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
Abita Brewing Company Amber Vienna Lager
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Even Keel American IPA
Boston Beer Company Samuel Adams Honey Queen Braggot
Brasserie McAuslan (St-Ambroise) The Great Pumpkin Ale (Citrouille) Pumpkin / Yam Beer
Brouwerij Rodenbach Caractère Rouge Flanders Red Ale
Cape Ann Brewing Company Fisherman’s IPA American IPA
Cape Ann Brewing Company Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout Pumpkin / Yam Beer
Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero American Imperial / Double Stout
De Proefbrouwerij Long of Tooth English Strong Ale
Garrison Enlightenment Ales American Pale Ale
Goose Island Beer Co. The Muddy Russian Imperial Stout
Idle Hands Craft Ales Brocktoberfest Oktoberfest / Märzen
Mystic Brewery Eldergold Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Night Shift Brewing Harborside Gose
Night Shift Brewing Morph American IPA
Oskar Blues Brewery Ten FIDY American Imperial / Double Stout
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Smuttlabs: Schmutzig American Pale Wheat Ale
Stone Brewing Co. Xocoveza Mocha Stout American Stout
The Bruery Autumn Maple Pumpkin / Yam Beer
Trillium Brewing Company Congress Street IPA American IPA
Trillium Brewing Company Fort Point Pale Ale American Pale Ale
Trillium Brewing Company Sunshower Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Victory Brewing Company Moon Glow Weizenbock
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Cantillon Zwanze Day 2014 Announced

World-famous, Belgium-based Brasserie Cantillon Brouwerij have an annual tradition that has been taking place every single year for the past few years and which marks the release of their annual beer known as Zwanze.

This year’s Zwanze 2014 will be known as “Cuvée Florian”, after the brewer’s son’s name and is a fitting tribute as his son just turned 18 years of age. This year’s batch has been described as a blend of Iris Grand Cru with 40% less fruit in it as they were trying to avoid re-creating a lambic. Instead they used some rare and amazing Bramling Cross hops to give it a floral bouquet that lingers and that will most likely knock your socks off.

And since Zwanze Day is celebrated internationally, with bottles hitting bars in 16 different countries, here’s the list of places that will have it come Saturday September 20th:

So mark your calendars and get ready to try some rare, world-class beer! And while no details have been released as to how many those spots will be getting or how much they’ll charge, the demand is sure to exceed the supply to just keep that in mind. And if you want more information about Zwanze Day 2014, the brewery has a special page which also includes other bars involved in the celebration. That page is located right over here.

We also got word that Lord Hobo will be opening at 11AM that day to accommodate the lines and that Hill Farmstead had a lottery system in place for people to reserve a spot and that has already been completely filled and is therefore sold out. Make sure to check social media outlets to make sure that you can secure a spot before attempting to drive out to a spot for it. We’ll do our best to keep you posted via our Facebook page and/or Twitter page as well. Good luck!

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Samuel Adams Announces 12-City Kosmic Mother Funk Tour

Samuel AdamsThe Boston Beer Company have just announced something that fans of sour beers have been wanting to hear for a long time. For the very first time, their highly exclusive Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF) beer, a unique Belgian ale that they use as a blending base for some of their other beers, aged in giant oak barrels will be hitting some draft lines later this month. That’s right folks, KMF, which is fermented with multiple micro-organisms including Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and other wild things hits 6.4% A.B.V. and also features Belgian candi sugar to help add a bit of depth of flavor as well as to help round out some of the funky character.

This particular showcase will feature twelve cities throughout the country and only eleven so far have been released while the twelfth one will only be revealed after fans have voted. The eleven cities and dates that have been announced are the following:

Tour Stop City Dates
1 Boston, MA 9/8/2014 – 9/14/2014
2 New-York, NY 9/22/2014 – 9/28/2014
3 Denver, CO 9/29/2014 – 10/5/2014
4 Cleveland, OH 10/6/2014 – 10/12/2014
5 Dallas, TX 10/13/2014 – 10/19/2014
6 Philadelphia, PA 10/20/2014 – 10/26/2014
7 Washington, DC 10/20/2014 – 10/26/2014
8 Chicago, IL 11/3/2014 – 11/9/2014
9 San Francisco, CA 11/10/2014 – 11/16/2014
10 San Diego, CA 11/10/2014 – 11/16/2014
11 Seattle, WA 11/17/2014 – 11/23/2014
12 People’s Choice TBD

In each of the tour stops, multiple bars have been selected to carry the beer on draft. In Boston the bars have already been announced alongside an estimate tapping date and those nine bars are as follows:

