81 Morton St., Framingham
Open noon-8 p.m. on Saturdays
This is one of the most diverse breweries you will ever encounter. Lagers are what Jack’s is known for, but don’t go in expecting to see boring mass-market offerings. Jack’s has everything from a 4.5% ABV Framinghammer Lager to a 13% ABV lagerwine known as Bridemaker. There are also smoked beers, imperial pale lagers and Baltic porters that include some aged in bourbon barrels and some that use cacao nibs or peanut butter and jelly. Jack’s license allows for 4-ounce samples, as well as full pints, and there are bottles to take home.
On nearby Route 9, there is a plethora of things to do. Shoppers World has just about every store you could imagine. The Natick Mall is also nearby if upscale shopping is your thing. Julio’s Liquors is a must-visit, as it has one of the best selections of craft beer in Massachusetts.