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It’s (Finally) Patio Season!

There really is nothing more beautiful than spring, summer, and fall in New England. Let’s be honest: it’s what makes us put up with the winters! Here at Raps, we love nothing more than being outside in the fresh air, so we have prioritized making our patios beautiful, comfortable, and welcoming. We hope to see you soon for al fresco dining along with our famous Rapscallion hospitality, freshly cooked food, and hand-brewed beer. Everyone is family here! Our Patios Sturbridge: Spencer: Acton:

At Rapscallion, Every Day is Earth Day

At Rapscallion, we don’t just do something eco-friendly for one day a year — environmentalism is in the very fabric of who we are. We are true believers in environmentalism and making eco-conscious decisions on a daily basis, and we figured that Earth Day would be the perfect time to fill you in on our eco-friendly practices. In our restaurants, we only use recyclable, compostable packaging for our takeout orders, and our heating and cooling systems are on timers so that we save as much energy as possible. We also only use eco-friendly cleaning supplies for all of our cleaning, … Continue reading At Rapscallion, Every Day is Earth Day

Christine Murphy at La Petite Galerie

May 9, 2024 through August 3, 2024. Christine Murphy grew up in central Massachusetts and from an early age, she has enjoyed all forms of art. During her school years she took every art course that was available. Christine enjoys a wide variety of art styles and using different mediums. Using nature as an inspiration for her work she includes natural objects in her art or as a subject matter. Most recently she has been using a pyrography pen for her artwork along with other mediums to make for a variety of styles. Simply, art brings Christine happiness. Christine Murphy … Continue reading Christine Murphy at La Petite Galerie

Introducing the Raps HOPS Foundation

We are so pleased to announce the formation of the Rapscallion HOPS Foundation. Spearheaded by Spencer and Sturbridge mug members, HOPS — which stands for Helping Others through Philanthropic Support — provides financial support to mug members in need and community-centric charitable organizations. Mug Members and Rapscallion work together to host charitable events that raise funds for these important initiatives. Working as a team, we are able to provide funds to mug members and the community at large when the need arises. Reach out to HOPS@visitrapscallion.com with any questions or inquiries. All correspondence is completely confidential.

Heather Croteau at La Petite Galerie

February 6, 2024 through April 30, 2024. Located in central Massachusetts, Heather Croteau has had a passion for art since childhood and has worked in many different mediums. She received her degree in Photography in 2009 and worked as a florist for more than 10 years. She currently works as a merchandiser in the balloon industry. These influences, as well as her love for nature, can be seen in her colorful works. Heather Croteau enjoys most forms of creative expression, but has been focusing her artistic voice through pointillism since 2017. Pointillism is a technique of painting (or drawing) in … Continue reading Heather Croteau at La Petite Galerie

Mug Members Take First Place in Spencer’s Parade of Lights!

Float Participation + Charitable Initiatives = Huge Success! We are so thrilled to announce that Rapscallion’s mug members won first place in the float portion of the 2023 Spencer Parade of Lights! This year was Rapscallion’s third year participating in this event. The Spencer Parade of Lights is a very special annual event where vehicles from Spencer, MA and surrounding communities come together to put on a spectacular light show during a two mile car crawl parade through town. The event attracts well over 100 entrants broken into four categories: Fire Truck, Float, ATV, and Jeep. Prior to the parade … Continue reading Mug Members Take First Place in Spencer’s Parade of Lights!

Mug Member Food Drive a Huge Success!

We always say we have the best mug members, and we can prove it! Mug members from Sturbridge and Spencer hosted a food drive at Rapscallion Brewery and Rapscallion Pub. They decorated boxes and partnered with Raps to create signage and promote the drive. Boxes were placed at both locations and we all worked to spread the word. The food drive only lasted for 10 days, from 11/15-11/25. In that time this is what we collected: Above ^^ is the haul from Spencer. And that ^^ is the haul from Sturbridge! Sturbridge items were donated to Wales Community Food Pantry … Continue reading Mug Member Food Drive a Huge Success!

George Ludway at La Petite Galerie

November 1, 2023 through January 30, 2024. George Ludway was a cartoonist and watercolor artist from Grand River, Ohio. After serving his country in the US Air Force pilot during WW2, he returned home to Grand River to the home he grew up in with his mother, sister and three brothers to practice and refine his talent as a full-time art cartoonist. Throughout his life, he made a meager living selling his cartoons to publications like the New Yorker, Field & Stream Magazine and other publications. At seventy-five years old, he decided to teach himself water color painting. His nick-name … Continue reading George Ludway at La Petite Galerie

STURBRIDGE: New Menu!

