MA’s Long Brewing History

Bay State Brewery, Jones, Johnson & Co., Boston

Boston In the Know recently reported that 3 new breweries will open before the end of summer. This the the latest in a long tradition that stretches back to the earliest days of the state’s history. Here are some interesting tidbits about bewing in Massachusetts:

  • The Pilgrims were reported to have had beer with them on their arrival at Plymouth – makes that whole first Thanksgiving meal seem more modern, doesn’t it?
  • Puritans got in the publick house licensing business in 1634, and in 1651, started requiring all malt to be of good quality (thanks guys!)
  • Women during the 1700’s played a big role in producing beer, proof that Girl Power rules
  • Boston alone had 27 breweries by 1890, so if you’ve wondered why we have so many pubs, there’s part of your answer
  • Things look good for continued growth in the brewing department, so stay tuned!

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4 Things to Avoid While Camping with Kids in New England

A298, Waterfall, Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont, USA, 2010

Camping in New England is always fun, especially when you head to treasures like Acadia National Park, Green Mountain National Forest, and White Mountain National Forest. However, when you take the kids, a few extra steps will make everything easier.

  1. Don’t Rely Only on Your Tent – A central shelter besides a tent will help keep everyone comfortable and happy. Tarp setups and shelters can work very well for meals and other gatherings. Keeping your gathering areas separate from sleeping areas will help keep everyone happier.
  2. Never Forget Craft Kits or Toys – Toys or crafts that relate in some way to your camping trip will help kids stay happy and focused, especially if they involve activities you don’t usually do at home. Fun examples include toy boats or crafts that involve fall leaves.
  3. Don’t Underestimate Your Cooking Needs – Cooking out when camping is fun and allows you to get creative, but just requires a little extra preparation. Make sure you include a folding table, camping stove, and cutting boards. Kids will enjoy learning how to prepare food in this setting.
  4. Never Forget to Learn About Local History – Some of the best history lessons don’t come from school, but from experiencing history hands-on. New England is a treasure trove of history from native cultures to diverse groups of immigrants that have settled in the region. Interacting with locals who are descendants of these immigrants can be exciting for kids.

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