WZLX Craft Beer Festival Giveaway

WZLX Craft Beer Festival We partnered up with the generous folks over at the 100.7 WZLX who were generous enough to offer up two pairs of tickets to their upcoming WZLX Craft Beer Festival which is to take place on June 13th in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The WZLX Craft Beer Festival will feature two sessions where tons of breweries, including local ones will be pouring over 100 different beers. The breweries include such names as Boulevard, Dogfish Head, Founders as well as Jack’s Abby, Lagunitas, Stone, Sixpoint. A few cideries will also be present and the full list can be seen on the event’s website.

There are many ways for you to enter, including daily bonuses and all entries must be from participants who are 21+. We will randomly select two winners who will be contacted by email once the contest is over and who will each get two tickets to the session of their choice.

You can enter the giveaway by clicking on the button below or through the special tab over on the Craft Beer Boston page on Facebook.

You can also find out more about the WZLX Craft Beer Festival on the official event website over here and can purchase tickets there. Advance Tickets are $35 until May 17th, $45 if you buy May 18th or after and $55 day of at the door.

Good luck!

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What Hit the Shelves This Week

Below is our weekly list of various beers that hit the shelves in and around Boston this week:

Brewery Beer Style
Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin American IPA
Brewery Ommegang Game Of Thrones – Three Eyed Raven Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Cambridge Brewing Company Morning Dew Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Cascade Brewing Company Apricot Ale Sour Ale
Evil Twin Brewing Soft DK American Imperial / Double Stout
Foley Brothers Citrennial American IPA
Foley Brothers Fair Maiden Imperial / Double IPA
Founders Brewing Co. Curmudgeon Old Ale Old Ale
Jack’s Abby Brewing Sunny Ridge Pilsner Pilsner
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Calabaza Boreal Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Mikkeller Better Half American IPA
Night Shift Brewing The 87 Imperial / Double IPA
Night Shift Brewing Viva Habanera Rye Beer
Night Shift Brewing Whirlpool American Pale Ale
Otter Creek Brewing Backseat Berner American IPA
Otter Creek Brewing Over Easy American IPA
Paulaner Gruppe Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Radler Radler
Revolution Brewing Anti-Hero IPA American IPA
Revolution Brewing Bottom Up Wit Witbier
Rogue Ales Sriracha Stout Chili Beer
Siren Craft Brew Lemon Cello IPA Imperial / Double IPA
Siren Craft Brew Smoke Signals Sour Ale
Sixpoint Brewery Abigale Belgian Pale Ale
Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Root Beer Herbed / Spiced Ale
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Hayseed Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Smuttlabs: Daily Brett Belgian Brown Ale
Stillwater Artisanal Ales Kentucky Styled Folklore Belgian Strong Dark Ale
The Bruery Or Xata Blonde Ale
Victory Brewing Company Kirsch Gose Gose
Weyerbacher Brewing Company Sunday Morning Stout American Imperial / Double Stout
Wormtown Brewery Hopulence Imperial / Double IPA
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BrewWoo Tickets Giveaway

We partnered up with the folks over at the DCU Center who were generous enough to offer up two pairs of tickets to the upcoming BrewWoo beer festival which is to take place at the DCU Center in less than two weeks!

Brew-Woo will be taking place on Saturday April 4th and will feature two sessions where 55+ breweries and cideries will be sharing over hundred different beers and a multitude of ciders as well! Local breweries and cideries will include such names as Bantam Cider, Cisco Brewers, Down East Cider, Harpoon, Two Roads and White Lion, and many more will be there as well. You can see the full list right on the following webpage.

There are many ways for you to enter, including daily bonuses and all entries must be from participants who are 21+. We will randomly select two winners who will be contacted by email once the contest is over and who will each get two tickets to the session of their choice.

You can enter the giveaway by clicking on the link below or through the special tab over on the Craft Beer Boston Facebook page.

You can also find out more about the BrewWoo beer festival on the official event website over here and also purchase tickets to the event via Ticketmaster. Good luck!

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Battle Road Brewing Announces Plans For Brewery & Brewpub

Battle Road BrewingBattle Road Brewing just announced that they will be opening a brewery and brewpub out in Maynard Massachusetts later this year. Slated to open in the fall of 2015, the facilities will be located in Maynard’s historic Clock Tower Mill, and more specifically in Building 5 which is known to locals at “The Mill”.