Starting Tuesday, October 3, Sturbridge Pub is pleased to offer our new fall menu! Chef Oné has added some delicious offerings that will be sure to pique your interest. NEW this fall we are offering daily specials that are kind to your piggy bank — e.g. on Mondays, kids eat FREE and on Wednesday all handhelds are $10! Check it out below and remember that we also offer online ordering for pickup on those busy nights when you don’t feel like cooking. See you soon!

ACTON: Brunch Starting November 4!

Starting Saturday, November 4, we are so excited to offer a brand new offering: BRUNCH! Brunch will be served every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30-3:30pm and will feature a brunch menu created by Chef Victor along with some brunch favorite drinks including Build-Your-Own-Bloody-Marys, Bellinis, and mimosas. Not up for brunch? No issue: you can still order off our regular menu during those hours as well! Check out the sneak peak at our brunch menu below.  

ACTON: New Menu, New Hours!

Starting Monday, October 2, we will be offering a new fall menu and will be shifting our hours ever so slightly. It’s not a huge change, just opening a half hour earlier to better accommodate YOU, our fabulous patrons! New Hours: Sunday 11:30-8:00pm Monday-Thursday 11:30am-9:30pm Friday & Saturday 11:30am-10pm New Menu:

ACTON: New Hours, New Menus!

We are so excited to be opening back up for lunch starting June 30, with a new menu coming out on July 3. We have brought back some of your favorites, have improved on some items you have requested, and have some brand new items from the ever-amazing Chef Victor, who is an amazing addition to our team (dare we say he’s the macaroni to our cheese?!) New Hours: Monday-Saturday: Noon-10pm Sunday: Noon-8pm New Menus:

Big News in Acton: Head Chef Victor Gonzalez

We are beyond excited to announce that Chef Victor Gonzalez is Acton Table & Tap’s new Head Chef. Chef Victor brings over 25 years of culinary experience to the Rapscallion team. Coming to the United States when he was 15 years old and settling in Acton, Chef began working at Papa Razzi when he was 18 years old. He began as a cook and moved his way up in the ranks to head chef just four years later due to his incredible talent and drive, and he stayed with them for over 20 years. Chef Victor joined Rapscallion after Papa … Continue reading Big News in Acton: Head Chef Victor Gonzalez

Mother’s Day Happenings

Acton MAKE A RESERVATION What better way to tell Mom you love her than with dinner out at our charming 1700s farmhouse? Raps Acton Table & Tap will be running a very special Prix Fixe menu for $80/pp which includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Not feeling it? We will still have our full menu on Mother’s Day and you can order a la carte off that like any other day. Whichever you choose, we will make your experience truly special. Mother’s Day Prix Fixe Menu  Appetizers Caprese Salad Heirloom tomato with fresh mozzarella and basil, balsamic glaze, olive oil … Continue reading Mother’s Day Happenings

Cinco de Mayo in Sturbridge and Acton

It all goes down Friday, May 5, 2023 While our Sturbridge Pub has a mix of food options, it does has a decidedly Mexican flare owing to the fact that our Head Chef Onesimo Sanchez hails from the the beautiful country of Mexico. His delicious recipes and fresh cooking style are heavily influenced by his Mexican roots. So of course we are doing a little extra to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Sturbridge in honor of our head chef and good friend Onesimo. And since we are one big family, Chef JP in Acton decided to put on his sombrero … Continue reading Cinco de Mayo in Sturbridge and Acton

New Hours, New Food, All Locations!

Hi, friends! We have updated our hours for the summer at all locations. Acton is fully open with a brand new kitchen and menu, and Sturbridge is also sporting a brand new spring menu! In Spencer, we have some exciting news: Savage Wraps Food Truck is on site every Wednesday and Friday until 6pm! Their food is absolutely amazing and goes perfectly with our hand-brewed beer. Acton, Spencer, and Sturbridge Hours:Monday-Thursday: 4-10pmFriday and Saturday: 12-10pmSunday: 12-8pm

Spring 2023 Menus!

Spring is in the air (finally!) — robins in the yard, daffodils in the lawn, and NEW MENUS at our restaurants! These new menus drop this weekend (3/31/23) and we can’t wait to hear how you like our new offerings. Acton has a completely renovated kitchen (and an ah-maazzzzing new head chef!), and Sturbridge has expanded our capabilities with a new oven and additional staffing. Stop by and taste for yourself! We can’t wait to serve you. Acton Table & Tap Sturbridge

Savage Wraps Food Truck at the Brewery!

