Fitchburg Gets New Brewery

River Styx Brewing, which is planning to open a tap room at 166 Boulder Drive this summer, has secured its alcohol permit from the License Commission.

“We’re very thrilled to have this type of a use in our downtown,” Director of Economic Development Mary Jo Bohart said during a public hearing on the license. “As you’ve probably all seen, as microbrewery-type ventures get launched in other communities it spawns a wonderful type of new appeal for a downtown.”

The permit will allow customers to purchase and consume beer produced by brewery at it location when the tap room opens July 1, or possibly earlier, co-founder and Ashburnham resident Jackie Cullen said.

Cullen, who is starting the brewery with her husband Scott, said she has also secured a Farmer Brewery permit from the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, which will allow beer brewing on the premises.

Cullen said the 100-seat tap room will include an outside patio, shuffleboard and board games. Customers can bring food into the taproom from outside restaurants. The business is not planning to serve food in the near future, she said.

“We want to be careful to establish ourselves as a brewery,” she said.

The license was unanimously approved by the commission.