We New Englanders are accustomed to having cranberry sauce on our Thanksgiving table each year. With the advent of modern harvesting equipment and canning capabilities in the early 1900s, the cranberry quickly became a staple for many family gatherings. There is also undoubtedly a huge debate on which style is best. My Grandmother insisted on having a bowl of the whole berry kind, whereas us kids preferred the “fake” jellied version with the unmistakeable can lines imprinted on the cylindrical sauce. But honestly, nothing was better than smearing that shiny, magenta jelly on a roll with the leftover turkey and some stuffing for a tasty day after snack. But now that I’m an “adult,” I can have cranberries any way I want for the holidays. And I choose to have my cranberries served in beer!
That’s right, this little berry has become increasingly more prevalent in beer and can give your holiday beverage a little added zing. Below we have listed locally brewed Massachusetts offerings with a brief description and a link to the brewery. We will continue to add to the list as new beers are released (and if you know of any we missed, please post them in the comments). We think this cranberry beer trend is a berry good idea and think you will too. Enjoy your holiday and give thanks for the amazing craft beer we get to drink. Cheers!
10th District Brewing Gose (Abington, MA) – A 4.2% German-style sour beer with sea salt, coriander, lemon and orange peel aged on local organic cranberries from Fresh Meadow Farm in Craver
Barrel House Z Nessie Mulled Cranberry Sour (Weymouth, MA) – A kettle sour infused with cranberries and mulled spices such as cinnamon and clove
Bad Martha Beer Boghead Cran Lager (Falmouth, MA) – A light German style lager made with local cranberries
Barnstable Brewing Cranberry KDUB (Barnstable, MA) – Kristallweissbier, or a German Wheat Beer, made with fresh cranberries
Black Hat Brew Works Cranberry Shandy (Bridgewater, MA) – A shandy bursting with cranberry flavor
Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen Oak Square Sour (Brighton, MA) – Fruited kettle sour brewed with fresh squeezed + seated orange, and fresh cranberries
Buzzards Bay Brewing Mad Trucker Bogberry Sour (Westport, MA) – A “refreshingly snappy” cranberry sour made with local cranberries from Decas Farm
Cape Cod Beer Nox Atra (Hyannis, MA) – An imperial stout made with Cape Cod Coffee, chocolate and cranberries
Great Awakening Funny Hat (Westfield, MA) – A “dessert style sour brewed with cranberries and conditioned on hundreds of pounds of cranberries and piles of marshmallows.”
Idle Hands Kill Your Idles: Crantastic (Malden, MA) – A sour ale with cranberry, cherry and grape must (contains dairy products)
Ipswich Ale Brewery Cranberry Beret (Ipswich, MA) – A “delightfully tart kettle soured ale fermented atop pureed cranberries”
Jack’s Abby Cranberry Berliner (Framingham, MA) – A tart sour wheat lager with cranberries
Kismet Brewing Press – Orange Cranberry Muffin (Westfield, MA) – A kettle sour made with cranberries, oranges and spices
Lamplighter Brewing Blame It On My Juice (Cambridge, MA) – This is from their Gose series (German sour wheat ale traditionally brewed with salt and coriander) with rotating fruits
Lord Hobo Cransauce (Woburn, MA) – A part of their Vagabond Series, this sour beer is brewed with lactose and local cranberries from Cape Cod Select
Mayflower Brewing Resistance Is Fruitile (Plymouth, MA) – A sour ale made with cranberry and orange
Mighty Squirrel Nanaland (Waltham, MA) – A tart sour ale made with cranberries and mangoes
Naukabout Beer Company Pass the Sauce Cranberry Milkshake IPA (Mashpee, MA) – An IPA made with local cranberries from PJ’s Cranberries (contains lactose)
Oak & Iron Brewing Turkey Not Included (Andover, MA) – A wheat ale made with freshly mashed cranberries (sorry, turkey not included)
Old Colony Brewing Thanksgiving (Whitman, MA) – A light wheat ale with cranberries and apples added for a “nice hint of Thanksgiving”
Penny Pinchers Yard Sale Series #2 (Millbury, MA) – A roasty and fruity chocolate cranberry stout
Provincetown Brewing Crandaddy Sour (Provincetown, MA) – A mildly tart fruited sour ale, with cranberries for the “fruity beer drinker.”
Redemption Rock Cran You Dig It (Worcester ester, MA) – A cranberry and cardamom ale that “features subtle herbal notes of mint and ginger”
RiverWalk Brewing Pass The Sauce (Newburyport, MA) – An ale brewed with cranberries, ginger and spice
Samuel Adams Boston Tap Room I Remember My First Check In (Boston, MA) – Exclusive to the Sam Adams Boston Taproom at Faneuil Hall, this is a tart cranberry kettle sour, with cranberries from Decas Farms. (contains lactose)
Second Wind Brewing Cornucopia (Plymouth, MA) – A New England Double IPA with flaked corn and native cranberries from Peltola Farms in Carver, MA
Shovel Town Brewery Morse (Easton, MA) – A crisp sour ale with local cranberries
Skyline Brewing Cranberry Trail Mix (Westfield, MA) – A Kettle Sour made with cranberries and added raspberries
Stellwagen Beer Brian Gose Dancing (Marshfield, MA) – A kettle sour brewed with Pink Himalayan salt, cranberry and tangerine
Stone Cow Brewery Let Your Song Be Sung Cranberry Saison (Barre, MA) – A Belgin saison with more than 200 pounds of real/local cranberries
Tin Bridge Brewing Cranberry Raz Creamsicle (Westfield, MA) – An 6% ale with cranberry and raspberry aged on vanilla beans
Trillium Brewing Daily Serving: Cranberry, Pomegranate, and Blackberry (Canton, MA) – A lightly tart offering from their fruited series with cranberry, pomegranate and blackberry
1634 Meadery 2020 Craneberry (Ipswich, MA) – A tart, sweet 15.5% ABV mead made with local honey and cranberries from Carver, MA
*feature image from Insider.com
Oak & Iron Brewery in Andover, Ma will have Turkey Not Included, on Nov 22. It’s a cranberry wheat made with freshly mashed cranberries.
Thanks for the info on the Oak & Iron beer, we will add it, cheers!
10th District in Abington does a killer Gose with local, organic cranberries.
Thanks for letting us know about the Gose from 10th District, we just added it. Hope you are enjoying a cranberry beer right now, cheers!
Shovel town brewery in north Easton MA has their “Morse” cranberry sour!! Also stellwagen in marshfield has a cranberry Brian gose dancing flavor right now in mArshfield MA!!!
Thanks for letting us know about those two cranberry beers, we will add them, cheers!