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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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
Against the Grain Tall Tale Sour Ale
Allagash Farm to Face Flanders Red Ale
Anchor Brewing Company Winter Wheat Winter Ale
Banner Beer Company Banner IPA American IPA
Bantam The Americain Cider
Bear Republic Brewing Co. Racer X® Imperial / Double IPA
Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout American Imperial / Double Stout
Cascade Elderberry Sour Ale
Cisco Brewers Inc. Winter Shredder Winter Warmer
Dogfish Head Beer 1000 Golden Lager
Dogfish Head Olde School American Barleywine
Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail Imperial / Double IPA
Evil Twin Nomader Weisse Berliner Weisse
Evil Twin Sour Bikini Sour Ale
Finch’s Beer Company Stache in the Wood Stout
Great Divide Brewing Company Peach Grand Cru Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Gueuzerie Tilquin Oude (Gueuze Tilquin)² à L’Ancienne Lambic
Gueuzerie Tilquin Oude Quetsche Tilquin à l’Ancienne Lambic
Jack’s Abby Kiwi Rising India Pale Lager
Left Hand Brewing Company Fade to Black Rye Beer
Maine Beer Company Lunch American IPA
Mystic Brewery Spectral Evidence Stout
Mystic Brewery Three Cranes Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Rising Tide Ursa Minor Stout
Night Shift Brewing Taza Stout Stout
Otter Creek Brewing Kind Ryed IPA American IPA
Peak Organic Winter Session Ale Winter Ale
Sixpoint Brewery Global Warmer Imperial / Double Red Ale
Stone Brewing Smoked Porter w/ Chocolate & Orange Peel American Porter
The Matt Brewing Company Saranac Caramel Porter American Porter
The Matt Brewing Company Saranac Legacy IPA American IPA
The Matt Brewing Company Saranac Long John Lager Dunkel Munich Lager
Tröegs Brewing Company Blizzard of Hops American IPA
Two Roads Brewing Company Holiday Ale Bière de Garde
Victory Brewing Harvest Ale American Pale Ale
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Trillium Brewing Announce Fall Beer Release Schedule

Trillium BrewingBoston’s rising star Trillium Brewing have just announced their fall release schedule which features four distinct craft beers which are to be made available to the public starting yesterday. That’s right folks, JC and his crew have been very busy on all fronts, brewing up some pretty amazing stuff including another dry-hopped IPA amongst other things.

Below is the lineup and their release information:

Thursday October 23rd, 4PM: Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale
While not exactly new, they’ve replaced Citra hops with Galaxy hopsm once again, and used about 30% more. There is a one case per person limit and in case they run out, another batch will be released on Tuesday October 28th.

Thursday October 23rd, 4PM: Big Sprang
Available for growler fills, this is a second take on their popular Kolsch-style beer known as Sprang which was released earlier this year. They used their remaining inventory of Nelson Sauvin hops in this batch and it will also be hitting some of their nearby draft beer accounts in the next few days as well. (Row 34, Publick House, etc…) Missed it? That’s okay, a second round will land at the brewery on Saturday October 29th.

Sometime in November: Stonington
Stoning is a New England Wild Saison fermented with a native New England mixed microbe culture captured from grape skins from the vineyard where Trillium founders JC and Esther Tetreault were married. It’s also a fitting homage to their union and will be available on draft at Lord Hobo on October 27th starting at 9:30PM once the Lord Hobo Trillium Beer Dinner event is over. They will also be bottling this beer at some point next month for a brewery release. Stay tuned for updates on this one if you can’t make it to Lord Hobo.

Sometime in November: Vicinity
This beer is being brewed as part of Row 34‘s one year anniversary celebration which is to take place next month. This popular establishment is just steps away from Trillium Brewing and frequently has special kegs of beer from the brewery, often with a small twist such as a coffee-infused Pot & Kettle. So in their honor, Trillium will be brewing up Vicinity, which they described as a “beautifully hazy blonde double IPA busting at the seams with citrus oil, dank pine resin and tropical fruit and crisp, dry, bitter finish“. No date has been released for this one either, but it will be available for growler fills at the brewery as well as on draft at Row 34 on release day.

Stay tuned via our various social media outlets for more updates.

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Some Updates from Lawson’s Finest Liquids

Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest Liquids, out in Vermont, has been a very busy man. One of his beers, Maple Tripple, recently won a silver medal at Colorado’s hugely popular Great American Beer Festival and he has also launched a brand new website. He also collaborated, once again, with the Otter Creek Brewing Company folks to release a second batch of their popular Double Dose IPA which came out a few weeks ago. So it’s only fitting that he keeps things going on a full throttle as he now looks to try and get his Sip of Sunshine beer canned. That’s right folks, Sip of Sunshine will soon be available in 16oz cans! Sean will be travelling to Virginia to the Ball Plant to oversee and approve the initial production and the cans should be available, hopefully, by the end of December.

