Free Event Alert! Blue Point’s Toasted Tour Comes to Boston!

Happy Thursday, Folks!

JSlay here with a quick note about a free beer event coming up on Saturday in downtown Boston!

Blue Point Brewing is bringing their Toasted Tour to the Lawn on D this Saturday from Noon-9:00PM.  It looks to be a fun afternoon of live music, great food trucks, seafood cooking demonstrations, games, and of course, beer!

Entry is free and food & beer are available for purchase, but space is limited so it is recommended that you RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/blue-point-toasted-tour-boston-tickets-26550954620?aff=efbevent

This is a family friendly event, so children are welcome, as well!

Check out the events tab on Blue Point’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BluePointBrewery/) for more information.

Cheers!

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Goodbye Waltham Beer Works, Hello Brewer’s Tap & Table

Two years ago yesterday, we had announced that Waltham Beer Works would be opening up in the former spot previously held by Watch City Brewing. After numerous delays and permitting issues, it appears that those plans are officially off as we found that, via Eater, that Brewer’s Tap & Table will be opening instead.

According to Eater’s post, the upcoming establishment will have 48 beer taps which will include limited releases as well as local New England beers. Also included will be numerous bourbons as well as gluten-free options.

They plan on having space for around 250 people and their grand opening looks to be taking place sometime in the middle of September and they’re presently hiring via job fairs this weekend as well as next week.

Brewer’s Tap & Table is located at 256 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453.

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Exhibit ‘A’ Announces Grand Opening Date!

Exhibit A BrewingLocated in Jack’s Abby Brewing’s former location on Morton Street in Framingham, Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company’s staff, including founder & brewer Matthew Steinberg, have been hard at work trying to get the place up and running.

With construction and permitting out of the way, it appears that they’re firing up their tanks and will be ready to open soon as announced on Exhibit A Brewing. How soon might you ask? In just 2 weeks, the brewery will open to the public! (August 31st from 3 to 8PM)  A grand opening celebration will also be held on Saturday, September 3rd with more details to come.

Exhibit ‘A’ will be open Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 8PM, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8PM.

The brewery had already teased one of their can designs for their upcoming, first flagship beer which will be known as “Cat’s Meow” although they’re still working on fine tuning the recipe prior to releasing it. Also featured in the preview is their other canned beer which is a kolsch known as Goody Two Shoes. You can see the can designs below:

Goody Two Shoes & The Cat’s Meow preview

The brewery will serve samples and is expected to have several beers by the time they open. A variety of styles will be brewed including kettled sours, porters, and stouts.  More IPAs and pale ales will eventually be released, as well. There will not be flights in the tasting room initially, but growler fills will be available with cans to come later.

Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company is located at 81 Morton St, Framingham, MA 01702.

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8/5 Tap Highlights

Tap Highlights

Guess who’s back?!  Jslay’s back! And he brings with him our weekly round up of the best beers on tap in and around town.

A lot of the great beers from last week’s list are still available so go out and get some!!

(Note that this list is accurate based on online tap lists provided by the respective establishment.  You should always call ahead to confirm a particular beer is still available before making a special trip!)

  • Branchline (Watertown): Grimm – Rainbow Dome (Peach/Apricot sour)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Charlestown): Trillium – Cutting Tiles
  • Five Horses Tavern (Somerville): Boon – Kriek, Trillium – Dusk Trill Dawn
  • Gingerman (Boston): Night Shift/Beer’d BRewing –Organized Play Date (IPA conditioned on pineapple and limes,) Bear Republic – Demolition Derby
  • Joshua Tree (Somerville): Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout, Dugges Tropical Punch Sour Ale. (Be prepared for sticker shock on these at $14 and $12 for 10oz pours!)
  • Lord Hobo (Cambridge): J.Wakefield/Moonlight Meadery – Miss Bee-havior (Blend of beer and mead showcasing the best characteristics of both)
  • Mystic Brewing (Chelsea): Gone Squatchin’ (IIPA)
  • Night Shift (Everett): Mango Simple Sour, Plum Simple Sour
  • Row 34 (Boston): Kent Falls – Lemon Coconut Gose
  • Stoddards (Boston): J. Wakefield – Peaches and Cream
  • Tip Tap Room (Allston) – Captain Lawrence – Hudson Valley Harvest Cherry
  • Yardhouse (Lynnfield): The Bruery –  Quadrupel Tonnellerie (Strong, sour barrel fermented Quad)

If you spot any other gems while out and about this weekend, please add in the comments!

