Brew Bus + Bites

Join Mass Foodies on July 31st as we celebrate Worcester beer with a Brew Bus + Bites tour!

Guests will load onto a Luxury Land Yacht at 5:45pm outside of Wormtown Brewery on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester and be whisk away to experience Brews + Bites. As guests register and load onto the Land Yacht their brewery experience will begin with a surprise can from 3cross Fermentation coop—and with an update on the status of their brewery and taproom. In addition to starting the tour with the 3cross beer, guests will enjoy one of Crust Bakeshop’s large artisan pretzels freshly baked from their Main Street bakery to cleanse the palate for the the experiences to come.

As guests unload at the first stop, Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company, they will be given a 4oz pour of the award winning, 8% New England Style IPA, PULP Daddy, while enjoying Greater Good’s culinary expertise with a sneak peek at a menu item not always available to guests: seared tuna with pickled ginger and wasabi, served on a sesame spent grain crackers. Immediately following the brewery tour, guests will try the contrasting beer styles with a 4oz pour of their 4.3% Session IPA CrushGroove by Soul Purpose which will be paired with their classic grilled cheese plate—made with fontina, gruyere, and munster—prepared by Toast Test Kitchen Chef, Lee Maggio.

The second stop is Shrewsbury Street’s Redemption Rock Brewing Company, which opened in December 2018, where guests will disembark and enjoy a 16oz pour of a special selection while taking a private tour and having a lively conversation with Dani Babineau and staff!

The third stop is the Worcester staple, Wormtown Brewery, also on Shrewsbury Street. Once disembarking, guests will choose a full serving of one of the beers on tap before taking a tour of the brewery and meeting the critical players that have grown the business from a 3-tank brewery in the back of an ice cream shop into a nationally award winning brand. Immediately after the tour, the group will enjoy a special pop-up with Chef Jay Powell (formerly of Twisted Fork) where Chef Powell will be preparing a German style braised pork shank sliders with a side of Imperial Stout Poutine—both made with Wormtown’s Spies Like Us. Chef Jay will remain on hand to talk about his business, the dish, and will have cash option for additional food.

Interested in learning more? Our Pop It! gals sat down with Redemption Rockstars — Dani Babineau & Greg Carlson in January, Wormtown’s Katrina Shabo in February, and in April went on site at Greater Good, with Beer and Brand Evangelist JT Ethier, star-tender Katie Mahoney, and front of house manager Melissa Sherry.

Sorry, all ticket sales are final. Tickets will be emailed. This is a 21+ event.

Wormtown Brewery Worcester, Ma

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Here’s Your Invite to the George’s Coney Island Block Party

Representatives Mary Keefe and Dan Donohue at Coney Island

One of Kathryn Tsandikos’ greatest challenges as the owner of George’s Coney Island has been upkeeping the iconic restaurant’s infrastructure while simultaneously remaining frozen in time for her customers. On September 30th, Tsandikos and her team will transport us back through 100 years of history with a block party in celebration of their centennial.

The party will kick off in the middle of Southbridge Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with hotdog deals, giveaways, raffles, face painting, and exclusive merchandise including pins and cups.

“We want this to feel like a time machine,” says Katie Rozenas of Discover Central Mass, who has been working with Tsandikos to plan the milestone event. Even the live music has been structured to take attendees through the decades. “We’re doing this to celebrate Worcester and how the city has changed itself,” Rozenas says.

Guests will be encouraged to contribute to an art piece to help memorialize what George’s Coney Island means to the community. “It’s not just about us, it’s about our loyal customers,” says Tsandikos, “We want to celebrate the community that has allowed Coney Island to exist for 100 years.” She hopes that everyone who has ever set foot in George’s Coney Island will join her for the celebration.

Other partners will be on hand for the festivities including Polar Seltzer, Table Talk Pies, Worcester Bravehearts, Kayem Hot Dogs, Ben and Jerry’s, Wachusett Potato Chips, and Wormtown Brewery. Admission is free.