Taproom in Harvard, MA

Carlson Orchards

115 Oak Hill Road, Harvard, MA 01451
https://carlsonorchards.com/
(978) 456-3916

A 120-acre farm that for years has produced some of the best cider in and around Massachusetts.

Carlson Orchards was established in 1936. That's just a few years before the ol' craft beverage revolution, wouldn't ya say?

Leave your puppers at home if you visit the orchard, as it is not a dog-friendly place. We assume the same goes for the Carlson Taproom.

Hours

  • Thursday - 11am to 6pm
  • Friday - 11am to 8pm
  • Saturday - 11am to 8pm
  • Sunday - 11am to 6pm

They are also open on some Holiday Mondays as well.

Cider

Carlson Orchards produces a few different blends of cider. Tasting flights of the hard cider are available for $6, which is fairly reasonable. Macintosh, Golden Delicious, Macoun, and Honey Crisp apples go into making the hard cider, presumably along with some other varietals.

  • Harvard Harvest
  • Honey Crisp
  • Oak Hill Blend
  • Shandy Stand

Food Menu

Pub snacks that include Cider donuts, apple sauce, soft pretzels, some pizzas.

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Interesting Craft Beers

Vitamin Sea Brewing, a Double IPA brewed by Vitamin Sea Brewing

6.2% ABV

Lemon Next to the Pie

Vitamin Sea Brewing

Hay Bale, a Golden Ale brewed by Lookout Farm Brewing And Cider Company

5% ABV

Hay Bale

Lookout Farm Brewing And Cider Company

A Dry Hard Cider brewed by Seattle Cider Company

6.5% ABV

Dry

Seattle Cider Company

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Craft Beer Variety Packs

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