The Boston area has long been home to many of the East Coast’s best-known craft breweries, and small newcomers like Aeronaut Brewing are expanding that reputation. As the first active brewery to open in Somerville since 1888, they work closely with local farmers to source ingredients and lease out space in their brewery to local food and drink businesses. The community support isn’t the only positive aspect: they’re constantly churning out new recipes and fine-tuning favorites that all seem to capture the hearts of locals.
Founded by two brothers (duh) who moved into the space vacated by Maine Beer Co. in late 2013, Bissell has had one hell of a kickoff year with practically instant popularity in Portland. Their hop-forward wares, like their wildly popular IPA “The Substance,” Bucolia amber, and Baby Genius pale ale, are rounded out by darker brews like Angels With Filthy Souls, a porter made with lactose sugar and tons of Amarillo hops. If you’re looking to snag a can, rest easy: lines were so long after opening that they’ve added an extra fermentation tank to meet demand.