Harpoon’s Citra Victorious Wins Kettle Cup, Joins 100 Barrel Series

HarpoonHave you ever heard of Harpoon‘s annual Kettle Cup? If you haven’t, it’s their annual competition enabling the brewery staff to team up, brew batches of beers and then go head-to-head against one another for a blind tasting at their annual Vermont retreat. This has been going on for a few years now andjust like in the years past, this year’s winner, Citra Victorious, will now be joining their popular 100 Barrel Series for commercial bottling.

Citra Victorious‘ is a grapefruit-infused, dry-hopped pale ale which features both Citra and Cascade hops along with 96 pounds of grapefruit peel. It was brewed by five women, Carolyn Orth, Jessie Cox, Liz Melby, Merrill Allen, and Shannon Cudmore and come in at 5.8% A.B.V. and 45 IBU. Not too bitter but definitely heavy on the citrus. The beer is supposedly already available so keep your eyes peeled for it as it is a limited release.

And just as an added bonus, here’s a video of brewing process which also features more details about the beer in question:

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What Hit The Shelves This Week

Happy Friday everyone! Below is our weekly list of various beers that hit the shelves this week in and around Boston this week:

Brewery Beer Style
Allagash Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Against the Grain 35K Milk / Sweet Stout
Against the Grain Citra Ass Down American IPA
BrewDog Paradox Jura Imperial Stout
Cisco Cranberry Woods American Wild Ale
Clown Shoes Billionaire English Barleywine
Enlightenment Ales Song of Myself American IPA
Evil Twin Double Barrel Jesus American Imperial Stout
Evil Twin Femme Fatale Blanc American IPA
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break (Bourbon) American Imperial Stout
Evil Twin Table Beer Czech Pilsner
Evil Twin / Crooked Stave Ryan and the Gosling American Pale Ale
Idle Hands Brewing Patriarch Patersbier
Jack’s Abby Brewing Hopstitution XPL #3 (Calyptra) Pale Lager
Left Hand Brewing Wake Up Dead Nitro Russian Imperial Stout
Long Trail Brewing Company Limbo IPA American IPA
Maine Beer Company A Tiny Beautiful Something American Pale Ale
Mystic Brewing Sauterneal Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Notch Brewing Left of the Dial IPA American IPA
Stillwater Artisanal Ales Brontide Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Tröegs LaGrave Belgian Tripel
Tröegs Sunshine Pils German Pilsner
Victory DirtWolf Imperial IPA
Wormtown Be Hoppy American IPA
Wormtown Hopulence Double / Imperial IPA
Wormtown Mass Whole Hefeweizen

Also don’t forget to check out this evening’s weekly tastings. And just in case we might have missed anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

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Two Roads Brewing To Release 3 New Beers on Saturday

Two Roads BrewingTwo Roads Brewing Company out in Stratford, CT have recently announced that they will soon be distributed in Massachusetts as soon as April 28th. Now they’ve also announced three new beers which are slated to be released exclusively at the brewery, on Saturday, starting at noon.

The first of the three beers is ‘Urban Funk Wild Ale’, which will be the first of a new series known as the ‘Captured Yeast Series‘ and it will ring at 5.6% A.B.V. The yeast used in this beer was collected as superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast and was isolated by two Sacred Heart biology professors Kirk Bartholomew and Geff Stopper. The beer will be corked in 375ml bottles and is apparently quite funky.

Their second beer is ‘Krazy Pucker‘ and is a traditional Berliner Weissbier which means a low A.B.V. and which features a refreshing tartness. This one will come in a 3.6% A.B.V. and will be bottled in 500ml bottles.

Last but not least will be their ‘Henry’s Farm Double Bock Lager‘ which has been aged in rye whiskey barrels. At 7.8% A.B.V., this one will be sold in 22oz bottles and apparently features “rich, bready malt character with a smooth whiskey finish from barrel aging.

Interested in these beers? There will be 690 bottles of each beer available at the brewery and each style will come with a two bottle per customer limit for a maximum of six bottles total. Each bottle will be sold for $10 and they will also be available on draft until they run out.

The brewery is located at 1700 Stratford Ave, Stratford, CT 06615.

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What Hit The Shelves This Week

Happy Friday everyone! Below is our weekly list of various beers that hit the shelves this week in and around Boston this week:

American Amber / Red Ale

Brewery Beer Style
Backlash Beer Company Chaos Imperial / Double IPA
Dogfish Head Aprihop American IPA
Downeast Cider House Hard Honey Mead
Great Divide Brewing Company 20th Anniversary Ale Belgian Blonde / Golden
Heavy Seas Beer Riptide White IPA Belgian IPA
Klosterbrauerei Andechs Andechser Vollbier Hell Helles Lager
Long Trail Brewing Company Mostly Cloudy Witbier
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Peak Organic Brewing Company Summer Session Ale American Pale Wheat Ale
Rising Tide Brewing Company Ishmael
Rising Tide Brewing Company Zephyr American IPA
Southampton Publick House Bière de Mars Bière de Garde
Southern Tier Brewing Company Farmer’s Tan Session IPA American IPA

Also don’t forget to check out this evening’s weekly tastings. And just in case we might have missed anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

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Two Roads Brewing & Mass Bev Alliance Sign Distribution Deal

Two Roads BrewingStratford, CT-based Two Roads Brewing Company have come to terms on an exclusive with the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance which is set to launch later this month, on April 28th.

The brewery already had a slight presence in the state through various events but had no distribution. They currently have five year-round offerings and another nine seasonal beers.

