A few weeks ago, my family and I took a trip and spent about four days in Nantucket. On our third day, we rented bikes and rode a little over a mile to get to Cisco Brewers. Cisco Brewers is actually home to Cisco Brewery, Nantucket Vineyards, and Triple Eight Distillery. My family and I had a great time and successfully ate and drank our way through (almost) everything they had to offer. If you happen to be in Nantucket, it's a place you shouldn't miss!
Cisco Brewers is the sole brewer on the island and was first established as a winery in 1981. Then they started brewing beer in 1995 and distilling spirits in 1997. Cisco Brewery features six classic beers and has some rotating seasonal brews throughout the year. Depending on your beer preference, I would recommend trying the Grey Lady Ale or the Whale's Tale Pale Ale. Both are great beers.
Nantucket Vineyards imports their grapes (unfortunately the climate in Nantucket doesn't make for the best grape growing), but makes all their wine on site. I like trying different beers, but I definitely prefer wine. I would highly recommend trying the Cranberry Gris, Albarino, or the Pinot Noir. The tasting room also features four different types of sangria (I believe the flavors may change daily).
The Triple Eight Distillery features thirteen different spirits, including gin, rum bourbon, and some flavored vodkas and liquors. You can try some of their inventive cocktails as well. Two of our favorites were the Figawi Wowie, which is made with Blueberry Mint Liquer, lemonade, club soda, and the CO2 (or Coatue) which is made out of 888 English Cucumber Liquer, 888 Cranberry vodka, lemonade, and club soda.
They had two food trucks on site, one from Millie's and one from the Lobster Trap, and had a raw bar set up as well. Obviously we had to try something from each place. I always love food trucks and I was definitely not disappointed. The ahi tuna sliders from the Lobster Trap truck were probably one of the best things I ate during the entire trip. I like my tuna rare, so they were cooked perfectly and had an amazing hoisin like sauce that complemented the tuna perfectly. I get a little sad when I remember that I will probably never eat these again.
I also had one important goal during this trip: to get at least one lobster roll. I had heard great things about Millie's before arriving in Nantucket and didn't know they had a food truck as well until we arrived at Cisco. I figured it was about time I got my first roll. The lobster to bread ratio was about 80 to 20 and I could not have been happier sitting there in the sun with my lobster roll and my blueberry mint sangria.
If you have the time, I would recommend doing one of their facility tours. They have two throughout the day, at 1 pm and 4 pm. The tour takes you through all of their three facilities and covers the operating procedures and methods of a functioning winery, brewery and distillery. Throughout the tour we were able to sample 2 different wines, 2 beers, and 2 spirits. We even got little tasting glasses to keep as souvenirs. The tour lasts about 45 minutes to an hour and costs $20 per person.
I don’t think we expected to spend most of the day here, but we all could have easily stayed a few more hours before returning home. If you’re staying in Nantucket, make sure to put aside an afternoon to spend here. Cisco Brewers is open year round and 7 days a week and offers live music most nights starting at 4:30 pm.