by Michael Sheehan
First, this article is by no means meant to promote a certain business over another, or suggest that everyone enjoys beer. It’s more about re-purposing buildings and unused spaces, which are open to the public for socialization……and coincidently, they also make and serve beer.
As we dream of better days to come, where face masks and 6ft tape marks on floors are a thing of the past, I know all of us are thinking of the things we enjoy most. Restaurants, Pubs, Parks, Beaches, Lakes, Kayaks, Fishing, Hiking, Car Shows Theaters, Concerts, etc., etc., etc.
In my travels as a Product Rep throughout Worcester County, I see so many things that make me realize how lucky we are to live here. One example, over the last few years, has been the surge in Craft Breweries. Talking about the beer is a topic for another time, but as construction folks, let’s take a look at where these businesses are popping up.
Wormtown in Worcester is housed in an old car dealership. Timberyard in East Brookfield is in an old Lumber Yard. Although, not a brewery, the Beer Garden in Worcester used the vacant lot where the old Paris Cinema sat, and created an outdoor space to relax, play games, and listen to music. Greater Good in Worcester is located in an old factory on Millbrook St. The Stone Cow in Barre and Oakholm Brewery in Brookfield have re-purposed farms as their choice of space.
There are so many more businesses to mention, but the common thread with many is the fact that the owners have breathed life into old buildings and spaces. Additionally, they have created areas to socialize outside of a traditional bar scene. There are patios with live music, long beer garden tables to enjoy food, drink and conversation. Some actually let you bring your dog. So if you get a chance, even if you aren’t a beer fan (many serve great food), and you enjoy interesting building remodels, I encourage you to add these to your list of places to check out and enjoy.