Two Road Brewing’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing stated that “we are really excited to work with the five distributors of the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance. We’ve known them and worked with them for a long time during our careers in the beer business. To us, they stand apart based upon their commitment and track record for brand building and their rich history distributing world class beers in the state. MBA has an exceptionally strong infrastructure in place to support its craft beer portfolio. With our retail sales team working alongside of their team, we are very optimistic about our brand’s success in Massachusetts.

The brewery itself has only been around since December of 2012 but has quickly risen into one of CT’s fastest growing ones and we look forward to seeing their beers hit the shelves in just 3 weeks.

Source: Beer Pulse

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Night Shift Releases New Beers, Gives Update On New Location

Night Shift Brewing LogoMassachusett’s busiest brewery, Night Shift Brewing, has announced a new release: Art #21 aka ‘Farmhouse Bramble’, which is a part of their experimental ‘Art Series

This new beer is described as “an experimental dark saison barrel-fermented with fresh blackberries and shiraz grape must. It sips with hints of dark chocolate, ripe berry, tannic oak, black pepper, and a touch of brett“.

It will be released starting tomorrow (Saturday) at noon. There will be a 4 bottles/person and each bottle will cost $15. Only 600 bottles are available, but it will also be available on draft.

But that’s not the only bottle release happening there as they’ve also announced that starting Monday, at 3PM, their popular ‘Ever Weisse‘ will also be released at the brewery. This Berliner Weisse features hints of kiwi, hibiscus and strawberry and there will only be 300 bottles available at $12 a pop and with a 2 bottles/person limit.

These new releases comes just a week after a previous announcement where they released Art #20: El Lechedor. They’ve been very busy and also plan on releasing yet another beer, a meyer lemon and grapefruit zest saison inspired by Art #12 and Art #15. No further details have been shared in regards to that beer expect that it will be bottled and released to their retail partners as well as the brewery.

Lastly, they’ve also shared a brief update in regards to their new location at 87 Santilli Highway in Everett. The new location isn’t quite ready yet, but it looks like they’ll be shooting to move there around early to mid May. The new brewery will be much larger and will have some parking (!) as well. We can’t wait! Expect more news on their move and the new saison soon so stay tuned!

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What Hit The Shelves This Week

Happy Friday everyone! Below is a list of the various beers which have hit the shelves this week in and around Boston. After last week’s busy week, this week is much quieter. But that doesn’t seem that it wasn’t an eventful week. Far from it, especially with Founders’s Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) hitting the shelves alongside the highly anticipated Game of Thrones-themed beer Fire & Blood from Ommegang (season 4 starts on Sunday!). But without further due, here’s our weekly recap:

Brewery Beer Style
21st Amendment Brewing Monk’s Blood Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Amager Bryghus Fru Frederiksen American Stout
Beer Here Kremlin Crude Russian Imperial Stout
Beer Here Mørke Pumpernickel Porter American Porter
Brasserie de La Senne Crushable Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Brewery Ommegang Fire & Blood American Amber / Red Ale
Founders Brewing Co. Kentucky Breakfast Stout American Imperial / Double Stout
Great Divide Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti American Imperial / Double Stout
Left Hand Brewing Smoke Jumper Imperial / Double Porter
To Øl By Udder Means Milk / Sweet Stout
Uinta Brewing Company 21st Birthday Suit Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Also don’t forget to check out this evening’s Weekly Tastings. And just in case we might have missed anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

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Slumbrew Signs A Lease, Settles Down

SlumbrewSomerville-based Slumbrew have shared some very exciting news today as they’ve shared that they were finally able to find a location and sign a lease for their very own brewery. Their new location is 15 Ward Street which is outside of Union Square near Twin Plaza. Just a couple of minutes away from both Taza Chocolate and the Bantam Cidery.

This news comes after both Caitlin and Jeff have worked tirelessly for nearly a year on trying to get both the space and a deal done. According to a Facebook post from Caitlin earlier today, “Our new taproom and brewery will allow us to do a lot of exciting things. Of utmost importance, we need to build another dimension to our brewery business, to gain the ability to be even more agile and expressive with our beers and to have a consistent way to interact with our customers. Another important goal is to bring beer tourism revenue to our home city of Somerville, Massachusetts. This space allows for all of the funky and creative projects we’ve been dreaming about and offers a space for you to come visit, sample, snack and and pick up fresh beer to go“.

Slumbrew Taproom Design

Here’s the official press release from Slumbrew:

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Spiegelau Introduces The New Standard Stout Glass

Spiegelau, already famous for having developed and released the popular standard IPA glass have announced their newest creation: the standard stout glass. Developed in partnership with both Rogue Ales and Left Hand Brewing, the Spiegelau Stout glass “accentuates the roasted malt, rich coffee and chocolate notes that define the Stout beer style while maintaining the functional design characteristics Spiegelau beer glassware has become known for“.

Below is a preview of Left Hand Brewing’s edition the glass courtesy of their Instagram feed:

The new glasses are sold in pair for $24.90 excluding shipping charges and can be purchased here (Spiegelau USA) or here (Left Hand Brewing).

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Craft Beer Newton Introduces Delivery Service

Craft Beer Cellar NewtonEffective this week, the staff over at Craft Beer Cellar Newton has announced that they will now be offering beer (and cider, mead and wine) deliveries from their store to surrounding towns including Boston in an effort to make things even more convenient to their throngs of loyal fans.

And while the minimum order must be of $125 budgets, the owner Brian Shaw and his crew are willing to work with both companies and individuals to help you find some great beers, ciders, sake, meads or wines for your next office party, cookout, birthday party, happy hour celebration or holiday party. You can find out more information about that service on the following page. Best of all, they will work with you to customize and help you pick out your order if you need help.

Please note that not all Craft Beer Cellar locations offer deliveries and if interested you should contact whichever location and ask accordingly.

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