The are more than 150 craft breweries open today throughout Massachusetts. These world-class breweries highlight locally-sourced ingredients and unique styles to suit every beer lover or novice drinker’s tastes, offering public taprooms, restaurants, and brewery tours for visitors.
1.Idle Hands Craft Ales
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Idle Hands Craft Ales serves Belgian and German-inspired brews from their Malden taproom, which is open seven days a week and is located a short bus ride from downtown Boston. The brewery was opened by Christopher and Grace Tkach and was the winner of the 2012 Hyperlocal Festival. Its year-round brews include its Patriarch Abbey-style table beer, its Triplication tripel, its Proeme dry-hopped farmhouse ale, its Four Seam New England-style IPA, and its Emelyn zwickl lager. Light fare is served at the taproom, including Fat Boyfriend Bakery pretzels with lager cheese and breakfast sandwiches from Mystic Station. Children under 12 and well-behaved pets on leashes are allowed at the taproom with supervision.
89 Commercial St, Malden, MA 02148, Phone: 781-333-6070
2.Night Shift Brewing
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Night Shift Brewing was the vision of three Everett homebrewers who began brewing together in Somerville in 2007 with a five-gallon boil kettle. In 2012, the brewery opened its first official public facility in Everett, which featured a 3.5 bbl brewing system. Today, it is housed within a 30,000-square-foot facility featuring a 20 bbl system and a staff of more than 60 employees. Year-round favorites such as the brewery’s Santilli American IPA, Whirlpool New England Pale Ale, and Nite Light Craft Light Lager are tapped at the brewery’s taproom, along with selections from its Morph and One Hop This Time rotating IPA series and its limited-release seasonals, which highlight unique brewing styles and flavor profiles. A Weisse series also highlights Berliner sour styles aged with locally-sourced fruit ingredients, and a Barrel Society allows exclusive access to barrel-aged styles.
87 Santilli Hwy, Everett, MA 02149, Phone: 617-294-4233
3.Lamplighter Brewing Co.
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Lamplighter Brewing Co. is a brewery and taproom in Cambridge, originally opened in 2015 by Cayla Marvil and AC Jones. The brewery, which was Eater Boston’s 2017 taproom of the year, is housed within a 10,000-square-foot former auto repair shop and offers two taproom spaces, along with space for a partner coffee shop. Though no year-round flagship beers are offered by the brewery, a wide selection of unique ales are brewed on a rotating basis, with a focus on New England-style IPAs, barrel-aged sours, and creative seasonals to satisfy every palate. Eight beers are tapped at any given time, and cans and crowlers are available for to-go sales. Customers may bring their own food to the brewery or order delivery from a number of nearby restaurants.
284 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139, Phone: 617-945-0450
4.Big Elm Brewing
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Big Elm Brewing was the vision of veteran brewers Christine and Bill Heaton, who met while working for Victory Brewing Company. After running the Pittsfield Brew Works brewpub for half a decade, the pair turned their attention to creating a new production brewery in Sheffield, which opened to the public in 2012. The brewery is named for a former elm tree that stood at the end of the brewery’s street and served as a town hall spot and community gathering place for the Sheffield community for nearly 400 years. Year-round brews offered by the brewery include its 413 Farmhouse Ale, West Coast-style IPA, Gerry Dog Stout, American Lager, Lion’s Ale English-style Amber, and Fat Boy Double IPA. The brewery’s taproom is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays for pints and to-go sales, including growler sales. Down the street, Berkshire Mountain Distillers offers a tasting room and tours for area visitors looking to make an afternoon out of liquor tastings.
65 Silver St, Sheffield, MA 01257, Phone: 413-229-2348
5.Black Hat Brew Works
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Black Hat Brew Works was established in 2015 by homebrewing brothers Paul and Scott Mulcahy. Today, they operate out of their 2,200-square-foot brewery and taproom in Bridgewater, striving to create high-quality beer crafted from locally-sourced ingredients. Flagship beers include the brewery’s B’Water Blonde Ale, 22 and 222 IPAs, and Imp Coffee Stout. Seasonal saisons and holiday ales are also offered throughout the year, including a Christmas-themed amber ale brewed with cherries and vanilla beans. The brewery’s family-friendly and dog-friendly taproom is open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays and hosts rotating food trucks periodically. Beers are also available at several local restaurants and bars throughout the Bridgewater area.
