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Vanished Valley

Vanished Valley Brewing Company is a fast growing small-batch brewery that took flight in 2016 out of a desire to share our passion for exciting craft beer with others in good company and spirit.

We believe in brewing only the beer that we love through precision and a commitment to the highest quality. Through our vocation we believe in stretching limits and challenging the status quo of certain beer styles, aiming higher and creating something more than we thought possible.

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New England Brewing

New England Brewing Company is a small craft brewery located in Woodbridge CT right on the border of New Haven. NEBCO is proud to be brewing carefully crafted beers for local consumption. NEBCO is one of the pioneers of putting quality craft beer in cans and has an ever growing line up of beers that offer both traditional ales and lagers as well more unique takes on existing styles. The brewing team brings passion for flavor and quality into the brewery in order to produce craft beers that they hope will be among the first choice of craft beer enthusiasts and newcomers alike. New England Brewing Company was listed as one of the top 20 breweries in the country by in both 2009 and 2010.

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Spencer Trappist

spencer trappist logoTrappist communities observe the counsel of the Rule of St. Benedict, a 6th century guide for monastic life, that stresses the importance of ora et labora or “pray and work.” Monks are encouraged to be self-supportive and offer charitable assistance to others by producing and selling goods to the public.

The bell tower rising skyward above the abbey church is one of the defining architectural features of our Spencer Abbey. Simple, solid, striking, beautiful, the tower guides many a wayfarer to their spiritual home.
The font used in our Spencer logo is derived from the calligraphy inscribed upon the limestone end panels of the high altar of the abbey church, which was created by Br. David Holly, a monk and artist of Spencer at the time of its foundation in 1950.

Our brewery project is one of necessity. For over 60 years, we have cooked and packed jams and jellies at our monastery under the Trappist Preserves label. This business has allowed us to support ourselves, while providing wholesome monastic work and charitable assistance to the poorer communities and persons in need. However, when we look to the future, as our community grows and ages, we see our need for an additional enterprise that supports our community and charities in the years to come.

In our community, each monk’s work is assigned after matching up community need and the individual’s interests and abilities. A few years ago, one of our brothers expressed interest in brewing and even did some training at a local craft brewery. Over time, his passion for brewing affected some other monks, who recognized that brewing was a very traditional monastic enterprise. Thus, when the time came to re-chart the economic path for the monastery’s future, the idea of a brewery gained traction. However, before we could come to a decision, we had to develop the brewery idea into a realistic plan.

With the blessing of the abbot, we embarked upon a two-year data-gathering mission. We visited each Trappist brewery to learn everything we could from our European brothers. Beginning at the Abbey of Westmalle, we slowly made our way around Belgium, staying at the monasteries and making friends, receiving good advice and drinking some of the world’s best beer. The final stop of our first trip was the Abbey of Sint Sixtus, brewer of the acclaimed Westvleteren ales; by the end of our second trip and more detailed discussions, we were confident that we had put together a realistic plan for a new brewery. Following monastic tradition, the monks voted and confirmed the project by an overwhelming majority – we would build America’s first Trappist brewery.

Observing Trappist tradition we have named the brewery, and the beer, Spencer after our beloved town of Spencer, MA.

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Berkshire Brewing Co

Berkshire Brewing Company logoEstablished in 1994 in South Deerfield, MA, Berkshire Brewing Company is New England’s premier regional craft brewery. We keep it simple: brewing our ales and lagers fresh in small batches. We keep it real: all of our beers are unfiltered, unpasteurized, and contain no chemical additives or preservatives. And we keep it creative: producing a broad range of year-round and seasonal ales and lagers, and frequent brewer’s specials. Just good beer.

We believe in staying relaxed, down-to-earth, and enjoying an abundance of great beer. There are no secrets here. We share our process, our culture, and of course, the final product – because that’s the way we believe a craft brewery should be.