We are so excited to announce that Savage Wraps Food Truck will be at the Brewery to offer amazing, fresh-cooked food for you! Check out their menu: Snack Wraps Pretzel-Wrapped Glizzy A delicious frank wrapped in a warm, soft pretzel ‘Merica Fries House seasoned fried potatoes. Served with ketchup or spicy aioli Fried Lasagna Wrap Mama Mia! Homemade meat sauce smothered with ricotta and mozzarella, then wrapped in lasagna noodles.  Finished off by topping with panko bread crumbs and deep fried. Chicken Fingers & Fries Fried chicken breast tenders and ‘Merica fries all wrapped up in a flour tortilla. Wraps … Continue reading Savage Wraps Food Truck at the Brewery!

Acton Grand Re-Opening!

As many of you know, our Acton Table & Tap restaurant closed on March 20, 2023 for some much-needed renovations. First, we are installing a brand new septic (hey, it’s not glamorous, but it is important and a VERY big project!). We are also completely renovating our kitchen with a larger hood and all brand new equipment. While we are at it, we are installing all new flooring, painting the walls and trim, and revamping the bar. Phew! So there is a lot going on and we are very excited to share it with you. Which leads us to… Our … Continue reading Acton Grand Re-Opening!

Easter in Acton

Acton will be open Easter Sunday for brunch and dinner, 10am-9pm. Reservations recommended! In addition to the specials below, we will also be serving our full menu, see here. Brunch Menu Corned Beef and Eggs | 18 Corned beef has with fried eggs and English muffin Raps French Toast | 16 Topped with berries with cream syrup on the side Easter Quiche | 24 Lobster, goat cheese, and chive quiche served with side of ham Dinner Special Spiral Ham Dinner | 26 Choice of fingerling potato or Yukon gold mashed potato, tricolored baby carrots, and broccolini Our full menu will … Continue reading Easter in Acton

Rapscallion’s Parachute Tables Have a Rich History

Originally manufactured by US factories including Wrights Mill in West Warren, MA, parachute tables were constructed of solid steel and wood specifically for sewing parachutes during World War II, a job typically held by women. Understanding that the parachutes they manufactured would eventually save the lives of the men they loved, female parachute workers worked with extremes of both gravity for the task at hand and pride for their contribution to the war effort. Parachute women were well-respected and appreciated by enlisted people as well as the general public. To manufacture the parachutes, sewing machines were bolted through holes in … Continue reading Rapscallion’s Parachute Tables Have a Rich History

Fun History: Harvard Brewery’s Prohibition Seizure

In 1893, Consumers’ Brewing Company set up shop in Lowell, Massachusetts. In 1898, the decision was made to change the name to Harvard Brewing Company, and this newly branded business successfully expanded its product line, production capabilities, and market reach over the next two decades. Prohibition went into effect in 1920 and the brewery’s plans to succeed by selling colas, ginger ale, and near-beer (<0.5% alcohol beer) weren’t working. With failure looming, Harvard executives added the beer back into their near-beer . Profits came back, and so did federal agents, culminating in August of 1925 when a truck filled with … Continue reading Fun History: Harvard Brewery’s Prohibition Seizure

Mug Members Win 2nd Place in Parade of Lights

Our Spencer Mug Club Members took it upon themselves to enter a Rapscallion float into the Spencer Parade of Lights. Spearheaded by Creative Director Chris Lindquist, the team of Mug Members created a “Christmas Vacation” themed float complete with camper, green-tinted smoke machine for Randy Quaid’s famous Cousin Eddie scene, and recliner for Uncle Lewis. Their talents and efforts won them Second Place overall (out of over 100 entries!). The crew gathered at Raps Spencer after the parade and packed the house. Special thanks and shout out to our Raps family for making such an amazing creation.

Acton Welcomes New Sous Chef

We are thrilled to welcome new Sous Chef Kali Bettencourt to the Raps Acton team. Chef Kali brings extensive culinary experience to Rapscallion. Starting her cooking experience as a line cook at Burton’s Grill, she was quickly promoted to Sous Chef due to her skill and dedication. After Burton’s, she served as Sous Chef at Orzo Trattoria in North Andover and Kitchen Manager at the Chateau Restaurant, where she honed her managerial skills. Immediately prior to joining Rapscallion, she served as Executive Chef at The Friendly Toast in Danvers. She received her degree in Applied Science at Le Cordon Bleu … Continue reading Acton Welcomes New Sous Chef

Come Join Our Team!

