Night Shift Brewing Announces Taproom Expansion

Night Shift BrewingEverett’s own Night Shift Brewing company is going to be expanding with construction scheduled to start later this month. The expansion which is to take place in the warehouse next door will not impact their present operations or hours and will, once complete, add an additional 2,500 square ft of space for customers to enjoy.

We’re completely filling our current space with customers on a fairly regular basis,” said brewery co-founder Mike O’Mara. “With this expansion, we can add a second bar, more seating, more bathrooms, and the option to host fully private events.

The expansion is slated to be complete late this year or early next year and stay tuned for more updates as always.

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Lamplighter Brewing Finds A Home in Cambridge, Signs a Lease

Lamplighter Brewing CompanyIt is with great excitement that we found out earlier today that Lamplighter Brewing Company has finally found a home in Cambridge! That’s right folks, after two years spent in an exhaustive search for a place to house their brewery, they’ve finally found a location and signed a lease.

The new brewery, which is slated to open in the spring of 2016, will be located at on Broadway, just steps away from the popular craft beer bar Lord Hobo, in a building that previously was held by Metric Systems, a car maintenance shop that had been there since 1977.

Below is a preview of some of the work that they plan on completing to the storefront which includes the addition of some windows, signage and a few other things:

There’s still plenty of challenges that they’ll face as they try to stick to that spring timeline but we look forward to seeing this place open. The ale-centric brewery will be focused on stouts, IPAs and such and hopes to also one day create a sour program as well. You can read more about their updates on their blog and stay tuned for more coverage on here as well.

Lamplighter Brewing company will be located at 284 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139.

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Lord Hobo Brewing’s Grand Opening Slated For Tomorrow

Lord Hobo BrewingOfficial as of just a few minutes ago, Woburn-based Lord Hobo Brewing will have their grand opening to the public at noon, tomorrow, after having finally passed their inspection.

Lord Hobo Brewing Company is owned and operated by Daniel Lanighan, who also operates the highly acclaimed, Cambridge craft beer spot Lord Hobo. They recently made their big debut at the American Craft Beer Festival three weeks ago, receiving a lot of mixed reviews from the public.

The big opening’s announcement came on Facebook as head brewer, Vince Tursi, a former Night Shift brewer, posted a status update informing his friends, which stated:

“LORD HOBO BREWING COMPANY IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS! WE FINALLY DID IT!

Well, tomorrow is our first day open to the public. Doors are at noon. Two beers in cans/growlers, no Boom Sauce until 7/1. Staff party tonight, baby!
Thank you to all my friends, family, and everyone in the industry for standing by me and putting up with my insanity and all the bullshit while we got to this point. The fight’s not nearly over yet, but the seemingly unlimited amount of support has been crucial to getting us through this. I certainly wouldn’t have made it this far if it weren’t for all the positivity and encouragement. Words truly cannot express the love and appreciation I’ve got for you all. These beers are very tasty and I’m pretty proud to finally release my babies into the world.
Now come get drunk with me. Do it.”

Two beers will be available for both growler fills and in cans, and those are ‘Steal This Can’ and ‘Ball & Biscuit’. Their hours for this weekend are 12PM to 10PM tomorrow and 12PM to 6PM on Sunday.

The brewery is located at 5 Draper Street, Woburn, MA.

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Idle Hands Forced Out of Everett Location, Future Uncertain

Idle HandsIt is with great sadness that Idle Hands Craft Ales founder and owner, Chris Tkach and his wife have announced that the brewery will be closing later this month after they received a notice from the city of Everett earlier this year, in February, due to a displacement by the Everett Wynn Casino project.

The deadline for them to vacate is June 30th and they’ve been looking for a new location for over a year now. And while they remain optimistic, this is obviously a pretty big setback.

