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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Craft Beer Week on Cape Cod


Photo of a glass of craft beer, hops.
There is a week for just about everything and American Craft Beer Week is May 12th through May 19th, 2012. Many businesses here on Cape Cod will be participating. Whether you are a beer aficionado or not, this is a fun time to try many varieties of beers.

Local brewmeisters are showing off their brews, restaurants are promoting beer and food pairings, and liquor stores are having tastings and selling some great craft beers. Craft beer brewmeisters strive for individual character in terms of color, taste, and body. They look for the best quality ingredients in the hope of producing unique and highly desirable brews. The brewing of craft beers is a growing and increasingly popular segment of the industry. According to the Brewers Association’s statistics, the majority of breweries in the US are now craft breweries. For those who would like more information about craft beers and the brewing of them, there is a great website you might enjoy.

Brewers of craft beers have come of age, making this a great time for folks who just love beer and for those just developing an interest in the growing varieties of craft beer available. Craft beer brewers and distributors are now using tastings to educate the populous about food pairings much the same way the wine industry has done for years.

The Boston Beer Company, brewers of Samuel Adams, will be holding tastings, promotions, and dinners at Sam Diego’s in Hyannis, the BBC in Hyannis, and Captain Parker’s in West Yarmouth. They will also be presenting a 5-course dinner at the Chatham Bars Inn on Thursday, May 17th. For information about the dinner, call 508-945-0096.

Cisco brewers from Nantucket will be holding tastings at the Cape Cod Package Store in Centerville. They will be doing promotions at Not Your Average Joe’s and at the Beech Tree Cantina in Hyannis, and will be featured at a beer dinner at the Naked Oyster in Hyannis.

Guinness will be promoting their beer at Liam Maguire’s in Falmouth, at the Chatham Squire in Chatham, O’Shea’s Olde Inn in West Dennis, and Tommy Doyle’s in Hyannis.

Photo of Cape Cod Beer logo.
While you are in Hyannis, stop by for a tour and taste at the Cape Cod Beer Company and pick up a growler to enjoy later. The brewery will be participating in Beer Week with Cask Night at Flynn’s Irish Pub in Bourne on May 16th and tastings at the Cape Cod Package Store in Centerville and Yarmouth Wine & Spirits in South Yarmouth. Their full schedule is available on their website. After all, Cape Cod Beer is a Vacation in every pint.

On Saturday, May 19th, make you way to Provincetown for the Craft Crawl. Participating establishments are the Squealing Pig, Governor Bradford, Surf Club, George’s, Underground, Nor East, Waydowntown, Crown & Anchor, and Bubala’s.

When you attend events and tastings during beer week – and any other time for that matter – keep in mind that brewers display passion and creativity using complex ingredients to produce pure happiness in a glass. So, respect the artistry; craft beers are to be savored and not swilled.

Enjoy responsibly!

Jan Preus, the Innkeeper, chef, and artist in residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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