Cape Cod's Handcrafted Beer and Wine
Cape Cod is one of the most laid-back locales in the country where island time is a way of life. If you’re on island time, that means it’s five o’clock somewhere, right? Cape Cod is home to a number of vineyards and breweries where you can let yourself indulge in freshly crafted beverages. And because the weather is ideal here, the wine is some of the finest. So pop that cork or bottle cap.
Maritime grape growing produces lush flavors and rich character, so why not head to Truro Vineyards where the ocean is only half a mile away? Truro Vineyards opened in 1992, but the house on-site has a rich history dating back to 1813. Since 2007, Truro Vineyards has been owned and operated by the Roberts family. Each day, family members visit with guests, conduct wine tastings, and work in the gift shop or take part in the actual wine making process.
You can sip elegant red wines that have been aged in American, French and Hungarian oak barrels, or white wines that are either oak aged for cold fermented in stainless steel. Free guided tours of the vineyard and winery can be taken between Memorial and Columbus Day weekends.
Cape Cod Winery
Founded in 1994, the Cape Cod Winery is a popular location for travelers to stop. Along with the flavorful wines, visitors can enjoy fresh seafood and other gourmet items. Located in East Falmouth, the winery has seven different wines, each with its own notable features based on the amount of time it has been aged and the type of grapes.
Wine tasting hours vary depending on the time of the year, but they are always between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. In the spring and fall the winery is open on weekends, and during the summer it is open Wednesday through Sunday.
First Crush Winery
As the newest winery in the area, First Crush is somewhat unconventional because it is actually a co-op. All members of the co-op take part in the winemaking process, making it truly a community affair. Frank D. Puzio is the head winemaker who has garnered his talents from a long line of winos in his family. With more than 20 years of experience, Puzio brought his idea to the popular location of Cape Cod to share his passion for winemaking.
Take into consideration that while tours are available here, you need to make an appointment before coming. You can contact the winery via email or phone and schedule a time to visit, but make sure to plan well ahead of time to ensure your spot on their calendar.
Cape Cod Beer
If a frosty brew is more your style, head over to the Cape Cod Brewery, a local favorite. In 2004, Cape Cod Beer set up shop in the old Hyport Brewing Company building, and stayed there for about two years, then moved into a brand-new 3,000-square-foot space on Phinney’s Lane. You can taste a North American Amber Ale, Cape Cod IPA, Cape Cod Beach Blonde Ale, and other seasonal beers that will, of course, rotate depending on the season you visit. Guided tours take place daily Monday through Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
Love wine, beer, and spirits equally? Then head to Cisco Brewers! This establishment is a winery, brewery and distillery all rolled into one location. This place is truly the complete package, featuring live performances that take place throughout the year. Tours last about one to one-and-a-half hours and cover the brewery, distillery and winery. This spot is technically located in Nantucket, but it is only a short drive away from Cape Cod.
Offshore Ale Company
Located in Oak Bluffs, Offshore Ale Co. offers food and carefully crafted beer every night. This brewery has a wide selection of varieties to sip on, including the Offshore Amber Ale, Offshore India Pale Ale, Beach Road Nut Brown Ale and Abel’s Hill India Dark Ale I.D.A. Currently, you can only get the beer crafted here in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, so it’s a real treat to enjoy some of the most localized brews around. While you can’t tour the brewery, you can sit down and enjoy a mug that was created on-site alongside some delicious grub