Below is the statement which they Idle Hands Craft Ales: Statement, yesterday, regarding this situation:

Everett, Mass., June 16, 2015 – Idle Hands Craft Ales LLC announced formally today the closing of their Everett, Massachusetts brewing facility due to a displacement by the Everett Wynn Casino project. The local craft brewery, recently recognized as one of the top local craft breweries in New England by Boston Magazine is one of several local businesses located at 3 Charlton Street that has been forced to vacate its location by June 30 as a result of the building being razed in favor of a construction access road for the Wynn casino project. The brewery’s future is uncertain as the owners, customers and fans await the fate of the Boston market’s first nanobrewery.

“While we are saddened our need to move is happening this quickly, we also always knew our home on Charlton Street would not be our last. We see this change as a minor setback that just forces us to pursue the next chapter sooner,” shares founder and owner, Chris Tkach. Despite an inevitable move, Tkach and his wife were surprised when they only received 4 months formal notice to vacate in February of this year. Tkach has been searching for a suitable new location for 12 months now. Even if a new commercial lease were signed, moving and resuming brewery operations takes months. Not only does equipment and product need to be relocated, the business also needs to resubmit for both federal and state licensing, a process which could take up to 120 days based on the current federal estimates for license reviews.

The good news is that Idle Hands is in negotiations with a landlord for a new lease close to the Everett location but Tkach will not comment definitively “until the ink is dry”. He indicated that the staff ramped up production the last few months anticipating a period ofbeing “off line”. They have also arranged to tenant brew at former neighbor, Night Shift Brewery until a new facility is operational. Local bars, restaurants and package stores have committed to continue selling the company’s beers though availability will be limited due to lowered production levels. “I’ve personally enjoyed drinking and serving both beers because of the high quality and varied mix of styles they offer. I know my customers will be saddened [by the limited offerings]…but we plan to serve their beer whenever we can get our hands on it during their transition,” comments Max Toste, owner/beer manager of Deep Ellum in Allston.

Stay tuned for more updates as we await news of their finalizing of a new location near their soon-to-be former location.

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Hopsters Expands Dowtown, Introduces Hopsters Alley

HopstersNewton Corner-based Hopsters, a popular spot where people can brew their own craft beers, have a bite to eat and have some beers from both guest taps and Hopsters taps has been growing. Not only are they bottling stores and selling them at various retail outlets, but they’re now also expanding in downtown Boston at the soon-to-open Boston Public Market.

The new stand will be known as Hopsters Alley and will be amongst the many Boston Public Market: Vendors present at the market year-round including all kinds of meat and produce-centric stands as well as miscellaneous, other ones.

Below is the official statement from Hopsters which drills into more details about their expansion:

Hopsters has always been in the business of supporting local brewers and their brands. With that in mind we will be opening Hopsters Alley, a package store focusing on Massachusetts and other New England breweries, in July.

Hopsters Alley will be located in the new Boston Public Market, a 30,000 sq. ft. indoor, local-only, year-round public market located in the Faneuil Hall area. It will be the only market of its kind in the country. Hopsters Alley will sell beer, hard cider, and liquor brewed, fermented, and distilled in New England.

Around Faneuil Hall we were hard pressed to identify any forum that showcased Massachusetts’ craft beers. Hopsters Alley has 1,000 sq. ft. within the market and space for approximately 5,000 single units. Our goal is that Massachusetts brewers see the Alley as a downtown focal-point to showcase their brand and products in an authentic craft environment.

In addition to our space, the public market has a 4,000 sq. ft. test kitchen which will be available for tastings, education, classes, and general beer programming. We also intend to have a sampling bar that will be open during the market hours.

Stay tuned for more updates at the Boston Public Market’s opening nears.

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Jack’s Abby Brewing Presents “Summer of Sours”

Jacks AbbyJack’s Abby Brewing out in Framingham have just announced that they’ve been working on and will be releasing a variety of sour beers which are to feature Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and Brettanomyces.