  • The Blarney Stone
    1505 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA 02122
    Expected Tapping: 9/12/2014
  • Brendan Behan Pub
    378 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
    Expected Tapping: Week of 9/8/2014
  • Central Wharf Co
    160 Milk Street, Boston, MA
    Expected Tapping: Week of 9/8/2014
  • Champions at Marriott Copley
    110 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02116
    Expected Tapping: 9/12/2014
  • Ned Devines
    1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Quincy Market), Boston, MA
    Expected Tapping: Week of 9/8/2014
  • Olde Magoun’s Saloon
    518 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145
    Expected tapping: 9/11/2014
  • Penguin Pizza
    735 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
    Expected Tapping: Week of 9/8/2014
  • Stoddard’s Food and Ale
    48 Temple Pl, Boston, MA 02111
    Expected Tapping: 9/9/2014
  • Tip Tap Room
    138 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114
    Expected Tapping: Week of 9/8/2014You can find out more information about the Kosmic Mother Funk tour by visiting Samuel Adam’s dedicated website page which features more information about the beer itself as well as all of the dates and locations. You can also vote on the twelfth and final stop of the tour as well on the page. So keep an eye out on social media and the tap lists for those spots above so you can get a chance at trying this unique beer. Also don’t forget to tag it on social media using our popular #craftbeerBoston hashtag as well!
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Jack’s Abby Divulge Fall Seasonal Release Schedule

Jacks AbbyJack’s Abby Brewing out in Framingham have been very busy. They’ve just about maxed out their current space at the brewery and recently turned three years old. They’ve also been very active in the efforts to rejuvenate Framingham’s downtown area and in an effort to build on their momentum they’ve also just divulged their upcoming Fall, seasonal release schedule which features hoppy and malty beers.

The schedule is looking as follows:

  • September:

    Copper Legend: This Octoberfest-style lager is malty, smooth and exceedingly drinkable—perfect to celebrate the change in seasons. This beer features locally grown wheat from MA, Munich malt and noble hops. September release. ABV 5.7%, IBUs 22.

    Fire in the Ham: This intensely smokey lager similar to those found in Bamberg, Germany. Most of this brew’s malt was dried over flaming beechwood, which ingrains unique smokey flavors. Aromas of campfires, smoked ham, and bacon dominate a soft malt and hop backbone. September release. ABV 5.4%, IBUs 20.

    Wet Hop Lager: Part of the Mom & Pop’s Harvest Series, this seasonal beer features 100% locally sourced ingredients including hops grown by the founders’ Mom & Pop, as well as other New England farms. Malted barley, unmalted spelt and wheat provide the finishing touches for this brew. Not to be confused as an extra-hoppy beer, this is a nicely balanced and pleasantly hopped lager. September release. ABV 5.2%

  • October:

    Pumpkin Crop Lager: Part of the Mom & Pop’s Harvest Series, this seasonal beer features 100% locally sourced ingredients including pumpkins grown by the founders’ Mom & Pop, as well as other New England farms. Perfect for the Fall season, a blend of autumnal spices complements an intense pumpkin flavor. October release. ABV 5.5%, IBUs 10.

    Kiwi Rising: We refer to this intensely hoppy and strong lager as a Double India Pale Lager. Over four pounds of New Zealand hops (Kiwi Hops) per BBL were used in progressively larger hop additions throughout the brewing process. Four kettle hop additions, whole leaf hops in the hop back, and multiple dry hop additions infuse an intense floral and citrusy aroma. October release. ABV 8.5%, IBUs 105.

  • November:

    Lashes Lager: This hopbock lager balances an assertive Munich Malt character with an infusion of Super Styrian, Columbus and Palisades hops. It’s full-bodied and malty with a hop aroma that’s both spicy and piney. November release. ABV 6.8%, IBUs 50.

    You can find out more information about Jack’s Abby Brewing on their site over here. The brewery is located at 81 Morton Street, Framingham, MA 01702.

