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Cape Cod is a Craft Beer Lover’s Ultimate Destination

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Cape Cod has become a destination for craft beer lovers in recent years, as we detailed in a post back in March 2017. In addition to the breweries we talked about that continue evolving, such as Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis and Devil’s Purse Brewing Company in South Dennis, the craft beer scene has seen the emergence of some new players.

At Naukabout Brewery; photo via

At Naukabout Brewery; photo via

When we last blogged about craft breweries, Hog Island Beer Co. in Orleans, which had just purchased the Old Jailhouse Tavern, was still in its infancy. Today, visitors can sample such locally produced beers as Outermost IPA, Far Out Stout and Pig Pen Pharmhouse in a renovated function hall located next to the restaurant.

New to the craft beer scene over the past year is Naukabout Brewery in Mashpee, which opened in March 2018 and is located at the site of the former Flume Restaurant, becoming the region’s fifth brewery and the fourth to open in the past three years. The name was inspired by the co-founders’ father, who would come home from work, change out of his “work-a-bouts,” and tell his sons to “change into their nauk-a-bouts” in order to “get outside for some fun!”

Nestled alongside Lake Mashpee, the brewery recently added a 4,000-square-foot lakeside outdoor beer garden, giving them four separate terraced patio areas in which to enjoy a cold brew on a warm summer day. Among the brewery’s offerings is a honeydew melon-flavored New England Double IPA, a creamy light Coastal Gold and a smooth, sweet and dark chocolate stout.

Barnstable Brewing Co.; photo via website.

Barnstable Brewing; photo via website.

In September 2017, Barnstable Brewing opened in Hyannis. The lineup included a kristallweissbier, a session IPA and a Russian imperial stout. Weekday tasting hours are limited to 4 to 6 p.m., with weekend hours stretching from noon to 6 p.m.

Another relative newcomer, with a twist, is Shoal Hope Ciderworks in Provincetown, which produces hard cider. Founded in late 2015, the first fermentations were produced in May 2017, and the product formally launched that June.

Currently offered are Honey Baby, an off-dry cider flavored with cranberry bog honey; Monument, a dark brown sugar cider; Empty Barrel, which is aged for six weeks in craft whisky barrels; and Little Tart, which is a blend of apple and cranberry juices fermented together and then sweetened with cane sugar.

Shoal Hope Ciderworks; photo via

Shoal Hope Ciderworks; photo via

Of course, no brewery has been on the Cape longer than Cape Cod Beer, which first began operating in 2004 at the old Hyport Brewing Company on Hyannis Main Street. It moved to its current location on Phinney’s Lane in 2006 and continues expanding. A tasting room was added in 2012, and a new 30-barrel brewing system was installed in 2016.

Although the Cape Cod Red and Cape Cod Beach Blonde are among their best-known beers, they also offer dozens of others throughout the year, including a tart and zingy Cranberry Harvest, an English ale called Old Man Winter, a mint-flavored porter and even a Hot Blonde that is aged on jalapeno peppers.

Like Cape Cod Beer, Devil’s Purse Brewing Company continues to develop intriguing craft beers that push the envelope and provide visitors with stimulating options. Always on tap are a German-style kolsch, a classic English malt and an IPA that has a dry finish with aromas of citrus fruits. A pale ale and an oyster stout are among the rotating beers, while specialty offerings include a berry ale, a spiced ale brewed with molasses, ginger, lime juice, and lime zest, and then aged on oak wood spirals soaked in dark rum, and a Double IPA made with New Zealand and Australian hops and a mix of Pilsner and Floor Malted Maris Otter malts. 

Cape Cod isn’t yet on par with the likes of Burlington, Vermont when it comes to craft brewing, but there are now imaginative companies where you can quench your thirst from the moment you cross the bridges all the way until you reach Provincetown.

Top photo: An event at Cape Cod Beer; Jennifer Kain DeFoe photo.