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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Fort Hill Brewery, Easthampton, MA

Fort Hill Brewery

Address:

30 Fort Hill Rd (81.14 mi)
Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027
Crafting quality lagers and ales with a focus on traditional German brewing techniques in Easthampton, MA since 2014.
In 2010, after attending the Siebel Institute for brewing, Eric began looking for a location for his new brewery. He visited over 60 different sites, but all were tainted by levels of contamination. Refusing to put the quality of his future brews in jeopardy, he looked west, considering locations in Southampton, Three Rivers, Palmer, and Easthampton. He ultimately settled on a former hay field in Easthampton at the base of Mount Tom, located on Fort Hill Road.

Why Easthampton? The water.

Per the German purity law, water is one of only four main ingredients that go into our beer. We strive to use the highest quality ingredients in our beer, and the water was no exception. Easthampton’s water comes from the Barnes Aquifer system, a complex of several productive aquifers extending about twelve miles underground. In 2015, Easthampton won the gold medal for best tasting water in the 16th annual Great American Water Taste Test. We like to think better water means better beer, and we think you’ll agree.

Finding the right location was just the beginning. In November 2012, Fort Hill Brewery rose under the watchful eye of Mount Tom. Construction went on for two years before the first beer, an Oktoberfest, was released in 2014. The same month, Fort Hill Brewery opened its doors to the public, offering tastings, tours, and growlers, as we continue to do a year later today.



Abandoned Building Brewery, Easthampton, MA.

Abandoned Building Brewery, Easthampton, MA.
http://abandonedbuildingbrewery.com/
Address:
142 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA 01027

Lots of IPAs here!

New City Brewery, Easthampton, MA

New City Brewery

Address:
180 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA 01027
We’re a small brewery dedicated to making hand-crafted alcoholic ginger beer. Our brewery is housed in a late 1800’s mill building set in historic Easthampton, MA. We strive to make great beer that speaks to the excellence of character of the region we represent. Proudly located in the rolling hills of Western Massachusetts, we consider ourselves revivalists, returning pre-prohibition style ginger beer to the people one bottle at a time.

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Mill 180 Park

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Address:
125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA 01002
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is a museum devoted to the art of the picture book and especially the children's book. It is a member of Museums10 and is adjacent to the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Massachusetts

Yiddish Book Center
1021 West St
Amherst, Massachusetts

The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to recover, celebrate, and regenerate Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture.
Since our founding in 1980, we’ve rescued more than a million Yiddish books. But that was just the beginning: our priority now is to advance knowledge of the content and literary and cultural progeny of the books we’ve saved. We do that in many ways:
Our educational programs include graduate fellowships and courses for high school students, college students, teachers, and adult learners.
Our translation initiative includes a fellowship to train new Yiddish-to-English translators and publishing projects that bring this great literature to new audiences.
Our Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories offer a rich, complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
The world's first Yiddish museum, we're home to permanent and visiting exhibits.
We offer a full calendar of public programs, such as films, talks, family events, and concerts, including the annual Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.
We publish an English-language magazine, Pakn Treger, with news from the Center and features on Yiddish and Jewish literature and culture. You can also follow the latest news at Heft (Notebook) and on Facebook, Twitter (@YiddishBookCtr), and Instagram (yiddish_book_center).

The Center is open Sunday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Public tours are offered Tuesdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Atkins Farms Country Market, South Amherst, Massachusetts

Atkins Farms Country Market
1150 West St (Corner of Bay Rd & Rte 116)
South Amherst, Massachusetts
A New England Apple Orchard and Country Food Market nestled in an old country orchard against the scenic Holyoke Mountain Range in the historic Pioneer Valley where the Atkins Farm has been growing apples for over 100 years.

Sylvester's Restaurant, Northampton, MA

Sylvester's Restaurant
111 Pleasant St
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

American Restaurant · Breakfast & Brunch Restaurant · Coffee Shop

Brava Wine & beer bar, Lenox, MA

Brava.
Wine & beer bar offering bites such as pizza, cheese & charcuterie in intimate surrounds.

