MassBeerWeek To Return in November

Mass Beer WeekFor the first time since it’s hiatus in 2013, BeerAdvocate has announced the grandiose return of Mass Beer Week which is to take place later this year, in November, for ten days.

The state-wide event will be used to promote craft beer by partnering with local bars, shops and breweries and setting up a variety of tours, and dinners and social events. Not many details have been released right now but it’s worth noting that it will be taking place from November 4th through the 13th. It also looks like it will slightly overlap with Maine’s Beer Week as well.

Below is the official statement from BeerAdvocate:

(Boston – January 7, 2016) BeerAdvocate is proud to announce the launch of Mass Beer Week. The inaugural celebration is planned for November 4–13, 2016 and will focus exclusively on Massachusetts brewers, their beers and the supporting beer community.

Brothers Jason and Todd Alström, founders of BeerAdvocate and Massachusetts natives, will spearhead the not-for-profit cause and create an informal advisory board to ensure goals are met and new ideas explored. Locals and visitors can expect plenty of education, brewery tours, tastings, dinners, social gatherings and much more from this 10-day statewide event.

“The Mass. beer scene has exploded since we started BeerAdvocate in 1996. There’s now well over 100 breweries in the state, brewing thousands of beers, and it’s awesome! Hell, Treehouse Brewing Company currently has the No. 1 beer on our website and they’re less than a mile from where we grew up in Monson. It’s time to celebrate Mass. beer,” explains Jason.

Todd adds: “We look forward to celebrating the growth of local beer in Massachusetts, bringing awareness to its scene and working with the industry and its supporters in putting Mass Beer Week on everyone’s calendar.”

More information will be released later this year and you can also see updates on the official MassBeerWeek website.

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Trillium Brewing’s Canton Location Opening Tomorrow

Trillium BrewingAbout ten months ago we had posted about Trillium Brewing‘s new location which would be opening later this year out in Canton. Well fast forward through some new hiring, a lot of hard work and some brand new tanks and the brewhouse and taproom are now ready to host their loyal fans. JC and Esther have officially announced that the brewery will be making its public debut tomorrow after playing host to a few soft openings over the course of the last few days.

The new 16,000 FT² facility has an open floor design where a variety of beers have already been produced and released in the last few weeks including Launch Beer, Scaled and most recently Free Rise. It will also feature a taproom where 2oz complimentary samples will ve available as well as a retail space for merchandise, growler fills and bottles.

To celebrate this milestone, they will be closing their Fort Point location in Boston tomorrow so that their entire crew can be in Canton to celebrate, and they will then resume their regular hours of operation from Tuesday on. Tomorrow’s hours in Canton are from noon to 7:30PM. After tomorrow both locations will have the following hours of operation:

  • Monday: 4-7:30PM
  • Tuesday: 4-7:30PM
  • Wednesday: 4-7:30PM
  • Thursday: 12-7:30PM
  • Friday: 12-7:30PM
  • Saturday: 12-6PM

You can find out more information about the Canton location on a special page located here.

Right now ten beers are available in Fort Point while six are in Canton but expect things to change as things settle down and they figure out the logistics out between both breweries so make sure to keep checking the availability page or their Twitter feed for updates.

The Canton brewery is located at 110 Shawmut Road, Canton, MA 02021.

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Pretty Things Beer And Ale Project Calls It Quits

Pretty Things Beer & Ale ProjectAfter more than seven years in business it appears that Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project will now be coming to an end as confirmed by their official statement released on their site earlier today.

The heartbreaking news came as a shock to many and despite not having an official brewery to call home, the duo of Martha and Dann found success with some of their beers including their flagship Jack D’or.

Below is the official statement they released:

Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project is drawing to a close.

Seven years ago we sold our first glass of beer at The Publick House in Brookline. We didn’t foresee then that our strange project would become such a part of our lives.

It has been a crazy fun time. We’ve dressed up in more costumes than a Bob Hope special. Amazing employees and friends have conspired with us along the way. Bocky, Anya, and John Funke have channeled our project almost better than we have done ourselves. And we found a rag tag group of like-minded creative brewers out there in the world as well.

Brewing our beers has been a great labor and a great joy. But best of all we shared it with so many great beer drinkers. It really feels like we met you all. We’ve stood in shops, bars, restaurants, on stages, in VFW halls. Sometimes you were already fans. Sometimes you spat out our beer. Sometimes you just fancied a chat. We always felt happy to meet you by the end. It was always fun, or funny, or we sold a beer, or learned something. Many of you became friends. We’ve loved drinking beers with you.

We hope our beers brought you joy and brought you closer together. There’s no greater goal for a batch of beer or a project like ours.

After seven years it’s time to draw the curtains and head off to a new adventure. A poorly drawn grain of barley called Jack D’Or made this whole thing possible. He’ll be coming with us.

Their final batches of beers will be hitting the shelves in the next few weeks and in sufficient quantities to last until 2016 at which point we shall simply move on, much like they will.

