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Northampton Brewery just celebrated its 20th anniversary, which, says manager Jessica Bellingham, makes it the oldest operating brew pub in New England. The beer is now made by new brewmaster Donald Pacher, who's already created a new one, Blue Boots IPA (an unfiltered offering). The Brewery offers occasional "beer socials" as well, in which they offer their own brews and some from another brewery in a six-course dinner incorporating beer in the dishes.
2nd: Amherst Brewing Co.