By Norman Miller
Daily News Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at 4:41 PMUpdated Oct 31, 2018 at 7:21 PM
BOSTON – For the second year in a row, a MetroWest brewery has been honored as Manufacturer of the Year.
On Tuesday, during a ceremony at the Statehouse, the House Manufacturing Caucus named Medusa Brewing Company one of 59 Manufacturers of the Year.
State Rep. Kate Hogan, a Democrat from Stow whose district includes Hudson, nominated Medusa for the award.
“It was a complete honor – a total surprise,” said Medusa co-founder Keith Sullivan. “Kate was very proud of us being a brewery on Main Street. We’re doing a lot of good work helping the ground grow and reinvesting in it.”
Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company of Framingham won the same award last year.
Medusa Brewing Company is one of three breweries to receive the award this year. Slumbrew, of Somerville, and Cape Cod Beer, of Hyannis, were also honored.
That three breweries were honored at once appears to show that breweries are earning respect in the manufacturing world.
“We’re not only creating jobs, but we are sparking and maintaining economic development,” said Sullivan. “Being in town with a brewery may attract other manufacturers to town because it’s a sign the community is doing well. Breweries bring in jobs and bring in restaurants. Breweries and restaurants bring in visitors and visitors bring in companies. Breweries are being well-recognized for being an economic catalyst.”
Sullivan and his partners, Keith Antul and Tom Sutter, opened Medusa Brewing Company in 2015 at 111 Main St., Hudson.
Sullivan said the award will help inspire him along with the rest of the crew at Medusa to keep going forward and to not settle for what they’ve accomplished so far.
“We’re very proud of this and we’re going to keep going,” Sullivan said.
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