Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Greater Good and our taproom.
What is Soul Purpose? Is that a different brewery?
Soul Purpose is the taproom brand that runs out of Greater Good. Soul Purpose beers are made here at 55 Millbrook (for now) by the same brew staff. While Greater Good beers are distributed all over Massachusetts, Soul Purpose beers can be found only in Worcester.
“When did Greater Good start? Did you have a brewery in Western, MA?”
Greater Good Brew Co. began in 2016 with owner Paul Wengender taking his recipes to-market through a contract-brewing facility in Williamsburg, MA. For over a year, the recipes were fine-tuned and distributed locally until ground was broken at 55 Millbrook Street in Worcester, MA in late 2017. The Worcester location opened in March of 2018 and became the first official Greater Good Brewery.
“What is an Imperial beer?”
Imperial is a term that is used to describe “big” beers. We are all-imperial, meaning that all Greater Good beers are 8% and up. The amount of hops and malt in an “Imperial” beer can be two or three times the amount in a traditional brew. The result is a beer that is typically over 8%, regardless of style.
“Do you have beer to-go?”
Yes! We offer 4-packs and growlers (32 & 64 oz.). Some small-batch beers may have limited quantities available.
“Do you host events?”
Yes! We have semi-private space available every day of the week, and the brewery is typically available for rent on Mondays as well, when we are closed to the public. All event inquires can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Do you have parking?”
Yes. We have ample parking, especially on nights & weekends. We also have access to supplementary lots around our property on the weekends.
“Do you allow dogs in your taproom?”
We cannot allow dogs in our taproom because we operate a restaurant, TOAST. Test Kitchen, out of the same location. We do have a small outdoor patio that is dog-friendly when the weather permits though.
“Are your beers gluten-free?”
Our beers contain wheat and barley and are not gluten-free. We do have local craft ciders which are gluten-free.
“Do you serve any wine or hard alcohol?”
No. We serve only the beers that we brew. We do stock local craft ciders for those who need a gluten-free option.
“Do you offer brewery tours?”
We do not currently offer structured brewery tours. However, tours can be worked into semi-private events or private events.
“Where can I get you beer?”
Our beer is always available at our brewery in Worcester, MA but we also currently distribute all over Massachusetts, from the Berkshires to the Cape & Islands. While we send beer to all corners of the state, the beer is not always readily available, so the best course of action is to call your local beer store and inquire.
“Can I bring my own food or drink?”
We do not allow outside food or beverages in the taproom. We work with catering partners on some events and operate a restaurant, TOAST. Test Kitchen, during business hours. We offer Polar beverages for a non-alcohol option.
“Why is your name ‘Greater Good?’”
Our name came as a result of many brainstorming sessions. Several names were considered, but Greater Good was decided upon when owner/founder, Paul Wengender, stated that he just wanted to make big, strong beers ‘for the greater good’ instead of chasing what was trendy at that moment. He set out to develop a line of imperial beers that were 8%+ but drank much lighter. Thus was born Greater Good.
“Why the bull moose skull logo?”
The bull moose is the largest terrestrial mammal in New England. We are America’s First All-Imperial Brewing Company, based in New England. We loved the connection, and the actual logo itself.
“Are your IPAs bitter?”
The short answer is no. Our IPAs are typically New-England style, meaning they are hazy and unfiltered, featuring heavy amounts of dry-hopping. Dry-hopping does not add bitterness to the beer, it instead adds aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. The final product is juicy and citrusy versus the traditional, more bitter IPA.
“Is it ‘V’ or ‘5’?”
“V” is one of the first IPAs that we brewed while we were contract brewing out of Williamsburg. The beer was originally intended to be pronounced FIVE because of the five different hops that are used in the beer. However, it took on a life of its own with people calling it both “Five” and “V”. Nowadays in the taproom, we honor both pronunciations.