Dorchester Brewing Company Pours Its First Pints
Boston’s largest neighborhood is getting its very own craft brewery this week. Dorchester Brewing Company opens its taproom on Thursday, July 21, with six beers on draft. Later this year, it will become the city’s first contract brewing facility, with plans to welcome small- and medium-sized beer brands in to produce, barrel-age, package, market, store, and sell their beers alongside DBCo’s house labels.
Dorchester Brewing Co. is the joint effort of brewmaster Todd Charbonneau, a 10-year Harpoon brewer and founder of Banner Beer Company, CEO Matt Molloy, Travis Lee, and Holly Irgens.
“As the regional craft beer industry continues to expand, we’re excited to be offering a superior, cost effective, predictable solution and suite of services to brands to brew their beer and grow their businesses,” Malloy said when the team announced plans for DBCo in December.
Currently, Charbonneau and the DBCo team are brewing original beers on a 30-barrel system in the 25,000-square foot production facility. There are 20 draft lines total, which will soon be populated with guest brews, but the opening day draft list includes Mass Ave IPA, with fruity El Dorado hops, and Savin Summer Stout. Check out DBCo’s menu on social media.
The taproom has two bars, one with 11 seats and one with 10. At locally-made, beer-hall style tables and a counter overlooking the brewery, the space can accommodate more than 160, and there’s also an outdoor patio. There will be games, including cornhole, and food trucks on site daily for dinner and weekend lunch. Brewery tours and fresh beer to go will start in August.
Dorchester Brewing Company hosts a ribbon-cutting ceremony today with Mayor Marty Walsh, one of several integral players in helping DBCo become a reality, according to a note posted on its blog. Going forward, it will be open Wednesday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Dorchester Brewing Company, 1246 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester, dorchesterbrewing.com.