He will also be taking what he referred to as a “Sabbeerical“, enabling him to focus on a few things such as making improvements to his brewing facility and also enabling him to meet with other brewers to keep working on various collaborations. The two collaborations that are announced are with breweries he’s already collaborated with, and they are, you might have guessed it, with Tree House Brewing as well as Otter Creek Brewing. No major details on the beers have been released as of right now except that the latter of the two collaborations which will be known as “Double or Nothing!” and will be a dark, cellarable beer. It should be available later this winter.

Last but not least, it appears that they will also be collaborating with the folks over at New England Brewing Company out in Connecticut and that beer will be released sometime in the first half of 2015.

So while Sean Lawson and his crew keep busy, it appears that the future ahead if very bright and filled with many delicious beers as always. Fans can look forward to seeing those cans later this year and the improvements to the brewing facilities will only make things better for all as they upgrade their Co2 valves, storage and lighting, amongst other things. Stay tuned for more updates down the road.

More details are available on the Lawson’s Finest Liquids website over here.

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Jack’s Abby Announces Barrel-Aged Berliner Lager Release Schedule

Jacks AbbyJack’s Abby Brewing have just announced the upcoming release schedule for three variants of their Berliner Lager. Each variant has been barrel-aged in oak barrels with various types of fruit and all three variants will be released a week apart from one another, starting this upcoming Wednesday starting at noon.

The schedule for these releases look as follows:

  • 10/15: Cranberry BA Berliner Lager
  • 10/22: Cherry BA Berliner Lager
  • 10/29: Plum BA Berliner Lager
  • 11/5: Cranberry, Cherry and Plum Blended Version
  • Each release will be available for both tasters and 32oz growler fills.

    Jack’s Abby Brewing is located at 81 Morton Street, Framingham, MA 01702.

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    New Beers from Night Shift Brewing & Jack’s Abby Brewing

    Two of our favorite, local breweries are about to be releasing some new beers this week. Framingham-based Jack’s Abby Brewing will be releasing a new lager wine on Wednesday October 10th at the brewery. This barrel-aged beer is a follow-up to their Baby Maker beer but with a tweaked recipe. Coming in at 13%, Bride Maker was made using special B malt to “give it more color and body as well as notes of caramel, toffee and dark fruits“.

    Bottles of it will be only available at the brewery, at least for now and there will be no limit on how many you can buy. This is a great opportunity for many to stock up as this will cellar well. It is also a fitting tribute to the fact that four members of their staff recently got married. No word on pricing as of yet but people can start buying it at noon when the brewery opens.

    Secondly, a new beer from the ever-so-busy Night Shift Brewing team out in Everett. They will be releasing a beer later today, starting at 3PM at the brewery, known as Darkling.

    This 10.3% A.B.V. imperial stout “coats the palate with rich notes of roasted chocolate and oaked bourbon.” according to a description from the brewers. There will only be 200 bottles of it being released at $20 per bottle and a one bottle per person limit. Expect those to go fast. On the upside, if you’re out there and you miss out, they have plenty of others beers on tap and best of all, Island Creek will be there slinging freshly shucked oysters to the masses.

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    Night Shift Brewing’s 2015 Barrel Society Membership Information Released

    Night Shift Brewing LogoNight Shift Brewing out in Everett have just released more information about their 2015 Barrel Society Memberships.

    The registration for those memberships will be opening up tomorrow, Wednesday October 1st at noon. Renewals have already been available for existing barrel society members for the past two weeks which means that the remaining, limited spots are expected to go quickly.

    This year they’ve also added a tiered membership system which is as follows:

    • Aficionado: (1 bottle of each beer = 7 bottles total); $150 membership
    • Connoisseur:(2 bottles of each beer = 14 bottles total); $250 membership
    • Cellarmaster:(4 bottles of each beer = 28 bottles total); $450 membership

    Each tier will give members access to seven different barrel-aged beers throughout the course of the year alongside the following additional perks:

    • Two exclusive 2015 Barrel Society snifters
    • One 2015 Barrel Society membership t-shirt (option for 2nd shirt)
    • Option to purchase Barrel Society hoodie
    • Priority to purchase extra bottles of each beer
    • Exclusive access to Barrel Society taproom draft line
    • End-of-year party for all 2015 members
    • Exclusive access to purchase leftover 2014 Barrel Society bottles
    • First rights to renew your membership for 2016
    • If a gift, a complimentary “Welcome” card with membership details (envelope included)

    Some of the beers that are have planned are an imperial stout, a Belgian-style quad, an imperial saison; a wheat wine, a wild red ale blend, a sour ale with exotic fruits and a sour ale with stone fruits. The beers could however change based on ingredient availability and feasibility by the brewers.

    You can find out more information on the sign-up page which is accessible right over here.

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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
    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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