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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    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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