There’s a Craft Brew for You Virtually Anywhere You Roam Here
Beer is woven into the fabric of many New England towns. It was the beverage of choice – over water – for the Pilgrims who landed in Plymouth in the 17th century, as its low pH levels did not nurture pathogenic bacteria and it provided additional calories to sustain them on the journey. In fact, historians speculate that the pioneers would have carried on to Virginia rather than landing prematurely in Plymouth had they not run out of beer aboard the Mayflower. As necessity is the mother of invention, the urgent need for a refill soon prompted the practice of brewing beer in the New England colonies, a heritage that carries on today.
Insider tip: Unlike the Mayflower, beer can be found in abundance on Crystal ships, where unlimited pours of beer, fine wines, premium spirits and other beverages are always all-inclusive.
New England IPA is the signature brew in these parts, dry and hoppy with a tropical fruit essence. It’s generally considered smoother than traditional IPAs and has made an impression on those in the know since it hit the beer scene in 2011. But, like so many American treasures and traditions, a number of various types of beers have emerged over the years, inspired by global origins and reimagined in distinctly American ways. When it comes to beer, New England is the epicenter of this craft. Here are just a few of the beers and breweries worth trying during your Crystal voyage.
Samuel Adams’ Boston Lager. Aptly named for one of its most famous sons, the Boston brewery made its debut in 1984 with a game-changing American answer to the traditional German brew. In fact, it quickly won “Best Beer in America” at the Great American Beer Festival and became the first American beer sold in Germany, solidifying the brewery’s place as the leader of the New England beer movement.
Allagasha Brewing Company’s “Allagash White.” Answering the call for lighter, Belgian-style beers in the States, the brewery created its white ale with a deceptively complex flavor. The company has grown to produce both year-round and seasonal brews, focusing on traditional techniques.
Trillium Brewing Co.’s Fort Point Ale. A relative newcomer to the Boston beer scene, Trillium has grown quickly thanks to its commitment to local ingredients and New England “farmhouse-style” brewing. Its popular Fort Point Ale (named for the up-and-coming neighborhood in which it was founded) combines dry hops with passion fruit and citrus, perfect for sunny autumn days in the city.
A colorful array at New England Brewing Company. The most literally named brewery of the group offers one of the most diverse selections for beer lovers. Craft beers, Czech-style Pilsners, Belgian golden ales, deep porters and stouts, dopplebocks, numerous IPA iterations and more are on tap at the Connecticut brewing company, which has earned a reputation as one of the best in the country.
Not so coincidentally, New England beer pairs perfectly with the chowders, lobster and other seafood specialties that make our mouths water. Plan your delicious voyage to this historic and picturesque region and prepare to taste it all.
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