Pintley Boston Good Beer Passport Giveaway

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Heya there folks! Great news for all of you, the generous folks from Pintley have given us a couple of their Boston Good Beer Passports to give away to you guys. We recently shared with you some of the passports details.

Each passport is worth $38 and the winners will be automatically selected on Wednesday. The Good Beer Passport will let enable you to redeem one free pint of beer at  19 different bars in and around Boston including Hopsters, Olde Magoun’s Saloon and Sunset’s Grill and Tap, amongst others.

There is no purchase required for this, we won’t spam or contact you (unless you win!) and and all you need to do is be 21+

Entering the giveaway is easy and all that you need to do is visit the following url or our Facebook page which has a special tab featuring the giveaway. Best of luck to everyone!

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Pintley Introduces a 2015 Boston Good Beer Passport

Just announced by the folks from Pintley is a new and exciting way to check out up to nineteen different bars in and around the greater Boston area this winter. 

The Good Beer Passport will start on January 15th and will run through March 13th 2015.  It will entitle you to any full-sized craft beer (some limits set by individual bars) at any of the following participating locations:

  • Blackstone Grill
  • Cape Ann Brewing Company
  • Champions Cambridge
  • Champions Copley
  • East End Grille
  • Ferry Street Food & Drink
  • Hopsters
  • Kennedy’s in the Square
  • Menotomy Grill and Tavern
  • Mystic Station
  • Newburyport Brewing Company
  • Olde Magoun’s Saloon
  • Patrons
  • PJ Ryans
  • Riverwalk Brewing
  • Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
  • Sunset Cantina
  • Sunset’s Grill and Tap
  • The Vault

The passport can be purchased here and there is a limit of one per person, plus the option for one additional one which can be shared as a gift.  It is redeemable only once per location – so grab some friends, bundle up and go on a craft beer adventure in your own backyard this winter.

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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 Grapefruit Sculpin American IPA
Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial / Double Stout
Ballast Point Victory At Sea Imperial / Double Porter
Firestone Walker Firestone 18 (XVIII) Anniversary Ale American Strong Ale
Founders Imperial Stout Russian Imperial Stout
Jack’s Abby Brewing House Lager Golden Lager
Jack’s Abby Brewing Hopstitution Pale Lager
Lagunitas Brewing Company Hairy Eyeball Ale American Strong Ale
Maine Beer Company Lunch American IPA
Mystic Brewing Entropy Belgian Quad
Night Shift Brewing Fallen Apple Golden Ale
Night Shift Brewing Mainer Weisse Berliner Weisse
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp: Hoppy Lager India Pale Lager
To Øl Fuck Art – The Heathens Are Coming Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Trillium Brewing Double Dry Hopped Melcher Street IPA American IPA
Trillium Brewing Fort Point Pale Ale American Pale Ale
Trillium Brewing Trillium Saison / Farmhouse Ale
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Craft Beer Cellar Newton Announces Move, Should Remain In Newton Center

Craft Beer Cellar NewtonCraft Beer Cellar Newton owner Brian Shaw and the rest of his staff have just announced that their store, which is presently located at 1243 Centre Street in Newton will be closing permanently as of Wednesday night. But rest assured, this is only temporary as they are in the process of finalizing some paperwork regarding a location which would mean that they’d be moving only by a few hundred yards and remain in Newton Center.

The new location, which has yet to be 100% confirmed as final, should be slightly smaller and will enable them to focus on a leaner and more efficient operation, providing a better experience for customers. However, while their store will be closed to walk-in shoppers, they will still be taking beer orders for delivery via phone or email via their website.

Below is an excerpt explaining some of the reasons why the store will be moving:

At the heart of it, we picked a difficult first location. While we love our space, it was ultimately too big and too pricey. To ensure a secure future for our world-class Staff Beer Geeks, provide a good value to our loyal and incredibly awesome customers, and forward Craft Beer Cellar’s mission, a change was necessary. We are all saddened by this difficult decision. It is our firm belief that CBC Newton will be able to provide an even better experience for our customers as a result of this transition.

Optimally, we would have had a seamless move from our current to our new location. However, the lengthy licensing, leasing, and approval processes have made it impossible to remain open, in the traditional sense, for a few weeks. It has been a roller coaster, with a prime location falling through at the last minute. Hang with us, it’ll be worth it: Studying for the Certified Cicerone® exam, moving, construction, and deliveries will be our focus in the interim.

The’ve also announced that they will be running a sale both today and tomorrow where customers will receive 10% off all beer, wine, sake and cider as well as 15% off all glassware. So while they will be closed for retail walk-through sales, their operation will still be available for both home and office deliveries as they target to re-open sometime in February. As always, stay tuned for more updates.

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Tree House Brewing Announces Big 2015 Plans Including Expansion, Bottling and More!

Tree House BrewingIn a blog post released yesterday, it appears that Monson, MA-based Tree House Brewing will have big plans in store for us in 2015 including a pretty significant expansion.

