On the rural side of Natick, MA is where you can find Lookout Farm Taproom and Cider Company. If you're coming from the Mass Pike, go past the Natick Mall, go past downtown, head on past a small, bucolic waterfall, and you will find Lookout Farm at the very end of the southern part of town.
Lookout Farm itself opened in the mid 1600s (1651). But, the taproom came way later, in the mid 2010s. 350+ years of separation there. In 2015, Lookout Farm Hard Cider was created. In 2017, Lookout Farm brewing.
If you snuck out the back side of town, you could be at Percival Brewing in Norwood in about 20 minutes. You could head toward 7th Wave in Medfield, or, head West to Metrowest's craft beer capital, where Jack's Abby, Exhibit A, and Springdale all await you.
Then again, downtown Natick now has The Kells Beer Company. Plenty of options.
Do they offer a tour?
Potentially? It's not well advertised.
Is the brewpub kid friendly?
Yes, the taproom is kid friendly.
What types of cider does Lookout Farm make?
The cider types are pretty varied. They have the 1651, the Hop Up, Farmhouse Blend, Strawberry Fields, Lazy Summer, and the Barnburner, all with different accents, from added peppers to ginger and lemon.
The First American Cherry is fantastic though. If you're unsure, give that one a go. Also, the Pearadox is enjoyable.
What types of beer does Lookout Farm brew?
The Hayloft (Kolsch), Harvest Day (NEIPA), First cut (Stout), the Natick Nectar (Wit). The Natick Nectar is a Peach Belgian Wit that is pretty great. Definitely recommend giving that beer a try. And there is the Hay Bale, a golden ale that serves well as a lawnmower beer.
They have recently started offering the Super Yellow, an American Pilsner named after their farm dog.
Flights? Growlers? 4/6 packs to buy and take home?
Yes, there is a fridge over by the merch section where you can buy adult beverages to take home.
They also serve flights. You literally can't go wrong putting together a cider flight.
Does they serve other types of alcohol?
There is no hard alcohol served at the taproom.
Do they have a mug club?
I don't recall seeing one.
How about merch?
Yes. Pretty sure I saw t-shirts for sale, amongst other items.
Does the Lookout Taproom serve food?
Yes. Pulled pork flatbreads, charcuterie boards, pub nachos ... enough food to fill you up. But, it is a bit pricey, so if you're on a budget, save your $$ for the bevvies.
Do they offer entertainment?
Trivia on Thursday night. Real nice guy runs it. Generally a smaller number of teams than a city venue (or Thursday trivia over at Springdale in Framingham). Yet still, it is competitive.
Can I rent their space for a private function?
The Lookout Farm Taproom has a greenhouse that you can rent out, complete with comfy wicker couches. You could probably fit 45-60 people in there.
Can I buy Lookout Farm cider and beer in stores?
Yes, local liquor stores carry Lookout Farm products.
Final Thoughts on the Lookout Farm Taproom
It's a great spot to do trivia at. It's also a great place for a lazzzzy Sunday. If you live in the surrounding towns, then it might be worth your while to take a bike ride on over to the farm. If you have kids, you could go pick fruits and vegetables, stopping at the taproom on your way out for a pint.