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True West Will Add to the Central Mass. Brewery Landscape Late in October

The brewpub is in the works in Acton.

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Acton is getting a community-focused brewpub later this fall: True West is under development at 525 Massachusetts Ave.

The 80-seat spot will offer brunch, lunch, and dinner with a handcrafted menu (down to the ketchup) from chef Taylor Miller, the Boston Globe reported.

The menu includes snacks like a spent grain pretzel with house ale mustard and house-made tater tots with horseradish mustard aioli, along with entrees such as green chili pork tacos, lobster mac and cheese, a handful of flatbreads, sandwiches, and burgers. Brunch has a couple omelets, including lobster, pulled pork Benedict, French toast, house pastrami hash, and more.

The brewery is an expansion of Dover, N.H.'s 7th Settlement brewery. Both places' master brewer, Josh Henry, is an Acton native. It appears that True West will offer similar beers as 7th Settlement, but likely with a local take. True West's website says the 8.5-barrel (or maybe 10?) brewery's flagship brown ale has "over 13 ingredients layering bitterness, flavors, and aroma from start to finish," and that it also brews a "full-bodied" flagship IPA. 7th Settlement's constant drafts are 1623 Almighty Brown Ale and Gerrish IPA.

On its website, True West promises experiments with East and West Coast styles of hoppy beers; wheats, including a Red Winter Wheat; Belgians; English and American-style porters and stouts; German-style lagers; and a take on the "East Coast common" style. A California common is a beer based on the style of Anchor Steam, with woody, rustic hops, fermented with lager yeast in warmer fermentation temperatures that would be typical. At 7th Settlement, its "N.H. Common" uses an ale yeast, but fermented even colder than typical.

True West will also offer a seasonal cocktail list, with a focus on local distillers; local hard cider options; and an "extensive" wine list.

The Globe recently published a little tour of Central Mass breweries from Framingham to Monson — or from Jack's Abby to Tree House. True West will be another stop for Metrowest beer tourism, likely around Halloween. Keep an eye on its Facebook to stay in the loop.

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