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Flying Dreams Brewing Comes To Worcester, Opens Up Taproom at Peppercorns

Flying Dreams BrewingThere’s a newcomer in Worcester, Mass over at Peppercorns. In the space formerly occupied by Wormtown Brewing Company, who have built a brewery and since moved out, now comes Flying Dreams Brewing Company. Dave and his teamhave released the following press statement:

WORCESTER, Mass.Flying Dreams Brewing Company, a Worcester-based brewery co-located with Italian restaurant and Worcester main-stay Peppercorns, is proud to announce the grand opening of its tap room and brewery, located at 455B Park Avenue, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Dates and Times:

  • Friday, November 20th – 3:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 21st – 12:00 to 10 p.m.

    The two-day event will feature two of its locally crafted ales – “Dreaming of Summer” and “Nightcrawler” – both of which are brewed on-site, each undergoing a longer and more refined brewing process than their contemporaries. These ales are packed with flavor and go down smooth.

    Flying Dreams’ “Dreaming of Summer” is an American-style Saison, known to many in the brewing community as a “Farm House Ale”, has historical Belgian origins and is typically brewed in the cooler months of the year, while Flying Dreams’ “NIghtcrawler” is an American-style Dark Ale woven from dark malts – and popping with hops. While the roots of each beer are quite different, they hold true to one principle: each ale is brewed with great care and craftsmanship – with a longer brewing process than other craft ales.

    When I began brewing beer it was a hobby, but once I peeled away the layers of the process – the craft – it became my passion,” said Dave Richardson, Flying Dreams Brewery Co.’s Founder and Brewmaster. “I decided that if I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it right. I earned a Master’s Degree in Brewing Science and Engineering from UC Davis, from there I went on to co-own the well-respected Gardner Ale House for almost a decade, and then decided it was my time. My vision was to take traditional brewing techniques and give them a twist – my twist. I’ve done that and I can’t wait to share these beautiful ingredients and flavors with this community.

    Dave and his team at Flying Dreams encourage everyone to visit, celebrate his craft and take home some growlers of ales – just in time for Thanksgiving.

  • You can find out more information about Flying Dream Brewing Company on their Facebook: Flying Dreams Brewing Company.

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    Boston’s First Contract Brewery Coming in Early 2016

    Dorchester Brewing CompanyBoston’s first, dedicated contract brewery will be opening up in early 2016 and is currently in the process of being built out over in Dorchester. Dorchester Brewing Company will be located at 1246 Mass Avenue and will feature a 25,000 square foot facility where brewers will be able to produce, package and market their beers in significant quantities. A canning as well as bottling line will be available and unlike Mercury Brewing in Ipswich, this space will also feature a taproom as well as a workspace enabling industry folks and brewers to interact and work together as needed.

    Below is Dorchester Brewing Company’s full press release:

    DORCHESTER, MA (November 10, 2015) – Dorchester Brewing Company ( today announces their plans to open a dedicated 25,000 square foot contract brewing facility at 1246 Massachusetts Ave in Spring 2016. The brewery, which is currently under development, will fill an industry void by supporting regional craft brewers with beer production, packaging and marketing support in a state-of-the-art facility, which will also feature tours, a 2,000+ square foot tasting room and a collaborative workspace open to brewers and the local startup community.

    The brewery will feature a full suite of services where craft beer brands, large and small, can produce, package (bottling, kegging, and canning), barrel age, market and store their beers and materials. Head Brewmaster, Todd Charbonneau, former Head Brewer of Harpoon Brewery for ten years, will oversee production on multiple brewing systems and ensure premium quality control measures, guaranteed brewing and packaging times and overall product consistency. The brewery will offer the public the opportunity to experience the process of craft beer brewing firsthand through tours and tastings in their 20-line tap system. In addition to uniquely supporting the brewing community, the facility will also act as a collaborative workspace for local organizations, residents and small businesses.

    “As the regional craft beer industry continues to expand, we’re excited to be offering a superior, cost effective, predictable solution and suite of services to brands to brew their beer and grow their businesses,” says Dorchester Brewing Company CEO and Co-founder, Matt Malloy. “In addition to removing many burdens faced by brewers today, we look to create a highly collaborative environment and help level the playing field for the brewers that dedicate their lives to making great beer.”
    The Dorchester Brewing team is comprised of several seasoned founders from the business and brewing community who came together to create a better option for brewers while helping to revitalize an up and coming Dorchester neighborhood. As a premier contract and partner brewing facility, similar to Zipcar, Uber and Airbnb, Dorchester Brewing Company looks to provide shared access to high-quality equipment and services that most brewery startups, along with small and medium-sized brewers, simply can’t afford or choose not to invest in.

    Stay tuned for more updates as they continue to build things out. You can also check them out on Dorchester Brewing Company and Facebook: Dorchester Brewing Company.

