New Brewer Latest Edition to Hyper-Local Craft Beer Movement
You’re forgiven if you haven’t heard of Seven Saws Brewing Company until now. They weren’t on our radar either until we stumbled upon their Facebook page about a month ago. But soon enough, the vision of four home brewer friends who shared a common goal of creating great beer for the sleepy town of Holden will become a reality. “We all thought it would be great to start a brewery here in our town,” explained Tom Anderson, one of four co-founders. “Fourteen months later, here were are.”
Where they are is relatively astonishing, given the typical hurdles involved in opening a craft brewery here in Massachusetts. Then again, their sleek business model, a one-barrel brewery in the lower level of a dentist’s office owned by one of the co-founders, has allowed them to work through the process quicker than most. “In retrospect, we were pretty naive when we hatched the idea last October,” admits Anderson. “No one really had any commercial brewing experience.”
Since then, the four beer aficionados who thought “why not us” have crafted more than half a dozen flagship recipes, come up with a catchy name that pays homage to their town’s seven historic saw mills, and built out a small production space they describe as a speakeasy style brewery because its sort of hidden away from the public eye even though it’s right downtown. Anderson said he expects their state license to come through on Monday, and that they’re ready to get beer into people’s hands right away.
Local bars and restaurants are ready to help. One, Specialty Sandwich Co. Bar & Grill on Main Street, even plans to do a tap takeover on December 15. Anderson, brothers Tom & Paul Mulroy, and the other lead brewer Troy Milliken, plan to have at least five beers pouring at the event, including a Pale Ale, a Whit beer, and three IPAs, one an Oak-Aged special brewed with red rye.
Thirsty locals should expect to be patient while the fledgling brewery gets up and running, especially because they’re brewing on a one-barrel system. Startup breweries often have trouble keeping up with demand early on. And because they’re a production facility, they can’t have visitors. That’s something they plan to work on for 2018, a community taproom space. For now, scope out some of the better beer bars and restaurants around town, and get there fast if you hear they have something from your new local brewery on tap.