25 Scotland Blvd #1, Bridgewater, MA 02324, Phone: 508-807-5172
6.Bog Iron Brewing
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Bog Iron Brewing specializes in hand-forged ales and lagers emphasizing local ingredients, offering taproom hours Tuesdays through Saturdays for tastings and to-go sales. The brewery produces a wide variety of American and European brew styles, including its Little Tart Berliner Weisse, its Burly Blonde American blonde ale, its Campout English mild ale, and its Devil’s Footprint mead-beer hybrid. A variety of barrel-aged and imperial styles are also offered, including IPAs, saisons, and stouts. While the brewery does not serve its own food, the local Fork and Bibb food truck serves frequently at the taproom, offering items such as craft nachos, twice-fried French fries, and beer-battered shrimp po’boy sandwiches. Children and pets are welcome at the taproom, and brewery tours are available upon request depending on staff availability.
33 W Main St, Norton, MA 02766, Phone: 508-952-0555
7.Bone Up Brewing Co.
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Bone Up Brewing Co. is Boston’s smallest brewery, opened in 2016 by partners Liz and Jared Kiraly. The brewery focuses on blending traditional Belgian farmhouse brewing techniques with modern American styles, utilizing locally-sourced ingredients to create a variety of unique beer series. Its taproom is open Wednesdays through Saturdays and is located with Everett’s up-and-coming fermentation district. Standard brews include the brewery’s Extra Naked Cream Ale, Key Lime White Ale, Wasted Life IPA, and Shut Up Kelly Porter. A weekly cask is tapped every Thursday, and several special brewing series highlight unique ales, including a farmhouse series, a single-hop series, and a Puppers Past series that donates proceeds to local dog rescue organizations. The brewery also creates custom brews for weddings and private special events upon request. A small selection of bar appetizers are served at the taproom, with periodic food truck vendor pop-ups supplementing main dishes.
38 Norman St, Everett, MA 02149, Phone: 781-691-9092
8.Cape Cod Beer
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Cape Cod Beer has been in operation since 2004, initially brewing out of the former Hyport Brewing Company facility in Hyannis. Since 2006, they have been operating out of a 9,000-square-foot brewery space on Phinney’s Lane, which has operated a public tasting room facility since 2013. Year-round offerings include the brewery’s Beach Blonde Ale, Cape Cod Red, Cape Cod IPA, and Cape Cod Porter. A Pilot Brew series emphasizes unique flavor concoctions and European brewing styles, while a cask series presents barrel-aged brews. The brewery’s tasting room is open to the public Mondays through Saturdays and is family-friendly and dog-friendly, with brewery tours offered once daily. During the summer months, a hot dog food truck provides onsite dining options.
1336 Phinneys Ln, Hyannis, MA 02601, Phone: 508-790-4200
9.Devil's Purse Brewing Company
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Devil's Purse Brewing Company is a small-batch brewery on Cape Cod, founded by homebrewers Matt Belson and Mike Segerson in 2015. Today, the brewery produces four core year-round beers: its Handline Kolsch, its Surfman’s Check ESB, its Pollock Rip IPA, and its Cuddy Queen American Pale Ale. Its Skatemouth Pale Ale, Intertidal Oyster Stout, and Standard Wit are offered seasonally, along with rotating IPA and table beer series. Speciality one-off brews and a bottle series are also sold periodically. The brewery’s family-friendly taproom is open Mondays through Saturdays, offering pints and to-go sales, including growler sales. Though food is not available on site, visitors are welcome to bring their own food or order from nearby restaurants.
120 Great Western Rd, South Dennis, MA 02660, Phone: 508-694-7171
10.Element Brewing Company
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Element Brewing Company was opened in 2009 by founders Ben Anhalt and Dan Kramer and emphasizes the blend of artistry and science in crafting their forward-thinking brews. The brewery operates out of a Millers Falls storefront and offers a taproom open seven days a week, with food served by Diemand’s Farm pop-up kitchen on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Popular brews include the brewery’s Extra Special Oak, Red Giant Ale, Dark Element Ale, and gluten-free Plasma Ale. An Interval Ale series premieres unique seasonal beers, while a small-batch vinegar series offers craft malt vinegars produced from the brewery’s flagship ales. A pool table is offered at the brewery’s taproom, along with pints and to-go sales.