The new facilities will feature a state-of-the-art 30 barrel brewery, a seating capacity for 50 to 75 people inside the brewpub, as well as a traditional outdoor beer garden overlooking Mill Pond. Jeremy Cross and Scott Houghton, who combine for more than forty years of brewing experience will continue to produce their flagship 1775 Tavern Ale as well as their Barrett’s Farmhouse Ale, Lexington Green East IPA and Midnight Rider Porter – with many others planned out as well.

You can see the brewery on the map below:

No more details have been released regarding their specifics but expect more details to come out later this year as construction progresses.

Source: BeerPulse.com

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Homefield Brewing Launches on Kickstarter

Homefield BrewingJonathan Cook, author at Beer Terrain, where he released a book that “uncovers the emerging farm-to-glass revolution on the New England and New York craft brewing scene.” needs your help! Earlier this evening he officially launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise some funds that enable him to hopefully open a brewery on the property of the historic Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, Massachusetts.

Their target funding goal on Kickstarter is of $7,000, have already raised nearly $450 as I write this, and offer eleven different tiers for people to choose from on the page, the cheapest starting at $10 and the biggest one at $5,000.

This is not the team’s first foray into brewing as they’ve partnered with both Rapscallion Brewery in Sturbridge, MA and Wormtown Brewery in Worcester to make 900 gallon batches of beer known as ‘Homefield’ in the past, with a fourth batch planned for released in early May via Rapscallion. And in a continued effort to brew using local ingredients, they plan on continuing to source their malt from Valley Malt in Hadley, MA and their hops from Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA.

You can find out more about their plans on their Kickstarter page over here.

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Wormtown Brewery Celebrates 5 Years; Rebrands & Opens New Brewery March 17th

Wormtown BreweryMarch has been a very busy month for breweries across Massachusetts. Down the Road Brewing announced their impending launch, Medusa Brewing had their grand opening this weekend and now Wormtown Brewery is not only celebrating their 5th birthday later this month, but will also be rebranding themselves with a new logo. They will also be opening their new brewing space and taproom.

The new taproom will be opening on Tuesday March 17th to coincide with the brewery’s 5th birthday, and will feature ten beers on draft as well as live music courtesy of The Voice’s finalist Sam James who just so happened to hail from Worcester. The draft list of their grand opening will feature the following beers:

  • Birthday Brew #5 (Triple IPA)
  • Be Hoppy IPA (American IPA)
  • Bottle Rocket (American Pale Ale)
  • 7 Hills Session Ale (Session Ale)
  • Irish Red Ale (Amber/Irish Ale)
  • Buddha’s Juice (Double IPA)
  • C-Session IPA (American IPA)
  • Homefield 3 (American Pale Ale)
  • Citron Wit (Witbier)
  • Pratt’s Strong Ale (English Strong Ale)

Much like you’d expect, growlers will also be available for fills and they will also have light snacks available as well as merchandise. There’s been no word on capacity as of yet but expect a very busy day for them despite the opening falling on a weekday. They will be open from noon to 9PM that day.

The new brewery is located at 72 Shrewsbury St. Unit 4, Worcester MA 01604.

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Medusa Brewing Company’s Grand Opening Slated For Tomorrow

Back in November we had hinted that Medusa Brewing Company out in Hudson, MA would be opening at some point in the summer of 2015 but it now appears that they’re way ahead of schedule.

And by ahead of schedule we mean that they’ll be making their grand opening tomorrow! That’s right folks, tomorrow. Starting at 4PM tomorrow, people will be allowed in their brand new, 5,000 square foot space where eight beers will be available on tap as well as warm pretzels. The eight beers available vary in styles and had leaked on their website a few days ago already. The styles range from ESB and cream ale to Belgian dubbel, IPA and English porter. You can see their full draft list right over here.

They’re expected to be able to fit approximately 100 to 150 people and will eventually introduce more food options including cheese platters and various other snacks. And while this is an actual taproom where beer is encouraged to be consumed on the premise, they will also be selling beers via growlers as well, but also have no plans to can or bottle at the moment.

