by Lannan M. O’Brien
Over the years, locals have seen a growing presence of small businesses devoted to two of our favorite things: coffee and beer. Whichever type of brew you’re into—morning or evening, hops or beans—the Cape and islands are dotted with small businesses crafting specialty sips you’re sure to savor.
Opened just a few years ago, this family-owned business has made a name for itself with friendly service and great beer like its raved-about Coffee Vanilla Milkshake IPA.
485 West Main St., Hyannis
Cape Cod Coffee
Enjoy freshly roasted coffee in every flavor at Cape Cod Coffee’s Mashpee Commons cafe, or visit the nearby roastery for weekly live music, a beer, and a bite to eat.
Roastery & restaurant:
10 Evergreen Circle, Mashpee
53 Market Street, Mashpee
Cape Cod Beer
Once the only brewery on the Cape, Cape Cod Beer has become known not only for its delicious beers, but its role as a gathering spot that frequently hosts community events and gives back to local nonprofits.
1336 Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis
Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters
Snowy Owl serves high-grade, fair-trade coffee in a relaxed atmosphere, and works with cooperatives dedicated to causes like environmental sustainability and economic development.
Cafe & roastery:
2624 Main Street, Brewster
483 Main Street, Chatham
Hog Island Beer Co.
A fun, family and dog-friendly spot for great brews and a bite to eat, named for a nearby island rumored to hold Captain Kidd’s buried treasure.
28 West Rd., Orleans
B Side Coffee Co.
Organic, small-batch coffee sold at Hangar B Eatery in Chatham and local retailers. Be sure to look for the B Side Coffee trailer at area farmers’ markets!
Bad Martha Beer
You’ll find nothing but good vibes from Bad Martha, whether you’re relaxing to live music at one of its farmer’s breweries or sipping something at home (like the Honey Helles, a lager made with local wildflower honey).
876 E Falmouth Highway, East Falmouth
270 Upper Main St., Edgartown
Tree House Brewing Company – Cape Cod
Tree House Brewing Company is a brewer-owned, family run small brewery that hand crafts acclaimed hoppy ales, flavorful stouts, and intricate low alcohol offerings. It maintains an exquisitely landscaped campus and gorgeous taproom for guests to enjoy year-round.
98 Town Neck Rd, Sandwich
Three Fins Coffee Roasters
A specialty coffee roaster that focuses on fair trade, small farm, and small lot coffees—and welcomes all to enjoy a cup at its beautiful coffeehouse in West Dennis.
581 Main Street (Route 28), West Dennis
Provincetown Brewing Co.
Provincetown Brewing Co. makes activism—or what staff members call “draftivism”—taste delicious by donating 15 percent of profits to various causes and nonprofits. Try it at the brewery or find it at local liquor stores, bars and restaurants.
141 Bradford St., Provincetown
Naukabout Beer Company
A hidden gem with a lakeside beer garden, Naukabout is a cozy spot to relax and enjoy a pint. Select brews are available at local liquor stores too.
13 Lake Ave., Mashpee
Beanstock Coffee Roasters
Open since 1996, this small-batch coffee roaster is all about quality, freshness, and maintaining close relationships with the customers.
165 Holmes Road, Unit 2, Eastham
Devil’s Purse Brewing Co.
This small brewery has gained a big following since opening in 2015, and now you can find its ever-popular Handline Kolsch (among other new brews) on tap at local bars and in cans at most liquor stores.
120 Great Western Rd.,
Aquatic Brewing Co.
As a two-person operation, they work in small batches with the freshest ingredients possible to provide a rotating menu of beers that run the gamut—IPAs, stouts, saisons, you name it. Due to the state’s current Covid-19 regulations prohibiting on-site consumption of alcohol without food, the brewery has been strictly offering to-go sales of growlers and “crowlers”—32-ounce cans fillable by tap.
661 Main St., Falmouth
Nantucket Coffee Roasters
A 25-year-old small business that takes pride in hand-roasting its coffee to order and sells its products to fine restaurants across the island.
Cisco’s beers have become New England staples (you’ll find Whale’s Tale and Grey Lady at almost any local bar), and while it is currently open for retail only, the island brewery is a treasured “happy place” with food trucks and entertainment in warmer months.
5 Bartlett Farm Rd., Nantucket
Pie in the Sky
With homemade baked goods and fresh-roasted coffee, espresso, and cocoa drinks, it’s easy to see why this seasonal bakery and cafe is a local favorite.
Roastery & cafe:
10 Water Street, Woods Hole
Offshore Ale Co.
In addition to its list of rotating craft brews on tap, the Vineyard’s first brewpub is a great spot to enjoy a quesadilla, burger or brick-oven pizza.
30 Kennebec Ave., Oak Bluffs
Chilmark Coffee Company
A small, family-owned business, Chilmark’s coffee and espresso roasts can only be found at markets across the island.
Shoal Hope Ciderworks
Locally produced, small-batch hard cider with varieties like Honey Baby, which is flavored with cranberry bog honey, and Little Tart that is fermented with the juice of Cape-grown cranberries. Visit Shoal Hope’s “taproom” hosted at Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis, or find its ciders at local liquor stores.
East to West Coffee
Handcrafted by a husband-and-wife team, East to West’s coffee and espresso blends are sold online and at the cozy Nat’s Nook cafe in Vineyard Haven.