5 Best Breweries for "Hazy" New England IPAs

Check out these hazy brews for a new twist on your favorite hoppy beer

If you love beer, you may have heard of the "haze craze," the chase for craft breweries to develop their own version of what's now known as the New England double IPA, an unfiltered and unpasteurized beer marked by its slightly cloudy, opaque appearance (its "haze").

What's so great about the haze? Haze is really about hops, or flower buds that give beer its bitter, zesty, or citric notes depending on the kinds of hops used. IPAs (India Pale Ales) are known for their "hoppiness," which means that the hops are steeped in the beer long after fermentation, a method originally used by British sea voyagers who discovered that hops preserve beer for longer. Double IPAs, which originate in New England, up the hops content, meaning hazy beers are packed with some intense and oftentimes very complex flavors.

To experience what's happening at the forefront of the craft beer world, visit these 5 New England breweries making the tastiest, hoppiest, and of course haziest double IPAs around.

The Alchemist (Stowe, VT)

Heady Topper is credited as the first "hazy" IPA

Credited with creating the first hazy IPA, called the Heady Topper, Alchemist is a must on any New England brewery tour. Heady Topper is a double IPA with a nutty, slightly funky flavor and aroma that drives beer enthusiasts mad. In fact, when the brewery first released this unusual beer in 2011, at the time only available on tap, beer lovers desperately attempted to can the beer themselves in pub bathrooms. Thankfully, the beer is now professionally canned, and Alchemist even insists that beer drinkers experience Heady Topper this way, since the pungent hops flavor is apparently better preserved in aluminum. Pick up a case at the brewery or enjoy at a nearby bar (they're only sold within a 25-mile radius of the brewery), like the Matterhorn.

Beers to try: Heady Topper, Focal Banger

Lawson's Finest Liquids (Warren, VT)

Sip of Sunshine has garnered a serious cult status

Lawson's brews the cult favorite Sip of Sunshine, described as a "tropical vacation in a glass" for its bright, hoppy flavor and pleasant hints of tangerine. The unicorn of hazy IPAs, Sip of Sunshine is only available in Vermont and Connecticut and on a rotating basis that is, even to purveyors, entirely unpredictable. When cases do show up on shelves, enthusiasts will likely have already checked their beer apps and scooped up a four-pack (you can only buy two four-packs at once—if you can find that many!). Rather than join the rat race, try enjoying the beer on tap at the tavern at Mad River Glen ski area in Lawson's hometown of Warren, VT, open year-round.

Beers to try: Sip of Sunshine, Session #8

Hill Farmstead (Greensboro Bend, VT)


Hill Farmstead offers great beers in a beautiful setting

For some picturesque scenery and truly unique beer, making the trek up to Hill Farmstead, located in a remote area of northern Vermont by the Canadian border, is entirely worth it. The brewery is, as its name would imply, at the top of a hill on an actual farm, and includes a general store and lovely café with flights, oysters, and charcuterie. The beers are the real draw, which, in addition to their beloved double IPA Susan, also include those with notes of Earl Gray tea or a hint of mimosa. The flavors are precise and refined, the closest beer has ever come to wine.

Beers to try: Susan, any version of Civil Disobedience

Battery Steele Brewing (Portland, ME)

Battery Steele is one of several "incubator" breweries in Portland

While there's been plenty of hype about Portland's Bissell Brothers brewery, Battery Steele, the best of several excellent breweries in an "incubator" lab just outside city center, certainly deserves more attention from haze fanatics. The double IPA to try is Flume, which is fruity and less funky than the likes of Heady Topper, though the brewery also has an "experimental" series, where they brew IPAs with unique flavors like passion fruit for limited periods of time. Make sure to also visit the other incubator breweries, all of which share space in a large, long-defunct industrial building. Battery Steele is a great place for IPA fanatics to meet and nerd out.

Beers to try: Flume

Trillium (Boston, MA)


Trillium is prized for its quality ingredients

Trillium has three brewing facilities in Boston, though there are only two where you can try draught beers, in Canton and Roslindale. Trillium is known for its high-quality hops and grain ingredients, as well as some very bold flavor experimentation (including a double IPA brewed with pinot gris), and one needs only to look at their daily lines to see that this family-owned brewery has staked a formidable claim in the craft brew world. Trillium's most celebrated hazy double IPAs are Congress Street and Mettle, both of which have discernable murk and distinctive flavor. Mettle, the more intense of the two and a cult favorite, has hints of nectarine and grapes to offset the not unpleasant bitterness from double steeping three types of hops.

