Celebrate National Beer Day Thursday with these 15 MetroWest and Greater Milford breweries

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Happy National Beer Day! We're marking the day by making a list of all the breweries we know about in MetroWest and Greater Milford.

"I think this would be a good time for a beer," President Franklin D. Roosevelt is famously quoted as saying in celebration when, in 1933, he signed an amendment that allowed the sale of beer for the first time in 13 years since Prohibition.

On April 7, the Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect: people gathered outside breweries to celebrate. Some folks even started the night before, New Beer's Eve. That day 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed, according to Wikipedia. And that's how we got to National Beer Day.

The Cullen-Harrison Act meant beer could be brewed and sold that had as much as 3.2% alcohol by volume. Later that year, Prohibition would be repealed when Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment.

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Beer is a communal beverage, that's one of the reasons it is so popular. The process brings together those interested in farming, food and cooking as well as those fascinated by the scientific process of it all. Local brewpubs are a great way to be part of the beer community which we find so friendly and welcoming.

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So why not keep the tradition going and celebrate with a nice craft beer from a local brewery. As always, please consume responsibly and have a designated driver.

Here is our list of all the MetroWest and Great Milford breweries and taprooms that we know about. If we've left any off the list, please tell us in the comments or on Facebook.

Cold Harbor Brewing, Westborough

Cold Harbor Brewing

108 Milk St., Westboro
508-871-0919
coldharborbrewing.com

They offer full, half or sample pours in their taproom. They also offer 32- and 64-ounce refillable growlers for the man cave.
Cold Harbor Brewing 108 Milk St., Westboro 508-871-0919 coldharborbrewing.com They offer full, half or sample pours in their taproom. They also offer 32- and 64-ounce refillable growlers for the man cave.

Craft Roots Brewing, Milford

CraftRoots Brewing

4 Industrial Road, Milford
508-381-1920
craftrootsbrewing.com

Their ingredients are grown on small farms in New England. In the taproom bring your own food, but order from their beer menus such as a blonde ale or an Irish dry stout.
CraftRoots Brewing 4 Industrial Road, Milford 508-381-1920 craftrootsbrewing.com Their ingredients are grown on small farms in New England. In the taproom bring your own food, but order from their beer menus such as a blonde ale or an Irish dry stout.

Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co., Framingham

Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company, 81 Morton St., Framingham, 508-202-9297. www.exhibit-a-brewing.com/ With such beers as Briefcase Porter and Cat's Meow IPA, there is a full-range of beers for everyone's taste at the Framingham taproom.
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company, 81 Morton St., Framingham, 508-202-9297. www.exhibit-a-brewing.com/ With such beers as Briefcase Porter and Cat's Meow IPA, there is a full-range of beers for everyone's taste at the Framingham taproom.

Flying Dreams Brewing, Marlborough

Flying Dreams Brewing  Co., 277 Main St., Marlborough, 508-251-0484 www.flyingdreamsbrewing.com Originally located in Worcester, they have moved full-time to Marlborough with its downtown taproom where fans can enjoy a pint of Fuel American Coffee Stout or Pond Jumper IPA.
Flying Dreams Brewing Co., 277 Main St., Marlborough, 508-251-0484 www.flyingdreamsbrewing.com Originally located in Worcester, they have moved full-time to Marlborough with its downtown taproom where fans can enjoy a pint of Fuel American Coffee Stout or Pond Jumper IPA.

Ground Effect Brewing, Hudson

Ground Effect Brewing Company, 312 Main St., Hudson, 978-212-5302 www.groundeffectbrewing.com Visitors can enjoy their glasses of Slam Dunkel or Felton's Facny outside or inside while enjoying food from the frequent food truck visitors.
Ground Effect Brewing Company, 312 Main St., Hudson, 978-212-5302 www.groundeffectbrewing.com Visitors can enjoy their glasses of Slam Dunkel or Felton's Facny outside or inside while enjoying food from the frequent food truck visitors.

Jack's Abby, Framingham

Lookout Farm Brewing & Cider Co., Natick

Lookout Farm Brewing & Cider Co., 89 Pleasant St., Natick, 508-475-3697 www.lookoutfarm.com/brewing-cider-co . After a day of apple picking at Belin Family Lookout Farm, stop in at the taproom to grab an IPA or a cider brewed with apples grown on site.
Lookout Farm Brewing & Cider Co., 89 Pleasant St., Natick, 508-475-3697 www.lookoutfarm.com/brewing-cider-co . After a day of apple picking at Belin Family Lookout Farm, stop in at the taproom to grab an IPA or a cider brewed with apples grown on site.

