog Brewing Co. Oxford, CT
Black Pond Brews Danielson, CT
Blasty Bough Brewing Company Epsom, NH
Blatant Brewery Williamsburg, MA
Bleacher Brewery Company Beverly, MA
BLDG8 Brewing Northampton, MA
Blue Hills Brewery Canton, MA
Brew Practitioners Florence, MA
Brewery Legitimus Canton, CT
Brash Brewing Ipswich, MA
Brass Works Brewing Company Waterbury, CT
Bog Iron Brewing Norton, MA
Bone Up Brewing Everett, MA
Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer Watertown, MA
Brewmaster Jack Northampton, MA
Brewport Brewing Company Bridgeport, CT
Brew Practioners Florence, MA
Brick & Feather Brewery Montague, MA
Bunker Brewing Portland, ME
Burlington Beer Company Williston, VT
Burnt Timber Brewing Wolfeboro, NH
Busbee Brewing Clarksburg, MA
Buzzards Bay Brewing Westport, MA
Cambridge Brewing Company Cambridge, MA
Cape Ann Brewing Gloucester, MA
Cape Cod Beer Hyannis, MA
Castle Island Brewing Boston, MA
Cheeky Monkey Brewing Company Boston, MA
Cisco Brewers Nantucket, MA
City Steam Brewing Hartford, CT
Clown Shoes Brewing Ipswich, MA
Cochituate Brewing Wayland, MA
Cody Brewing Amesbury, MA
Cold Harbor Brewing Company Westborough, MA
Concord Craft Brewing Company Concord, NH
Cottrell Brewing Company Pawcatuck, CT
Crooked Current Brewery Pawtucket, RI
Deciduous Brewing Newmarket, NH
Democracy Brewing Boston, MA
Devil’s Purse Brewing South Dennis, MA
Do Can Brewery Lowell, MA
Dorchester Brewing Company Dorchester, MA
Down the Road Brewing Everett, MA
Drop-In Brewing Company Middlebury, VT
DuVig Brewing Company Branford, CT
Earth Eagle Brewings Portsmouth, NH
Element Brewing Millers Falls, MA
Elm City Brewing Keene, NH
Endurance Brewing Company Boston, MA
Entitled Brewing Company Hingham, MA
Exhibit A Brewing Framingham, MA
Exit 9 Brewing Co. Sturbridge, MA
Fairfield Craft Ales Stratford, CT
Far Cry Craft Beers Coventry, VT
Fiddlehead Brewing Shelburne, VT
FireFly Hollow Brewing Bristol, CT
Flying Dreams Brewing Company Worcester, MA
Flying Goose Brew Pub New London, NH
Foam Brewers Burlington, VT
Foolproof Brewing Pawtucket, RI
Forest City Brewing Middletown, CT
Fore River Brewing Company South Portland, ME
Fort Hill Brewery Easthampton, MA
From the Barrel Brewing Londonderry, MA
Front Porch Brewing Company Wallingford, CT
Foundation Brewing Portland, ME
Four Quarters Brewing Winooski, VT
Funky Bow Brewery Lyman, ME
Gardner Ale House Gardner, MA
Garrison City Beerworks Dover, NH
Geaghan’s Bros Brewing Bangor, ME
Geary Brewing Portland, ME
Gentile Brewing Company Beverly, ME
Glass Bottom Brewery Lee, MA
Gneiss Brewing Company Limerick, ME
Goodfellows Brewing Lakeville, MA
Granite Roots Brewing Troy, NH
Greasy Luck Brewery New Bedford, MA
Great North Aleworks Manchester, NH
Great Rhythm Brewing Portsmouth, NH
Grist & Kettle Brewing Leominster, MA
Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Freeport, ME
Half Full Brewery Stamford, CT
Hanging Hills Brewing Company Hartford, CT
Harpoon Brewery Boston, MA
Henniker Brewing Henniker, NH
Hermit Thrush Brewery Brattleboro, VT
Hidden Cove Brewing Wells, ME
High Horse Brewing Amherst, MA
Hitchcock Brewing Company West Whately, MA
Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Co. West Ossipee, NH
Hog Island Beer Co. Orleans, MA
Hog River Brewing Hartford, CT
Homefield Brewing Sturbridge, MA
Honest Weight Brewing Orange, MA
Hopsters Boston, MA / Newton, MA
House of Fermentology Burlington, VT
Howler Brewery Hatfield, MA
Idle Hands Craft Ales Malden, MA
Iron Duke Brewing Ludlow, MA
Jack’s Abby Brewing Framingham, MA
Kelsen Brewing Company Derry, NH
Kent Falls Brewing Company Kent, CT
Kettlehead Brewing Company Tilton, NH
Kilted Kinsmen Brew Milldale, CT
Kretschmann Brewing Webster, MA
Lamplighter Brewing Company Cambridge, MA
Lasting Brass Craft Brewing Waterbury, CT
Lawson’s Finest Liquids Warren, VT
Lefty’s Brewing Company Greenfield, MA
Liars’ Bench Beer Company Portsmouth, NH
Liquid Riot Bottling Company Portland, ME
Lord Hobo Brewing Company Woburn, MA
Lost Elm Brewing Co. Woodstock, CT
Lucky Goat Brewing West Wareham, MA
Maine Beer Company Freeport, ME
Marshall Wharf Brewing Belfast, ME
Martha's Exchange Brewing Company Nashua, NH
Mason’s Brewing Company Brewer, ME
Mast Landing Brewing Company Westbrook, ME
