After Gov. Baker’s mandated closure of nonessential businesses, many of us had the same question: But what about the breweries?
Thankfully, breweries, along with restaurants and liquor stores, are deemed an essential business to everyday life, though sitting with a cold one inside a taproom while hanging out with friends is still not allowed. What is allowed: Buying a pack to-go, ordering ahead for curbside pickup, and, in some cases, ordering delivery (while many local breweries can be found on alcohol delivery site Drizly, only a handful are offering delivery themselves).
Before you hop on a Zoom call for happy hour with friends, consider supporting one of the local breweries below — or any of your favorite local breweries — by ordering a four-pack, crowler, growler, or case of beer for your at-home sipping pleasure. And when we’re given the go-ahead to return to their taprooms, let’s all raise a glass to the breweries we love.
Be sure to check each brewery’s social media for changing hours and beer availability.
Barrel House Z
What’s available: The Weymouth brewery’s Back Annex is still up and running, and stocked with Dolphins On Parade, Bamboozled, Townie, and more. BHZ is waiving its growler fee at the moment, but you should still tip big: All of the tips collected will be distributed to the brewery’s servers impacted by the taproom closing. (95 Woodrock Road, Weymouth)
Hours: Daily noon–4 p.m.
Pickup/To-go: Yes. Place an order during hours of operation and it will be available for pickup within 30 minutes. Customers can request curbside pickup by calling 339-201-7888 upon arrival.
Delivery: Yes. Check out the delivery radius on this map. Minimum orders of $35 are required, but there is no delivery fee.
Bone Up Brewing
What’s available: This family-run brewery might be small, but they still have plenty of Key Lime white ale, Southern Star saison, Extra Naked cream ale, and Centennial pale ale waiting for you at their Everett brewery. Cans, bottles, crowlers, and growlers are all available to-go — oh, and they’ve made quarantine coloring pages for customers to fill in, then scan or take a photo and post to Instagram. The Bone Up crew will pick a winner each month. (38 Norman St., Everett)
Hours: Daily noon–8 p.m.
Castle Island Brewing
What’s available: We may all be dreaming of Castle Island’s summer beer garden, but for now we’ll have to make do with picking up a few packs at the taproom. Whether you’re popping by to see what’s in stock or ordering ahead for curbside pickup, Castle Island has some fun brews lined up, including Keeper, Loki Doki, Raspberry Go Lucky, and Double Dip. (31 Astor Ave., Norwood)
Hours: Mondays–Thursdays from 3 p.m.–6 p.m., Fridays–Sundays from noon–6 p.m.
What’s available: Mike Estey, Patrick French, and Justin Garnache opened Distraction Brewing in Roslindale last fall, and they’re keeping the neighborhood hydrated by offering growlers and cans filled with some of their all-stars: RoslinPale, Daily Distraction, and Belgrade Tripel, among others. (2 Belgrade Ave., Boston)
Hours: Tuesdays–Thursdays from 4 p.m.–8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 2 p.m.–8 p.m., Sundays from 2 p.m.–6 p.m.
What’s available: Both Dorchester Brewing and its in-house restaurant, M & M BBQ, are offering pickup. Crowlers and four-packs are available as a $10 “Social Distancing Special,” and M & M is packing up crispy chicken sandwiches, pork ribs, and more. The brewery is also handing out a complimentary roll of toilet paper with each order while supplies last. (1250 Massachusetts Ave., Boston)
Hours: Daily 11:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Pickup/To-go: Yes. Customers can request curbside pickup by calling 617-514-0900 to place an order.
Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Co.
What’s available: Miss drinking The Cat’s Meow at your favorite pub? Exhibit ‘A’ in Framingham is still open for pickup and curbside to-go orders, offering cans of its feline-themed IPA along with Goody Two Shoes, Hair Raiser, Briefcase Porter, and more. (81 Morton St., Framingham)
Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m.–7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from noon–7 p.m., Sundays from noon–3 p.m.
Pickup/To-go: Yes. Call 508-202-9297 to place an order for curbside pickup.
What’s available: You may not be able to find Harpoon’s Cannoli Stout that it launched as a limited release last month, but you will be able to find four-, six-, 12-, and 15-packs of Rec League, Dragon Weisse, UFO, and Wannamango, along with cider and hard seltzer. Customers get a free salted pretzel with their drink purchase — just remember to add it to your cart. (306 Northern Ave., Boston)
Hours: Daily noon–7 p.m.
Pickup/To-go: Yes. Call 617-456-232 for curbside pickup or order online.
Delivery: Yes. Delivery orders ($35 minimum) must be placed between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for delivery between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. that same day. There is no delivery fee.
Idle Hands Craft Ales
What’s available: Get your Four Seam, your Edgeworth, your Slate, your Helga. Idle Hands is offerings its best suds in both cans and bottles, all of which can be purchased online and picked up curbside or in the taproom. (89 Commercial St., Malden)
Hours: Mondays–Fridays from 2 p.m.–7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from noon–7 p.m.
