There are no craft breweries in Quincy.
There are a few nearby, though admittedly not many: Barrel House Z recently opened in Weymouth. Deadwood Cafe and Brewery operates out of the bowling alley on Morrissey Boulevard. The area is, in general, underserved.
There are no plans for a brewery within the limits of the City of Presidents anytime soon, but a new outfit coming to the Braintree/Quincy line should help satiate beer lovers just south of Boston.
Widowmaker Brewing, a short hop from F1 Boston and the South Shore Plaza, will open a tap room and brewery later this summer. Founders Ryan Lavery and Colin Foley are longtime homebrewers turning professional. They chose the name Widowmaker for the long hours spent honing recipes in their basements, at the expense of family time.
“A year ago we were doing Quincy Porchfest,” says Lavery. “Just to get our name out there, just to get people to try our beers to see what they thought.”
To scale up, Lavery says he’s been reading: blogs, Reddit posts, anything from anyone with more experience than him.
“I never try to be the smartest guy in the room,” he says. “It’s such a small world now you can see what worked for somebody over their 20-year career, and they’re happy to discuss it.”
Lavery and Foley have been making little tweaks to about a dozen recipes for beers ranging from a hoppy session blond to coffee stout. They’ll offer standard and New England-style IPAs, as well as saisons, ambers, and Belgians.
“We have 12 beers that are totally locked in,” says Lavery. “We just tapped a new pale the other day but it’s already one of our favorites.”
The brewery is nearly ready. The cavernous 8,000-square-foot space will feature communal tables, as well as a bar that bellies up to a half wall where patrons can watch the brewers in action. Visitors can sip from flights or full pints while playing games like cornhole and hook-and-ring toss. The space is mostly built out, minus the brewing equipment, which is expected to arrive this week.
“I’m tired of looking at carpenters and wood,” says Lavery. “I’m ready for some stainless steel.”
Lavery says he expects Widowmaker to open sometime in August.
“Hopefully they keep popping up around us,” says Lavery. “Hopefully the South Shore catches up to the North Shore.”
Gary Dzen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.