A small, family-owned business, Rapscallion is equal parts microbrewery, bar, and restaurant, with a hyperfocus on hospitality. Our patrons are friends and our restaurants community hubs where folks gather to share a drink, a meal, and conversation. Our kitchens are scratch, our beer hand-brewed, and our smiles genuine. We’ve always cheered for the underdog, the self-made person, and the Robin Hoods of the world, because we believe in living with humility, working hard, and giving back. To this day, the name Rapscallion holds true as a moniker of a model that puts consistency of quality and hospitality above all else, honoring the craft, the Rapscallion customer, and the communities we call home.
Our team is present and hands-on. At the brewery, our head brewer sees every batch through from start to finish, creating truly hand-brewed rather than craft brewed beer. At our restaurants, our chefs are assisted by a small, hand-picked team in preparing each dish. Behind the scenes, our management staff members not only have expertise in their respective fields, but also roll up their sleeves, wear many hats, and cheerfully fill in wherever needed. Our team truly is a family.
As owners, we are present every day, greeting customers and guiding our crew. If we are not there when you visit, you will likely find us out in the community, connecting with other small business owners, pouring our beer at a charitable event, or stealing some time with our families.
Meet the Owners
With small family business roots in Canada and Vermont, twin brothers Cedric and Peter naturally fell into the same in their twenties after working entry-level jobs in the Boston area. In 2004, they started Boston Barrel & Tap, a draft beverage service business. Working nights and weekends on top of their day jobs, they eventually started working with a few small breweries in Eastern MA, including Concord Brewery, then based in Lowell, MA and under its third ownership group at the time. When an opportunity arose, the brothers became the fourth owners, seizing an opportunity to continue in small business and sustain an established and respected portfolio of recipes. Eventually expanding the operation to include new beers, the Rapscallion brand was born.
Today, Ced and Pete are both active owner-operators who each bring their unique talents and energy to the business. Ced manages Raps West, which consists of the Spencer Brewery & Taproom and all brewing operations as well as the Sturbridge Pub, while Pete manages Raps Acton.
A Culture of Philanthropy
As part of our commitment to our local communities, we focus our giving on the towns closely surrounding our four locations. We are proud to contribute to the charitable efforts of a variety of local causes.
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