Big Elm Brewing, Sheffield, MA

We visited Big Elm Brewing in Sheffield, MA, while we were on vacation out in the Berkshires. They have been brewing beer as Big Elm Brewing since 2012. The owners are a husband wife team who have plenty of experience brewing. They actually owned and operated a brewpub in the area, but left the business of running a restaurant to focus on just brewing.
They have a small bar, but a pretty big tasting room, basically 2 adjoining rooms.
Cool lamps above the bar that they made from malt bags.
They sell flights as well as 8 oz pours and 16 oz pours. We
got 2 flights of 4 so we could try most of the beers.
American Lager      5%
Clean, crisp and on point for the style, but a little too boring for us.
Luna      6%
Pretty good for a blonde, apricot notes maybe, it had a little something extra that was nice.
413 Farmhouse Ale      6%
Had a slightly fruity/funky aroma. Megan liked this beer, easy drinking with a pleasant farmhouse funk to it.
Lion’s Ale      5.3%
Darker in color, we were not sure quite what it was, the style was not written on board, it was not hoppy. Megan was not really a fan. We found out from their website it was an amber ale.
Zorro – Golden Sour      6%
Not very sour. Had a golden-mildly tart flavor upfront with a dry finish, but not in a salty gose way.
Thunderlips – New England Pale Ale     6%
Fruity hoppy smell, but that does not come through on the flavor. Kind of bland flavor in the middle with a hoppy bitterness at the end.
Big Elm IPA      7%
Mark- super different hops. Spicy and clove. Unusual flavors for an ipa. Megan said it was creamy, which was different for an IPA
Gerry Dog Stout      6.5%
This was the best beer we thought. Mildly chocolate flavor, really smooth, no bitterness.
 We peeked out back, they have pretty decent sized tanks. They also do all their own canning. They sell their beer to go in cans, on a limited rotation it seems, and also do growler fills.
 Hours
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 12:00 – 6:00
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Boothbay Craft Brewery, Boothbay, ME

 

 

We went up to visit Megan’s Aunt Terri, Uncle Steve and cousin Jennifer in the Boothbay Harbor area. They were excited for us to try some of the local beer and liquor offerings. They had visited Boothbay Craft Brewery before and had their beers on tap, but this was our first time here.

 

 

Boothbay Craft Brewery offer flights of 4, 6 or 10 beers, as well as full pours of any beer. You check off the beers you want for a flight on the menu and drop it of at the bar. We sat outside so they brought the flights out to us. It was a little expensive at $3 a taster.

 

 

10 Lewis Ale – session ipa     5%
Light body, but a good amount of hops for a session ale, on the citrusy side.

 

Ken Brown – brown ale     5.6%
A mild caramel flavor with a light body, pretty mild overall for a brown ale. Made to be a drinkable beer, we assume. Aunt Terri likes this beer, easy to drink but has a good flavor she said.

 

Aunt Terri with her pint of Ken Brown

 

633 – flagship pale ale     6.33%
Mild body, a touch of sweetness, maybe from the vienna and caramel malts. It was not overly malty, but there was some sweetness. Citrus hop flavor with a touch of bitterness. This was actualy a well balanced beer, in a good way, a good pale overall. Mark bought a 4 pack.

 

Fear Not – belgian inspired blonde ale     6.5%
An interesting beer. Belgian yeast flavor is present, typical spice and clove flavors, but not over powering, with a fairly light body.

 

 

Southporter – vanilla porter     6.5%
Mild porter body, dark in color but not that heavy, with a nice vanilla flavor to it. This was a good beer, everyone liked this one. The vanilla came from a ‘house made vanilla extract made from spiced rum’. We bought some of this as well.

 

Black Rocks – nitro stout     6.7%
A dark and bitter beer. A decent stout, smooth from the nitro, but just ok overall, not a stand out to us.

Uncle Steve with his flight of 4 dark beers

 

Bread and Buttercup – spiced squash beer     6.8%
This is their fall seasonal beer. Too much though. Spicy, medium body, maybe taste too much liked spiced squash for a beer? Uncle Steve said too much clove flavor.

 

Thirsty Botanist – juicy NEIPA     7%
Fairly clear for a New England IPA. Has the typical light body and juicy hop flavor Mark has come to expect when it is described as a juicy NEIPA. Definitely taste like a good amount of dry hopping was done, menu mentions Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo. This beer was a little bit of a surprise, it was a really good NEIPA. Mark bought a 4 pack of this, too.

 

Cryptos – triple IPA     11.2%
This was a seasonal summer release, interesting choice for a summer, an 11.2% beer! Hoppy, with a decently strong body to it. For 11.2% it was pretty smooth, but a strong and flavorful beer overall.

 

 

Steganos – barrel aged imperial stout     12%
A seasonal, July release. Strong – bourbon, coffee/ cocoa bitterness. A decent beer, but definitely a strong barrel aged flavor to it.

 

Look at the colors in Megans flight

 

 

 

They have a porch off to the side with outdoor furniture
and umbrella’s. We sat outside because it was a nice day.

 

 

 

They have a bocce court as well, which is fun and unique.

 

 

Chickens! They got pretty close to us.

 

 

We also ran into the owners and publishers of Edible Maine.  We
might have run into them at our next visit … or 2.

 

A peak inside the brewery.

 

 

Seating in the restaurant

 

Overall, the beer and the atmosphere was pretty nice. They also have RV packages listed on their website. They must have some RV spots out behind the brewery and restaurant.

The Watershed Tavern is the name of the restaurant that is attached to the brewery. It looked fairly small inside but pretty nice. Their hours are a little strange though. We were there at the  end of the summer, we got there around 3:30 and got our flights, then were told they close at 4:00. Seemed strange for a restaurant/ brewpub to close at 4:00 on a Saturday. We were able to stay and finish our flights, so that was good. Now on their website hours are listed as 4:30 – 8:00 Wednesday – Saturday. It looks like you can stop by and buy beer from the brewers, retail hours listed as 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

 

 

Check their website for updated, seasonal hours.