Woburn, Mass.’s Lord Hobo Brewing Co. is celebrating five years in 2020 with a completed expansion project. Designed by, um, Joe the Architect, the 3,000-sq-ft expansion boasts a second bar area inside, an outside patio and an expanded kitchen helmed by new kitchen manager Joaquim “Jo” Filho, who has 18 years of experience in the Boston culinary community. Perhaps most key to this timely renovation is the outdoor patio area, where guests can enjoy food and drink alfresco. In total, the taproom has added seating to accommodate 322 guests with COVID-19 spacing.
From the press release:
Kate Ballenger, Executive General Manager of the Woburn Taproom, states “It has been wonderful and humbling seeing our community come back to support us, and we’re so excited and proud to offer a new, comfortable, and safe space to enjoy our innovative beers. Our newly expanded kitchen will also give us an opportunity to provide additional, exciting food options, both for dine-in and curbside take out.”
Founded in 2015, Lord Hobo was one of the fastest growing breweries in the United States. It grew 400 percent in 2016, and it still has its eye on expansion, continuing with the opening of a large taproom and restaurant in Boston’s Seaport district very soon here. We reached out for an update on that project. This is what we got back:
We are expected to open a beer garden using our outside patio at our 2 Drydock Ave location in the Seaport this week with COVID-19 seating for 230.
Expect a bigger update later this week.
Menu updates and a rebrand
At its Woburn location, Lord Hobo Brewing is having some product updates. Its seasonal pizza menu will soon expand into a full menu featuring riffs on favorite classics. This new food menu will be paired with up to 20 taproom exclusive Lord Hobo beers, which are available for on-site consumption and to-go right now.
Lord Hobo has also announced a new packaging format for one of its core beers, Freebird Golden Ale. This refreshing golden ale has a slightly sweet, bready malt backbone. Freebird is available in 16-oz four-packs and 12-oz 12-packs, rolling out in Lord Hobo’s entire sales footprint over the next month. New packaging has been a thing for Lord Hobo of late. The brand completely revamped its branding earlier this year, which can view and read about right over here.