This post is not sponsored – just sharing a fun event.
Before I get to the Wachusett Brewery Tour that we took this past Friday evening, I just want to mention this tour was made possible by co race directors Nikki Maselli and Michael Mattson from Aubuchon.com. They organized the 5K Run/Walk event called Music For Life Rock ‘n Run that we attended last weekend. Grant, a couple of friends and I ran that race. Check out that post here.
Wachusett Brewery is a local sponsor at the event and plenty of their great beer was served at the Music for Life concert which followed the run/walk. (Are you with me so far?)
The additional Wachusett Brewing Company Tour was a special VIP treat for those who participated in the race. What a treat it was!
Prior to the actual tour, we were able to sample several of the different types of Wachusett Beers. Here is a nice display of beers and some of the grains that are used in the brewing process. All of Wachusett beers are strictly ales. Ales are brewed from malted barley using a warm-fermentation with a strain of brewers’ yeast.
Wachusett Brewery was founded in 1993, by three friends, Ned, Kevin and Quinny. They developed a “significant appreciation” for beer while attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Photo courtesy of http://www.wachusettbrew.com/
I have to admit this, when I drink a beer or two, I usually have a light beer that comes in a can. I typically find these specialty brews to be too high in calories and too bitter. I was very surprised at how much I really like the Wachusett Summer – it is so light with a great flavor. The Wachusett Blueberry has a unique flavor with a just hint of blueberry, not sweet. My friend Kathy loves the Blueberry too. Grant’s love for Wachusett beers has no bounds, but if he had to pick a favorite, it would be the Wachusett Monsta, named after the Green Monster and sold at Fenway park. Go Red Sox!
Suffice it to say, this was not a typical 2 oz. beer tasting, we were able to try as many samples as was required to determine if we really liked the beer or not….(giggling). There was a nice spread of sandwiches, salads and snacks for guests as we sampled the different beers. Photos of the runners and walkers flashed on a large screen at the front of the room- a great touch!
On to the tour! Our tour guide gave us a brief history of the brewery and walked us through the brewing, cellaring and packaging processes.
The brewery purchased an old coke canning machine (pictured below) so that they could start canning their beers. This innovative investment has allowed them to actually can for other brewers.
Our tour guide was drinking Wachusett Light Ale – which is actually the first light ale in the country with reduced calories and alcohol. She was sipping her glass of ale for the entire tour. It works for her because she can conduct these tours without “getting rocked”. I will be trying this one too. (I don’t think it was on tap for this event.)
Water is one of the few very important ingredients used to make beer. The water used for brewing at Wachusett is ultra pure water from the Westminster reservoir.
After the tour, a band played while we sampled yet more beer!
Thank you Nikki (in blue) and Mike (plaid shirt) from Aubuchon for organizing these great events. They are passionate about this Music for Life/ Rock and Run event, which benefits Juveline Diabetes. They are tireless too. They are already working on next year’s event. Guess we should start training too.
Please note – Wachusett Brewery offers tours to their guests free of charge. However, voluntary contributions are welcome with all proceeds being donated to the Westminster Benefit Fund, a local charity helping families in need for over 19 years. (Another great reason to love the Wachusett Brewery!)
Kristi Maloney is a work from home mom to two boys ages 9 and 12. Since 2009, she has featured in-depth product, and book reviews and hosted high-quality, exciting giveaways on her blog Moms Own Words. When she is not blogging about life in New England, tips on everything and anything, recipes and the antics of her boys, you can find her providing taxi, laundry, meal preparation and decluttering services for her family. Email at maloney(dot)Kristi@gmail(dot)com.
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