Tucked in an industrial park on Resnik Road in Plymouth is Mayflower Brewing Company, which has been delivering a variety of craft beer selections since 2007. The otherwise non-descript brick building houses one of New England’s best beer making and tasting facilities and is open to the public from Wednesday through Sunday with tours taking place on Saturdays and Sundays.
Guests enter into the “tasting room” which holds a bar and large enough space to relax while sampling many of Mayflower’s signature brews. The most wallet-friendly option is to choose a “Speedwell Sampler”, which allows you to taste five beers for free. If you’re interested in having more than a taste, half-pints are sold for three dollars and pints are priced at $6. Mayflower also sells several of its beers on as well as other merchandise site and allows for growler fill-ups.
This author chose to go with the Summer Belgian Session Ale, the Daily Ration, Golden Ale and IPA. Of those choices, all were impressive but the Summer Ale took the prize for best beer, in my mind anyway. The friendly and knowledgeable staff also lends the tasting room atmosphere perfect for an afternoon excursion.
Tours are also free and consist of two main elements: the brewing room and bottling room. Participants are led through the back of the tasting room, which opens directly into the brewing room. Two rows of enormous tanks where Mayflower has been brewing since its open. Visitors are then walked through the room while hearing about the history and process of Mayflower Brewing, from milling and mashing to carbonation.
The second phase of the tour is the bottling room, which started also packing Mayflower in cans this Spring. In this room, every Mayflower beer sold in stores is either bottled or canned each day. Pallets full of waiting bottles and cans speak to the demand of the Plymouth-based brewery and how they continue to grow.
At the conclusion of the tour, guests are led back into the tasting room and free to enjoy more beer or shop around for Mayflower apparel and beers to take home. Whether you are a craft beer fanatic or simply looking for something different to do over the weekend, the Mayflower Brewery is a great place to hangout, learn and expand your tastes.