Mayflower Brewery
Plymouth, MA

http://www.mayflowerbrewing.com/

The brewery is open to the public for tastings and tours on Thursday and Friday afternoons from 4:30PM to 6:30PM. No reservations are necessary.

Not a restaurant, but I have to make a mention. New, store-front microbrewery in the Industrial Park area of Plymouth. 4 standard brews — Golden Ale, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, and Porter — and a current seasonal brew, Thanksgiving Ale. Some co-workers and I attended a tasting and tour event Friday after work.

I sampled the Pale, Golden, and Thanksgiving ales.

Pale Ale. The Mayflower’s “flagship.” Citrusy and slightly hoppy but not more than you would expect from a standard pale ale. I am sure that the IPA would have been much, much hoppier. Deep amber gold color.

Golden Ale. Smooth, mild, sweet, and easy to drink. Crisp and refreshing but not fruity.  Clear, bright gold color.

Thanksgiving Ale. Surprisingly smooth for a brown ale — I was expecting something more bitter and more carbonated. The taste was great and unlike some brown ales or IPAs, no weird aftertaste as I had expected.

The brewer is a great personality and it is obvious that he knows his craft and has put a lot of thought in to his process. Every step is conscientious, from recycling the used mash to reusing heated-up cold liquor as the next batch’s hot liquor, even down to glue-gunning, by hand himself, every cardboard box. There’s been recent expansion in the number and size of the brewery’s tanks, and they are poised to expand again in the next one to two years. Please try some beer from the Mayflower Brewery, or stop by the next time you’re in Plymouth.

OK, so I am not a great reviewer of beers. Just visit their website and find a distributor, draft or bottled, and give them a try. You will be glad you did.