Meet Mayflower Brewing Company, Our Village Green Beer Garden Partner

Rich in History and Hops!

July 22, 2022     Village Green

Beer Gardens got their start in 19th century Munich and have been growing ever since. They are enormously popular around the globe, including right here in The Pinehills Village Green.

The Mayflower Beer Garden at The Pinehills in Plymouth, MA got its start with a call to Drew Brosseau, founder of Mayflower Brewing Company. After many meetings, brainstorming and planning sessions, not to mention the hard work of another of our favorite Pinehills partners, Egan Landscape Group, the Mayflower Beer Garden became reality, opening to the public in the Spring of 2019.

In 2022, the Mayflower Beer Garden at The Pinehills is open every Sunday, from noon to 6pm. Come out to the Village Green to enjoy wine and tasty local brews, live music, the Lobsta Love Food Truck and Pop-Up Shops featuring local artists.


Mayflower Brewing Company - Rich in History and Hops

The story of Mayflower Brewing Company, is intertwined with the story of the Mayflower.

Here are the highlights:

  • On September 6, 1620, the Mayflower set sail for the New World on one of the boldest voyages in American history.
  • There were 102 passengers, including fifty-one Separatists and fifty-one “Strangers” – hired hands, indentured servants, and others who came for their own reasons.
  • You know some of the names already - William Bradford, Edward Winslow and Myles Standish.
  • One of the “Strangers”, John Alden, held one of the most important jobs aboard the Mayflower - beer barrel cooper. He built and tended the wooden barrels which carried the Mayflower’s most precious cargo, thousands of gallons of beer that sustained the Pilgrims on their arduous journey to America.
  • Beer was the staple drink on board the Mayflower. Unlike water, which quickly spoiled when stored in the hold of ships, beer contained no bacteria, and the then-recent introduction of hops made it keep longer. It was also a terrific source of carbohydrates.
  • Men, women and children drank beer daily, and sailors aboard the Mayflower received a daily ration of a gallon.
  • After sixty-five grueling days at sea, the Mayflower sighted land along the coast of Cape Cod. Treacherous seas forced the Mayflower to turn north and drop anchor at Provincetown.
  • After sixty-five grueling days at sea, the Mayflower sighted land along the coast of Cape Cod. The ship headed south towards its planned destination on the Hudson River. But treacherous seas from the Polluck Rip off Monomoy Point forced the Mayflower to turn north and drop anchor at Provincetown. After several weeks of searching unsuccessfully for a suitable harbor on the Cape, the Pilgrims were cold, tired and, most importantly, low on beer. In their words, “we could not now take time for further search or consideration, our victuals being much spent, especially our beer.”
  • On December 20, 1620, the Pilgrims chose the site for their new colony in Plymouth. With views of Cape Cod Bay and a “very sweet brook” and “many delicate springs of as good water as may be drunk.”
  • Today, Mayflower Brewing Company uses that same water to brew their family of Mayflower ales.
  • Several centuries later, - in 2007 to be exact - Drew Brosseau (tenth great grandson of John Alden) embraced this history and legacy of beer in America (and his family) and founded Mayflower Brewing Company! The rest is – history.

Come taste the history at the Mayflower Beer Garden at The Pinehills or visit the Mayflower Tap Room and Brewery in historic Plymouth.


Beer, Wine and Good Times at The Mayflower Beer Garden at The Pinehills

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