After our stops at Rapscallion and Homefield, both in Sturbridge, we continued up the Mass Pike to Worcester, MA. Aside from being home to Pete’s alma mater, Worcester is also home to Wormtown Brewery. With their humble beginnings at a local ice cream stand, Wormtown has been churning out favorites like Be Hoppy since 2010. In 2015, the brewery moved into their facility located on Shrewsbury Street, and in just a few weeks they will be celebrating their 7th birthday!
The brewery is moderately sized (perhaps a little on the small side during peak hours) with plenty of bar spaces and tables to allow you to stay a while. If the weather is nice, you can even grab a spot on their patio. The brewery was very crowded when we visited on a late Saturday afternoon, but we were lucky enough to find a high top table on said patio. There is an overall industrial feel inside the brewery/tasting room with huge glass windows behind the bar looking into the brewing area. To the right of the bar you will find all of your Wormtown merch needs. And while you’re waiting in line for the restrooms, be sure to check out what they have in to-go cans. Speaking of the restrooms, have fun perusing all of the different stickers plastered on the walls and start thinking of what stickers you can add to the already expansive collection.
Wormtown offers 6 and 16-ounce pours in addition to 32 and 64-ounce growlers to-go. If you are having difficulty making up your mind, you can always order a flight of four pours for between $8 and $12 depending on the beers you choose to taste. Clearly you know this means we ordered two flights to share because we must try ALL THE BEERS.
We started our tasting with Helles (5.4% ABV). Helles is a clean, light lager with a hint of lemon zest and wheat. Then we tried Bottle Rocket (5% ABV). Named in honor of the invention of the liquid-fueled rocket, which was invented just south of Worcester, this brew was a solid pale ale with a nice, hoppy flavor. Keeping with the local theme, we moved onto Wormtown’s Blizzard of ’78 (6% ABV). This malty brown ale is named after the historic nor’easter that hit New England in 1978. It has a roasted coffee taste and hints of chocolate without being too heavy – very drinkable. We found that the Wintah Ale (6% ABV) is similar in taste to the Blizzard of ’78, but is a bit lighter with a slight bitter finish. Next we shifted to the hoppier styles of Wormtown’s offerings. We found the Wet Hop I.P.L. (6.5% ABV) to be a solid lager. It is not too bitter and has great floral hop notes with a slightly dry finish. The Diner Car DIPA (7.7% ABV) has a bitter, slightly boozy finish while being very citrusy. Of course, the most citrusy of all the beers we tried at Wormtown was their Be Hoppiest (10.8% ABV). This Triple IPA was very juicy with great citrus notes. Aside from the slightly boozy finish, we found this to be very drinkable. So much so that we took a small growler of Be Hoppiest home. Finally, we finished our tasting with the Table Talk Pumpkin Pie Ale (6.6% ABV). Made with Worcester’s own Table Talk pumpkin pies, this ale has a beautiful copper color and delivers on the flavor. Both the notes and taste reminds you of a freshly baked pumpkin pie – Thanksgiving dessert in a glass!
If you find yourself peckish while you’re at Wormtown, don’t fret – they sell Wicked Pretzels for your snacking needs. And if you’re in the mood for something a bit more substantial, they allow you to bring in your own food.
She said: “I liked the overall vibe of Wormtown – very lively and chill. They had some pretty solid beers with my favorite being the Table Talk Pumpkin Pie Ale. Hey, if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll be served by the bartender that looks like Bevers from Broad City (and I mean that as a compliment).”
He said: “Wormtown would have been dangerous if it was around when I was still in college.”
The next time you find yourself in central Massachusetts, make a stop in Worcester. With great brews on rotation, a chill atmosphere, and friendly staff, a visit to Wormtown is a must.
72 Shrewsbury Street