Cheers to a great weekend!

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Fort Point and Seaport: Best Neighborhoods For Beer Lovers

By Tara Scott-Johnson, Trulia

Beer lovers rejoice! The artisan craft of brewing beer is booming in Boston once again. Since 1796, Bostonians have crafted and brewed beer. Boston was considered to be one of the premier beer brewing cities in the United States during the 1800s. In line with Boston’s rich history, breweries, beer halls, and beer related events continue to spring up in Boston. The neighborhoods of Fort Point and Seaport are topping the list of the best neighborhoods for beer lovers with these local favorites.

Fort Point

Trillium Brewing Company, located at 369 Congress Street, opened in 2013 in the Fort Point neighborhood of South Boston. Trillium is a New England farmhouse style brewery. Each day, Trillium updates their case and bottle availability on Twitter. Their fresh batches are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Their daily offerings include Pale Ale, Boston Stout, and Imperial Stout – brewed with coffee, vanilla beans, and cardamom. While sampling is not available at the Fort Point location, sampling and full pours are available at their newly opened Canton location. If you’re looking for fresh oysters and unique beers, Row 34, located on 383 Congress Street, is the perfect spot in Fort Point. Row 34’s rotating list of 24 draft lines along with delicious menu items such as the warm buttered lobster roll will satisfy your seafood and beer cravings.

Seaport

Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall is open daily in Boston’s Seaport District at 306 Northern Avenue. In the beer hall, a Harpoon Beer Captain will serve you a pint from the tap and a fresh pretzel to pair with your brewed draft. Brewery tours are available daily and include the sampling of freshly crafted beer for a mere $5 per person. If you’re looking to brew a few cases of your own handcrafted beer, Hopster’s was voted as one of the top 50 businesses in the U.S. & Boston’s Beer Craft Beer experience. The company plans to open a brewery on Sleeper Street in 2017. Craft Beer Cellar, a specialty beer store originally from Belmont, MA, has expanded their locations to Fort Point. Craft Beer Cellar’s expansive collection of 1,000 beers from 350 breweries will be sure to fulfill your hankering for tasty suds. Be sure to check out their new location on Farnsworth Street opening in 2017.

Event Coming Soon

Nearby Fenway Park is hosting the annual Big Country Boston Beer Crawl on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The event will include 10 local bars, 5 country bands, 5 DJs, drink specials and much more. Tickets are on sale now – early bird tickets are just $15 – with a free Big Country Boston hat included with your ticket purchase.

You can see this event and many more over on our events page.

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Maine Beer Company Announces Significant Expansion

Maine Beer CompanySome big news today coming out of Freeport Maine where Maine Beer Company have announced that they’ll be expanding and nearly quadrupling their production later this year and into next week.

The popular brewery, famous for beers like Lunch, Peeper Ale and Dinner, announced plans to add an additional 20,300 square-feet of space as part of a two-story building. In the new building, additional offices, storage, brewing space and bottling lines will be featured and outside the parking lot would expand by over 300%, going from 30 spots to 125.

The existing 6,000 square-foot space would be converted into a much larger taproom and the retail shop would expand as well in order to meet the ever-growing demand. They also announced plans to add an outdoor patio to the brewery which would also host food trucks.

According to the Portland Press Herald, the brewery’s submitted plans will be reviewed by the Freeport board on August 10th so stay tuned for more updates.

Maine Beer Company is located at 525 US-1, Freeport, ME 04032.

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LAX & Lagers Ticket Contest!

We know you all like craft beer, so why not combine it with some professional Lacrosse?!?

Thanks to the generous folks over at the Boston Cannons, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to this Saturday’s “LAX and Lagers” event at Harvard Stadium this Saturday, 8/6!

Tickets will include access to the pre-game tasting (21+) from 3:00-4:30 PM, as well as entrance to that evening’s Cannons game at 5:00PM. Attendees can sample from a variety of local breweries, including Blue Hills Brewery, RiverWalk Brewing, Bone Up Brewing Company, Harvard Cider Company and more.

