3cross Fermentation Cooperative is Massachusetts' first community-owned brewery. Our 5,500 square foot space in the basement of 26 Cambridge Street houses a spacious taproom, a small nano-brewery setup and lots of space for expansion. While beer is the core of our business here at 3cross, we have plans for a variety of other fermented foods and drinks in the future. Since the business is owned by you, our customers, we keep our focus on serving our local community. It's unlikely that you'll ever see 3cross beer sold too far from Worcester.
Our name references the classic spoke lacing pattern for a bicycle wheel and you'll find elements of bicycle lore and culture throughout the brewery. Since we're cyclists as well as beer lovers, we aim to make 3cross the ideal place to end your next ride. Of course, we also aim to be the perfect place for anyone to enjoy a fresh, local beer.
A cooperative is a democratically owned and controlled business that exists to serve its members needs and aspirations. Cooperative businesses are owned and run by and for their members and a share in the profits and decision making.
Here at 3cross, the business is owned both by its workers and its consumers (that's you!). Each group elects representatives to the Board of Directors to help steer the business, with input from the membership as a whole. Unlike a traditional corporation, each member has an equal vote in the affairs of the cooperative, regardless of the amount of their capital investment. In the case of really important decisions (like changing the business's core mission), all members have an equal say in the final outcome.
Beyond having a say in the direction of a business you patronize and having an opportunity to serve on the Board, members will receive a 20% discount on merchandise purchases along with the special perks below.
Once a year, we'll hold our Annual Meeting to elect the Board of Directors and vote on important decisions. It won't be just a meeting though, there'll be plenty of time to socialize and celebrate another year!
Once a quarter we'll randomly select a member to help design and brew a beer of their choosing. They'll be free to have as much involvement as they like - from simply selecting a style to actually putting on some brewer's boots and cleaning out the mash tun. Once the beer is ready, it will be available for members to purchase at cost.
In years when the business has profits remaining after necessary reinvestment, members will receive a dividend in proportion to their purchases with the coop. Some portion of this dividend will be in cash and some portion may be in the form of increased investment in the coop.
We will begin offering memberships at the social hour following the New Economy Summit on January 26th (here at 3cross) for $150. After the event, memberships will be available for purchase at the taproom or on our website at any time.
One Love Cafe puts on a pop-up restaurant in our taproom every second and fourth Friday of the month. Swing by for a beer and some delicious Jamaican fare. Vegan and vegetarian options available!
Highway's End is an acoustic band based in Rhode Island. Their songs mix country music storytelling with the flash and musicianship of bluegrass and heavy metal guitar heroes.
Wooden Noodles serves hearty bowls of traditional ramen. Fresh made noodles and local ingredients served in slow simmered broths. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available. Noodles!
As children, Vanessa and Casey, co-founders of Jaju Pierogi, used to spend their weekends cutting, stuffing, and sealing pierogi in the back kitchen of their Jaju's Polish food business. When they moved to Boston, pierogi became more difficult to come by. So, in 2015, they dug out their grandfather's handwritten recipes and got to work, perfecting traditional, handmade pierogi for Boston. Featuring flavors like cabbage and mushroom, sweet potato, butternut squash, apple & sage, kielbasa, potato and cheese, and jalapeño cheddar, their pierogi use only a few straightforward ingredients.
Matt Robert has been playing live music throughout New England since the mid 1980s. His current solo show features acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and occasional banjo on an eclectic batch of originals and covers.
Tyra Penn and Her Army of Snakes slink into the spaces between genres, with a curious mix of broken blues and jazz power ballads. Who knew Snakes were such romantic creatures? Join your favorite intrepid reptiles for some songs of love in all its aspects. From broken hearts to flights of fancy, The Snakes would love to wrap themselves around your heart and give it a squeeze.
Armed with foot percussion, a National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box reso-hillharp, Big Jon Short's high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues and its importance to American music.
Matt Soper is known for his ability to marry infectious hooks with musical integrity and has always prided himself on catching the attention of both mainstream music lovers and music connoisseurs alike. His voice draws you in, his instrumental prowess keeps you interested, and his songwriting encourages you back for more.
Kat Kennedy began performing around her home state of Connecticut at the age of 7. Since then she has performed at venues across the country, sparking a love of music and performance that led her to Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was there that she found her current singer/songwriter, pop folk style.
Jug band music evolved in the 1920's and 30's, and was designed from the beginning to attract crowds at medicine shows and street corners. It is still some of the most engaging music you could hope to hear. The Too Tight Jug Band pays tribute to this form and to the great musicians who invented it.
With little more than an acoustic guitar and his low growl of a voice, James Keyes has been plying his trade for years in the taverns and bar rooms of New England. His music is a modern version of an old tradition steeped in folk and blues, and on hearing his songs you'll be taken to another time in American history when songwriters traveled the country by thumbing rides and hopping trains, playing for beers and whatever folks could afford to throw in the hat.
