Not skipping a beat in the craft brewing trend that's swept over the country, Massachusetts has supplied its fair share of inventive, quirky, and downright delicious pints of beer.
There are over 120 breweries in Massachusetts (who each offer a variety of options), which makes choosing the perfect beer to satiate your palette a difficult one, to say the least...#FirstWorldProblems.
So to help make the decision process a little easier, I've put together a list of the absolute, no ifs-ands-or-buts-about-it, best-of-the-best Massachusetts beers that you basically HAVE to try before you die. To miss out on these would be a travesty to your taste buds.
Good Morning // Tree House Brewing Company
Imperial Coffee Stout / 8.40% ABV
No, it's not a glass of black tar - although it definitely looks like it, Good Morning is brewed with Grade A Dark Amber Maple Syrup...good morning indeed!
Utopias // Sam Adams
American Strong Ale / 28.00% ABV
Ummmmm...it's 28% ABV. Talk about one and done. The only downside to this barrel-aged brew? It's price tag. At $200, this should probably reserved for special occasions, but totally worth it if you have the extra cash (also makes for a great gift).
Breakfast Exorcism // Clown Shoes
American Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV
I don't think there could be a more suitable name for a beer brewed in Salem. Aged in rye barrels and mixed with Espresso from the Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, this Massachusetts beer will wake you right up.
Kiwi Rising // Jack's Abby
Double India Pale Lager / 8.5% ABV
This award winning beer is a force to be reckoned with. Although not an IPA, this beer is pleasantly hoppy with a nice tropical, citrusy twist. And just to confuse you - no kiwis were used in the production of this beer.
El Lechedor // Night Shift Brewing
Milk Stout / 8.70% ABV
Big, bold, and black. This silky smooth brew is perfect for a cold winter night..but then again, the horchata style makes it ideal for a weekend summer brunch. Or maybe I just really like this beer and could drink it for breakfast lunch and dinner?
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout // Ipswich Ale Brewery
Oatmeal Stout / 8.50% ABV
Who needs dessert when you've got beer?
Černé Pivo // Notch Brewery
Black lager / 4.00% ABV
For those who like a dark, malty beer without the extreme alcohol content - this is your new go-to. A perfect cold weather session lager, this tasty brew will warm you right up.
Blunderbuss Barleywine // Cambridge Brewing Company
American Barleywine / 11.50% ABV
Designed to be sipped and savored (like a fine brandy), this high alcohol content beer is incredibly complex making it ideal for all you beer connoisseurs.
Be Hoppy // Wormtown Brewery
American IPA / 6.50% ABV
With one sip you'll quickly assume you're drinking a west coast IPA, but don't be fooled, this baby is born and bred in Worcester, MA. Don't worry, be hoppy.
Day of Doom // Mystic Brewery
Belgian-style quad / 11% ABV
A hearty drink with a ton of dark fruit flavor. If this is what doom's day is like, bring it on.
Pow Pow // Trillium
Double IPA / 7.70% ABV
After experimenting with lupulin powder (a super concentrated hop product made by flash freezing and then shattering intact hop flowers), Pow Pow is the result.
Sweet Brown // Castle Island Brewing Co.
Brown Ale / 6.50% ABV
Have you ever tried a beer brewed from sweet potatoes? Didn't think so - try this beer.
Triplication // Idle Hands Craft Ales
Abbey-Style Tripel / 9.00%
A peppery spice balanced with fruity notes, particularly banana. Light, yet complex, making it ideal for those who love Belgian Tripels.
Barbapapa // Pretty Things
Imperial Russian Stout / 12.00%
Sadly, Pretty Things is out of commission (at the moment), but their beers still roam the country. And if you can get your hands on one...particularly Our Finest Regards, then do so.