Beers to try: Vicinity, Mettle, Congress Street

The great thing about a New England brewery tour is that it's perfect for any season; enjoy a beer on tap at Mad River Glen apres ski in the winter or sit outside and enjoy the scenery at Hill Farmstead in the summer. Note to the wise: double IPAs have a higher-than-average alcohol content, with ABVs ranging from 8 to 11%, so be sure to bring along a trusted designated driver.

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La Rojeña

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Casa Sauza

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La Cofradia

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A distillery tour offers education about tequila's history and manufacture. Bone up on your tequila terms and tips for choosing quality tequila before you go, so you'll understand what you're tasting.

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That's why our editors decided to take it upon themselves and spread some delight with seasonal meals, courtesy of HelloFresh. For those who don't know what HelloFresh is, it's a meal-kit delivery service with dozens of easy-to-prepare recipes to choose from. Simply select which meals you want as well as how many servings and a neatly organized cardboard box will arrive at your doorstep within the week. Nobody wants to go out in the Winter anyway, and with HelloFresh, you don't have to!

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Cheesy Red Pesto Chicken Melts

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Winter Risotto

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8 of the Best Donut Spots In the United States

Celebrate National Donut Day with our favorite treats across the country.

November 5th marks one of 2020's two National Donut Days.

Occurring in both June and November, National Donut Day allows fans of those delectable yeasty treats to embrace their sweet tooth. But like any niche food group, people often take their donuts very, very seriously, and there are countless places to get your fix.

Below, we've rounded up some of the best donut spots across the country. From coast to coast, these bakeries are sure to impress even the pickiest donut-heads.

Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop – Modesto, CA

Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop

If you ever find yourself in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's worth taking a short trek out east towards Modesto for some of California's best donuts. Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop has remained family owned since its opening over 30 years ago, providing both tried-and-true classic donuts as well as experimental flavors and holiday specials. Even their 24-hour service doesn't diminish the line that trails out the door most mornings.

Dough — New York, NY

Dough \u2014 New York, NY

Donuts might not be the first circular, doughy treat you think of when it comes to New York City. If you've had your fair share of bagels, the Big Apple also boasts some spectacular donuts at Dough, a go-to spot for both tourists and locals alike. Here, you'll find a host of Latin American-inspired flavors that are hard to come by anywhere else; their Dulce de Leche flavor is a customer favorite, while the tangy Hibiscus donut is just as good for Instagramming as it is for eating.

Blackbird Doughnuts — Boston, MA

Blackbird Doughnuts \u2014 Boston, MA

Boston's Blackbird Doughnuts is a no-frills donut spot specializing in both brioche "raised" donuts and old-fashioned cake donuts. With a small menu of year-round donuts and a rotating cast of seasonal flavors, Blackbird keeps it simple and classic. Why mess around?

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop — Brooklyn, NY

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop \u2014 Brooklyn, NY

For over 60 years, Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop has been calling the quaint Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint home. Since then, the bakery has remained a popular spot for both regulars and new visitors passing through the area. Here, you won't find uber-trendy decor or gimmicky recipes, just damn good donuts that prove the power of long-standing local businesses.

Pip’s Original — Portland, OR

Pip\u2019s Original \u2014 Portland, OR

In both their mobile catering van and brick-and-mortar locations, Pip's Original is a staple for small, sweet treats in Portland. They're known for their tiny donuts that come in inventive seasonal flavors like marionberry-lavender and mango ghost pepper. But even if you opt for one of the more traditional flavors, Pip's Original proves good things can come in small packages.

Round Rock Donuts — Round Rock, TX

Round Rock Donuts \u2014 Round Rock, TX

Founded in 1926, Round Rock Donuts—located just north of Austin—are impossible to miss. These donuts' distinct yellow-orange color, caused by fresh eggs in the original recipe, make them stand out among the crowd. While this classic outpost can easily churn out hundreds of dozens of donuts a day, they also offer Texas-Sized Donuts, which are just as ginormous as you'd imagine. Round Rock Donuts are not only delicious and easily recognizable, but they're a slice of Lone Star history.

The Holy Donut — Portland, ME

The Holy Donut \u2014 Portland, ME

In Maine's Portland, you might not find tiny donuts or a decked-out catering van, but you will find a slightly healthier alternative. The Holy Donut was founded on the premise of creating tasty donuts that used all-natural ingredients to make a treat you could feel good about eating. The secret ingredient is fresh, mashed Maine potatoes, which make these donuts delectably moist without sacrificing flavor.

Donut Friend — Los Angeles, CA

Donut Friend \u2014 Los Angeles, CA

As expected of a city so focused on entertainment, Los Angeles' Donut Friend puts an edgy spin on their inventive donut flavors. Their year-round menu features donut flavors with names like Green Teagan and Sara, Fudgegazi, and Bacon-182 that are sure to delight the rock music nerds. For everyone else, the delicious donuts speak for themselves.