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.

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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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    Waltham’s Watch City Brewing Assets are A Part of History

    As we had covered nearly a month ago now Waltham’s iconic Waltham City Brewing closed its doors and pending a sale via auction. This past Wednesday, July 30th saw about 50 curious and eager bidders crowd into the now defunct Watch City Brewing Company at 256 Moody St in Waltham to try to claim in auction the remaining assets of the iconic brewery.

    Items up for bid included basic serving utensils to a convection oven which sold for $300. There were even former employees who came and laid claim to both a smoker and a Point of Sale (POS) system. The mother load went to a group who won the bidding on the brewing equipment all inclusive for $ 41,000 – this groups is from Barre, MA. It is unknown if the purchased equipment is going to a new brewing operation or not – the buyer only mentioned they were taking to their farm and will elaborate at a later date.

    The iconic “Watch City Brewing Co” clock was also up for bid, but only one person bid in the $250 range and the auctioneer said it was doubtful it would be sold.

    A new tenant has been singed to a lease, so the premises was not up for bid. There is speculation that a new brewery will come in, but nothing is confirmed as of yet.

    Many supporters and patrons who’ve frequented the establishment during its last 20 years of business were shocked at the sudden closure. The brewery closed its doors in June with an announcement that it needed to repair an AC unit. The owner, Jocelyn Hughes, said earlier in July that she wanted to reopen, but at the time owed more than $120,000 to the state in meal taxes, according to the Department of Revenue.

    Several disgruntled former employees, are hoping to finally receive the back pay they are owed now that assets were being liquidated.

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    Mixed News From Night Shift Brewing

    Night Shift Brewing LogoSome mixed news just came out from Night Shift Brewing who have just announced that their newest batch of Whirlpool, which was slated to be canned and released this upcoming Thursday has instead been poured down the drain. It failed to meet their quality standards and they will instead shoot to can and release a new batch on August 19th.

    However they’ve also announced some great news including three new beer releases which are to take place over the next three days, Wednesday through Friday. Two of the new releases are new beers in their popular and experiment Art Series and without further due here are the details:

  • Wednesday at 5PM: Beer’d Brewing Collaboration IPA release
    This American IPA was brewed is an “insanely juicy sipper is loaded with various experimental & NZ hops, and then fermented with pineapples & clementines” that will be available for draft and growler fills. It was a collaboration between Night Shift and Beer’d Brewing from Stonington CT and Aaren Simoncini, Beer’d Brewing’s head brewer and owner will be in attendance.

  • Thursday
    They will be releasing bottles of Wild King, a 2012 collaboration beer brewed with Backlash Brewing. Expect some local raspberries in there as well as some brettanomyces. This will be somewhat of an upgrade for what could and should have been the canning and release of a new batch of Whirlpool. The Backlash crew will be present for this as well although no time has been specified.

  • Friday – 5PM
    A new beer from the Art series will be released, Art #29 which is a Sour Mosaic pale ale aged in oak barrels for 4 months with some wild yeast before being dry-hopped with some Mosaic hops. But that’s not all, they’ll also be releasing Art #30, ‘Honey from Down Under’ which is a hoppy, Ameriacn double brown ale brewed with honey and Southern hemisphere hops.

    Also not a part of this week but on your radar should be a pilsner, a new IPA and new batches of Viva Habanera, Bee Tea, and Somer Weisse.

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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 Brewery Bay & Pepper Your Bretts Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Sculpin IPA American IPA
    Boulevard Brewing Co. Two Jokers Double-Wit Witbier
    Brouwerij Alken-Maes Grimbergen Blonde Belgian Blonde / Golden
    Brouwerij Van Steenberge Piraat Triple Hop Belgian Tripel
    Cambridge Brewing Company Sgt. Pepper Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Central Waters Brewing Company La Petite Mort Weizenbock
    Enlightenment Ales Bière Brut Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
    Evil Twin Brewing Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale American IPA
    Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Biscotti Break American Imperial / Double Stout
    Evil Twin Brewing Joey Pepper Belgian Blonde / Golden
    Evil Twin Brewing Nomader Weisse Berliner Weisse
    Gueuzerie Tilquin Oude Quetsche Tilquin à l’Ancienne Lambic
    Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle Kyritzer Mord Und Totschlag Schwarzbier
    Local Option Bierwerker Morning Wood American Amber / Red Ale
    Meine Hopfenweisse Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn Weizenbock
    Mikkeller Show Me Cuvee Sour Ale
    Pioneer Brewing Company Into the Woods Vienna Lager
    Pioneer Brewing Company Path of the Unknown Imperial / Double Brown Ale
    Pioneer Brewing Company The New Frontier Imperial / Double IPA
    Radeberger Gruppe Braufactum Palor American Pale Ale
    Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Bock Bock
    Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Ruby Redbird Fruit Beer
    Spoetzl Brewery Shiner White Wing Witbier
    Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale American Pale Ale

    Also don’t forget to check out this evening’s complimentary, weekly tastings. Did we miss anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