First off, they’re adding tanks. How many? They didn’t specify except for the fact that a few 30 and 60 bbl brewhouses have been installed and another 30 bbl one is arriving shortly as well. They’re increasing their brewing capacity by a factor of at least ten. That’s a very significant amount of beer that they’ll be producing.

They also announced that they will be brewing a boatload of Julius. They even said that once they get going, that they “expect to make as much Julius in three weeks – once we get rolling – as we’ve made in the entire three years Tree House has existed“. Julius will also be canned alongside some of their other beers like Eureka, Green, Haze and That’s What She said. They will be available in four-packs of 16oz cans at the retail shop. No dates yet as to when this will happen but this will make the trips to Monson a lot more rewarding.

But wait guys, there’s more! Their bottling line will – hopefully – be running before summer of 2015 enabling them to start bottling some of their other beers including Double Shot and Good Morning alongside each of those beers’ variants.

Last but not least, they will also try to be more aggresive in getting their beers on draft out in bars in Central Massachusetts. They will also be introducing a barrel fermentation program featuring a wild yeast that they’ve been cultivating for over a year now. We can already picture New Glarus-like wild beers with fruits in them and cannnot wait for that program to get started.

So yeah, a lot of good news coming from Monson. We’re very excited and so should you. In the interim they will continue with their current brewery-only growler fills and samples and hopefully will be expanding their hours as well, which is another thing that is in their pipeline. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Trillium Brewing Reopens After Facing Licensing Issues

Trillium Brewing27 Days. 27 days is how long the Boston-area beer fans went without their Trillium Brewing fix after the brewery was shut down by the Boston police department following orders from the state’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. It was due to some oversight and paperwork that was never properly (and formally) processed.

Few updates were shared for a few weeks from JC Tetreault, the owner of Trillium Brewing until he finally posted a message on BeerAdvocate’s forums, on December 10th, to help shed some light on the issues that were at hand:

Our 2014 license renewal application was never processed. Nobody was aware of this fact until recently, the timing of which was unfortunate given the holiday. We’ve provided all documentation and complied with every request. We had a hearing today to approve or disapprove our 2014 license. We haven’t received a decision yet.

The reason we haven’t responded to rumors until now is because we honestly didn’t have all the information up front, and didn’t want to fuel any fires. While the issue is pretty simple, it’s also quite serious. Everything is when dealing with the government. We didn’t feel that the situation could benefit from social media and, to be honest, it’s painful enough to live through not to mention continue talking about it every day we’re closed.

While we’re incredibly appreciative of your desire to help, please don’t contact the ABCC or the City of Boston. We are hopeful and confident that the ABCC will respond fairly and we’ll have a positive outcome as soon as possible. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate the support, and we’ll desperately need it WHEN we reopen, but right now we don’t want anything to jeopardize our business, our lives, and the future of Trillium for us and our 10 employees who’ve been out of work for 2 weeks.

We both hope to see you and thank you for your support as soon as we’re able to open our doors. You’ll know the second we do! (Oh, and our website went down because of a massive flow of traffic! Thanks for all of you concerned enough to check in.)
Cheers, Esther & JC

Well the good news is that they’ve been able to work things out with the licensing comission and are now back in business as of about 4:30PM today, and with six different offerings to boot: Mettle DIPA, Fort Point Pale Ale, Melcher Street IPA, Trillium, Wild Sinister Kid and PM Dawn Coffee Stout.

They also have a ton of bottles available including two new beers which are Broken Angel and PM Dawn. Check their Twitter: @TrilliumBrewing for more updates as well.

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Jack’s Abby Brewing Sign Lease, Expanding To New Space

Jacks AbbyWe just got word that Jack’s Abby Brewing out in Framingham will be moving to a new, bigger space that will enable them to not only ramp up production, but also better serve their loyal patrons. The new, 67,000 square foot place is located in the Dennison Building downtown and will enable them to expand from their current, 12,000 square foot brewery which has been maxed out for months now.

The new space will see a 5,000 square foot area which will be reserved for a restaurant and the new facility will enable them to install a brand new canning line which is expected to can up to 10,000 beers per hour at it’s peak. Additionally, there will also be more parking, the possibility for the brewer to host various events such as Oktoberfest, and their twenty four beers are also expected to be on tap there.

Speaking of capacity, Jack’s Abby brewed approximately 14,000 barrels of beer this year and are forecasting 20,000 for 2015. In this new facility, they’re looking to brew approximately 50,000 barrels which would make them the state’s second largest brewery behind Harpoon which is quite impressive since they’ve only been around for about four years.

Staying in Framingham is an essential part of their plan and has been since the beginning and their staff is expected to double from twenty to about fifth once the new brewery opens. And once it opens, because of the added capacity, the price of their beers should be expected to drop and many of their beers will also become available in cans, including their top-sellers which are Jabby Brau, Hoponius Union, Smoke & Dagger and Mass Rising. They will still have growler fills for their seasonal and specialty beers.