We are hiring hiring hiring! ACTON: Front of House and Back of House We are looking for enthusiastic FOH servers/bartenders to provide an excellent guest eating and drinking experience, with ability to create classic and innovative drinks exceeding customers’ needs and expectations. Compensation includes base server rate and tips. We are also seeking line cooks either part-time or full-time to assist in our busy kitchen. Ability to work weekends a must. STURBRIDGE: Bartenders, Servers, Food Runners We are looking for enthusiastic bartenders, servers, and food runners to mix and serve cocktails and beer, deliver food to guests, bus tables and … Continue reading Come Join Our Team!

Honey Ale Brew Biscuits for Doggos!

Rapscallion is a proud partner of Brew Biscuits, a local micro-business that works with local breweries to up-cycle spent grains into dog biscuits. Brew Biscuits are made with simple ingredients: peanut butter, eggs, flour, and the spent grains from one of our flagship beers, Honey Ale. Born out of a love of dogs, beer, and baking, these dog-tested and lab-approved treats are lovingly hand-baked in a fully licensed residential kitchen out of Holden, MA. They are 100% safe for dogs and tested by an external lab — and that is a laboratory, not Labrador, although they approve, too! Learn more … Continue reading Honey Ale Brew Biscuits for Doggos!

Acton Parking Update — We Still Need You!

Thank you so much to our valued patrons and friends for your unprecedented support for our parking situation in Acton. We wanted to provide you with an update, as so many of you have kindly asked for one. If you have not seen or signed the petition, you may do so here. Sign the Petition This week, we are applying to the Zoning Board to grant us a variance to allow us to use the existing gravel lot for additional parking spaces. Once they have processed the application (within 65 days), they will notify us of a time and date … Continue reading Acton Parking Update — We Still Need You!

Local Shout Out: AccesSport America

Rapscallion is proud to name AccesSportAmerica as the charity beneficiary of our inaugural Running Into Summer 5K held in Acton, MA on May 22, 2022. Raps fully supports the mission and work of AccesSportAmerica and is looking forward to this incredible event. The mission of AccesSportAmerica is to inspire higher function and fitness for children and adults living with challenges and disabilities through high-challenge sports and training. Innovative and effective, AccesSport’s year-round sports and training programs are designed to promote each person’s highest physical and athletic potential while cultivating cognitive, social, and emotional well-being. AccesSport seeks to: Adapt sports that … Continue reading Local Shout Out: AccesSport America

Help for Ukraine Orphans: S.O.N.G.

Supporting Orphans Nationally and Globally Inc. (S.O.N.G.) has teamed up with Aerial Recovery Group to assist with the safe evacuation of orphaned children in Ukraine. S.O.N.G. Executive Director Wally Connor will be traveling with nine other volunteers to the Poland-Ukraine border working on the Logistics Team to assist and support the Rescue Team (who have been carrying out the orphan rescue missions inside Ukraine) as well as process safe passage of orphaned and unaccompanied children to safe-havens. Many orphaned and unaccompanied children have fallen victim to traffickers fleeing the violence and at border crossings promising them safety and security, and … Continue reading Help for Ukraine Orphans: S.O.N.G.

Local Shout Out: Acton Lions Club

Rapscallion believes strongly in supporting the local communities we call home, including supporting the organizations who constantly strive to make the world better for all, starting at the local level. One such organization is the Acton Lions Club. Rapscallion Table & Tap in Acton has had the honor of having the Action Lions Club host their meetings with us for over five years now, and through this we have come to know the dedication and selflessness of the Acton Lions Club’s members. Acton Lions started in 1955, and is one of 45,000 chartered Lions Clubs from around the world, serving … Continue reading Local Shout Out: Acton Lions Club

Local Shout Out: Chamber of Commerce

Rapscallion holds membership in both the Middlesex West and Central Mass South Chambers of Commerce, and we are continuously amazed by the Chambers’ unwavering support of their local businesses and community. From philanthropic endeavors to networking events, the Chamber of Commerce helps local businesses and non-profit organizations thrive by providing a space for sharing ideas, offering educational opportunities, increasing visibility and credibility, and allowing access to a robust network of trusted vendors. Throughout Covid, the Chamber of Commerce has provided an invaluable support system for local businesses, many of which were greatly challenged by economic shutdown. Additionally, the Chamber provides … Continue reading Local Shout Out: Chamber of Commerce

Gift Cards Now Available Online!

