We decided to take a day trip down to Cape Cod over the Memorial Day weekend and I, of course, scouted out the route for any points of interest (read family friendly breweries) along the way. One of the names that jumped at me almost immediately was Barrel House Z. I’d heard plenty of good things about their beers but for some reason had never gotten around to trying any. What sealed the deal, though, was finding out that our travel day happened to coincide with the brewery playing host to Townie Frozen Desserts. The pairing of beer and ice cream certainly made for a fun (and delicious!) treat on what was easily the hottest day of the year thus far.
The brewery is located in a quiet industrial section of Weymouth, MA. The taproom itself was rather modest in size, with the indoor area featuring a bar area front and center and a few benches scattered about. It was their outdoor area, however, where we spent most of our time. It had a relaxing backyard-vibe (enhanced by a playlist full of familiar classic and 90s rock), and was equipped with cornhole, oversized Jenga (aka building blocks), and additional seating at benches and chairs scattered about the premises. It was a very laid-back spot with just enough room for the kids tagging along to have some space to play without being disruptive.
And now for the beer! My wife and I did our own thing for beverages this time out, but our consensus opinion was that everything we tried was in the very good to excellent range. Our mutual favorites (pictured below) were S’more Money, a 3.9% session stout with fantastic notes of creamy lactose, light roast coffee, and chocolate, and Bamboozled by Hops, a 6.0% IPA featuring a strong, resinous blend of grapefruit bitterness and a satisfyingly smooth, full body that drank like a hybrid west coast/NEIPA hybrid.
Rounding out my day were a pilsner and a Baltic porter aged in rum barrels. The pilsner was a 5.4% brew named Sunny & 79°. It was available in both its original (“in the buff”) format as well as aged in tequila barrels, though after sampling both I preferred the original. It had a crisp, clean light malt base with some light citrus and coriander notes coming on before a dry, gin-like hit of juniper on the end. Finishing off my day was Empty Skies, their 9.0% Baltic Porter. It offered plenty of sweet malt upfront, followed by a huge rum barrel influence and was quite a beer to end the day on!
This was definitely a great stop on our trip and one that was enjoyed by all. Honestly, I don’t think we could have asked for more out of this visit; we were able to enjoy some excellent beer and ice cream in a relaxed outdoor space. What more could one want to start a holiday weekend?