Brewery review of Independent Fermentations in Plymouth, MA.
When was the last time you went to a brewery located in a three-story barn at the end of a dirt road? I can’t recall if I’ve ever done it, but in this case that’s a good thing because it’s private property and I’m not looking for a trespassing arrest. Luckily, I was fortunate enough to be invited for a tour of Independent Fermentations, and their awesome barn brewing facility (They said they would only press trespassing charges if I wrote a bad review).
Independent Fermentations is a small microbrewery that has only been doing commercial distribution since April 2014, and yet they are already outgrowing their brewbarn and should be expanding to a new facility (also in Plymouth), that will feature a tap room and on-site sales sometime in September. After seeing their operation and tasting some of their beers I can understand why. When I arrived they were in the middle of making a fresh batch of Rye Sage Saison (a beer I’m looking forward to trying, once finished), and they grow the sage in their own garden right on-site. Seeing these guys in action it was obvious that there was a passion for making great beer, but also a passion for experimentation and not just pumping out common everyday brews that you can get anywhere.
The owners were kind enough to let us try three current varieties and send us home with free bottles of a fourth variety. We sampled a Gratzer (an old Polish beer style using smoked wheat), and traditional Dubbel and their “Boat For Sale” Pale Ale (Darker and More complex than most pale ales, with hints of orange). We also took home bottles of their Honey Tripel, made with locally sourced honey from the Crowell Apiary in Taunton, MA (review to come). Not a single one of these beers was typical, each offering its own twist and intriguing palate, but none more than the Gratzer, which is an absolute must-try. If you’d like to know where you can buy their beer there is a link on their website.
Towards the end of my visit it was revealed to me that the 3rd floor of the barn is actually a bar/tasting room that is used for special events and other private gatherings. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to one of these events, you’d be a fool to miss it, but if you’re a generally unlucky person just wait until the new tap room is open and then get your ass to Plymouth! Don’t bother stopping at that boring rock that everyone is always talking about, or wasting time at that lame plantation, go get some great beer instead. After all, even dogs in pilgrim outfits wouldn’t make those places exciting.