Their hours for this weekend are 4-10PM on Saturday and 12-10PM on Sunday. The brewery is located at 111 Main Street, Hudson, MA 01749.

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Big Updates from Down the Road Brewery

Down the Road BreweryAfter starting Down the Road Brewery from his basement out in Newton, trying to get the project off the ground since 2013, Donovan Bailey has finally issued some pretty big news regarding his project: the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) has approved the brewery and is in the process of issuing them their license so that they can start selling their beers!

We actually met Donovan Bailey back in December of 2013 where he was a busy guy, honing and refining various brewing techniques and recipes and we were even lucky enough to get to sample a few of his upcoming beers including Quadruped, The Hop Monster, Patchwork Kilt and T-34. And while these three might show up at some point soon, for the time being, their release will feature their flagship beer, which is going to be Pukwudgie, an American Pale Ale which comes in at 4.5% A.B.V. and which features both Chinook and Mosaic hops.

Presently, while they await their license to be issued, they’ve managed to acquire their primary packaging including keg collars, body labels, neck labels, mother cartons and 6-pack carriers. Once everything else is squared away, they’ve also reached agreements to be on tap at two Newton restaurants: 51 Lincoln and Waban Kitchen. The former of the two will also be hosting their launch party which is to take place near the end of March. No date has yet to be set but a pairing menu will be featured so definitely keep an eye out on our events page for updates on that.

Last but not least, they’ve also announced that their crew is expanding with “George Popescu and Michael Halkiotis who are both coming on as co-founders. George is going to drive the company as CEO and Michael is going to get the tap room open and enhance sales as Managing Director. Our sales team is expanding with the onboarding of Matt Mantya and Jeff Quigley—Matt will be heading our sales in the Worcester area and Jeff will be doing sales in the metro Boston area. We also have Erik Jespersen who will assume marketing duties.“.

They are slated to brew their first commercial batch of beer at Mercury Brewing in Ipswich on March 5th so expect the beer to be ready for sale about two and a half weeks later. Establishment that will feature the Down the Road beers on draft include 51 Lincoln, Waban Kitchen, CasaB, Hopsters and O’Hara’s and the Newton Crowne Plaza, with more to come. Retailers include Craft Beer Cellar’s upcoming Newton location, which is slated to re-open in mid-March, on Austin Street, The Urban Grape in Chestnut Hill and more are to be announced shortly as well once finalized.

Stay tuned for more updates including a date for the upcoming launch part as well as more retailers and whatever else might be happening.

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Trillium Brewing Announces Expansion, New Brewery Plans

Trillium BrewingBoston’s brewing power couple Esther and JC Tetreault have just announced that their very own Trillium Brewing will be expanding past the Fort Point area of Boston and into a space out in the city of Canton, MA.

The new space, which is going to be located at 110 Shawmut Road, Canton, MA 02021, right off of 95 is close to both the Norwood Memorial Airport as well as the Blue Hill Country Club. It will feature a retail shop, a production facility and a taproom where bottles and growlers will be available to the public.

This announcement comes after months of speculation and the fact that they’ve been brewing at capacity for about a year now, even using the facilities over at Ipswich Brewing to release their FB-90 IPA. And while they will continue to operate out of Fort Point, the new expansion will give them more production space. They released the following statement regarding this:

We plan to keep our tiny little store and production facility in Boston. We’ll just finally be able to loosen the reins on production volume and operate more like a pilot brewery, continuing to offer new styles that are available until they run out. We love seeing regulars come in week after week, arms full of growlers, looking up at the board to see what’s new. The relationships we’ve built and feedback we receive is so meaningful to us. We’ll be able to keep the Boston shop supplied with bottles and kegs from Canton, so you’ll still be able to get special releases as well as year-round beers like Fort Point Pale Ale and Congress Street IPA. We’ll bring some fun stuff down to Canton from Boston, too!

The space will feature a 3-vessel DME MasterBrew 30BBL High Output Brewing System as well as six 90-barrel fermenters. This will enable both locations to produce approximately 10,000 barrels of beer annually.

As of now no timetable or specific date has been released but don’t expect anything to happen until the end of 2015 at the earliest and as always, stay tuned for more updates.

You can find out more about this announcement on Trillium Brewing’s website.

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