16 Bridge St, Millers Falls, MA 01349, Phone: 413-835-6340
11.Fort Hill Brewery
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Fort Hill Brewery has been crafting traditional German brews in Easthampton since 2014. The brewery emphasizes Reinheitsgebot German purity laws for brewing and takes advantage of the Easthampton region’s Barnes Aquifer system, which has been awarded as the best-tasting water in the nation by the Great American Water Taste Test. Flagship beers include the brewery’s Red Prince Marzen, Farmer’s Fresh Session IPA, Hebe Pilsner, and Vice Bier Hefeweizen. Stout, dopplebock, IPA, and brown ale styles are also offered seasonally. Pints, growlers, and can sales are offered at the brewery’s family-friendly and dog-friendly taproom, which presents live music Thursday through Sunday evenings. Though the brewery does not serve food, visitors are welcome to bring their own food or order from nearby restaurants.
30 Fort Hill Rd, Easthampton, MA 01027, Phone: 413-203-5754
12.Gentile Brewing Company
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Gentile Brewing Company is a family-owned nanobrewery in Beverly, opened in 2015 by Paul and Christen Gentile. The brewery is easily accessible from Boston via the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority system and brews traditional English-style beers with low ABVs for comfortable session drinking. It is housed within the historic former Creesy Shoe Factory building, which was constructed in 1884 and renovated into a public taproom facility that is open seven days a week, offering tastings, flights, and to-go growlers. Food trucks pop-ups from local food trucks are also available periodically. The brewery’s flagship Blonde Ale, IPA, American Porter, and American Stout are on tap year-round at the taproom, along with rotating seasonal and experimental beers such as saisons and smoked beers.
59 Park St #1, Beverly, MA 01915, Phone: 978-969-6496
13.Iron Duke Brewing
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Iron Duke Brewing is located within Ludlow’s historic Ludlow Mills complex within the former Stockhouse 122 building, though it has enacted plans to move to a new facility in Wilbraham within the next several years. It was opened by a group of homebrewers in 2010 and utilizes a craft nanobrewing system developed by its founders within their garage. Standard brews offered at the brewery include its Generosity American lager, its Positivity 3 Belgian-style double IPA, its 156 imperial porter, its Baby-Maker Irish porter, its 4A.M. New England-style IPA, and its Common Kentucky Ale. Local food trucks and live music are offered periodically at the brewery’s taproom throughout the weekend.
100 State St #122, Ludlow, MA 01056, Phone: 413-624-6258
14.Jack's Abby Craft Lagers
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Jack's Abby Craft Lagers was founded in 2011 by bothers Eric, Jack, and Sam Handler, former employees of their family’s ice distribution company. The brewery, which focuses on authentic German-style beers and old-world brewing techniques, has been honored by the Great American and Great International Beer Festivals and was the 2016 recipient of the Best of Boston awards’ Best Brewery designation. Flagship brews are available year-round at the brewery’s Beer Hall and Kitchen, including its Hoponious Union India Pale Lager, its Smoke and Dagger Black Lager, its Post Shift Pilsner, and its Blood Orange Wheat Radler. Specialty seasonal beers are also tapped, along with Kellerbier and barrel-aged limited series beers. The brewery’s kitchen serves bar appetizers and shareable plates, wood-fired specialty pizzas, and traditional Oktoberfest fare.
100 Clinton St, Framingham, MA 01702, Phone: 508-872-0900
15.Lefty’s Brewing Company
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Lefty’s Brewing Company was the vision of Bill “Lefty” Goldfarb, a former commercial roofer, and his wife Melissa. The Greenfield brewery was voted as Masslive.com’s 2017 Best of Western Massachusetts brewery and produces more than 3,000 barrels per year with its 15-barrel steam-powered brewing system. Its taproom, which is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, offers 15 taps, including flagship beers such as its Golden Ale, English-style Pale Ale, Honey Brown Ale, Mystery Box IPA, Graham Cracker Porter, and Bean’s Brew Imperial Coffee Stout. Local food trucks are available on site periodically, and special events are hosted at the taproom throughout the year, including a Summer Supper Series, Press and Pour panini events, clam bakes, pig roasts, and an Oktoberfest celebration.
301 Wells St, Greenfield, MA 01301, Phone: 413-475-3449
16.Mayflower Brewing Company
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Mayflower Brewing Company is a craft microbrewery in Plymouth that focuses on traditional English ales and small-batch brews. The brewery was founded in 2007 by descendants of the beer barrel cooper on board the famous Mayflower pilgrim vessel and offers a 9,000-square-foot brewery and tasting room located near Routes 3 and 44. The brewery’s core beer lineup includes its New World IPA, its EvoLupulin Double IPA, its Daily Ration American session ale, and its Mayflower Porter. Limited edition beers are also released through the brewery’s Cooper’s Series. Pints, flights, and to-go cans and growlers are sold at the tasting room, which also hosts a variety of public special events throughout the year, including live music performances and an annual May open house. Tours are also offered every Saturday and Sunday at the brewery during the afternoon hours.
