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Cape Cod Chips and Cape Cod Beer

What goes better together than potato chips and beer? This is definitely a winning combination, especially if it is a rainy day on Cape Cod, or you had too much sun and you just need to do something else.

Both Cape Cod Chips factory and Cape Cod Beer are located in a very close proximity from each other, in the area of Hyannis. We decided to start with the Cape Cod Chips factory tour, just to keep the kids happy (besides, they are open earlier in the morning than the Cape Cod Beer).

cape cod chips DSC_0044Cape Cod Chips factory tour is self-guided, where you walk along the glass wall and can see the whole process of potato chip making, starting from inspection of the potatoes, slicing, frying in the huge kettles and then packaging and sorting the packages. There is a lot of fun facts which you can read during the tour, but – photography is prohibited, and my son became super upset when I said that I will ignore it and still take pictures, so here is the only informational picture I was able to get:

cape code potato chip info

cape code potato chips info

It is a pity that the Cape Cod Chips web site doesn’t list any of the fun facts (for instance, they can only use the potatoes which have the least water content for making of the chips), and they only provide minimal general information (sigh). Anyway, if you are on Cape Cod, especially with the kids, this is a highly recommended attraction. At the end of the tour you visit the shop where you get two small bags of chips for free (few different flavors are available), but you can also buy a few different kinds of chips in the big bags.

Once you done with the potato chips, a short 5 minutes car ride will take you to Cape Cod Beer brewery:

cape cod beer DSC_0049

There is a once a day tour of the brewery, which takes place at 11 AM. But even if you will miss the tour, you can still do the best part – taste the beer! This is what was on the tasting list ( sorry for the picture quality : ( ):

Beer tasting list at Cape Cod Beer

Beer tasting list at Cape Cod Beer

Cape Cod Beach Blond was very good – light, citrusy and refreshing – this is the beer you can (or you think you can) consume by the gallon – perfect beer for the hot summer day. Cape Cod Red didn’t leave any lasting impressions, and Cape Cod Porter was… well, just another Porter. Porter is one of my favorite styles of beer in general, but again this particular Porter was not worse, but also not better than any others. Cape Cod IPA was good, with nice sweet undertones and not as bitter as many IPAs can get. My favorite beer was Cape Cod Summer – while it was retaining all the lightness and freshness of the Cape Cod Beach Blond, it also had substance and and very unique taste – you could clearly taste a fresh barley in this beer, almost like you are standing in the middle of barley field. Definitely a great beer.

I also enjoyed an opportunity to experience (read: smell) different types of hops and malts. I wish one day we will have an ability to record and then share tastes and smells – using words and images is clearly deficient for this purpose. Why am I saying that? Here is the Chocolate malt, which one actually have to smell to believe it (the smell of chocolate was unbelievable to me!):

picture doesn't do the justice. Just imagine how pure chocolate smells...

picture doesn’t do the justice. Just imagine how pure chocolate smells…

And here is the chart which shows you how different kids of malts and hops are used in the different beers:

Hops, malts and beers chart

Hops, malts and beers chart

Here are few pictures just to complete the experience:

 

Beers and hops

Beers and hops

There will be beer!

There will be beer!

Kegs are ready!

Kegs are ready!

Oh yes, and I fully endorse the message underneath (note that we can use “beer” interchangeably with “wine”, “scotch”, and other tasty concoctions):

Yes!

Yes!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and stay cool! Cheers!

  1. July 7, 2013 at 11:53 am

    The list of beers is quite impressive. Where the kids allowed to enter the brewery while you did the tour or was it prohibited?
    Now that I red that chart from the potato chips factory I’m quite hungry! I think I still have a bag of chips somewhere 🙂

    • talkavino
      July 7, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Hope you found the chips! The beer was good …

  2. July 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Hey! Those hops are coming from my neck of the woods! Looks like a great day – now I wish I had some potato chips…

  3. July 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Next time we’re at the Cape this will be a must!!! Nothing better than cold beer and chips!

    • talkavino
      July 7, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      Yep, it worth a isit!

  4. July 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    It’s is Beth from cape cod beer…thanks for the awesome pictures! in answer to the question in the comments…yes kids are allowed on our tour..they just can not sample.

    • talkavino
      July 7, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you for the visiting my blog and for the comment! Glad you like the pictures!

  5. July 7, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Cool things to do while on the Cape: I think I would love Cape Cod Summer!
    Enjoy the rest of your vacation, Anatoli! 🙂

    • talkavino
      July 7, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Stefano, you definitely would! You should consider it for one of your vacations.

  1. August 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

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