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    Local Craft Brewfest Tickets Giveaway

    6th Local Craft BrewfestThe generous folks over at Boston Local Food have generously coughed up a couple of tickets that we’re giving away to their 6th annual Local Brewfest which is to take place on November 20th in Boston. The venue is Cruiseport Boston, on Black Falcon Avenue, a bit past Harpoon. With over a dozen of
    local breweries, distillers and vendors, it’s sure to be a helluvah good time. Both tickets are valued at $100 and the winner will be picked next Monday and contacted by email.

    You can enter the giveaway by clicking on the button below or through the special tab over on our Craft Beer Boston page on Facebook.

    You can also find out more about the 6th annual Local Craft Brewfest on the official event website over here and can purchase tickets there. Good luck!

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    WZLX Craft Beer Experience Tickets Giveaway

    WZLX Craft Beer Festival We partnered up with the generous folks over at the 100.7 WZLX who were generous enough to offer up two pairs of tickets to their upcoming WZLX Craft Beer Experience which is to take place on October 9th and 10th out at the Cyclorama in downtown Boston.

    The WZLX Craft Beer Experience will feature two sessions where tons of breweries, including local ones will be pouring over 120 different beers. The breweries include such names as Jack’s Abby, Devil’s Purse, Proclamation Ale, Mayflower and many others will be on hand. A few cideries will also be present and the full list can be seen on the event’s website and there’s more than 40 announced!

    There are many ways for you to enter, including daily bonuses and all entries must be from participants who are 21+. We will randomly select two winners who will be contacted by email once the contest is over and who will each get two tickets to the session of their choice.

    You can enter the giveaway by clicking on the button below or through the special tab over on the Craft Beer Boston page on Facebook.

    You can also find out more about the WZLX Craft Beer Experience on the official event website over here and can purchase tickets there. Good luck!

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    [UPDATE] Jack’s Abby Brewing Sign Lease, Expanding To New Space

    UPDATE:The taproom’s grand opening will be taking place tomorrow, September 30th at their regular hours which are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 8PM. They will have nearly twenty beers available including some of the Framinghammer variants as well as two of their sours which have been bottled for the first time ever.

    The new brewery is located at 100 Clinton Street in Framingham.

    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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    Navigation Brewing To Expands In New Space

    Navigation Brewing CompanyLowell’s first and only maritime-themed brewery, Navigation Brewing have announced that they will be moving from their current spot, a 1,200 sq. ft. modest garage bay, and into a new space which will be almost three times bigger.

    Construction at the new facility has already begun over in the revitalized Mill Building, and they’re expected to move in and open up to the public in early November. Their new location will have more than 3,000 fq. ft. of space for their taproom as well as a beer garden. They still plan on pouring flights, pints while also selling growlers and bottles, but with the added bonus of now having enough space to host events as well.

    The Mill Building, also known as the Western Ave Studios is home to over 300 varying artists and is located at 122 Western Ave, Lowell, MA 01851. And while PJ and Bob still face quite a bit of red tape as the finalize plans for the move, they’re trying to bring in their old equipment and will also most likely be upgrading some of it and they will be operating at their old location through October as well, following their current schedule.

    As far as their brewing schedule, it won’t skip a beat and they still are planning on brewing new batches of their pale ale, IPA, Double IPA and Milk Stout. They will also brew some of their ‘Art of Darkness’ series brews which include their double porter, coffee porter, chocolate oatmeal stout and winterwarmer later this year, most likely after the move once the temperatures drop a bit.

    Stay tuned for more updates as things fall into place but we definitely look forward to paying them a visit at their new spot once it opens.

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    Idle Hands Craft Ales Sign New Lease, Headed to Malden & Enlightenment Ales Update

    Idle HandsEarlier this year, Chris Tkach and his wife Grace had announced that Idle Hands Craft Ales would be shutting down their Everett-based brewing operations because of the Steve Wynn Casino projects. Everyone was very upset, their future was uncertain, but they are now excited to let everyone know that they’ve managed to find a new location out in Malden and have signed a new lease to lock it down.

    The new location, which is located at 89 Commercial Street, Malden, MA, right next to Kappy’s and just a few hundred yards from the Malden Center T stop on the orange line and commuter rail.

    The new location is going to be significantly bigger and they now need to start the process of re-applying for new licences as also need to start moving the equipment over to the new location. Their goal is to hopefully re-open for business in early 2016 and you can read more about this Idle Hands Craft Ales: Blog.

    As far as Enlightenment Ales who used to be based out of Idle Hands, we also got word that Ben Howe will not be migrating to the new facility in Malden and has instead decided to move to rural Denmark to join a farmhouse brewery out there as the head brewer. He’s already been there for a few weeks and you can Enlightenment Ales: Blog. Unfortunately this also means the end of the road for Enlightenment Ales.

    Stay tuned for more updates on Idle Hands over the course of the next few months as plans come together.

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