Each beer will be unique and will be a part of their Sour Barrel Program which started in 2013 and some of the ingredients that these sour beers will feature include nectarines, blueberries, tart cherries and quite a few other ingredients. Below is a preview of what they’re expecting to release over the course of the next few months:

  • Framingham Lager w/Raspberry and Brettanomyces

  • Golden Sour w/ Nectarines
  • Golden Sour w/ Blueberries
  • Framingham Lager w/ Blackberries and Brettanomyces
  • Red Sour Lager w/ Tart Cherries
  • Smoke and Dagger w/ Pumpkins, Ginger and Brettanomyces
  • Cranberry on Leisure Time
  • Dry Hopped Sour

While no dates have been released yet, these will all be released over the course of the summer and with a twist: they’ll be bottled! This was not possible before because of cross-contamination, but they’ve apparently figured it out and are able to do so this time around.

You can read more about the Summer of Sours on their website and can also check out this link if you want to read up on their Sour Barrel Program as well. Stay tuned for updates via our Twitter and Facebook page as well.

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Indignant Brewing Coming to Somerville, Slated to Open Early Fall

Indignant BrewingSomerville, a city already packed with quite a few breweries (and cideries) is welcoming yet another one: Indignant Brewing. This newcomer is in the process of being built and going through various approval processes and are trying to shoot for an opening at some point in September.

Jeff Rowe, co-owner and head brewer, a former veteran from such breweries as Harpoon and Cape Cod Beer has released a pretty lengthy announcement on the brewery’s website which drills onto many details including the fact that they’ll be based in the Winter Hill area, right on Broadway. The brewery will feature a 5bbl brewing system as well as a small kitchen and the space will total approximately 2,650sft. The brewery will “brew great beer, make great food, serve great coffee” and will even try and partner with some amazing local coffee company and will also feature some food from chef Paul Anthony Picillo and his various travels as well as his childhood. Such food will include “small plates and enormous baguette sandwiches” and the food will be designed to pair with their various draft pints.

Speaking of pints, the beers from Indignant Brewing will be feature a wide range of styles and were described as being “traditional, experimental, intensely hoppy, easy drinking, high abv, malty, American, Belgian, sour and barrel aged“.

The brewery will be located at 328 Broadway Somerville, MA 02145.

As always stay tuned for more updates as more information gets released over the course of the summer.

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Tree House Brewing Turns Three, Celebrates With Festival

Tree House BrewingMonson-based Tree House Brewing Company is soon going to be turning three years old! A crazy feat considering that it still feels like yesterday when they were brewing ten-gallon batches out in Brimfield, selling it by the 750 bottle from their barn.

Three years later and they’re now one of the hottest breweries in Massachusetts and they’re also rapidly expanding. They have a new brewhouse enabling them to produce more beer, can more regularly and they’re now almost able to keep up with the surging demand.

So what better way to celebrate such success and growth than by having a festival next month?

That’s right folks, on June 13th from 1PM to 5PM, Tree House Brewing Company will be hosting a festival for those lucky enough to be able to snag some tickets either online or in person. BT’s Smokehouse will be catering and three different bands will be playing while attendees stuff themselves silly on pieces of succulent hog and wash things down with over a dozen different beers including:

  • Eureka w/Citra
  • Lights On
  • Julius
  • Green
  • Haze
  • Curiosity Sixteen
  • Double Shot
  • Double Shot Variants
  • Cask Julius
  • JJJuliusss
  • Truth
  • Very Green

Okay now comes the slightly tricky part: getting tickets. Only 250 tickets will go on sale for the event, at $125 a piece, with 150 of them becoming available at the brewery-only starting at 4PM, on Thursday May 28th, on a first served basis. The remaining 100 will go on sale online over on the following page starting at 9PM on Thursday the 28th as well. People will be able to buy up to two tickets for the festival and the use of a designated driver is encouraged.

You can find out more about their anniversary party on this dedicated page.

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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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