Stimulus loan helps Moon Hill Brewing keep 100 jobs

FITCHBURG – The North Central Massachusetts Development Corp. (NCMDC) – the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce – recently provided an Economic Stimulus Fund (ERF) loan of $ 50,000 to Rick Walton, owner of Moon Hill Brewing in Gardner.

The ERF program, funded by contributions received from local community banks and credit unions, was launched by the NCMDC to help small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moon Hill Brewing Co. started in 2006 at Gardner Ale House craft brewery, a longtime staple in the community. The two are located at 74 Parker St. in Gardner and together make up the only full menu brasserie in north central Massachusetts and Worcester County. Moon Hill has 14 craft beers that can be found on tap at the Gardner Ale House as well as many local pubs and restaurants. The ERF loan has made it possible to maintain 25 full-time jobs and 70 part-time jobs. Moon Hill Brewing, in accordance with COVID guidelines, is open for business. For more information visit

As a microcredit lender, NCMDC can provide small business loans of up to $ 150,000 for working capital, equipment, inventory, expansion, and working with banking partners to provide financing. waiting for the last part of a project.

About North Central Massachusetts Development Corp.

NCMDC is a non-profit economic development corporation with a mission to create jobs and improve the economy. The NCMDC is certified by the US Small Business Administration and the US Department of the Treasury under the Community Development Financial Institutions Program. The NCMDC works in partnership with local banks, credit unions, chambers of commerce and nonprofit organizations in the region to support emerging microenterprises, small businesses and community projects in 76 communities in Worcester counties, Middlesex and Franklin with loans and business assistance. For more information on NCMDC loan programs, call 978-353-7607 or visit Choose

Troy M. Hoffman