Pickup/To-go: Yes. Curbside pickup is available by calling 781-333-6070 or selecting the curbside pickup option online.
Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers and Springdale Beer Co.
What’s available: Jack’s Abby and its offshoot next door, Springdale Beer, have been adapting to the coronavirus pandemic as it evolved, first doing away with communal seating in the Jack’s Abby taproom, then offering a new takeout service. Stop by the taproom to pick up the new year-round amber lager, Shipping Out of Boston, along with Blood Orange Wheat, Hoponius Union, Post Shift, and more. (100 Clinton St., Framingham)
Hours: Wednesdays–Sundays from noon–8 p.m.
Pickup/To-go: Yes. Call 774-777-5085 for curbside pickup.
Delivery: Yes — for food. Order wood-fired pizza, pretzels, burgers, and bratwurst online or on Grubhub.
Lamplighter Brewing Co.
What’s available: Walk up to this Cambridge-based brewery’s retail window to pick up cans of Birds of a Feather, Blame it on my Juice, Deja Vu, and Giants Under the Sun, among others. In addition to cans and bottles, Lamplighter is also filling crowlers. Stop by from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on the weekend for coffee from in-house coffee shop Pepita Coffee Co. (284 Broadway, Cambridge)
Hours: Daily noon–8 p.m.
Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co.
What’s available: Place an order online for curbside pickup at this Waltham brewery, which is selling four-packs and bottles of its beers, including Cloud Candy, Mango Lassi, Sour Face, Cosmic Distortion, and Cookies n Cream, part of its Indulge Series. (411 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham)
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Pickup/To-go: Yes. Mighty Squirrel is offering curbside pickup only. Once you arrive at the brewery, call 781-839-9242 to let them know you have arrived.
Night Shift Brewing
What’s available: While Night Shift closed its Boston outpost, the brewery’s original Everett location is open for beer, coffee, and merchandise to-go; order ahead for pickup. There’s a bit of crossover happening between the locations, too: You can now pick up small-batch cans from Night Shift’s Lovejoy Series at the Everett taproom. (87 Santilli Hwy., Everett)
Hours: Daily 2 p.m.–8 p.m.
Notch Brewing Co.
What’s available: These trying times call for a quart can of Notch’s It’s Going to Get Worse (Before It Gets Better), which you can order for curbside pickup along with Tenner, Zen Arcade, Land Speed Record, and more. (283R Derby St., Salem)
Hours: Wednesdays–Fridays from 2 p.m.–6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from noon–4 p.m.
Trillium Brewing Co.
What’s available: Skip the usual lines at Trillium: The brewery’s Canton location is now offering both curbside pickup and delivery. The Fort Point and Fenway taprooms are currently closed. Four-packs, bottles, and cases are available, with a few newcomers including Streets on Streets, an Anniversary Triple IPA that’s part of Trillium’s Streets Series. (110 Shawmut Road, Canton)
Hours: Mondays–Saturdays from noon–7 p.m.
Pickup/To-go: Yes. Curbside pickup is available at the Canton taproom Mondays–Saturdays from noon–7 p.m. Orders will be ready for pickup within 30 minutes of placing the order, and there is no minimum.
Delivery: Yes. Online delivery orders are accepted Mondays–Fridays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Orders must be placed one day prior to delivery date, and there is a one-case minimum. A map of Trillium’s delivery coverage area can be viewed here.
Turtle Swamp Brewing
What’s available: The Jamaica Plain brewery is offering cans to-go, including Orange Line NEIPA, JP Porter, Skwashbuckle Imperial Porter, and Serendipitious Pale Ale. You can also pick up pre-filled growlers, but the brewery will not be filling empty growlers. Turtle Swamp’s beer garden in Roslindale has closed for the time being. (3377 Washington St., Boston)
Hours: Daily noon–8 p.m.
Vitamin Sea Brewing
What’s available: Pick up cans of AU Jus and Spring at this beloved Weymouth brewery, and keep an eye out for a long-distance collaboration between Vitamin Sea and their friends at Hidden Springs Ale Works. (30 Moore Road, Weymouth)
Hours: Thursdays and Fridays from 2 p.m.–8 p.m., Saturdays from noon–8 p.m.
What’s available: This Braintree brewery is offering four-packs, crowlers, and cases for curbside pickup. You’ll find a small but solid selection available online, including Widowlager, Ecstasy of Gold, and Honeymaker Honey. (220 Wood Road, Braintree)
Hours: Wednesdays–Saturdays from noon–8 p.m., Sundays from noon–4 p.m.
Pickup/To-go: Yes. Call 781-849-0205 upon arrival so a staff member can bring your order out to your car.
Winter Hill Brewing Co.
What’s available: Winter Hill is your one-stop-shop for beer, coffee, and food, offering a to-go menu that includes smoked chicken, barbecue ribs, and vegetable pot pie from the Scott Brothers, plus cans of Russian Ending, Johnny Juice, and Flood. Pick up a bag of Counter Culture coffee while you’re there. (328 Broadway, Somerville)
Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from noon–6 p.m.
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