There Once Was A Man From Nantucket...

Location of Origin: 5 Bartlett Farm Rd, Nantucket, MA, 02554, USA
Date Established: 1981 (as a winery), Started Producing Beer in 1995, and Distilling in 1997
Category: Independent, Craft, Microbrewery With Some Regional (12 States For Any Products) Distribution.

If at first you don't succeed, forget about it, and work on something else. That is the advice that Nantucket Vineyard founders Dean and Melissa Long followed when they chased their dream of producing grapes for wine making on Nantucket Island. Sadly, the climate doesn't make for good grape growing, so they decided to import their grapes from other places in the United States, in order to focus their attention to the fermentation and production of quality New England wine. Connected to the winery is the brainchild of Wendy and Randy Hudson. The connection was made after the couple (who became soul mates over beer) moved in with the Long's into a loft over the winery. Helping around the winery and discovering more about the whole production process of wine, the Hudson's began brewing beer outdoors behind the Long's winery, making Cisco the only outdoor brewery in America at the time. Because of the outdoor environment, Randy had to become very good at predicting Nantucket's weather, along with capping bottles, of course. The brewery moved in 1996 in order to expand and bring on a larger team. Four years later, the Triple Eight Distillery was given the licence to produce whiskey and other high proof spirits in conjunction with the other two aspects of the business. In order to raise capital on the brewery and distillery's expansions, the public was given the opportunity to purchase futures in the barrels of Notch whiskey (which people can still do today). Today, the brewery is a major attraction to the nearly quarter of a million visitors to Nantucket each year, and distribution for their wine, spirits, and beer reaches 12 different states.

Reviewed Beer from Cisco Brewers Nantucket

11-07-14 - Cisco Brewers Indie Pale Ale

All rated Beer from Cisco Brewers Nantucket

1-14-18 - Captain Swain's Extra Stout - 3.41, Foreign/Extra Stout, 8.00%
5-30-15 - Island Reserve Madaquet IPA - 3.30, American IPA, 7.70%
7-03-14 - Grey Lady - 2.74, Witbier, 4.50%
7-03-14 - Indie Pale Ale - 2.91, American IPA, 6.50%
Please see review above.
8-24-12 - Pumple Drumkin - 3.03, Pumpkin Ale, 6.00%
Interestingly, this beer's color is mostly orange, reflecting the beer's primary additive. A thin creamy foam head lasts through most of the beer. Spices and sweet pumpkin and malt notes dominate the smell and the overall flavors, finishing spicy with a very small amount of hoppy bitterness. The beer has a light body with a large amount of carbonation, and a medium low viscosity. Definitely a fun, festive, fruity, and uh... f-enjoyable beer for the fall months.
8-13-11 - Whale's Tail Pale Ale - 3.59, English Pale Ale, 5.60%
The flagship brew of Cisco. This is a rewarding, well balanced bitter ale with plenty of hoppy character, but not without saving a bit of maltiness in the mix as well. Malty notes are brought out immediately while hoppy flavors come out toward the middle and finish of the beer. Medium light bodied, with a full finish, lower viscosity, moderate level of carbonation, and an average foam head. This beer gets its name from Nantucket's rich whaling history. Goes great with Irish pub grub.