As if beer culture in Massachusetts weren’t already well-established, the onslaught of new breweries within the last year has helped further cement a lasting hoppy legacy for the state. Places like Lamplighter, Exhibit ‘A’, and Bone Up have settled into their neighborhoods, and now another new brewery is on the way: Oak & Iron Brewing Company is putting the final touches on its brewery and taproom at 18 Red Spring Rd. in Andover and could open early next month.
Inside the brewery, there will be exposed brick, a concrete floor, and rustic beams reminiscent of the building’s former life as a mill, according to The Boston Globe. The taproom will offer tastings and growler fills, along with a few snacks, and visitors will be able to bring in their own food, per a post on the brewery’s Facebook page. Caterers or food trucks may also be brought in for events. Additionally, there will be outdoor seating overlooking the Shawsheen River.
Oak & Iron has documented phases of the buildout on its Facebook page, including installation of tanks, tap equipment, and bar fixtures. The page is filled with comments from people eager for the place to open, and the brewery apparently has its sights set on pouring its first drafts in early March.
The brewing company itself has been around for a number of years, and the founders have produced a handful of different beers in that time, including session IPAs, Irish red ales, barrel-aged stouts, and an American hefewiezen. Stay tuned for more details about what Oak & Iron will be pouring when the brewery opens.