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Brewery Visit: Battle Road Brewing Co.

Battle Road Brewery 1In the early days of the blog I wrote a few articles showcasing my visits to local breweries. I’m not really sure why I got away from this style of blog post, in many cases when I would visit a new place I would just include some information about the brewery in a beer review. Regardless, I am going to make an effort to specifically write a “brewery visit” article for as many breweries as I can, especially places I’ve been to a few times. This series re-starts with Battle Road Brewing Company in Maynard, which currently holds the title for closest brewery to my house. When I visit a brewery there are three things that I usually look for, the physical location (size, cleanliness, amenities, parking/public transit options), food (if applicable) and obviously the beer.

Battle Road Brewery 2

The space: The Battle Road Brewery is located in a refurbished mill bordering the Assabet River in Maynard. The space is huge, it has to be one of the bigger tap rooms in Massachusetts. There are pros and cons to this, on a Saturday afternoon at lunch there were a decent number of people eating but the restaurant felt kind of dead with so much empty space. The bar and restaurant are beautiful, with a long wooden bar and a variety of high top tables and booths that complement the exposed brick and beams. Everything is clean and well maintained. Battle Road features live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Parking is ample with a large, free parking lot right at the brewery, but public transportation options are limited.

The food: I’ve eaten at Battle Road twice with my family and the food has been a little hit or miss. They have a full menu with a focus on traditional BBQ and sandwiches along with snacks and salads. On both visits I got a BBQ plate, featuring meat along with two sides. The steak tips and sausage on a recent visit were very good (try the sausage with the mustard BBQ sauce), but the brisket on my first visit was a bit chewy. Sides were a similar mix, I enjoyed the beans and hulking slice of cornbread, but a biscuit was way too dense and dry. My wife also had mixed opinions, she enjoyed a chicken sandwich on the first trip but thought her burger was dry and under seasoned on the second. For what it’s worth, my two year old loved the grilled PB&J from the kids menu. Service was a touch slow on both occasions, but friendly and knowledgeable.

Battle Road IPL

The beer: Battle Road started as a contract brewery, and their offerings have expanded since the full brewery opened. The offer full pours, flights and growlers to go. The brewery usually offers a mix of their flagship, seasonal, and special brewery-only offerings. My personal favorites are Midnight Rider, a rich and easy drinking porter, and their spicy saison named Barrett’s Farmhouse Ale. This summer I tried a brewery only mixed fermentation peach grisette that was the most interesting Battle Road beer I’ve sampled to date. On my recent visit I tried their Jingle Bell IPL which had the crisp and clean lager body you like in the style and solid flavor but was a little short on the aromatic nose that I love in hoppy beers.

Final Thoughts: Battle Road Brewing has many of the features you want in a local brewery, a great space to hang out and a solid lineup of diverse and flavorful beers. If they spend a little time working on the inconsistencies in their menu and keep brewing interesting small batch additions to the draft lineup I could see this brewery becoming a very popular destination in the Metro West.

Location: 5 Clock Tower Place Maynard, MA.

Website: http://www.battleroadbeer.com/

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Battle Road Barrett’s Farmhouse Ale

I recently moved out to the suburbs, more specifically to the northern part of Sudbury. Unfortunately the proximity of local breweries was not the highest priority in our house search, it fell well behind finding a house in our price range and with the amenities we were looking for along with reasonable commutes, a good neighborhood and strong school systems. Fortunately there are still some quality breweries that are in close proximity to my new home (although none in Sudbury, I think the town could use it’s own brewery). Jack’s Abby (and the new Exhibit A) are not too far away in Framingham. I am long overdue on a trip to Hudson and Medusa Brewing, and I have zero excuses now that it’s right down the road. True West and Rapscallion both run brewpubs in Acton. These breweries are all close, but I think the closest one will soon be Battle Road Brewing Company which is set to open in Maynard soon. Battle Road beers have been available for a few years now (they are contract brewed until the brewery opens), but it will be nice to have a physical brewery and tasting room. One of Battle Road’s flagship beers is Barrett’s Farmhouse Ale, a rustic saison available year round on draft and in 12 oz. cans.

Battle Road Barrett's Farmhouse AleBattle Road Barrett’s Farmhouse Ale pours a hazy deep orange with a solid off-white head. The scent is mostly the Belgian style yeast, fruity and spicy. The yeast also leads the flavor, notes of apricot, cardamom, pear and peppercorn. This is complemented by some floral and grassy hops and rounded out by a malt backbone that contributes touches of bread crust and honey. Barrett’s Farmhouse Ale is medium bodied and easy to drink, moderately boozy at 6.6% ABV. The finish is smooth and dry with some lingering yeast flavors in the aftertaste. I am pretty sure this is my first Battle Road beer and I definitely enjoyed it, full flavored and well crafted. I will be trying more of their offerings in the future and hopefully visiting the brewery soon after it opens! Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.