Discover the Berkshire Wineries Near Our B&B

Discover Berkshire Wineries Near Our B&B - Brook Farm InnThe Berkshires are well known for their stunning scenery, picturesque villages, award winning museums, stage companies, and annual festivals – but did you know we’re also home to a number of outstanding wineries? Come discover the Berkshire wineries near our Lenox, MA B&B.

There’s so much to do and see year ’round in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts that you wouldn’t think there was room for more – but there is! The rise of craft brewing and distilling seems to have reawakened our taste for local and regional favorites over big brand producers. Consequently, they’re springing up all over, including right here in the Berkshires.

Wineries, in general, have long traded on the uniqueness of their process, tradition, and region. The recent interest in farm-to-table and local dining finds our Berkshire wineries quite at home.

Brook Farm Inn is lucky to be near a number of excellent Berkshire wineries that are definitely worth your attention. Many of our guests enjoy visiting our local wineries during their stay, especially in spring. (more…)

Explore the Lenox Leg of the Berkshires Beer Trail!

Explore the Berkshires Beer TrailAre you a fan of fresh, local and regional craft beer? I so, you’ll want to treat yourself to the local leg of the Berkshires Beer Trail! The excellent quality and wide variety of the craft beers available is truly amazing.

Craft breweries, also called “microbreweries” have been popping up all over the U.S. in the last 20 years, especially in the last ten! This is good news for people with discriminating taste. Beer is only just now being taken seriously in the U.S. after decades of being treated like adult soda pop.

Getting in on this revolution of taste is as easy as visiting your own, local brewpub. Things get even more exciting when you travel to new areas and get to try the local, microbrewed beer. It’s especially fun if you can tour the brewery as brewmasters can be some very colorful, impassioned folks!

Even if you can’t get a tour of the brewery, though, sampling fresh, local beer at their tasting room or beer pub is a reward in itself. Brewery tasting rooms serve the freshest beer you’ll ever find. Brewers are particularly impassioned about their product and work to see that your beer is as fresh and clean as possible. At a tasting room, you know you’re tasting beer at it’s very best.

To get you going, we’ve included a list below of our local leg of the Berkshires Beer Trail. All of the craft breweries listed are within less than an hour of our Berkshires B&B, Brook Farm Inn, in Lenox, MA.

The full Berkshires Beer Trail can be found on the www.berkshirefarmandtable.org website. The list includes the four breweries below and a number of others throughout the Berkshires. While the Berkshires Beer & Cider Trail is not a comprehensive list of all the craft brewers and cideries in the area, it is a great start!

Lenox Area Berkshires Beer Trail

Wandering Star Brewery
11 Gifford Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Wandering Star is a 15 barrel microbrewery witha wide variety of styles. Their facility includes a tasting room and is open for tours, tastings, and growler fills on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm.

Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Barrington Brewery makes 25 different beers over the course of a year and always has nine beers on tap. The brewery is solar powered and the restauruant features a pub style menu. If the Chocolate Stout Cake is on the menu, you should order it. It was Bon Appetit’s recipe of the year and we dare you to try and eat an entire piece by yourself! Barrington Brewery offer no tours but is open 7 days a week.

Big Elm Brewing
65 Silver Street, Sheffield MA 01257
Big Elm Brewing reates several seasonal beers and 3 full-time beers: 413 Farmhouse Ale, Gerry Dog Stout, and IPA. Stop by their taprooom from 12-6 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for a pint or two. You can also buy 4 packs, 6 packs, and fill your growler. Free tours on Saturdays.

While you’re in the Big Elm Brewing area, if you’ve s nose for spirits as well, be sure to check out Berkshire Mountain Distillers. They’re just around the corner from the brewery: 356 South Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257.

So go ahead, come explore the Berkshires. When you do, Brook Farm Inn would love to be your Berkshires lodging choice!

 

Here’s What You Need to Know About Big Elm Brewing

For some delicious craft ales and lagers brewed in the Berkshires, make a visit to Big Elm Brewing. This local brewery is a fun place to relax in the evening after a long day of adventures. Indulge in a flight of flavors or pick your favorite type to enjoy after dinner. You can even bring a growler home to enjoy some Massachusetts beer after your vacation is over!  It’s a great souvenir, and also a great gift to bring back home to your brew-loving friends and family. Here is what you need to know about Big Elm Brewing before your visit!

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The Story of Big Elm Brewing

The fall of 2012 marked the first batch of beer brewed at Big Elm Brewing. Since then, the neighborhood hot spot has been bringing fresh, quality beer to the Berkshires. Before this point and time, the owners (Bill and Christine) were working at other brewing companies to garner their skills. They actually met at Victory Brewing Company in 2003 and then opened Pittsfield Brew Works in 2005. After five years at this brewpub, they left the business to just focus on quality beer (as well as a family on the way). Big Elm Brewery was the result, named for a big elm tree at the end of the street that stood for almost 400 years. Though the elm is now gone, Big Elm Brewing seeks to embody the spirit of what it meant by giving people something to gather around and enjoy each other’s’ company with!

Craft Beers

There are a variety of delicious craft beers that you can experience at Big Elm Brewing during your Berkshires adventures. The Big Elm 413 Farmhouse Ale is a Belgian ale brewed with barley, wheat, chamomile, orange zest, and hops. Then, the double dry-hopped Big Elm IPA offers a West Coast style with a hint of malt to back up the bitters. The Gerry Dog Stout is an oatmeal stout that’s easy to drink for those who usually veer away from the dark side. The Big Elm American Lager is brewed with corn, barley, hops, water, and yeast that gives a light, simple sweetness. And finally, the Big Elm Lion’s Ale is a smooth English-style amber that pairs well with any meal during any season. There are also seasonal specialties available throughout the year!

Come Back to Brook Farm Inn

After a great evening out at Big Elm Brewing, come back to your bed and breakfast retreat in Lenox, MA. Brook Farm Inn offers charming and comfortable accommodations that hail to a bygone era. Enjoy a rich color palette, floral wallpaper, ornately carved furniture, grand fireplaces, and antique accents throughout the inn. Our guest rooms each offer a different theme, from our Bluebird Room with bright yellow and blue decor to our Cozy Hideaway with muted peaches and greens, among an antique wood rocking chair and nightstand. We hope to see you soon!