Wachusett Brewing Company
175 State Road, East Westminster
Open noon-5 p.m. on Saturdays
One of the pioneers of the local craft beer scene, Wachusett is still going strong after more than 30 years in business. The company has no intention of resting on its laurels and has recently introduced its Milk Stout in a can, as well as being the first in the state to offer 32-ounce cans filled with the fresh beer of your choice at the brewery. These large cans are called crowlers, growlers with a “c” for “can.” The walking tour of the brewery takes almost an entire hour and comes with two 2-ounce samples at the end. Be sure to try Larry or Green Monsta if they are available that day.
Nearby on Route 2A is the 1761 Gift Shop. It kind of reminds me of a Cracker Barrel, but is an individual family business. Great rolls come with the dinner that’s served upstairs. Afterwards, head downstairs to the gift shop for all sorts of things, including old-fashioned penny candy. Wachusett Mountain in nearby Princeton has skiing and snowboarding, as well as other events throughout the year.