METRO WEST DAILY NEWS — Flying Dreams Brewing Company is coming to Marlborough.
The Worcester brewery, which opened in November 2015, will set up a second shop at 277 Main St., Flying Dreams founder/brewer Dave Richardson said.
“We’re really excited to be in a town that is really excited to have us,” said Richardson, 40, of Pepperell. “There’s no uphill battle. It’s been really good working with the city of Marlborough.”
Flying Dreams’ first location is in Peppercorn’s Grille & Tavern on Park Street in Worcester. The business will remain there.
Richardson said the Worcester location does not allow the business to have a taproom where it can sell pints of beer. The business can only offer up samples or sell growlers and bottles to go.
“We’re really looking forward to being that cool place to hang out,” said Richardson. “We’ve had a lot of people tell us at our other location that they really liked our beer and they’d hang out if we just had a better space. Now we will.”
The new location will allow Flying Dreams to have a fully functioning taproom. Currently, the taproom has seating for 75 people, but Richardson hopes to get approval from the city for 50 to 75 standing-room customers.
The taproom will start with all beers, which are still brewed at the Worcester location. Richardson said that after the taproom opens, the business will brew experimental, small-batch beers, which will become Marlborough taproom exclusives. He hopes to have three Marlborough-only beers on tap at all times. The rest of the beers will be the ones available in Worcester, such as Nightcrawler Black IPA and Never Summer Saison.
The Marlborough location was originally supposed to be home to Walden Woods Brewing Company. However, the prospective owners announced in June they would not be opening. Walden Woods’ owners have not commented on why.
Along with the taproom, Flying Dreams is also innovating by canning its beer, a more popular format than the current 22-ounce bottles. Richardson said the 16-ounce cans, produced in Worcester, will be available in Worcester and Marlborough.
Flying Dreams would be Marlborough’s third brewery. Strange Brewery, on Boston Post Road East, opened earlier this month. Lost Shoe Brewing Company is expected to open in November.
Richardson said he hopes his brewery opens in November, but could open earlier with a series of one-day licenses. He expects it to be open Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m.; Thursday from 3 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.
The brewery will be BYOF (bring your own food), which Richardson said will also benefit surrounding restaurants.
“It’s really a perfect marriage,” said Richardson. “Marlborough was looking for something cool to come in and to help revitalize downtown, and we were looking for a taproom. Now it’s just a matter of making it our own space.”
This article by Norman Miller originally appeared here.