Start Line Brewing Company
The only microbrewery named after the Boston Marathon.
Written by CraftJack | Updated | 2 min read
26.2 beer from Sam Adams is named after the Boston Marathon, but it isn't a brewery.
Inside the Marketplace at Water Fresh Farm in Hopkinton, MA, you will find the Start Line Brewing tap room. Start Line brews beer using hops grown at the farm. And, by our estimation, a farm is the perfect place to start a brewing company.
Sure, you can get fresh vegetables, fish, and meat, herbs and spices, deli sandwiches, and other catered delights at the Water Fresh Farm Marketplace, but what you really came for was the craft beer. If you were starting a microbrewery, you would be hard-pressed to build one in a better location (a farm with a market) and with easier branding (taken directly from the Boston Marathon). Start Line Brewing brews hyperlocal craft beers, using hydroponic hops, grown right on-site.
Hopkinton, MA, about a mile and a half from the start of the Boston Marathon.
Late 2016, with a grand opening in early 2017.
If you visit the farm, you can learn more about the hydroponic hops that are being grown by Start Line and Water Fresh Farm. Better yet, the hops are free of pesticide.
All the more reason to drink local!
Absolutely. Families bring their kids for lunch often. Due to Start Line's small taproom intimacy, I'd say it's more kid friendly than Jack's Abby over in Framingham, a few towns away.
Mostly IPAs (at least when I went). There were four of them on tap, the Hop Load, Hop Load Citra, Acrobat Double, and the Juggler Double.
Also, Pale ales, Wheats, Reds, and Stouts.
They attend the annual Cape Cod Brew Fest at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds.
Not really sure. Saw a ton of pint glasses arranged, but didn't ask if it was an official mug club.
Yes! To all!
Tons. And, smart to do so, especially since they lean on the notoriety of the Boston Marathon in their name.
Not directly. The marketplace at the Water Fresh Farm sells the food, from cheddar, ham and chive biscuits to fresh banana bread. You are welcome to bring it into the tap room and sit at the tables.
Maybe? You will have to do your own research. Maybe that will change with the new Farm + Taproom renovations.
Here is a list of all the places that carry Start Line beer, if you are looking to find it.
Tasty beers that are totally worth your time. Though I didn't get any food from the marketplace, it looked really good.
If you have kids, then Start Line is for you.