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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
    ‘t Hofbrouwerijke Flower Power Sour Ale
    Bantam Cider Company Rojo Cider
    Berkley Beer Company Belgian-Style Triple Belgian Tripel
    Berkley Beer Company Coffee Porter Porter
    Berkley Beer Company Farmhouse Ale American Pale Ale
    Berkley Beer Company IPA American IPA
    Berkley Beer Company Red Rye Rye Beer
    Brewmaster Jack Ambrewsia Imperial IPA Imperial / Double IPA
    Cambridge Brewing Company Remain in Light Pilsner
    Cisco Brewing Shark Tracker American Light Lager
    D.L. Geary Brewing Company Ixnay Gluten-Free
    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Theobroma Chili Beer
    Firestone Walker Brewing Company Opal Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Goose Island Beer Co. Madame Rose American Wild Ale
    Howe Sound Brewing King Heffy Hefeweizen
    Howe Sound Brewing Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout American Imperial / Double Stout
    Howe Sound Brewing Three Beavers Imperial Red Ale Imperial / Double Red Ale
    Howe Sound Brewing Total Eclipse of the Hop Imperial / Double IPA
    Jack’s Abby Brewing Baby Maker American Barleywine
    Jack’s Abby Brewing Berliner Style Lager Berliner Weisse
    Maine Beer Company Lunch American IPA
    Meantime Brewing Company Cranberry Stout Fruit Beer
    Meantime Brewing Company Imperial Russian Stout Russian Imperial Stout
    Mikkeller Hues Sour Ale
    Notch Brewing Hootenanny Berliner Weisse
    Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #29: West Coast Double IPA Imperial / Double IPA
    Slumbrew Island Day American IPA
    Steadfast Beer Co. Steadfast Sorghum Pale Ale Gluten-Free
    Stone Brewing Enjoy By 08.16.14 IPA Imperial / Double IPA
    The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse
    The Bruery Tart of Darkness Sour Ale
    The Bruery Smoking Wood Smoked Beer
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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
    21st Amendment Brewery Hop Crisis Imperial / Double IPA
    Bantam Cider Company La Grande Cider
    Boulevard Brewing Co. Two Jokers Double-Wit Witbier
    Brasseurs Sans Gluten (BSG) Belge De Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Brewery Ommegang Gnomegang Belgian Blonde / Golden
    Brewmaster Jack Huell Melon American Pale Ale
    Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Pennant Ale ’55 English Pale Ale
    Clown Shoes Ride The Lion Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
    Evil Twin Brewing I Love You With My Stout Stout
    Heavy Seas Beer Holy Sheet Belgian Dubbel
    Heavy Seas Beer Siren Noire American Imperial / Double Stout
    Maine Beer Company Another One American IPA
    Maine Beer Company Lunch American IPA
    Narragansett Brewing Company Del’s Shandy Radler
    Narragansett Brewing Company Town Beach Imperial / Double IPA
    Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
    Peak Organic Brewing Company Citrus Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project There’s No Place Like There Imperial / Double IPA
    Shacksbury Cider Basque Cider
    Shacksbury Cider Hereford Cider
    Uinta Brewing Company Trader Session IPA American IPA
    Urban Farm Fermentory Baby Jimmy Cider
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    Slumbrew To Open a Taproom at the new Assembly Row

    SlumbrewSlumbrew has announced that the American Fresh Taproom is coming later this month to Somerville’s upcoming Assembly Row development. The set-up is very unique as announced by the developer, Federal Realty Investment Trust – the section where the new Taproom is located is going to comprise of converted shipping containers around a beer garden.

    Based on this location and set-up it appears that the developer has targeted this area of their development to showcase the local Somerville offerings, artisans and foods since the majority of the development comprises of large national retailers and food choices.

    According to the official press release: American Fresh will be located near LEGOLAND Discovery Center, the AMC Theater and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, this outdoor location will introduce the American Fresh Taproom concept to a variety of guests. “We place a really high value on artisanal products so a lot of planning has gone into the selection of foods and planning the overall experience for our guests. Our food concept is based on working with artisan food suppliers, with an emphasis on local or regional products.” Leiter added. All of the food will be served on compostable dinnerware from Verterra. Food suppliers will rotate on a regular basis, but initially includes Fiore Di Nonno and Great Hill Creamery cheese, Olli and Creminelli Meats, When Pigs Fly Breads, Taza Chocolate, Grillo’s Pickles, soups and sandwiches and, for dessert, the Somerville tradition of a Fluffernutter treat.

    The American Fresh Taproom concept art

    The taproom will hold a soft opening July 30 and July 31, with a public opening planned for August 1. On the menu will be sandwiches, charcuterie plates, and more, in addition of course to its own beers. The area will have seating for 60 and as of press time the hours are slated to be: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sundays. There is word that there will be heaters as well so that outside seating areas can perhaps be open until the end of October, weather permitting.

    American Fresh, as a craft beer and food project, has been a dream we’ve had on the backburner for a long time. When asked by Federal Realty to bring Slumbrew and our American Fresh concept to this exciting new area of Somerville, we were thrilled with the opportunity. It’s an exciting time of growth for us.” said Jeff Leiter, co-founder of Somerville Brewing Company.

    Earlier this year Slumbrew also announced the upcoming opening of their brewery and taproom on Ward Street, just southeast of Union Square. Currently, they make their Slumbrew beers out of Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich.

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    Night Shift Brewing Expands Art Series With Two New Beers

    Night Shift Brewing LogoNight Shift Brewing have announced a couple of new beers on this sunny afternoon. Both beers are part of the popular Art Series which has now grown to 25 beers.

    The first of the two, which has gone live on draft this evening is known as Thunder Moon. This summer porter is described as having “rich malt character; notes of chocolate and honey followed by layers of citrus hops & a touch of grains of paradise for a thirst-quenching kick“.

    The second beer, known as ‘The Constable‘ is another IPA that is “soft, delicate and loaded with juicy hop character, bursting with flavors of nectarines, papaya, and candied citrus“. That one will be introduced to the brewery’s tap lines tomorrow and both will be available on draft as well as for growler fills.

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