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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 Brewing Company The Kaiser Oktoberfest / Märzen
    Ballast Point Sculpin IPA American IPA
    Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille IV Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille V Cense Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    BrewFist Spaghetti Western Russian Imperial Stout
    Coronado Brewing Company 18th Anniversary Imperial / Double IPA
    Green Flash Brewing Co. Green Bullet Triple IPA
    Jack’s Abby Brewing Hopstitution XPL #5 (BAM!) Pale Lager
    Maine Beer Company A Tiny Beautiful Something American Pale Ale
    Maine Beer Company Lunch American IPA
    Maine Beer Company Red Wheelbarrow American Ameber / Red Ale
    Mikkeller Jackie Brown American Brown Ale
    The Lost Abbey Angel’s Share Bourbon-Barrel Aged American Strong Ale
    Trillium Brewing Lineage Wheat Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Night Shift Brewing Sour Tea Belgian Strong Pale Ale
    Peak Organic Brewing Co. Hop Harvest Oktoberfest Oktoberfest / Märzen
    Woodchuck Cidery Cellar Series: Mint Cider
    Wormtown Brewing Be Hoppy American IPA
    Wormtown Brewing Hopulence Double / Imperial IPA
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    Introducing Our Updated Events Page

    We are proud to announce a welcomed update to the site and an important one at that. Some of you might have noticed but since late last night our Events page has been updated to an interactive, easy-to-navigate WordPress module based on a Google Calendar feed.

    This change has been in the making for a while and we will be hard at work to try and add as many events in there as possible. If you are aware of an event that isn’t presently in there please feel free to reach out to us so we can get it added as soon as possible.

    More changes are coming but it’s been a very busy time for me lately. Stay tuned for more updated and feel free to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more content as well.

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    Special Offer: WGBH Chef’s Gala, Food & Wine Festival

    The third annual Taste of WGBH Chef’s Gala wil take place on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. The event will be held at the WGBH Studios located at One Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135.

    As a special to our Craft Beer Boston readers, you can receive 20% off tickets. Please purchase tickets online at http://www.wgbh.org/foodwine/festival_tickets.cfm and use the promotional code BEERBLOG.

    This year, the Chef’s Gala menu is bigger and better than ever. Guests have the opportunity to sample small plates prepared by 25 of the region’s best chefs, and sip more than 20 delicious wines from around the globe. And this year, the event will offer premiere craft beer selections, including Heady Topper from Vermont’s renowned family run brewery The Alchemist. Maine’s Bissell Brothers Brewing Company will also be in attendance.

    For complete details on the Chef’s Gala and the whole roster of festival events, visit http://www.wgbh.org/festival.

    This is the first of a full weekend of events showcasing the New England food, wine and craft beer offerings – on Friday, September 12th, there is a food and wine auction, followed up by Saturday’s Artisan Tastings which will include additional craft breweries and even more food samplings from New England’s top food purveyors. The final event of the weekend will be a brunch on Sunday, September 14th which will take brunch to a new level and include over 100 different food, wine and cider options.

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    Updates from Trillium Brewing Including Their Forthcoming Release Schedule

    Trillium BrewingThe busy boys over at Trillium Brewing have made a few announcements earlier today including a few updates in regards to their brewing space and upcoming brewing schedule. They’ve been at near brewing capacity for the last ten months but have been able to recently add two new, 20bbl tanks into their space which they think will try and help them keep up with the demand for their popular Fort Point Pale Ale and Congress Street IPA.

    This isn’t exactly news to many of us, the brewery has been struggling to meet an incredible amount of demand and they frequently run out of some of their beers despite their best of intentions. They have also announced that they will continue to search for a new space to expand into although they do not intend on leaving their home on Congress Street anytime soon, if ever. The search for a new space has been ongoing for nearly a year now.

    Along with this news, they’ve also announced their upcoming release schedule which features a lot of very interesting beers and which is as follows:

  • Tuesday August 19th – Noon: Heavy Mettle Double IPA
    The bottles will be released exclusively at the brewery at Noon on Tuesday August 19th. In order to help prevent extended wait times, only be bottles (no samples, growler filling) will be available starting at noon through to 4PM on Tuesday. Growler filling of other beers will resume at 4PM and any remaining bottles of Heavy Mettle will continue to be available. There’s a limit of four bottles of Heavy Mettle per person, no holds. Oh, we’ve got some cool gifts to show our appreciation for the first 20 people in line for Heavy Mettle!

  • Thursday August 21st – Noon: Double Dry Hopped Congress Street IPA
    Same deal as Heavy Mettle: kegs set aside for those events later this month, while the rest made its way to 750ml bottles (no growler fills). The bottles will be released exclusively at the brewery at Noon on Thursday August 21st. Only bottles (no samples, growler filling) available from noon-4PM on Thursday. Growler filling of other beers will resume from 4-730PM. Limit of four bottles of Double Dry Hopped Congress Street IPA per person, no holds.