Address:
27 Housatonic St, Lenox, MA 01240

See the menu.

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Extensive beer list. Pages and pages of interesting beers.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Starving Artist Cafe and Creperie, Lee, MA

Starving Artist Cafe and Creperie

Address:
40 Main St, Ste 2, Lee, MA 01238-1688
The Starving Artist serves freshly made sweet and savory crepes, panini sandwiches, soups, salads and baked goods, fair-trade and organic pour-over and drip coffee, organic teas and other gourmet foods using quality local and organic ingredients. All of our food is made fresh to order. The menu changes seasonally.

Enjoy the free wifi internet, artwork, and comfy couch seating!

We source local ingredients from High Lawn Farm, Equinox Farm, Berkshire Mountain Bakery, The Inn on the Green, Farm Country, Klara’s Cookies, Barrington Coffee Roasters, Harney & Sons Tea, SoCo Ice Cream and more.

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Lovely spot for breakfast, with crepes made right in front of you. You hardly ever see that anymore!

The day we were there, these gentlemen were playing music.

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After ordering at the counter, you are given a number for your table and if you ordered coffee, a cup to serve yourself. Your meal is promptly and cheerfully delivered to your table.

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Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Sheffield, Massachusetts

Berkshire Mountain Distillers

Address:
356 S Main Street (118.96 miles from Boston)
Sheffield, Massachusetts 01257
Established in 2007, Berkshire Mountain Distillers (BMD) has created a line of award-winning artisanal spirits including Greylock Gin, Ethereal Gins, Ragged Mountain Rum, Ice Glen Vodka, Berkshire Bourbon and New England Corn Whiskey, currently available in 19 different states. All products are handcrafted in small batches in Sheffield, Massachusetts at the Berkshire’s first legal distillery since prohibition. BMD is one of the founding members of the craft distiller movement and is embraced by several of the nation’s leading mixologists. Our products have received numerous high accolades including Gold Medal Awards from the Beverage Tasting Institute and San Francisco Spirits Competition and national praise from publications like GQ, Details, New York Times, Wine Enthusiast and Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible. As supporters of local agriculture and business, BMD uses regional materials in many of our products, creating a truly authentic, artisanal brand.

Tours are available at selected times, but the store is also open for tastings and shopping.

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"Greylock Gin. #1 Gin in the country," NY TIMES.

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Just like making beer, but different. ;-)

Speaking of that, Berkshire Mountain Distillers collaborates with craft brewers to make whiskeys out of beer.

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We did a tasting with the staff, and then got a tour from Jon Height, Plant Manager/ Distiller. It was really interesting and the hand made stills reminded me of steampunk, and the stills we had seen on our trip to Ireland.

Big Elm Brewing, Sheffield, MA

Big Elm Brewing.

Address: 65 Silver St, Sheffield, MA 01257

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"We (Bill & Christine) met working for Victory Brewing Company in 2003. We both had some experience at smaller breweries before, and one of us (Christine) actually has a diploma for brewing from the Siebel Institute and the Doemens Academy! With this background we set out to start our own brewpub and in 2005 we opened the Pittsfield Brew Works. After five years of fun and hard work we decided to leave the brewpub business to try to start a production brewery dedicated to making just beer and smiles. It took some time and we had a couple of kids along the way, but with a ton of help and support from our friends and family just as we were about to give up we found our new home. 65 Silver St. needed a bit of elbow grease to get it to what it is now, and in the fall of 2012 we brewed our first batch of beer. Since then we have been focused on bringing our neighbors fresh quality beer."

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Inside the tap room. These new high top tables are nice.

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Beer list.

