Sips, Suds, and Spirits Trail in Essex County Massachusetts

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Get in the Spirit!

In 1637, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts proclaimed that no person should be in a tavern “longer than necessary occasions.” There was no clarity on length or what “necessary occasions” were, the region has since gone through various bans and prohibitions.

Some bans were self-imposed. Rockport until the year 2005 was a ‘dry’ town. The fishing village north of Boston, was suddenly disrupted when a group of hatchet wielding women, leg by local spinster Hannah Jumper, took it upon themselves to rid the town of its “demon rum.” On July 8, 1856, the hatchet gang destroyed every bottle, jug, keg, and cask they could find, to the upset of local tavern and restaurant owners.

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Today, local brewers, cider houses, distilleries, meaderies, and wineries North of Boston are resurrecting and reinventing old recipes into new ones, making their mark in the world of craft-style drinks. These businesses will be happy to share ideas to pair with your meal! Visit our website to learn more about local tours and tastings.

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