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Beerhunter: A Bright New Berkshires

Putting shake-ups behind them, two brewers plan for the Future

Massachusetts has more than 120 visitable breweries, 19 of which are in the Valley. That’s a lot of taprooms to keep a Beerhunter busy around Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties. Still, you can’t cover beer news in Western Mass without fully appreciating what “west” means.

Berkshire County boasts five breweries. The oldest is Barrington Brewery in Great Barrington, which opened in 1995. Although that taproom has always been a fun destination, a bit of a lull in new breweries followed. Then finally, a few years ago, craft beer caught on in the Berkshires. Wandering Star Craft Brewery in Pittsfield opened in 2011, followed by Big Elm Brewing in Sheffield the following year. In North Adams, Bright Ideas Brewing opened its doors in 2016. And just last year, Shire Breu-Hous opened in Dalton.

That might not seem like many stops on your craft beer road map. But there’s (liquid) gold in these hills. Read more about the biggest brew news >>