The Beer Barn was first launched in 2016 and continues to operate in the SoWa Power Station. The Barn is open May through October, every Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm at 540 Harrison Ave.
Craft Collective Partnership
The SoWa Open Market partnered with Craft Collective, a distributor based in Stoughton, to select eight tap lines to flow from the Beer Barn’s custom bar, made from a refurbished shipping container. Craft Collective distributes for especially small, craft breweries such as Somerville’s Aeronaut Brewing, Vermont’s Fiddlehead Brewing, Roxbury’s Prospect Ciderwords, and Maine’s Oxbow Beer. The lines are selected specifically for 16 ounce pours that pair nicely with the large German-style Biergarten tables lining the Power Station.
Central Power Station History
The Power Station was originally designed by William G. Preston, an American Architect influential in preventing the demolishment of Boston’s historic State House and designer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Rodgers Building. The Station was build in 1896 and powered Boston’s growing streetcar system as Boston’s booming transportation hub developed. At the time it was the world’s largest electric power station containing six large steam engines and later four railway generators.
After 1899 the station’s power was transferred into powering Boston’s elevated railway sys. The West End Street Railway’s Central Power Station was purchased by 540 Harrison Ave Realty Trust in 1998 and since has hosted events in the past such as the Create Boston, Illuminus, Copenhagen Beer Festival, Fitbit Local, HubWeek, the SoWa Winter Festival, and Cochon555.