Prateek Poddar is a singer-songwriter from Weston, Massachusetts. He grew up surrounded by music, and has been playing one instrument or another since the age of four. In February 2016, he recorded his first EP, "Walking in My Sleep," in a bedroom with only his guitar, harmonicas, and two microphones. Prateek can generally be found playing music around the Greater Boston Area, or simply having a beer in one of his favorite bars.
Zack Slik brings you good old-time back-porch Americana roots music. Switching between mandolin, 5-string banjo, and guitar, accompanying himself with harmonica and a stomping foot. Sticking close to tradition, Zack cultivates old tunes adding his own arrangements to some well seasoned classics as well as performing original material hand carved from the same tree. It is music set to get your feet a tappin', your smile wide and your mind in another place in time.
Carlos Odria is a guitarist, composer, and scholar. His music embodies a blend of Latin American folk music, Spanish flamenco, jazz, and Afro-Peruvian rhythms, among other influences. Originally from Lima, Peru, Carlos moved to the United States in the early 2000s and has been an active performer since his arrival.
We offer beer in 125mL tasters and full pours to drink here, as well as 500mL bottles and 2L growlers to bring home with you. Our selection of beer is a constant rotation and you'll rarely see the same lineup on two subsequent visits. When you get here we suggest ordering a sample flight of the beers we currently have on tap. Once you've had a chance to taste, perhaps put an order in for some growlers to go and a pint to savor while you're waiting for your order to be filled. Your growlers will be waiting for you at the register whenever you're ready to depart.
We have some seating available at the bar for those visiting in ones and twos and tables around the corner for those in larger parties. We do our best to make it back to the tables to clear your empties and take additional orders, but when things get busy your best bet is to come order at the bar.
We don't serve food in our taproom. Our focus is on making the best beer we possibly can. However, you are more than welcome to bring food with you to nosh on while you're here. There are a number of restaurants to order from within a small radius of our location, there's a full supermarket within easy walking distance and we invite food trucks and pop-up restaurants to serve up eats from time to time.
Our taproom is located in the basement of 26 Cambridge Street, at the rear of the building. Our parking lot and entrance are located on Knowlton Avenue. For those of you who've been in Worcester a while, we're in the space that was home to Playoff Entertainment. We're admittedly a little hard to find, but promise that it's worth the effort!
Being a bike themed brewery we hope that you'll ride down to 3cross whenever possible. We have plenty of places to stash your bike inside. We have a good-sized parking lot available for those of you driving, but it does fill up when it gets busy. There is also limited on-street parking, but please be considerate of our neighbors.
Just tuck yourself in behind that wheel. Get out of the wind. You deserve it! You took your pull, right? Now, relax in the slipstream for a bit and have a beer. A blend of Belgian farmhouse yeasts give this saison delicate notes of fruit and funk, which fade away to a bone-dry finish. 5.9% abv, less than 50 liters available
A brevet is not a race. This does not mean a brevet is easy. Roads, the weather, mechanicals, even your own body can work against you. But you can do this. You can go the distance. You can learn to like IPAs.You may already like IPAs. This IPA is meant to be approachable, but not watered down. Huge notes of orange, mango and pine resin dominate, but bitterness is restrained. Flavorful, but not aggressive. Workmanlike, not flashy. 6.7% abv, 460 liters available
Like a single-speed bike, our flagship pale ale is a stripped down beer showcasing a single hop. A well rounded malt bill is complemented by additions of the featured hop throughout the brewing process. In this edition, Citra hops add a blast of citrus and pine resin. 5.2% abv, 78 liters available
Every year for our anniversary, we release a little something special to commemorate the occasion. This year, we dipped into our sour barrels and put together a pleasantly tart and exceptionally drinkable Flemish-style sour. Enjoy! 5.3% abv, less than 50 liters available
Ask just about any bike mechanic about Sheldon Brown and you're bound to hear all about his encyclopedic, forever-90's-era website that covers everything from obscure bottom bracket standards to how to lace up a bicycle wheel. Sadly, Brown passed away in 2008, but he lives on through his website and, we hope, through this brown ale brewed in his memory. It features a rich malt base, which brings notes of chocolate and toast, with a good dose of American hops for a pleasant citrus finish without too much bitterness. 7% abv, 77 liters available
How long can you trackstand? One hand? No hands? While drinking this beer? Like its namesake, this beer is all about balance. It’s a careful interplay between the nutty sweetness of fresh Pilsner malt and the gentle bitterness of Hüll Melon hops. 5.4% abv, 529 liters available
Left, right, left, right. 90 RPM, that cadence is smooth as silk. A perfect pedal stroke is a thing of beauty. Only malt (no pedals) was mashed in the making of this beer. With waves of chocolate and toasted malt flavor, it will have you gliding along like the smoothest rouleur. 5.9% abv, 362 liters available
Named after the distance of the Paris-Brest-Paris cycling event, this double IPA is our Brevet IPA amped up to ridiculous levels. A staggering amount of hops contribute bold notes of citrus, mango and resiny pine, all backed up by an assertive level of bitterness. 8.3% abv, 300 liters available
Like the renegade scorchers of the 1890s, this brown ale is a little unruly. We added ghost chilis and chocolate habaneros for a nice citrus pepper character and a seriously spicy kick. 7% abv, less than 50 liters available
Like a single-speed bike, our flagship pale ale is a stripped down beer showcasing a single hop. A well rounded malt bill is complemented by additions of the featured hop throughout the brewing process. In this edition, Chinook hops contribute prickly notes of of pine resin. 5.2% abv, 500 liters available
Spend any time cycling in Worcester and you'll quickly realize that there are more than the oft-quoted "seven hills." Newton, Bancroft, Green, Chandler, Hancock, Union, College, Airport, Belmont, Grafton, Indian, and plenty that don't have names. Climb them and you've certainly earned a glass of Hilltopper. This Belgian blond ale showcases fruity and spicy esters from a traditional Trappist yeast strain, while a touch of sweet orange peel brings depth to the flavor profile. 7.5% abv
Our housemade soda syrups are made from fresh ingredients and organic sugar. We mix them to order by the glass in traditional soda fountain style.