  • End of August (TBD): Double Pot & Kettle aged on American Oak & Vanilla Beans
    “So, pilot batch of Double Pot & Kettle. The addition of Dark Belgian Candi Sugar was responsible for furthering the depths of charred fruit and roasted flavors. This special sugar bumped up the abv to 9% but its tremendous fermentability resulted in that same smooth drinkability you come to enjoy in Pot & Kettle. We aged a portion of this 1.5bbl pilot batch on American oak staves and Vanilla Beans further layering in complementary aromatic, flavors, mouthfeel. Outside of the single 1/6bbl keg earmarked for the dinner, we bottled the balance of the batch in 375ml bottles. Stay tuned for a release date for these toward the end of August. Given the batch size, there will only be a very small number available (a little over 300 bottles).”

  • Thursday September 4th: American Sour Beers Book Signing, Lineage Rye & Wheat Bottle Releases
    Before the book was released, we asked Michael Tonsmiere aka The Mad Fermentationist if he might be interested in doing a book signing of his incredible book American Sour Beers when he was in Boston…Mike said yes! We pulled some special beers out of our cellar in anticipation of his visit to the brewery on Thursday, September 4th. We have the return of Lineage Rye and the introduction of Lineage Wheat – wild saisons featuring locally grown & malted Rye and Wheat respectively from Valley Malt. These beers have been aged for over a year in 500L/132 gallon casks, slowly fermenting with our house wild microbe mixed culture. We’ll also have some beautiful stemmed Lineage Series glasses available, perfect for enjoying these rustic wild saisons. Details/timing of the book signing bottle limits to be determined/announced.

    Last but not least, the brewery has also announced that new, 13oz tulip glasses have arrived and are in stock at the brewery, and will also soon be added to their online store as well. The tulip can be seen below:

    Stay tuned for more updates on some of those upcoming releases with finalized times and such.

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    Beer Works to Open New Location in Waltham

    We had recently reported that Watch City Brewing out in Waltham was shutting down their operation. Well there is now official confirmation of the new occupant and lessee of the former Watch City Brewing and it is a new outlet of the famed Beer Works chain. This Waltham location will be their eighth location as they continue to expand.

    Waltham Councilor Robert Logan confirmed a meeting with Beer Works owner Joe Slesar last Wednesday. He also confirmed that the licensing is in process and that once it is secured, there will be several months of renovations to the now empty space formerly Watch City Brewing. That being said, all is not completely lost regarding the former landmark watering hole: the new Waltham Beer Works will pay tribute to the former brewery by not only trying to acquire the former Watch City clock, but also by naming a to-be-determined tap beer after the local predecessor.

    Many of the neighboring businesses applaud the well respected business for jumping into a lease for the space to keep the downtown Waltham nightlife and business attractions going strong. It is all about drawing in the local residents and working professionals to keep more high profile businesses coming and joining in the small family mom and pop stores to draw a broad customer base.

    The address of the soon-to-be Waltham Beer Works is 256 Moody Street, Waltham, MA. Please stay tuned for further updates down the road.

    Source: Wicked Local Waltham

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    Two Roads Brewing’s Roadsmary’s Baby Returns

    Two Roads BrewingConnecticut’s very own Two Roads Brewing have announced the return of their popular and unique fall seasonal beer Roadsmary’s Baby which is slated to hit the shelves next week. This unique pumpkin beer is made with real pumpkin, vanilla beans and spices and is then aged in Caribbean rum barrels. Below is the full press release:


    Back by popular demand, Two Roads Brewing Company of Stratford, CT announces the return of Roadsmary’s Baby Pumpkin Ale.

    In true Two Roads fashion, Roadsmary’s Baby is not your typical pumpkin ale. Aged in Caribbean rum barrels and made with real pumpkin, vanilla beans and spices, this year’s Roadsmary’s Baby is a sequel unlike any other! At 6.8% ABV, it has a complexity and a depth of character that has become a cult classic amongst its fans.

    Roadsmary’s Baby six packs will start to hit bars and store shelves on August 11th in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and the New York Metro area. But if you just can’t wait until then for this wicked good beer, it will be previewed on draft at the brewery starting at noon on August 6th


    Two Roads opened its doors in December 2012 having earlier acquired and renovated a 100 year old vacant, brick factory building in Stratford Ct. Its name and philosophy are inspired by the Robert Frost Poem “The Road Less Taken”—a philosophy brought to life in the beers they create using state-of-the-art brewing and packaging equipment. Two Roads Brewery is open for tastings Tuesday-Sunday and tours Friday-Sunday. For more information go to www.tworoadsbrewing.com

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