Hot Spot | Bright Ideas Brewing: A brewery not just for museum patrons


Details: Bright Ideas Brewing. Summer hours: Monday 1 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 1 to 10 p.m.; Friday 1 to midnight; Saturday noon to midnight; Sunday noon to 8 p.m., 111 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams,

Recipe for success: Now that we are into the dog days of summer, the perfect outing while in Northern Berkshire County includes a visit to Bright Ideas Brewing, just a short walk from Mass MoCA's front door. Open since 2013, this microbrewery and taproom is one of the closest places you can refuel and imbibe before or after a stroll in the galleries. This is certainly a win for tourists and patrons, but this taproom is also the perfect spot to try new brews. The exposed brick wall hangings have art from contemporary artists, and there's an option to sit outdoors in the warmer months. The team at Bright Ideas are happy to walk you through picking out the right beer.

What we can't get enough of: The beers and good eats! Offering around 10 beers at a time, there's plenty of opportunity to try them all. The ESB, described as a "classic British pub ale with biscuity malts, earthy Fuggles hops, and UK ale yeast" is is our favorite beer to balance the heat, but recently we tried the No Fun Sour IPA, a limited-edition collaboration brew with Hermit Thrush Brewery that was pretty great, too. If you find one you like, you can get some cans to take home. Win-win! Pizza by Crisp Catering is the perfect complement to the brews at Bright Ideas. A joint venture by Hot Tomatoes Pizza and food vendor Bon Tricycle, Crisp Catering is turning out Neapolitan-style pizza with a perfect thin crust. We split the Presto Pesto with a pesto base, fresh mozzarella and prosciutto ($14 for a full pizza, $9 for half). Next time, I'm trying The Better Egg with an olive oil base, mozzarella, eggplant, roasted garlic, tomatoes, basil and goat cheese. The team at Crisp also offers salads, breadsticks and other taproom snacks.



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