We are thrilled to announce that Raps Gift Cards are now available to purchase online as well as in all of our brick and mortar locations. To celebrate, we are offering a 10% bonus on all gift card purchases through 12/31/2021 with a minimum $50 purchase. To purchase gift cards, visit Rapscallion Gift Cards. Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at hello@visitrapscallion.com.

In Tribute to JB

We pay tribute to a very loyal and inspirational friend of the Raps community. JB demonstrated daily how to be loving as a devoted father and husband to four amazing girls and their equally devoted mother, Crystal. He was a true family man who worked hard and supported his family with all their endeavors. He always made sure his friends who visited his family’s Sturbridge summer home were happy and relaxed, forever hospitable no matter the hour or the weather. Thank you, JB, for hosting us and providing such a fun atmosphere to unwind, and for being a fast friend … Continue reading In Tribute to JB

Exciting Sturbridge Update!

We are super excited to let you know that our new pub at 3 Arnold Road in Sturbridge will be more than worth the wait. The big news? Rather than just reopening the top floor, we are taking over the whole building! Barring any construction delays, our pub will be re-opening January 2022 to Raps guests. By occupying the entire building, Rapscallion Pub will feature a full kitchen to provide home-cooked food to complement our hand-brewed beers, handmade cocktails, and select wines — and even more room for live music and events. We appreciate everyone’s patience and support as we … Continue reading Exciting Sturbridge Update!

We Are Hiring!

Rapscallion is very actively seeking to hire bartenders, waitstaff, and Front of House Management at our Acton and Concord locations! Come work for us and enjoy not only great pay, but also a positive and warm family-focused culture. Don’t delay – we are looking to hire immediately! For immediate consideration, please contact Hilary Mathiau.

Rapscallion West Moves!

Check out the video of our transition as we prepare to move from the barn in Sturbridge to 3 Arnold Road, Sturbridge and 8 Meadow Road, Spencer. Exciting times! ?

Rapscallion Brewery Moving

Rapscallion Brewery plans move to Spencer, Taproom in Sturbridge   Edited 11/9: A quick update on our move to Spencer and some exciting news to share. We were able to find a spot to maintain a taproom in town – 3 Arnold Road, Sturbridge. As we start to prepare for brewing at our new permanent home in Spencer, we will also be able to keep the beer flowing down the street. We are in the midst of some renovation at 3 Arnold Road but are hopeful we can be open to the public in early 2021. We will keep you updated … Continue reading Rapscallion Brewery Moving

Rapscallion Table & Tap Wins 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Restaurants

Rapscallion Table & Tap Recognized Among Best in World, Based on Outstanding 2019  Traveler/Diner Reviews    Rapscallion Table & Tap today announced it has been recognized as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award-winner for Restaurants. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners are known for consistently receiving great diner feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe.   “We’re thrilled to be acknowledged as a Traveler’s Choice winner by TripAdvisor,” says Peter Daniel, coproprietor of Rapscallion Table & Tap. “We strive to provide excellent service to … Continue reading Rapscallion Table & Tap Wins 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Restaurants

Rapscallion names 2020 Bartender of the Year

Rapscallion, Phillips Distillery, & Prairie Organic Spirits names Bartender of the Year during 1st Ever Bartender Competition held at Rapscallion Table & Tap in Acton   Justin Rivers of Great Road Kitchen in Littleton named 2020 Rapscallion Bartender of the Year   Rapscallion Table & Tap, in partnership with sponsor Phillips Distilling Co., hosted the first-ever Rapscallion Bartender Competition on January 14, 2020, featuring Prairie Organic Vodka and Gin. Justin Rivers, bartender at Great Road Kitchen in Littleton, took first place with his signature cocktail, “Hungry Ghost.” Judges praised the entry as a perfectly balanced cocktail with a creative combination … Continue reading Rapscallion names 2020 Bartender of the Year

Rapscallion wins 2019 Restaurant of the Year

Rapscallion Brewery, Rapscallion Table & Tap, and Rapscallion Kitchen & Bar have been recognized by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts as the 2019 Restaurant of the Year. https://ram.memberclicks.net/2019-ramae-winners

Rapscallion Featured on Phantom Gourmet!

Table & Tap was featured on Phantom Gourmet! Our thanks to the Phantom Gourmet crew for capturing the flavor of our unique brewpub!