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Harpoon Brewery co-founder Dan Kenary to speak at Old Sturbridge Village

STURBRIDGE, MA –  Harpoon Brewery Co-founder and President Dan Kenary will speak about the history and success of New England’s largest craft brewery on Thursday, Sept. 25 at Old Sturbridge Village. His appearance is part of the Village’s continuing OSV Overseers’ Distinguished Speaker Series. Kenary, a Worcester native, will host a fun-filled evening of beer tasting paired with food samples and will share the story of Harpoon’s success. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., a cash bar is available, and Kenary’s program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person; $40 for Old Sturbridge Village members. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. The event is sponsored by SpencerBank. Details:; 800-SEE-1830.

In Kenary’s talk, “How Passion, Continuous Improvement and Grassroots Marketing Have Made Harpoon Brewery the largest Craft Brewer in New England,”  he will recount how Harpoon introduced fresh, local craft beer to Boston in 1986, becoming the first brewery to commercially brew and bottle beer in Boston in more than 25 years. Harpoon has won fame, fans, and has scored many successes, including the introduction of its popular IPA (India Pale Ale) and UFO (UnFiltered Offering) beers, and the launch its legendary Octoberfest celebrations.

“The big beer companies are like factories. What craft beer has done is to bring some local flavors.” Kenary notes. “I’m bullish on better beer. We don’t believe in making beer we don’t like.”

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is one of the largest living history museums in the country.  The museum is open daily 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. seven days a week.  OSV offers free parking and a free return visit within 10 days. Admission: $24; seniors $22; children 3-17, $8; children 2 and under, free. For information: or call 800-SEE-1830.