Mayflower Brewing Plymouth, MA
Medford Brewing Company Medford, MA
Medusa Brewing Hudson, MA
Mercury Brewing Ipswich, MA
Merrimack Ales Lowell, MA
Moat Mountain Brewing North Conway, NH
Moby Dick Brewing New Bedford, MA
Mystic Brewery Chelsea, MA
Narragansett Brewing Cranston, RI
Naukabout Osterville, MA
Navigation Brewing Lowell, MA
Neighborhood Beer Company Exeter, NH
Newburyport Brewing Newburyport, MA
New City Brewery Easthampton, MA
New England Brewing Woodbridge, CT
Night Shift Brewing Everett, MA
Noble Jay Brewing Company Niantic, CT
Notch Brewing Ipswich, MA
Nowhere Brewing Company Salem, MA
No Worries Brewing Company Hamden, CT
Oak & Iron Brewing Company Upton, MA
Oddball Brewing Pembroke, NH
OEC Brewing Oxford, CT
Old Colony Brewing Whitman, MA
Offshore Ale Co. Oak Bluffs, MA
Old Man Brewery Gilsum, NH
Old Planers Brewing Co. Beverly, MA
Olde Burnside Brewing East Hartford, CT
One Love Brewery Lincoln, NH
Opa-Opa Brewing Williamsburg, MA
Orono Brewing Company Orono, ME
Otter Creek Brewing Middlebury, VT
Out Haus Ales Northwood, NH
Outer Light Brewing Company Groton, CT
Overshores Brewing Company East Haven, CT
Oxbow Brewing Newcastle, ME
Paper City Brewing Holyoke, MA
Peak Brewing Portland, ME
Percival Brewing Company Norwood, MA
Pioneer Brewing South Windsor, CT
Portico Brewing Boston, MA
Portsmouth Brewery Portsmouth, NH
Powder Hollow Brewery Enfield, CT
Powder Point Brewery Duxbury, MA
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Somerville, MA
Primary Brewing Portsmouth, NH
Proclamation Ales West Kingston, RI
Prohibition Pig Brewery Waterbury, VT
Queen City Brewery Burlington, VT
Rapscallion Brewing Sturbridge, MA
Ravenous Brewing Company Woonsocket, RI
Relic Brewing Plainville, CT
Revival Brewing Providence, RI
Rising Tide Brewing Portland, ME
Riverwalk Brewing Newburyport, MA
Roaring Brook Brewing Killington, VT
Saco River Brewing Fryeburg, ME
Samuel Adams Brewing Boston, MA
Scantic River Brewing Hampden, MA
Schilling Beer Company Littleton, NH
Sea Dog Brewing Hull, MA
Sebago Brewing Portland, ME
Seven Barrel Brewery Lebanon, NH
Shackett's Brewing Company Bristol, NH
Shebeen Brewing Company Walcott, CT
Sheepscot Valley Brewing Whitefield, ME
Shipyard Brewing Portland, ME
Shovel Town Brewery Easton, MA
Slumbrew Somerville, MA
Smuttynose Brewing Portsmouth, NH
SoMe Brewing York, ME
Spencer Brewery Spencer, MA
Springdale (by Jack's Abby Brewing) Framingham, MA
Squam Brewing Holderness, NH
Stark Brewing Company Manchester, NH
Start Line Brewing Company Hopkinton, MA
Steady Habit Brewing Haddam, CT
Stone Cow Brewing Barre, NH
Stoneface Brewing Newington, NH
Stoneman Brewery Colrain, MA
Stony Creek Brewery Branford, CT
Stubborn Beauty Brewing Company Middletown, CT
Swift Current Brewing Co. Manchester, NH
Swing Oil Beer Company South Hadley, MA
Ten Bends Beer Hyde Park, VT
The Lone Wolfe Brewing Company Wolfboro, NH
The Shed Brewing Middlebury, VT
The Tap Brewing Haverhill, MA
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company Bloomfield, CT
Throwback Brewery North Hampton, NH
Tin Bridge Brewing Westfield, MA
Top Shelf Brewing Manchester, CT
Trapp Family Brewing Stowe, VT
Traveler Beer Company Burlington, VT
Tree House Brewing Monson, MA
Trillium Brewing Boston, MA
Trinity Brewhouse Providence, RI
True West Brewing Acton, MA
Tuckerman Brewing Conway, NH
Turtle Swamp Brewing Jamaica Plain, MA
Twisted Wood Brewery Portsmouth, NH
Two Roads Brewing Stratford, CT
Two Weeks Notice Brewing Company Westfield, MA
Vericarious Brewing Monroe, CT
von Trapp Brewing Stowe, VT
Wandering Star Brewing Pittsfield, MA
Wachusett Brewing Westminster, MA
Wash Ashore Beer Company Portland, ME
Westfield River Brewing Westfield, MA
Whaler’s Brewing Company Wakefield, RI
Whetstone Station Brewery Brattleboro, VT
White Birch Brewing Hooksett, NH
Whistleblower Brewing Co. Bridgewater, MA
White Lion Brewing Springfield, MA
White Mountain Brewing Ashland, NH
Willimantic Brewing Company Willimantic, CT
Winter Hill Brewing Somerville, MA
Woodstock Inn Brewery North Woodstock, NH
Wormtown Brewery Worcester, MA
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery Burlington, VT

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