About Wormtown

It all began in an ice cream shop on Park Ave in Worcester.  

Ben, who was brewing and selling beer for Honest Town Brewing, in Southbridge MA, had a vision for a brick and mortar brewery in his home town of Worcester.  Tom was trying to figure out what to do with the addition on his restaurant that was the home to Peppercorn’s Ice Cream Factory.  After a few pints on a bar stool one night a plan was formed to start a brewery that would be committed to being local both in our imagery and our ingredients.

After securing an SBA Loan from BayState Savings Bank with the help from The Clark University Business Development Center, a 10 barrel brew house was ordered.  The walk in cooler from the ice cream stand would store the beer and an ice cream freezer would keep the hops fresh.  All that was left was to make some beer and name the brewery.

Seven Hills Session Pale Ale was an easy tribute to Worcester and was going to be the flagship brand.  Be Hoppy, Worcester’s Bravest Wit and Turtle Boy Blue rounded out the names for our first beers.  Maybe Worcester Brewing Company?

The brewery officially opened on March 17, 2010 and we really weren’t sure what to expect. Worst case we’d have a lot of beer to share with our friends!  But support came quickly with restaurants like Flatbread (Sommerville), Horseshoe Pub, Peppercorn’s and Prezo’s carrying our beers early on.  Then the awards started coming in.  Medals at the GABF & GIBF that first year.  A World Beer Cup Silver the third year.   More GIBF medals, Denver International Beer Fest gold medal and the ultimate honor to date:  The Grand National Champion at the US Open Beer Championships with 3 Gold Medals and a Silver in Atlanta.

Brewing is a labor of love and it wasn’t easy to get started.  Some of our favorite setbacks make great stories we love to tell. Just ask anyone of us about the story behind Elm Park Amber Ale (it may have been a mistake), Beer Goggles (ditto) or about the first time we pushed spent grains through our automated system in the new brewery (there is still some on the ceiling).

Finally in January ’15, after 13 months of construction and almost 5 years crammed in an ice cream stand, we brewed our first beer in our new location on Shrewsbury St.  Located in the heart of Worcester the new facility allows us to make A LOT more great beer.  It allows us to start selling beer to package stores in meaningful quantities.  It will allow us to expand our geographic footprint when the time is right.  But most importantly it provided us with space to build our awesome WT TapRoom that overlooks our entire brewing ‘pit’ as we call it.  Customers can come have a pint while they wait for a growler and we get a chance to hang out with them while they enjoy our beer – and that’s why we brew – to make great beer and enjoy it with all of our friends, some old and many, many new ones.

Wait the name?  Well Wormtown was simply way cooler than Worcester Brewing Company.  And it allows us to have a little 3 decker attitude that we can put into our beers!

Wormtown Brew Crew

Our Beers

Why Local Ingredients

At Wormtown we like to think great craft beer starts with great craft ingredients like malt, rye, hops and yes, believe it or not Worcester water. This is evident in our commitment to local farming and that commitment goes deeper than just printing “A Piece of Mass in Every Glass”.  Brewmaster Ben Roesch believes sourcing as many of our ingredients locally “ensures that they are the freshest possible.” In addition, keeping the money locally in turn “supports the local farming community, keeping them operational and providing the families that run them with financial stability.”  It is our belief that beer can and does become a commodity when there is no connection to how it is made.  In order to make a beer that stands out that connection begins with the ingredients.  “I like knowing the people who provide us with our ingredients.  Take Andrea and Christian for example (Valley Malt – Hadley, MA).  They know how and why we do certain things.  They share their expertise with us and help us understand their malt and what it is capable of.  There is a lot to learn about grains and they add value to our beers” said Roesch.  That passion and energy is evident throughout the brewery and is incorporated into the Wormtown DNA. It is our belief that it is just as important to be committed to the ingredients that go into our beer, as it is to the process of taking those very ingredients and turning them into great beer.  And as such it is important for our brewery to explore ways to make great beer that expresses a certain terroir of our region.  That is what makes craft beer great…and we take pride that our efforts are recognized, appreciated and enjoyed by you.

Check out some of our local suppliers:

Valley Malt
Four Star Farms
Blue Ox Malthouse
Sleepy Hollow Maple Syrup
Lazy Acres Farm

Visit Us

Tap Room Hours:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Thursday: 12:00-9:00pm

Friday – Saturday: 12:00-10:00pm

Sunday: 12:00-7:00pm

Brewery Tours:

We offer FREE tours on Saturday & Sunday at 12:30pm, 1:30pm & 2:30pm.

Wormtown Brewery hosts private events on Mondays. For more information please email us.

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Growler Policy:

  1. We cannot fill Growlers with any other brewery logos or stickers on them as Mass ABCC Advisory states, “the growler is entirely blank, devoid of any labeling of another brewery”
    1. Thus, no other brewery labels or stickers allowed
    2. Personal stickers that are generic and not a brewery specific sticker such as “Drink Local Beer” or “Go Red Sox” or “World’s Best Dad” are OK.
    3. If it has any labeling of another brewery it must be removed by the customer prior to filling. It cannot be just covered up by another sticker.
  2. We cannot fill Growlers that do not fit in our Gruber machine.
    1. They must be the same size (height, diameter, opening) as our Wormtown growlers
    2. If our cap doesn’t fit easily and completely on the customer’s growler… it cannot be filled on the Gruber
    3. No metal or plastic growlers in the Gruber
  3. If the generic growler fits in the Gruber, they can be filled, but if the glass Growler breaks while in the Gruber, we are not responsible for the replacement of that Growler
    1. Net, the consumer allows us to attempt to fill the growler at their own risk
    2. Wormtown will replace the broken growler with a Wormtown growler, free of charge
  4. Post Gruber fill:
    1. Customer must allow taproom staff to attach the usual tag with Brand information, date and Cleaning instructions
    2. Customer must allow taproom staff to adhere our sticker with Wormtown Brewery information; Government Warning; and Glass Warning.

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774.239.1555 | 72 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA 01604





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