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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    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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