Cheers to the New Dorchester Brewing Company

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Photo: Official opening of the Dorchester Brewing Company on July 20, 2016

An old warehouse in Dorchester - one of Boston’s most diverse and culturally rich neighborhoods – is now the site of the sparkling new Dorchester Brewing Company, which opened this week.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined various state and city officials, including State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, City Councilor Michael Flaherty and Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Investment Nam Pham, to formally open the new company.

The 25,000 square-foot space at 1250 Massachusetts Avenue just outside of Edward Everett Square sports a brewery, which is designed to help local craft brewers expand their commercial operations, along with an adjoining taproom and patio.

Described by the company as “Boston’s only dedicated contract and partner brewing facility,” Dorchester Brewing will offer “multiple packing options including bottling, kegging, canning, specialty and barrel aging.”

The taproom and patio offers a retail space where patrons can sample a variety of local beers, including six house brews on tap this summer: Clapp’s Cream Ale, V1 Double IPA, Mass Ave IPA, Savin Summer Stout, Minivan Hefe and Nitro of the Day.

The taproom is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Expect food trucks outside for weekend dinner and weekend lunches.

Dorchester Brewing Company is just the latest in a notable rise in craft breweries in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Export Center reports that Massachusetts is the 14th largest exporting state, sending over $5.6 million in beer abroad each year, to countries ranging from Brazil and Belgium to Canada and China.

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has a list of craft breweries throughout the Commonwealth. And there is even a Craft Brewers Trail issued by the Massachusetts Brewers Guild.

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism is also a handy resource for breweries, brew tours and special beer festivals taking place throughout the year.