Jewels and Brews: A Trip Up the East Coast

As some of you may or may not know, my boyfriend, Hobbs, is a sales rep for Samuel Adams Brewery here in Asheville. To say he loves beer would be an understatement. And it's not just that he enjoys a high quality craft brew; it's that he's truly passionate about the ingredients, the process, and everything that's created by and goes into the craft beer industry. His energy is contagious. Subsequently, I am frequently exposed to some of the country's (and world's?) best beers, and I don't hate it.

I'm not sure when the conversation started, but sometime in the past few months, the idea of a road trip to some of Hobbs' bucket list breweries came about. As you all remember from The Southern Foray, I have a serious love of travel, road trips in particular. So, duh. I was game. I also figured it could be a good scouting trip for my jewelry - you just never know who you'll meet when traveling!

The list began with maybe 20-25 breweries, and I about lost it laughing. It must've been around March when Hobbs gave me his initial list because I very vividly remembered living out of a suitcase for three straight weeks the previous month on the foray and knew that 25+ beer stops was not feasible in our 1 week timeline. So, the list got shorter. We tried to work in 15 stops -- nope, back to drawing board. Then it was 10, and it seemed a bit more do-able. When we remembered we'd be traveling through Fourth of July weekend traffic, we cut it down to 8. Eight breweries in 7 days - we could totally do it. (We ended up adding 2 more in Portland because they were all in a cute little row!) We could both enjoy the experience of seeing the breweries and actually get to explore (and scout!) the towns we were visiting. We even made time to see family while we were on the road!

Our finalized itinerary:

July 5th - Hardywood Brewery; Richmond, VA
July 6th - Dogfish Head Brewery; Milton, DE
July 7th -  Buzzard's Bay Brewery; Westport, MA
July 8th - Samuel Adams Brewery; Boston, MA (of course! :)
                 Trillium Brewery; Boston, MA
July 9th - Allagash Brewing; Portland, ME
                Bissell Brothers Brewing; Portland, ME (add-on)
                 Foundation Brewing; Portland, ME (add-on)
                Maine Beer Company; Freeport, ME
July 10th - Hill Farmstead Brewing; Greensboro, VT
July 11th - Treehouse Brewing; Monson, MA

Phew! Looking at all that makes me wonder how we did it all in seven days. But somehow we did, had a blast on the trip, and didn't kill each other along the way :) Here's some of my favorite snaps...

Hardywood Brewery
Richmond, Virginia

Look at those colors!! Hobbs' Virginia Blackberry is on the right, and my Peach Tripel's on the left -- both chock full of local ingredients!

Look at those colors!! Hobbs' Virginia Blackberry is on the right, and my Peach Tripel's on the left -- both chock full of local ingredients!

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We got there just in time for Sunday afternoon tunes

We got there just in time for Sunday afternoon tunes

We spent the night in DC after Hardywood (thanks Cliff!), and because it was so close, we decided to make an impromptu pit stop in Annapolis on the way to Delaware the next morning. OH MY GOODNESS, YALL. Annapolis is seriously the cutest town I've ever stepped foot in. If you ever have an opportunity to go--do it!! But maybe don't try to just stroll on through the Navy's campus like we did, they don't like that very much (we found out embarrassingly...) haha whoops! Oh well, brunch at The Iron Rooster was amaze, and the view of the town from the bridge on the way to Delaware couldn't be beat. 

Too cute

Too cute

Got ya ;)

Got ya ;)

I ate my breakfast sandwich too fast for a picture!

I ate my breakfast sandwich too fast for a picture!


Dogfish Head Brewery
Milton, Delaware

The original system Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head's founder, used to make beer when they first started out!

The original system Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head's founder, used to make beer when they first started out!

We went to Dogfish Head: saw no dogs but did see a treehouse. Then we went to Treehouse Brewery: saw lots of dogs but no treehouses. 

We went to Dogfish Head: saw no dogs but did see a treehouse. Then we went to Treehouse Brewery: saw lots of dogs but no treehouses. 


Buzzard's Bay Brewery
Westport, Massachusetts

Fresh lobster for dinna

Fresh lobster for dinna

I love this place

I love this place

He asked if he was going to be on the news later (insert cry-laughing emoji)

He asked if he was going to be on the news later (insert cry-laughing emoji)


Samuel Adams Brewery + Trillium Brewing
Boston, Massachusetts 

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Allagash Brewery | Bissell Brothers Brewing | Foundation Brewing | Maine Beer Company 
Portland & Freeport, Maine

Hobbs and I in all our beer loving glory (note the headphones and lanyards around the necks)

Beers served with a side of table games is my kind of place

Beers served with a side of table games is my kind of place

Duh, had to showcase the jewels at some point!

Duh, had to showcase the jewels at some point!

After hitting INSANE traffic (and about $50 worth of tolls...) from Delaware to Massachusetts, Hobbs swore to take only the backroads from then on. Though it did add just a touch more time to our trips, it was well worth it--wow we live in a beautiful country! From tiny beach towns in Maine to expansive farmlands in New Hampshire and Vermont, we saw some amazing views along the way.

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Greensboro, Vermont

We stayed in the most amazing airbnb in Greensboro!

We stayed in the most amazing airbnb in Greensboro!


Treehouse Brewing
Monson, Massachusetts

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After Treehouse, we spent the night in New Haven, Connecticut, exploring with my sister and her husband, and celebrating my sister's birthday! My brother-in-law is getting his master's in Architecture at Yale, and wow, that campus is beautiful! 

This trip was truly an adventure! I'm beyond grateful that Hobbs and I both are in jobs that allow us freedom in our schedules (and that he loves to take the back roads when traveling like I do :)). Time with the ones you love are what's most important in this life!

Cheers!

Mary Fran