Craft Beer & Hard Cider

In addition to breweries, find specialty stores to purchase new brews, plus great bars with extensive beer lists on tap.  Brewing your own?  Strange Brew has all of the supplies you need to brew at home, or brew onsite at Barleycorn's.

Battle Road Brewing Company

Battle Road Brewing Company

Building 5, Mill & Main, Maynard, MA 01754
978-298-5229
 

Hours:

Open 7 days a week starting at 11:30.  Serving lunch and dinner.

 

Brewery Tour Available: Yes, Saturdays at 11am and 3pm (starting January 14, 2017)

Tour Charge: No

Food for purchase: Yes, at Battle Road Brew House which features indoor and outdoor seating as well as private event space.

 

Cold Harbor Brewing Co.

Cold Harbor Brewing Co.

108 Milk Street, Suite 6 Westborough, MA 01581

 

Hours:

  • Thursday: 4pm-8pm
  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 11am – 8pm
  • Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
  • Monday: Closed

Brewery Tour Available: No

Tour Charge: N/A

Food for purchase: No

CraftRoots Brewing

CraftRoots Brewing

482 E. Main Street, Milford, MA 01757-2816

(508) 662-4871

 

Opening Early 2017

 

Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company

Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company

81 Morton Street, Framingham MA 01702
(508) 202-9297

Hours:

  • Monday & Tuesday: Closed (available for private events)
  • Wednesday-Friday: 3pm-8pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12pm-8pm

Brewery Tour Available: Yes

Tour Charge: N/A

Food for purchase: No

 

Framingham Beer Works

Framingham Beer Works

345 Cochituate Road, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 309-3373


Hours:

  • Daily 11AM-12:45AM

Brewery Tour Available: No, but the restaurant has windows into the brewing area

Tour Charge: N/A

Food for purchase: Yes

Jack’s Abby Brewing

Jack’s Abby Brewing

100 Clinton Street, Framingham 01702

(774) 777-5085

With quality, locally sourced ingredients and mindful brewing practices—Jack’s Abby wants  to make lagers the beer lover’s first choice once again. Enjoy 24 lagers on tap and a full menu in their Framingham Beer Hall & Kitchen.

 

Hours:

  • Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 11:30am – 11pm
  • Sunday: 11:30am – 9pm
  • Monday: Closed

Brewery Tour Available: Yes

Tour Charge: Free

Food for purchase: Yes

John Harvards Brew House - Framingham

John Harvards Brew House - Framingham

1 Worcester RdFramingham, MA 01701-5359

(508) 875-2337

 

Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – Midnight
  • Friday & Saturday: 11:30am – 1am
  • Sunday: 11:30am – 11:30pm

Brewery Tour Available: No, but the taproom has windows into the brewing area

Tour Charge: N/A

Food for purchase: Yes

Lookout Farm Hard Cider

Lookout Farm Hard Cider

89 Pleasant Street, SOUTH, South Natick, MA 01760

(508) 653-1178

 

Hours:

  • Friday:3pm-10pm
  • Saturday: 12pm-10pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-6pm

Brewery Tour Available: Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.  Private tours available by emailing cider@lookoutfarm.com.

Tour Charge: No

Food for purchase: Yes

Medusa Brewing Company

Medusa Brewing Company

111 Main Street, Hudson 01749

978-310-1933  

 

Hours:

  • Tuesday – Thursday: 4pm – 10pm
  • Friday: 3pm-10pm
  • Saturday: 12pm-10pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-10pm
  • Monday: Closed

Brewery Tour Available: No, but the taproom has windows into the brewing area

Tour Charge: N/A

Food for purchase: Limited food for purchase (local cheese selections).  You can bring your own food.

Springdale by Jack's Abby Brewing

Springdale by Jack's Abby Brewing

102 Clinton Street, Framingham MA 01702
(508) 872-0900

 

Hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday: Closed 
  • Thursday: 4pm-10pm
  • Friday: 4pm-11pm
  • Saturday: 11:30am-11pm
  • Sunday: 11:30am-6pm

 

Brewery Tour Available: No, barrels viewable through tasting room.

Tour Charge: N/A

Food for purchase: No.  Food is available in the adjacent Jack's Abby.

True West Brewery

True West Brewery

525 Massachusetts Ave, Acton, MA 01720

(978) 206-1600

 

Hours:

  • Monday - Tuesday: 5pm-10pm
  • Wednesday:  4pm-11pm
  • Thursday: 4pm-12pm
  • Friday-Saturday:  12pm-12am
  • Sunday: 12pm-10pm

Brewery Tour Available: Yes

Tour Charge: No

Food for purchase: Yes

Start Line Brewing

Start Line Brewing

Water Fresh Farm, 151 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton, MA 01748

508-761-2044

 

Hours:

  • Wednesday - Friday:  12pm-7pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12pm-6pm

Brewery Tour Available: No, but you can view brewery from tasting room.

Tour Charge: N/A

Food for purchase: Yes, at adjacent Water Fresh Farm

Private event space available Monday through Saturday noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 7 p.m

Food & Drink

Food & Drink - Heritage

Community Spotlight: Ashland

The Town of Ashland bustles year ‘round, but spring is an especially energetic season as the town’s cultural and business initiatives roll out.  Although primarily residential, the town integrates small businesses as well as cutting-edge tech corporations into its community initiatives.

 

New England History

Centuries ago, Ashland was a stopping point on a major Indian trail which later became known as the Bay Path, connecting Cambridge and Connecticut. It was here that a community of Natick Indians was established as the Village of Magunkaquog in about 1659. The town is also known as the site of Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, later manufactured here under the Telechron name. Today, the high school’s teams are the Clockers.

 

Corner Spot

Indicative of the energetic business community emerging in this town, the Corner Spot was developed in early 2017--through individual donations—as a place for new businesses to debut for one to six weeks. Opening in June of 2017, this innovative example of community placemaking will offer a rotation of new enterprises, as well as a restful spot for simply hanging out.

 

Farmers Market

One of the region’s most robust farmers’ markets offers special themes—such as Dog Day --each Saturday morning (June 10-October 14) as well as live music, non-food vendors, and family activities in the park at 125 Front Street. On special weekends throughout the rest of the year, the Farmers Market pops up indoors to offer Pre-Thanksgiving and Mid-Winter Markets.

 

Special community events

Long a home to annual community events and festivals, such as Ashland Day in September, the town now offers more programming through Arts!Ashland Alliance. Through arts and culture programming, the group also works to cultivate the economic vitality of the community. Its signature event is the Dragon Fly Festival, held mid-August.  Other cultural offerings come from the Friends of the Ashland Library, which offers speakers and documentary film evenings.

 

Dining

Pockets of great cuisine are spread throughout this community of 18,000, including along Routes 126 and 135, as well as downtown sidestreets. The gourmet Oregon Club, a former speakeasy, is tucked among residences in east Ashland.  In downtown, Stone’s Public House (circa 1832) boasts a ghostly history and modern hearty pub fare. New Mexican and Asian eateries have debuted in recent years as well.

 

Recreation & Sports

To commemorate the site of the original Boston Marathon Start Line, Ashland now boasts Marathon Park., which is now the site of the start line of the semi-annual Marathon Park Prep, a half-marathon favored by runners eager to experience a large portion of the Boston Marathon’s April route.

There’s plenty of recreation for those inclined to relax. The 470-acre Ashland State Park offers swimming, picnic areas, boating, fishing, and hiking/biking trails. The Bay Circuit Trail connects Ashland to 34 other communities. The public schools’ new turf fields are the site of regional sports competitions.