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Artifact Cider Project

artifact cider project logoArtifact Cider Project is a micro-cidery started by two best friends – Jake, a farmer, and Soham, a scientist – and brought to life by tremendous help from our community. Years ago, we discovered what cider could be: dry, complex, and refreshing. Since then, we’ve explored far and wide, running numerous experiments, reading entire libraries, and diving hands first into local agriculture.

We call Springfield, Massachusetts home, in a small, humble facility we gutted and rebuilt nail by nail at Gasoline Alley in the winter of 2013. We were ecstatic to launch our first cider in June of 2014 and inspired by the support we have received since.

This is just the beginning of our adventure. There are miles left to dig, countless artifacts to discover, and we couldn’t be more excited about what is to come next.

Welcome to the Project. Artifact is yours, as much as it is ours.

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Jack’s Abby

Jacks Abby Craft Lagers logoJack’s Abby Brewing is a family-owned craft brewery in Framingham, MA founded by three brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler.

Our mission is to create truly distinctive lagers featuring locally grown ingredients, traditional German brewing standards, and American innovation.

The company name, “Jack’s Abby Brewing”, is a nod to Jack’s wife, Abby, and also to the traditions of the european monks who handcrafted beer in their abbeys.

We focus on quality ingredients, mindful labor, community involvement, and remarkable beer.

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Iron Duke

Iron DukeIron Duke Brewing is located at the Historic Ludlow Mills complex in Ludlow, Massachusetts. Our home, Stockhouse 122, sits directly along Chicopee River. Originally used to house jute back in the early 1900’s, Stockhouse 122 has over 100 years of history within its brick walls.

IDB was started a mere stone throw away by a small group of close friends and family. It was during the spring of 2010 when we decided we wanted to make our dream of opening a brewery a reality.

Over the last 7 years, we have worked on perfecting our craft using a small nano system built from scratch in our garage. During that time, we have gathered an impressive collection of awards for wide variety of beer offerings.

Iron Duke’s mission is to produce high quality, handcrafted beer, and provide an inviting, friendly culture of hardworking individuals while maintaining an authentic and unique personality.

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Amherst Brewing

Amherst Brewing Company logo

The Amherst Brewing Company is a full-service brewpub located in Amherst, Massachusetts. Established in 1997 by a small group of investors, the ABC originally occupied the lower level of the former First National Bank building off North Pleasant Street. Over time, ABC went through three expansions.

Our most recent and biggest move was to 10 University Drive, which was formerly occupied by Gold’s Gym, and before that, a supermarket. The space offers a roomy interior–which is ideal for family dining, watching sports, and hosting events–high ceilings, more space to brew, and a substantial outdoor patio for warm weather dining. There is ample, free parking in the front lot–a definite perk for anyone who struggled to find parking in downtown Amherst in the past!.Brewery tours can be made by appointment. Over the course of the year, ABC hosts beer dinners and monthly tastings. See our events page on our website for upcoming dates, or join our fan page on Facebook to get daily updates on events, upcoming brews, and promotions.

We currently brew over 30 beers throughout the year that include our everyday offerings as well as seasonals.


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Abandoned Building

Starting in March of 2013, Matt Tarlecki began transforming a 2,700 square foot space in the old mill building at 142 Pleasant Street, aptly named “The Brickyard”. The previous tenant was a plastic bag manufacturer who vacated the space and left it in shambles. Giant rolls of plastic, large pieces of equipment, and tons of odds-and-ends were stacked head-high throughout the space. Once the space was emptied of its contents, he transformed it into his vision of the brewery that stands today. The majority of the brewery was designed, constructed, and finished entirely by Matt which included painting the 16 foot tall walls and ceiling, assembling the walk-in cooler, refinishing the original hardwood floors, and installing the 15 barrel brewhouse with two 30 barrel fermenters and one 30 barrel bright tank. He performed limited renovations in order to maintain the ambiance of the original mill building. He successfully navigated the permitting side of brewing and was granted a Federal Brewer’s Notice in October of 2013, only after enduring the federal government shutdown in October. The State level Farmer-Brewery License was awarded at the end of November that same year.