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The beers:
413 Farmhouse Ale - This Belgian ale is brewed with barley, wheat, chamomile, orange zest, hops, water and a Saison yeast. Our unique recipe is meant to highlight some familiar farmhouse flavors while also breaking from the mold of the traditional. 6% ABV

IPA - This west coast style IPA packs a well balanced one-two punch. Brewed with barley, water, American ale yeast and a whole lot of west coast hops. This IPA has hint maltiness to back up the bitter style letting the piney & citrusy flavors of some of the best American hops shine through. This beer is Double Dry-Hopped! 7% ABV

Gerry Dog Stout - Our oatmeal stout is an ode to our loyal companion Gerry. This smooth dark beer is brewed with barley, wheat, oats, water, American ale yeast, and hops. The reserved use of dark malts and the addition of oats help to make this beer amazingly easy to drink, even for those who usually stay away from the dark side. 6.5% ABV

American Lager - Brewed with American corn, barley, hops, water and a super clean American Lager yeast, this beer is the definition of easy drinking. The use of corn is a classic American technique that helps give this beer a light sweetness and harkens back to simple days. 5% ABV

Lion's Ale - We brew this smooth English-style amber ale with our good friends at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA. This beer has been crafted to pair greatly with most every meal and works well during any season, it is most often enjoyed at the historic inn with food and friends. 5.3% ABV

FAT BOY - Our super hopped Double IPA is bursting at the seams with heaps of piney, citrusy and tropical fruit flavors and aromas. During the brewing process we add a massive amount of hops to give you big bitterness as well as all the flavor of joy. Once fermentation is complete we dry hop this big boy a ton, giving you the awesome hop explosion. We use Citra, Simcoe and other hop varieties to create this monster. We hope you enjoy our FAT BOY! 8% ABV

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Bagel & Brew, Lenox, MA

Bagel & Brew, Lenox, MA

Classic New York-style bagels with a range of toppings & spreads, plus draft brews & a beer garden.

Address: 18 Franklin St, Lenox, MA 01240

We weren't there in the morning for the bagel part, but we did enjoy a nice cold beer outside in the beer garden on a sunny afternoon. There was live music too. Really good live music. You could tell, the guitar player was selling THREE CD's. ;-)

This is a great place to bring kids. Lots of things on the menu that they'd enjoy.

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Bar inside.

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Beer garden outside.

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Design Menagerie, Home goods store in Lenox, Massachusetts

Design Menagerie

Home goods store in Lenox, Massachusetts

Address: 26 Housatonic St, Lenox, MA 01240

"At design menagerie, we have an abiding love for objects of utility and beauty—extraordinary things that elevate ordinary tasks. We prize things that are crafted by hand; that bear the maker’s mark. We find perfection in the less-than-perfect. We seek products made of soulful, sustainable stuff.

We feel fortunate to be working with passionate and committed artisans and designers, both in the U.S. and Europe, who share our ethics and esthetic, and are excited to share our finds with you!

The team that brings you design menagerie is helmed by a European expat hailing from Vienna and her American husband. First launched amidst the rolling hills and valleys of rural Wisconsin, design menagerie now makes its home between the beautiful Berkshire Mountains and the banks of the Housatonic River in Western Massachusetts."

We spoke with co-owner Birgit Marko and found her thoroughly unique, She shared her story with us and talked us through a few perfect gift purchases.

Read an interview with Birgit here.

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Nudel Restaurant, Lenox, MA

Nudel Restaurant
Cozy, casual place serving a seasonally inspired New American menu that changes nightly.

"Nudel’s menu is a creative reflection of the food being grown and harvested in our beautiful region, the weather outside and the feeling inside. We collaborate with small, passionate farms and food producers to source the best ingredients. We cherish the abundance of crops as they arrive at our back door and honor the fleeting season of each ingredient.

The experience here is a little different. Our menu is reflective of our creative team, which thrives on bringing ingredients together thoughtfully on each plate.

The team at Nudel is passionate and proud of what we do here. Our long-time service staff focuses on generosity, hospitality and the guest experience. In the back of house, which is actually out front, our team is a talented motley crew of raw enthusiasm for knowledge about food in its freshest and finest form."

Address: 37 Church St, Lenox, MA 01240

Reservations required.

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We split the salead and meal. Everything was amazingly fresh. Super fast and friendly service.

One of the top restaurants in Lenox, MA. Take a look at their menu, it changes daily.

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