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June 14, 2024

Franklin brewery to open beer garden on empty downtown Worcester lot

A grassy area in an urban setting Image | Courtesy of Google Maps This grassy area across the street from the AC Hotel Worcester will be home to a beer garden this summer, operated by Franklin-based 67 Degrees Brewing.

Franklin-based microbrewery 67 Degrees Brewing, which is Black-, woman-, and veteran-owned, will open a pop-up beer garden at Eaton Place in Worcester.

The beer garden will run from July 4 through October, with 67 degrees planning to bring food trucks and live entertainment into the space, according to a presentation made on Thursday at the Worcester License Commission by Olivier Edouard, one of the five co-founders of the brewery. 

A pint of beer next to a can
Image | Courtesy of 67 Degrees Brewing
One of 67 Degrees Brewing's beers

The license commission voted 5-0 to approve the plans. 

67 Degrees opened in 2020, just a month and a half before COVID-related shutdowns began. Since opening, the microbrewery has opened a beer garden at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets. The business has previously operated a beer garden on City Hall Plaza in Boston.

"We looked into the possibility of doing a beer garden a couple of years ago, but the logistics are finally working out this time," said Edouard in an email to WBJ, "We are really excited to be in town and look forward to an awesome summer on City Square."

The beer garden will operate at 3 Eaton Place, the grass parcel across from the AC Hotel Worcester and 110 Grill. This parcel of land was originally slated for a seven-story, 145-unit mixed use building, but those plans have been shelved as Foresight Capital, the Rhode Island-based company which owns the property, has re-listed it for sale.

Foresight is allowing 67 Degrees to use part of the space for the seasonal beer garden, which will not result in the construction of any permanent structures.  

The new Eaton Place beer garden will join a beer garden operated by Salem-based Notch Brewing at Mercantile Center and the Worcester Beer Garden at 64 Franklin St. as outdoor drinking spots operating in Worcester’s downtown area.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated to include a quote from Olivier Edouard and to clarify details about the beer garden. 

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