Worcester’s Wormtown Brewery on the Move
Friday, January 17, 2014
The only brewery for 30 miles, Wormtown Brewery is acclaimed for flavor forward dry American Ale, always with one Massachusetts grown ingredient in each beer. With a homegrown flavor and location, it made sense to adopt the name Wormtown made famous by Worcester’s punk culture and its original 1970’s music scene.
For fans of craft beer, Wormtown Brewery has created something special. The Brewery continues to sell out products as fast as they are made. While the beer made at the Brewery is sold to customers directly, 95% goes in keg and draft format to area restaurants and is also sold to area retailers. Chances are good that fans can find their favorite Wormtown brew on draft at their local restaurant. Roesch recommends trying his favorite beer, Be Hoppy I.P.A., one of their first beers. As Roesch explains, “It is an original. The grapefruit and citrus quality of the hops is unique and cleanses the palate.”
A Worcester native who began brewing beer in college, Roesch founded the business with partner Tom Oliveri in March of 2010. Oliveri is the owner of two restaurants well known to locals, Peppercorns in Worcester and Prezo in Milford. Roesch is a master brewer trained at Cambridge Brewing Company, Wachusett Brewing Company and the former head brewer and distiller at Nashoba Valley Spirits.
In another exciting change this year, a third partner joined the brewery on New Year’s Day. Oliveri is stepping out as managing partner to get involved with marketing and David Fields is taking over as managing partner. The owner of Consolidated Beverages in Auburn, Fields will bring his 30 years of extensive experience in sales and distribution to take Wormtown Brewery to the next level.
In the immortal words of LB Worm, credited with coining the term Wormtown, “The name has stuck and has been adopted by countless Worcester citizens because it symbolizes and embraces the free spirited do-it-yourself ethic that is simply Worcester. Wormtown Brewery has that same spirit - they are creating something unique to add to the mix in our city. Will it change Worcester the way music did back in the late '70s? Who knows. But one thing is for sure, there is nothing that goes better with good music than good beer.”
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The Dive Bar
34 Green Street, Worcester
Although it sounds like a nasty local establishment, The Dive Bar is one of the hippest bars with one of the most diverse beer selection in the city. The staff is great and they know their beer, so don’t worry if you’re not a beer snob, the great bartenders will give you the inside scoop on what’s on tap. You can even enjoy a beer outside on their patio while it's still warm!
By the way, don’t head to the Dive for a Bud or a Coors. This place serves ONLY craft beer, local and otherwise— and they are proud of it.
Sample of beers served: Dogfish Head, Stone, Brooklyn Brewery, Ommegang, Berkshire Brewing Co., Jolly Pumpkin, Founders, North Coast, Cisco, Bear Republic…the list goes on. New beers are being put on tap regularly so you will be sure to come across one you love.
Open daily 6pm-2am. (508) 752-5802.
144 North Main Street, Worcester
Much like the Dive, Armsby Abbey makes craft beer their specialty. Pair that with the upscale feeling of their North Main location and their gourmet food, and you have a winner. The bartenders and wait-staff are exceptionally good at what they do, and would be more than happy to suggest pairings. If you want a good beer but have work in the morning, be sure to check out brunch!
Sample of beers served: Kapuziner Weisse Bier, Urthel Samaranth, De la Senne Taras Boulba, De la Senne Stouterik, Port Wipeout IPA, Ommegang Take the Black Stout, Victory Red Thunder, Dark Horse Raspberry, and more. Check their website often for updates.
Monday-Thursday 11:30am-midnight, Friday 11:30am-2am, Saturday 10am-midnight, Sunday 10am-midnight. (508) 795-1012.
97 Water Street, Worcester
Jose Murphy’s is not known as much for their beer selection as for their great atmosphere and prices. This has earned them the seal of approval from the college crowd. Head down on Sunday or Monday night and grab tacos for only a dime! Ten cents! Pair it with a pitcher of beer for only 8 bucks and you’ve got a sweet deal. Sports are always playing on the big screens, so never worry about missing a game.
Sample of beers served: all the classics (Budweiser, Coors, etc.)
Open daily 11am-2am. (508) 792-0900. Click here for more.
Boynton Restaurant & Spirits
117 Highland Street, Worcester
Boynton Restaurant and Spirits has one of the best reputations in the city. Whether you head over for appetizers or their famous pizza, do not forget to grab a beer! They've got 51 beers on tap, including 3 Cask Ales. This place will satisfy even your “I don’t like beer” friends (we all have them).
Sample of beers served: Dogfish Head, Magic Hat, Stone, Wormtown, Long Trail, and more.
Open daily 11am-midnight. (508)756-5432.
Peppercorn’s Bar and Grille
455 Park Avenue, Worcester
Worcester locals, college students, and visitors alike revere Peppercorn’s as one of the best Italian spots in the city. They’ve got all the Italian classics plus fresh, delicious seafood. However, not everyone knows that Peppercorn’s has a brewery attached to it. That’s right, Wormtown beer is brewed right on site at the brewery. Grab an Eggplant Rollotini and your favorite Wormtown brew this weekend!
Sample of beers served: Turtle Boy Blueberry Ale, Seven Hills Pale Ale, Wormtown Pumpkin Ale and more. Be on the lookout for “Wintah” Ale, an American Brown seasonal coming soon!
Open Monday-Friday 11:30am-10pm, Saturday noon-10pm, Sunday noon-9pm. (508) 752-7711.
JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill
380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough
JJ’s is the ultimate sports bar, located in Northborough. It’s only a short drive from Worcester, and you will be happy you checked it out. They have awesome specials for the month of October. All varieties of Sam Adams and Angry Orchard Cider are only three bucks for a pint! Grab one and get a front row seat to watch all the sports action...what could be better? And once football season is over, you will keep coming back for their great live entertainment.
Sample of beers served: Dogfish Head Pumpkin, Curious Traveler Pumpkin Shandy, Sierra Nevada Tumbler Brown Ale, Green Head IPA and more!
Open Sunday noon-1am, Monday-Friday 11:30am-1 am. (508) 842-8420.
Brew City Grill & Brew House
104 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester
If you want a beer but you're not sure what kind you’re looking for, look no further than Brew City Grill & Brew House. They have a whopping 155 different beers, 40 of which are on tap. That is second to none in the city. The most unique twist? They have three beer engines pouring limited edition cask beers. Oh, and if you’re date isn’t a beer drinker, not to worry. Their wine selection is top notch and their food is to die for.
Sample of beers served: Anchor Liberty Ale, Mojo IPA, Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, White Birch Tavern Ale and more.
Open Sunday noon-11pm, Monday-Thursday 11:30am-11pm, Friday-Saturday 11:30am-midnight. (508)752-3862.
The Blacksheep Tavern
261 Leominster Road, Sterling
The Blacksheep Tavern in Sterling is your classic, out of the way, everybody-knows-your-name bar. They’re known for their cold beer, good eats, live music, and sports. They’ve even got karaoke with a twist—karaoke singers have their own live band to sing to! Head down to Blacksheep soon to grab some pizza (it’s top notch), and a cold one! During football season, they’ve got you covered. Weekly specials include a pitcher and pizza Combo for only $14.50 and wings for a quarter!
Sample of beers served: the classics (Budweiser, Coors, etc.)
Open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-12:30 am. (978) 422-0255.
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