There’s no official timeline as of right now but their first meetings are expected to occur early in January and they hope to open the new space as early as fall of 2015. In the interim, their current space will remain open to the public until they eventually transition things over.

Stay tuned for more updates next year as things continuet to develop.

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Night Shift Brewing Releases New Beer, Announces Many More

Night Shift Brewing LogoNight Shift Brewing in Everett have released a new beer earlier this afternoon. The new beer, known as Smolder, is a “bold, robust, 8.2% stout featuring a nose of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, and rich flavors of black cherry, cocoa, and subtle hints of smoke” and is available for both growler fills as well as your enjoyment on premise.

But not satisfied with working on just one beer, they’ve also announced a few more upcoming releases which are to take place on various days starting next week, and over the next few weeks, taking you almost into Christmas. Those releases include their sixth batch of their rotating and ever-changing Morph IPA which is highly anticipated by many and has become a very popular series which even includes some store distribution.

So without further due, here’s what their upcoming release schedule looks like:

  • Wednesday December 10th: Bean Porter Release
    At $14 a bottle and with no limits per person, this beer release party will feature Bean Porter-branded Steins which will be yours to keep after you drink the beer in them. This porter is made with vanilla and coffee beans and is then aged in bourbon barrels. A perfect accompaniment to these chilly temperatures.

  • Wednesday December 17th: Fallen Apple & Mainer Weisse Release
    This release party will feature not one but two different beers! Their first one, Fallen Apple, is a golden ale made with local apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander and allspice which is then aged in brandy and rum barrels. Their second beer, Mainer Weisse is a sour ale made with Maine wild blueberries and some cinnamon spices.

    Also on deck from them but with no release dates yet are Whirlpool, Vienna Lager, Presidential DIPA, Taza Stout, Trifecta, El Lechedor and Cape Codder Weisse. Stay tuned for future updates on those.

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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
    Avery duganA IPA Imperial / Double IPA
    Avery Tweak American Imperial / Double Stout
    Backlash Beer Company Vandal Imperial / Double IPA
    Belhaven Brewery 90 /- Shilling Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
    Boulder Beer Company Killer Penguin Barleywine American Barleywine
    Boulder Beer Company Slope Style Winter IPA Winter Ale
    Boulevard Brewing Co. Harvest Dance Wheat Wine
    Boulevard Brewing Co. Last Splash American Pale Ale
    Boulevard Brewing Co. Nutcracker Ale Winter Warmer
    BrewDog Tokyo* American Imperial / Double Stout
    Cambridge Brewing Company You Enjoy My Stout American Imperial / Double Stout
    Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Imperial / Double IPA
    Dogfish Head American Beauty Imperial Pale Ale
    Far From the Tree Spice Cider
    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout American Imperial Stout
    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout American Imperial Stout
    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Vanilla Rye American Imperial Stout
    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine American Barleywine
    Magic Hat Brewing Company Feast of Fools Stout
    Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Cutie Pie Imperial / Double IPA
    Rogue Ales Yellow Snow IPA American IPA
    Smuttynose Brewing Co. Smistletoe Bière de Garde
    Stone Brewing Co. Stochasticity Project: Master of Disguise Stout
    Slumbrew Yankee Swap American Imperial / Double Stout
    Trillium Brewing Double Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale American Pale Ale
    Trillium Brewing Mettle Imperial / Double IPA
    Trillium Brewing Wild Sinister Kid American Wild Ale
    Weyerbacher Brewing Company Quad Belgian Quad
    Weyerbacher Brewing Company Riserva American Wild Ale
    White Birch Brewing Blueberry Berliner Weisse Berliner Weisse
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    Gordon’s Announces Two-Day Cellar Sale

    Gordon’s Fine Wine and Spirits, a local and popular brand which has four stores in the Waltham and Newton area have announced an upcoming, two-day cellar sale which is to take place this week.

    The sale will feature some cellared inventory from all four of their stores and will be taking place at their store located at 599 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453. The sale will be taking place on both Tuesday and Thursday this week, between the hours of 5PM to 8PM. Their knowledgable beer managers will also be on hand to answer some questions and help out as well.

    We were able to get a preview of some of the items on sale and it includes many aged beers, some going as far back as 2008 and it ranges in all styles and brands. From Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout and Bourbon County Barleywine to some Cascade Cherry Kriek 2009, to many vintages of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barleywine Ale, there is something for everyone and plenty of bottles on hand. They also have a ton of gueuzes and other Belgian beers as well. There will be 20% OFF all 22oz/750ml bottles and 15% OFF all 4/6 packs on all beers from this sale as well. There’s also beers from Cisco Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin, Ommegang, The Lost Abbey, Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher and many other breweries.

    Below are a few pictures we took of a fraction their cellar sale – click on each of them to see them in their full size.

    Gordon’s is located at 599 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453. You can also find more events on our events page right over here.

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