Current flavors: Turmeric, Ginger
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3cross isn't just about brewing beer and supporting our local community. We also want to make sure that we steward our natural resources for the enjoyment of all. Brewing beer can have a significant environmental impact due to large water, electrical and fossil fuel requirements. Here's what we're doing to try to minimize or mitigate our impact on the planet.
Working together with 1% for the Planet, we have committed to donating 1% of all of our sales to non-profit organizations whose missions are in areas of critical environmental impact: climate, food, land, pollution, water, and wildlife.
So far, 3cross has donated to the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike), the Regional Environmental Council and Worcester Earn-A-Bike. MassBike and Worcester Earn-A-Bike work within our city and our state to promote cycling as a fun and eco-friendly mode of transportation and recreation. The REC works to secure access to fresh, healthy food for everyone.
Via a partnership with the Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, 3cross offsets 100% of it's electrical usage with the purchase of Class 1 RECs from wind power generated in Massachusetts. By doing this we're helping to make the local electric grid greener, faster.
Breweries generate a lot of waste in the form of grain solids that have been used, but still contain nutrients. We give our spent grains to local farms to use as feed for livestock, keeping them out of the landfill. We also recycle as much of our other solid waste as possible.
When making decisions regarding which products we purchase to run our business, we always consider environmental impact. All of these decisions are important, from little things like paper goods (we puchase 100% recycled) to more impactful ones like our malted barley (the bulk of which is malted without the use of fossil fuels).
Our taproom is open to the public Wednesay and Thursday from 5pm till 9pm, Friday and Saturday from noon to 10pm and Sunday from noon till 6pm.
Yup, we make all the beer we serve in our taproom on-site.
We don't. However, we do use an enzyme that reduces the gluten content in all of our beers. Depending on your level of sensitivity, you may or may not find issue with it. Use your own judgement.
Our current licensing doesn't allow us to produce or serve products other than beer. It's something we're considering for the future though!
Sorry, but that's a hard no. Our liquor license doesn't allow for any outside alcohol on the premises.
We offer house-made fountain sodas and tap water. Check our "On Tap" page for current offerings.
We don't serve food in the taproom. We do have a semi-regular schedule of pop-up restaurant events though. Check the events page.
Absolutely! We even have a pile of takeout menus from some great local restaurants.
We are a kid-friendly establishment as long as minors are accompanied and supervised by a parent or legal guardian.
While we love animals here, food code doesn't allow pets inside the taproom. Sorry.
Sure, we have gift cards available for sale in the taproom.
We don't offer formal tours, but the brewery area is visible over a half-height wall from the taproom. Have a look and let us know if you have any questions about the process!
Unfortunately, we aren't able to accommodate private parties during our regular taproom hours. If you're interested in something at another time, give us a shout and we'll see if we can make it work.
As long as you don't need any special accommodations, sure, come on by! Our taproom has open seating though, so plan accordingly if you'll be coming during prime hours. If you'll be bringing a large group (more than 20), we always appreciate a heads up.
Subject to availability, we can arrange to have a keg sent to a local liquor store for you to purchase. Contact us for more details.
We're currently at capacity for draught and bottle accounts, but you're welcome to contact us to get on the waiting list.
We will fill our own 2L glass and stainless steel growlers (and our old 750mL growlers, if you still have them). We will also fill blank 2L dark glass swing-top or stainless steel vessels that have a factory marking indicating their volume. Sorry, but MA state law doesn't allow us to fill growlers with the branding of other breweries.
Once you've enjoyed the beer contained within, we recommend immediately rinsing thouroughly (2-3 times) with very hot water. Then, allow it to air dry upside down with the cap off. Leave the cap off until it's been filled again.
We're a very small operation but have made the commitment through 1% for the Planet to donate 1% of all our sales to non-profit organizations that benefit environmental causes. If you are a 1%ftP non-profit member or would like to become one, get in touch. Unfortunately, we aren't able to make donations to other organizations at this time.
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