I have passed by Brewster River Pub & Brewery many times whilst traveling Rt. 108 thru Smuggler’s Notch, with barely a glance over. Located on the northwestern side of the notch, it turns out that “BRP” is an interesting place with an interesting history. With roots as a biker/dive/ski bum bar, BRP still oozes that informal, drop-in, homey kind of charm
However, over the last four years or so, BRP has been making the transition to a more hip brew pub. The transition has been slow, and while there is an extensive list of fine draught beers on tap, only two or three are produced by BRP in small quantities.
On this particular evening, I visited with friends for dinner and to sample what the BRP brewers had concocted. There were three BRP selections available: “Da Juice” IPA (6.6% ABV), a coffee stout (5.5% ABV), and an unlisted “sour” with a cherry-like flavor. I sampled the coffee and sour and did a full pint of the “Da Juice”. The coffee stout certainly tasted of coffee, check; the sour was sour, check … but tasted flat. On the other hand, the “Da Juice” was pretty good, albeit with more of a fruity aftertaste than a bitter, hoppy aftertaste. I guess that’s why they call it “Da Juice”. So I had a second pint.
The food at BRP is very good. We shared an order of southwestern egg rolls which definitely had a kick to them. The group then had a mix of pub fare, including fish & chips, smoked half-chicken, and a burger.
The Cicerone says: Reportedly, BRP is in the process of building a separate brewery where they can spread their brewing wings and pump up their quantity. I’m looking forward to checking in on them as they ramp up operations.