The New England Revolution Tour
Come visit the land where both the American Revolution and the Craft Beer Revolution were born! On this tour we will wind through the cities, villages, back roads and farms of Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to experience first-hand our craft heritage. Vermont ranks first in the nation for the number of craft breweries per capita. We are home to the New England IPA revolution, having carved out a niche in the market for luscious, complex and well-balanced IPAs. It is also home to producers of an amazing number of craft brew varieties – from milk stouts and barrel aged porter to American wild ales and French saisons, and everything in between, they will take your palate on a grand tour of flavor.
On this tour you will experience the full range of breweries; from the super nano start-ups to the former “new-guys” who are now world famous. New England’s craft heritage can be seen in its commitment to locally sourced ingredients in our restaurants, breweries, creameries and distilleries. Our tour will start in Boston with some warm-up visits to both well-established and new up-and-coming breweries. Once in Vermont, we will travel through a number of counties well known for their craft offerings and wonderful restaurants, all set in the breathtaking beauty of the green mountain state. Connecting the two will be a road trip through New Hampshire, stopping along the way to view the gorgeous scenery and sample the delicious beer that is being brewed in their innovative craft breweries.
Day 1: After you and your fellow tour-goers arrive in Boston, we will give everyone some time to check into the hotel and grab a bite to eat. We will then gather in a private area in the hotel bar to get acquainted and share some beer. In addition to the local craft beer offerings available at the bar, we will bring along some hard to come by treasures from iconic brewers like The Alchemist (Heady Topper), Lawson’s Finest Liquids (Sip of Sunshine), and Frost Beer Works, to name a few. We will encourage everyone to bring a beer or two from their home town to share with the group as well. Now that’s a tasty icebreaker!
Day 2: The day will start with a tour of the birthplace of the American Craft Beer Movement: Samuel Adams original brewery (OK, so some West Coast guys actually started it first, but hey, this is Boston!!). We will lunch at a local Cambridge brewpub, and then head off to visit the GABF gold-medal-winning Mystic Brewery. Then it’s off to Portsmouth, NH where we will enjoy a beer tasting dinner at Stoneface Brewing, one of New England’s newest and most innovative brewers whose innovative and delicious dinner menu is as exciting as their beer.
Day 3: Today we will explore Portsmouth – home to both the oldest and the newest breweries in the craft brewing movement. We will start at Earth Eagle Brewings, a newly formed nanobrewery specializing in the production of gruit (what beer was before it was beer) and some of the most innovative and tasty brews we have found. We will then enjoy a sumptuous lunch and taste the full range of beers at Portsmouth Brewery, New Hampshire’s oldest brewpub, followed by a tour of their sister brewery, the legendary Smuttynose as well as visits to several other local brewers and tap rooms in this fantastic town.
Day 4: After breakfast, we will hit the road and head north to the Green Mountains. We will arrive in Vermont in time for lunch at the famed Prohibition Pig, original site of the Alchemist, for some amazing BBQ and craft libations. After checking into the hotel, there will be time for local shopping and then a tour of the Von Trapp Brewery featuring Austrian inspired lagers and dinner in their beautiful new Bierhall. (Yes, by the way, it is "that" Von Trapp family – the hills are alive, with the sound of beer!)
Day 5: Following breakfast, we will travel beautiful and rural Route 100, stopping first at Rock Art Brewery – a 20 year veteran of the craft beer revolution that continues to produce some of the most innovative and award-winning brews around – and then at Hill Farmstead, one of the nation’s most celebrated breweries. We will then wind our way toward Burlington, stopping in at a couple of additional great brewers like Lost Nation Brewing and Ten Bends along the way.
Day 6: Today we will travel south to the Shelburne and Middlebury areas, stopping for a tour and some lunch at the famous Otter Creek Brewery, followed by visits to some small but outstanding upstart brewers in the area like Fiddlehead, Foley Brothers, and Drop-in Brewing. We will then spend some time at an artisan village where you will be able to sample local beer, wood fired pizzas, craft distilled spirits and gourmet chocolates all within walking distance of each other! As the sun sets, we will head back to Burlington for a pub crawl to include the Vermont Pub and Brewery, but first, we would be remiss if we didn’t stop at the historic Inn at Shelburne Farms for cocktails on their rolling lawns overlooking Lake Champlain and the New York Adirondacks.
Day 7: The morning will be yours. Possibilities include a cruise on Lake Champlain, taking a stroll on the grounds of the historic Shelburne Museum, or a visit to Lake Champlain Chocolates! We will then meet up for a tour and tasting at Foam Brewery, after which we will hop around to the many wonderful Burlington area microbreweries – from icons like Magic Hat, to artsy upstarts like Zero Gravity Beer -- and then dinner on the marketplace at The Farmhouse Tap and Grill, one of the Queen City’s most renowned eateries.
Day 8: Today will be a whirlwind of awesome beer, with trips to Hinesburg, Richmond, Winooski and back to Burlington for a day of tours and tastings at some of the newest and most creative breweries in Vermont, including Switchback Brewing and Burlington Beer Company plus some out-of-the-way gems that we the average tourist rarely finds. We will top off the day with a visit to Stone Corral for an evening of beer, food, and live music.
Day 9: Time to start heading south again as our tour begins to draw to a close. We will hit River Roost Brewery and stop off for some artisanal food at the long-famed King Arthur Flour Bakery and Café, before arriving back in Portsmouth, NH where we will enjoy a closing dinner together. Then it’s off to the hotel where you can sleep well, dreaming of the beer odyssey that you have just completed!
Day 10: We will conclude our tour with a hearty breakfast. Transport back to Logan Airport will be provided by the hotel.
Lodging at fine hotels and inns all 9 nights of the tour
Breakfasts every morning
4 group dinners
5 group lunches
Beer during brewery tours, tour-paid meals and group visits to taprooms along the way
Ground transportation via private coach during the tour
All group organized brewery and artisanal food tours
What's not included:
Air/ground to our hotel in Boston to begin the tour, and travel home at the end of the tour (transport to Logan airport at the end of the tour is included)
Additional lunches and dinners not included in the itinerary
Any activities you wish to book during your free time
Any additional beer purchased on your own
This tour cost $3,499* per person. You can reserve a place on this tour with a $400 per person deposit. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
*This number is based on double occupancy. For an additional cost of $899, we can provide a single occupancy room.
If you are a single traveller and wish to avoid the single occupancy supplement we can work with you to try to pair you with another guest on the trip.
2020 dates to be confirmed
This itinerary is subject to change