12 Resnik Rd # 3, Plymouth, MA 02360, Phone: 508-746-2674
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17.Medusa Brewing Company
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Medusa Brewing Company was opened in Hudson in 2015 by head brewer Keith Antul and offers a full-service taproom within the city’s historic downtown business district. The taproom is a bring-your-own-food establishment that is open seven days a week and is family-friendly, though pets and outside beverages are not permitted. Drafts are rotated periodically and include beers such as the brewery’s Rodolfo Passionfruit Kettle Sour, Cup of Wonder New England-style IPA, Sir Terry English Mild Ale, and Bad Omen Belgian-style Pale Ale with cherry and raspberry notes. Specialty beers are also brewed as part of the brewery’s small-batch series and in collaboration with other local breweries.
111 Main St, Hudson, MA 01749, Phone: 978-310-1933
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Merrimack Ales is named after Lowell’s famed river, located less than a mile from the brewery’s 6,000-square-foot production facility and taproom. The small-batch craft facility blends artistry and science in its creation of its unique beers, which are available on tap and for purchase at a variety of locations throughout the Boston area. Year-round brews include the First Article IPA, Alt Hypothesis Altbier, Vigor Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, and Honey White Ale, while seasonals include a maple porter, blackberry wheat beer, and pumpkin ale. Experimental brews are also released as part of the brewery’s Hypothesis Series, including Belgian and American-style IPAs and imperial porters.
92 Bolt St, Lowell, MA 01852, Phone: 978-701-7225
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Mystic Brewery is not named for the nearby river in Chelsea, but after the concept of a mystic knot, a symbol without a beginning or end. The brewery was opened by Bryan Greenhagen in 2009 and specializes in brewing unique and difficult styles such as gruits and wild ales with native New England fermentation cultures. The brewery has been the recipient of a number of regional and beer industry accolades, including the Great American Beer Festival gold medal and the 2018 Best of Boston award for brewery of the year. Its dog-friendly taproom is open seven days a week and taps favorites such as the brewery’s Saison Renaud, Mosaic Potion, Wave Break, and Hum Porter. Cans and bottles of seasonal and limited-edition releases are also available for sale.
174 Williams St, Chelsea, MA 02150, Phone: 617-466-2079
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20.Notch Brewery and Tap Room
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Notch Brewery and Tap Room has been brewing session beer since 2010, long before the industry boom on the highly-drinkable low-ABV beverages began. The brewery was the nation’s first exclusive session brewery and focuses on classic beer styles from Germany, England, Belgium, and the Czech Republic. Year-round favorites include the brewery’s Session Pils, Left of the Dial IPA, Infinite Jest Hoppy Pale Wheat, and German-style Zwickel Lager. Since 2016, the brewery has operated a public taproom and biergarten in Salem, which offers light snacks, skee ball, cornhole, and pint and to-go sales. Food truck pop-ups are also offered periodically at the facility, and outside food may be brought or ordered from nearby restaurants. A mobile biergarten is also offered by the brewery, taking their brews and brand to locations throughout Massachusetts, including private special event bookings.
283 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970, Phone: 978-238-9060
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21.The People's Pint
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The People's Pint serves a full kitchen menu at its Hope Street location in Greenfield, including homemade desserts and a variety of dishes utilizing New England fruits and vegetables grown by area farmers. Menu offerings include creative bar appetizers, craft sandwiches and burgers, and entrees such as gourmet macaroni and cheese, catfish tacos, and vegetarian rice bowls. Standard brews offered include the brewery’s Shortnose Stout, Training Wheels American Session Ale, Farmer Brown Ale, and Pied Piper IPA. The brewery emphasizes sustainability practices, using no disposable plastic and implementing composting and recycling programs. Its Bike to Live bicycle commuting initiative also encourages visitors to trade cars for bikes in exchange for restaurant gift certificates.
24 Federal St, Greenfield, MA 01301, Phone: 413-773-0333
22.Tree House Brewing Company
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Tree House Brewing Company has become one of the Northeast’s hottest destination breweries since its 2011 opening. The 70-acre brewery and taproom is located next to a nature sanctuary in Charlton and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Due to the brewery’s popularity, draft sales are only open during slower retail hours and a per-person can limit is strictly enforced. Popular rotated brews include the brewery’s Alter Ego and Julius IPAs, Bright, Haze, and Doppleganger Double IPAs, Eureka American Blonde Ale, Lights On American Pale Ale, and That’s What She Said Milk Stout. Food trucks are available throughout the week on site, with live music offered on select days.
