Raise a Glass!

  • Visit North Central
  • Posted on April 29, 2022

It’s trivia time!

Did you know:

There are more than 200 operating breweries — brewpubs, farm-breweries, and manufacturers — in Massachusetts?

That these local brewers use a wide variety of specialty ingredients from Bay State growers  — including apples, blueberries, herbs, honey, maple syrup, pumpkin and even cranberries, peaches and oysters?

And that you can find some great breweries — and great brews! — right here in North Central Massachusetts?

Consider the possibilities: An IPA with notes of coconut and pineapple; an oat heavy breakfast stout tasting of coffee, chocolate and whisky; a Belgian Saison brewed with locally-grown cranberries; or a wheat ale featuring a perfect balance of fresh blueberries…and that’s just the beginning! The names alone will entice you to visit, just to satisfy your curiosity: Bouctouche Blonde. Beaver Moon. Dot Matrix. Tart Rhymes. Mother Apple IPA.

The craft breweries spread throughout the region are constantly offering new beers, ales, and hard ciders, so you’ll want to come back again and again to take a taste-filled tour. Grab a seat in a cozy taproom, relax in a shady brew yard, or settle in on a brew barn chair, and enjoy the great flavors of North Central Massachusetts!

BREWERIES

Bolton Beer Works

100 Wattaquadock Hill Rd., Bolton

boltonbeerworks.com

978-779-5521

Bull Spit Brewing Co.

4 Summer Dr., Winchendon

bullspitbrewing.com

978-706-1479

Honest Weight Artisan Beer

131 West Main St., Orange

honestweightbeer.com

413-313-4412

Moon Hill at Gardner Ale House

74 Parker St., Gardner

moonhillbrewing.com

River Styx Brewing

166 Boulder Dr., Fitchburg

riverstyxbrewing.com

978-407-6014

Sterling Street Brewery

175 Sterling St., Clinton

sterlingstreetbrewery.com

cheers@sterlingstreetbrewery.com

Stone Cow Brewery at Carter Stevens Farm

500 (B) West St., Barre

stonecowbrewery.com

978-257-8600

Thirsty Robot Brewing Company

265 Summer St., Fitchburg

thirstyrobotbrewing.com

978-895-5931

Wachusett Brewing Co.

175 State Rd. E, Westminster

wachusettbrew.com

978-874-9965

CIDER HOUSES

The Cider Barn Taproom at
Carlson Orchards

115 Oak Hill Rd., Harvard

carlsonorchards.com

800-286-3916

Moon Hill Brew Barn & Cidery

Red Apple Farm

455 Highland Ave., Phillipston

redapplefarm.com

800-628-4851

 

Find a Favorite

If you enjoy sampling craft beer, you’re going to love our local beer festivals!

At the Nashua River Brewers Festival, you not only enjoy some good beer, you can do good for others at the same time! The organizers say it all: “Our mission is three fold — to raise money for a good cause; to educate the public about the great variety of craft beers in this region; and to attract people to the City of Fitchburg.

“All of our proceeds go to benefit local charities! No one with Beers For Good is paid — everyone is a volunteer…To date, Beers For Good has donated over $80,000 in festival proceeds to local charitable causes.”

So don’t miss this opportunity: Saturday, June 25, 1-6 pm at Riverfront Park on Boulder Drive in Fitchburg!

And be sure to come back in August for neighboring Leominster’s beer celebration.

The 2022 Johnny Appleseed Craft Beer Festival will be held in the city’s downtown district from 3 to 7 pm on Saturday, August 13. You might ask, why name a beerfest after Johnny? “Leominster just happens to be the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed himself (a/k/a/ John Chapman), whose apples early settlers used to make hard cider, a close cousin to craft beer, and that’s good enough for us to name a festival after him.”

This popular event sporting the local legend’s name features beer, hard cider and hard seltzer from dozens of brewers…along with live music, food, souvenir glasses — everything you need for a great time.