Take a Taste-Filled Tour

  • Visit North Central
  • Posted on October 27, 2021

130476940_10158871224194394_1248751784052525956_nWhen it’s time to relax and raise a glass to the joy of a great vacation, the end of a work week, or just an enjoyable moment with friends, what’s your pleasure? A dry red wine with a rich bouquet of berry and plum? A toasty Winter Ale hinting of malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and vanilla to warm you on a cold winter night? A fresh semi-sweet hard cider made right at the farm?

Whatever your preference, you can find the taste you crave right here in North Central Massachusetts! Yes, this region — long known for the bounty of its farms and orchards — has become home to a host of wineries, breweries and cider barns crafting an array of fine adult beverages, many of them based on locally-grown produce.

And while you can find them at area shops and restaurants, you can also check out many of them right at the source! Take a brewery tour, enjoy a wine tasting, sip a fresh cider on a sunny farm porch to find a favorite you’ll want to take home.

Breweries

 

Bolton Beer Works

With its home at the Nashoba Valley Winery’s farm, these brewers are not only producing a locally crafted beer but supporting Massachusetts agriculture, too. Every beer produced here is made with 20% malt from a Massachusetts-based business.

100 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Bolton

Boltonbeerworks.com | 978-779-5521

 

Bull Spit Brewing Co.

Don’t let the name put you off. These are serious brewers with beers crafted from only the freshest of ingredients, taking you back in time to a simpler life of living off the land.

Winchendon

Bullspitbrewing.com | 978-706-1479

 

moon-hill-27540301_10160123012620637_1396236093721179117_nMoon Hill at Gardner Ale House

Moon Hill Brewing Co. is housed in Gardner Ale House, a popular local restaurant. Whether your tastes run to a lager, India session ale, German pilsner or a sturdy Earthshake Imperial/Double (8% ABV), you’re sure to find something you liken here.

74 Parker Street, Gardner

Moonhillbrewing.com

 

River Styx Brewing

Like other craft breweries, River Styx — planted in the middle of Fitchburg’s downtown — offers a constantly-changing line-up, from Phosphorus God of the Morning stout to Morpheus Sour Patch Watermelon Ale and Proteus 14, a New England IPA.

166 Boulder Drive, Fitchburg

Riverstyxbrewing.com | 978-407-6014

 

Stone Cow Brewery

Stone Cow Brewery is located at the 1,000-acre Carter & Stevens Farm — a fifth-generation dairy farm.

500 (B) West Street, Barre

Stonecowbrewery.com | 978-257-8600

 

Wachusett Brewing Co.

New Englanders love Wachusett’s Wally and Green Monsta IPA brews— with their references to the hometown team — and the company’s Blueberry Ale evokes thoughts of summer days. Take a seat in the Brew Yard and relax!

175 State Road East, Westminster

Wachusettbrew.com | 978-874-9965

 

Thirsty Robot Brewing Co.

Our focus is on aroma-packed and flavor-driven beers, with an emphasis on New England IPAs. We will also offer barrel-aged sours and special releases while paying homage to traditional styles . We brew a variety of one-off batches that allow us to pursue our various whims. We won’t shy away from the funk or twists on traditional styles while highlighting unique ingredients.

265 Summer Street, Fitchburg

thirstyrobotbrewing.com | 978-895-5931

Cider Houses

 

The Cider Barn Taproom at Carlson Orchards

The Cider Barn Taproom at Carlson Orchards in Harvard has a host of hard ciders for you to try, from Shapley’s Gala (made with Carlson’s Gala apples) to Shandy Stand, a union of Carlson’s flagship Oak Hill Blend hard cider and its gourmet lemonade.

115 Oak Hill Road, Harvard

Carlsonorchards.com | 800-286-3916

 

Moon Hill Brew Barn & Cidery

Red Apple Farm in Phillipston and Gardner’s Moon Hill Brewing have teamed up to produce cider, and the Cidery Tap Room pours out the team’s own Hard Cider in traditional and seasonal flavors (as well as non-alcoholic drink options) from Memorial Day weekend through the end of the fall pick-your-own season.

Red Apple Farm

455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston

Redapplefarm.com | 800-628-4851

Wineries

 

Hillside Cellars at Kalon Farm

Owner Keith Kopley imports some grapes and grows others to produce these small-batch products.

28 Corey Hill Road, Ashburnham

Kalonfarm.com/wine/

 

WinesHardwick Vineyard and Winery

Hardwick’s wines bear names reflecting its history and location, from Yankee Girl Blush to Massetts. Cranberry, Bay State Blueberry, and Quabbin Native.

3305 Greenwich Road, Hardwick

Hardwickwinery.com | 413-967-7763

 

Home Fruit Wine in Orange

This small producer creates fruit-based wines like Strawberry Peach, Blueberry Sunrise, and Caramel Apple.

382 S Main Sreet, Orange

Homefruitwine.com | 978-633-4395

 

Nashoba Valley Winery

This is a beautiful setting to find familiar wines like Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Merlot— but try something a bit more “New England-y”, like the Strawberry Rhubarb Wine. Reservations are required for tastings.

100 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Bolton

Nashobawinery.com | 978-779-5521