129 Sturbridge Rd, Charlton, MA 01507, Phone: 413-523-2367
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23.Trillium Brewing Company
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Trillium Brewing Company was opened in March of 2013 by JC and Esther Tetreault, modeled after the idea of a traditional New England farmhouse-style brewery. The brewery specializes in wild ales and hop-forward beers that utilize locally-sourced ingredients, offering several locations throughout the greater Boston region, including its flagship Fort Point location, which was recently remodeled in 2018, and its Canton taproom and production facility. Drafts and to-go sales available at both locations include the brewery’s Citra Free Rise Saison, Fort Point Pale Ale, Wetsuit Triple IPA, and fruit-soaked American wild ales. A Fated Farmer series highlights barrel-aged fermented wild ales, while a Permutation series focuses on European styles and experimental brews. Nitro cold brew coffee from Barrington's Commonwealth Roast is also served on site, and special events are presented at both locations, including comedy nights, food truck pop-ups, and yoga events.
369 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, Phone: 617-453-8745
24.Wachusett Brewing Company
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Wachusett Brewing Company is one of the Northeast’s largest breweries, opened in 1994 by three college friends who developed a love for craft beer during their outdoor exploration of New England. Today, the brewery serves an award-winning lineup of ales and lagers, including its year-round Country Pale Ale, Blueberry Ale, Green Monsta IPA, Larry Imperial IPA, and several variants of its Wally New England-style IPA. The brewery is open seven days a week and serves 24 of its beers on draft at any given time out of its unique Airstream trailer bar. Brewery tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays, and a full menu of bar food is served, including pub-style appetizers, salads, burgers, and tacos. Live music performances and special events such as karaoke evenings are also presented periodically.
175 State Rd E, Westminster, MA 01473, Phone: 978-874-9965
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Wormtown Brewery was the vision of Ben Roesch, a former brewer for Southbridge’s Honest Town Brewing, and his business partner Tom Oliveri. The brewery opened to the public in 2010 and has since received a number of major beer industry awards, including a silver medal at the World Beer Cup and honors from the Great American Beer Festival, Denver International Beer Fest, and US Open Beer Championships. Two year-round beers are offered at the brewery: its Be Hoppy West Coast IPA and its Bottle Rocket Pale Ale. Specialty beers include its Warthog Wheat, Fresh Patch Pumpkin Ale, and offerings within its Underground Series, including higher-hopped variants of Be Hoppy. Brewery tours are available Saturdays and Sundays, and private special events may be hosted at the brewery on Mondays.
72 Shrewsbury St #4, Worcester, MA 01604, Phone: 774-239-1555
25 Best Massachusetts Breweries
- Idle Hands Craft Ales, Photo: Idle Hands Craft Ales
- Night Shift Brewing, Photo: Night Shift Brewing
- Lamplighter Brewing Co., Photo: Lamplighter Brewing Co.
- Big Elm Brewing, Photo: Big Elm Brewing
- Black Hat Brew Works, Photo: Black Hat Brew Works
- Bog Iron Brewing, Photo: Bog Iron Brewing
- Bone Up Brewing Co., Photo: Bone Up Brewing Co.
- Cape Cod Beer, Photo: Cape Cod Beer
- Devil's Purse Brewing Company, Photo: Devil's Purse Brewing Company
- Element Brewing Company, Photo: Element Brewing Company
- Fort Hill Brewery, Photo: Fort Hill Brewery
- Gentile Brewing Company, Photo: Gentile Brewing Company
- Iron Duke Brewing, Photo: Iron Duke Brewing
- Jack's Abby Craft Lagers, Photo: Jack's Abby Craft Lagers
- Lefty’s Brewing Company, Photo: Lefty’s Brewing Company
- Mayflower Brewing Company, Photo: Courtesy of hiddenhallow - Fotolia.com
- Medusa Brewing Company, Photo: Medusa Brewing Company
- Merrimack Ales, Photo: Merrimack Ales
- Mystic Brewery, Photo: Mystic Brewery
- Notch Brewery and Tap Room, Photo: Notch Brewery and Tap Room
- The People's Pint, Photo: The People's Pint
- Tree House Brewing Company, Photo: Tree House Brewing Company
- Trillium Brewing Company, Photo: Trillium Brewing Company
- Wachusett Brewing Company, Photo: Wachusett Brewing Company
- Wormtown Brewery, Photo: Wormtown Brewery
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