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Updated: May 25, 2020 The Power 50 Class of 2020

2020 Power 50: Christian McMahan

Christian McMahan, president of Wachusett Brewing Co
Christian McMahan
  • Title: President
  • Company: Wachusett Brewing Co.
  • Location: Westminster
  • Residence: Westminster
  • College: UMass Amherst

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In the craft brewing world, Wachusett Brewing Co. is like the grandfather in the room, the one who can tell stories about a long-ago time when there wasn’t a brewery in practically every city and town and it was far more common to see little other than Bud, Coors or maybe Sam Adams on bar taps.

McMahan, the president of the 26-year-old brewery with 140 employees, has helped keep Wachusett more than just relevant at a time when the state’s beer scene can be dominated by Tree House Brewing Co. and Trillium Brewing Co. Wachusett is known most for its blueberry ale, but it’s not standing still as one of the top 50 largest craft brewers in the country. Wachusett is working on a new brewhouse in Cambridge’s Harvard Square, it anchors the Worcester Public Market, it has launched a second hard seltzer line this spring to jump on another drinking trend. The brewer is quick to join charitable causes, including special benefit beers for coronavirus relief, the Ava Roy Fund and the Lt. Jason Menard Children’s Fund.

What makes Central Mass. unique? It’s amazing to be in a place where you can see and feel the momentum of growth. Our newest Brew Yard opened in the Worcester Public Market is a great example. Who would have thought a project like that was possible in Worcester five years ago? Our first month exceeded all expectations.

Straight Outta Westminster: I’m better at hip-hop karaoke than most people would think!

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