Lost Shoe Brewery & Coffee, Marlborough

Lost Shoe Brewing & Roasting Company, 19 Weed St., Marlborough, 508-251-977 www.lostshoesbrews.com Coffee and beer share the spotlihght. Coffee and pastry is available at 7 a.m. and beer starting at 11 a.m.
Lost Shoe Brewing & Roasting Company, 19 Weed St., Marlborough, 508-251-977 www.lostshoesbrews.com Coffee and beer share the spotlihght. Coffee and pastry is available at 7 a.m. and beer starting at 11 a.m.

Medusa Brewing Co., Hudson

Medusa Brewing Company, 111 Main St., Hudson 978-310-1933 medusabrewing.com Medusa Brewing brews ales and lagers and opened up a sister location, Wild Hare, 43 Broad St., Hudson, that will have a full menu, gourmet coffee and its own line of beers.
Medusa Brewing Company, 111 Main St., Hudson 978-310-1933 medusabrewing.com Medusa Brewing brews ales and lagers and opened up a sister location, Wild Hare, 43 Broad St., Hudson, that will have a full menu, gourmet coffee and its own line of beers.

Owen O'Leary's, Southborough and Westborough

Owen O'Leary's, 17 Connector Road, Westborough, 50 Turnpike Road, Southborough, 508-366-9262 (W) or 508-481-1714 (S); www.owenolearys.com. Old school brewpub with typical bar fare, the local game on the TVs and a mix of house-brewed beers and guest taps.
Owen O'Leary's, 17 Connector Road, Westborough, 50 Turnpike Road, Southborough, 508-366-9262 (W) or 508-481-1714 (S); www.owenolearys.com. Old school brewpub with typical bar fare, the local game on the TVs and a mix of house-brewed beers and guest taps.

Purgatory Beer Co., Whitinsville

Purgatory Beer Company

670 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville
508-596-2194
purgatorybeer.com

Stop in, have a pint, hang out. Try a Swiss Miss Porter, Townline Farm Milk Stout, or a Blackstone River BIPA.
Purgatory Beer Company 670 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville 508-596-2194 purgatorybeer.com Stop in, have a pint, hang out. Try a Swiss Miss Porter, Townline Farm Milk Stout, or a Blackstone River BIPA.

Rushford & Son's Brewhouse, Upton

Rushford & Sons Brewhouse, 8 Grove St., Upton 508-603-1380 www.rasbrewhouse.com A nano-brewery founded by three friends, they offer a family-friendly environment with traditoinal styles such as Ol' Blighty extra special bitter and Grizzly Bear brown ale.
Rushford & Sons Brewhouse, 8 Grove St., Upton 508-603-1380 www.rasbrewhouse.com A nano-brewery founded by three friends, they offer a family-friendly environment with traditoinal styles such as Ol' Blighty extra special bitter and Grizzly Bear brown ale.

67 Degrees Brewing, Franklin

67 Degrees Brewing , 158 Grove St., Franklin 508-507-7376 , 67degreesbrewing.com Whether a fan of fruited sours, classic styles such as Scotch ales or IPAs, this Franklin taproom as it all.
67 Degrees Brewing , 158 Grove St., Franklin 508-507-7376 , 67degreesbrewing.com Whether a fan of fruited sours, classic styles such as Scotch ales or IPAs, this Franklin taproom as it all.

Start Line Brewing Co., Hopkinton

Start Line Brewing Company, 151R Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, 508-258-7200 www.startlinebrewingcompany.com Not far from the start line of the historic Boston Marathon, the brewery features a large indoor and outdoor dining area. Along with its own beers, it contract brews beers for Strong Side Brewing Company.
Start Line Brewing Company, 151R Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, 508-258-7200 www.startlinebrewingcompany.com Not far from the start line of the historic Boston Marathon, the brewery features a large indoor and outdoor dining area. Along with its own beers, it contract brews beers for Strong Side Brewing Company.

Tackle Box Brewing Co., Marlborough

Tackle Box Brewing Company, 416 Boston Post Road East, Marlborough, 508-321-329i2 www.tackileboxbrewing.com Located in a former laser tag facility, Tackle Box has a large space to serve its cold beers, such as Money Lure Blueberry Ale and Colorado Fisherman, as well as their full line of Catch & Release hard seltzers.
Tackle Box Brewing Company, 416 Boston Post Road East, Marlborough, 508-321-329i2 www.tackileboxbrewing.com Located in a former laser tag facility, Tackle Box has a large space to serve its cold beers, such as Money Lure Blueberry Ale and Colorado Fisherman, as well as their full line of Catch & Release hard seltzers.

Nancy Olesin is a staff writer and editor for the Daily News. Follow @WickedLocalArts. Got a story idea? Email her at nolesin@wickedlocal.com. Former Beer Nut columnist Norman Miller contributed to this report.

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