To enter our giveaway for a pair of tickets, just follow these steps:

1. Visit & like our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/CraftBeerBoston
2. Like the official Boston Cannons FB page: Boston Cannons
2. Tag another friend in a comment on the contest post on our FB page

We’ll pick a winner Thursday morning!

*Winner and their guest must be 21+, and will show ID upon entering the pre-game events.

If you miss out on the giveaway, tickets are available for $40 and can be purchased by emailing Courtney Larrivey at clarrivey@bostoncannons.com, calling 617-890-6460, or by visiting http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event…

Good luck to everyone!

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7/29 Tap Highlights

Happy Friday, everyone!

It’s time once again to celebrate the weekend, so why not kick it off with a couple of pints of some rare beers at a local watering hole?!?

Here is our weekly list of some interesting/limited beers on tap around town that we think are worthy of heading out for.

(Note that this list is accurate based on online tap lists provided by the respective establishment.  You should always call ahead to confirm a particular beer is still available before making a special trip!)

  • Branchline (Watertown): Omnipollo – Symzonia (Imperial Stout with coffee, cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa nibs)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Charlestown): De Prof – Sour Barrel #3
  • Five Horses Tavern (Somerville): Boon – Kriek, Trillium – Dusk Trill Dawn
  • Gingerman (Boston): Ballast Point – Fathom w/ Orange & Vanilla
  • Joshua Tree (Somerville): Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout, Dugges Tropical Punch Sour Ale. (Be prepared for sticker shock on these at $14 and $12 for 10oz pours!)
  • Lord Hobo (Cambridge): Wicked Weed – Old Fashioned, Lost Abbey – Bourbon BA Angel’s Share
  • Night Shift (Everett): Mango Simple Sour, Plum Simple Sour
  • Row 34 (Boston): Against the Grain – We Shuck on the First Date (Oyster Stout)
  • Stoddards (Boston): J. Wakefield – Peaches and Cream
  • Sunset Bar & Grill (Allston) – Clown Shoes – Exorcism of Rachel Wall
  • Yardhouse (Lynnfield): The Bruery –  Quadrupel Tonnellerie (Strong, sour barrel fermented Quad)

If you spot any other gems while out and about this weekend, please add in the comments!

Cheers to a great weekend!

–Jslay

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Dorchester Brewing Company Opening Thursday

Dorchester Brewing CompanyLate last year we had mentioned that a new brewery was in the works out in Dorchester and it appears to be slated for its grand opening to the public on Thursday, following a private ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow.

Located right in Dorchester, the 25,000 square foot facility will feature a contract brewery as well as a taproom and both a canning and a bottling line. After two years of hard work and over six months of construction, Matt and his team are now ready to host everyone later this week in this georgeous facility. We had the pleasure of checking out the place about 8 months ago and couldn’t​ believe the size of the project.

“We are speechless over the countless people who have taken time out of their daily lives to lend a helping hand, voice their support, show up when we asked and overall, just provide continued encouragement over our project,” the company said in a statement. “The pride in the community really stands for itself and at DBco, we promise to give back to the community and continue to celebrate where we live.”

Per the big announcement on the website, the public will be able to check out the taproom starting on Thursday July 21st from 11:30AM to 11PM. They will also be open on Friday and Saturday from 11:30am to 11pm and Sunday from 11:30am to 9pm.

Dorchester Brewing Company is located at 1246 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02125.

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7/15 Tap Highlights

Tap Highlights

Happy Friday, everyone!

It is going to be a hot one out there this weekend, so why not cool off with some great draft beer at a local watering hole?!?

Here is our weekly list of some interesting/limited beers on tap around town that we think are worthy of heading out for.

(Note that this list is accurate based on online tap lists provided by the respective establishment.  You should always call ahead to confirm a particular beer is still available before making a special trip!)

  • Branchline (Watertown): J. Wakefield – Stush (Lemon Berlinerweisse)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Charlestown): Free Will – Black Friday (Apple Brandy BA Quad), Bruery White Oak
  • Bukowski’s Tavern (Boston): Wicked Weed – El Paraiso Stout, Hermit Thrush Alight #2
  • Five Horses Tavern (Somerville): Grimm – Lumen
  • Gingerman (Boston): Lost Abbey – Angel’s Share, Omnipollo Fatamorgana Double IPA
  • Hugh O’Neil’s (Malden): 6 different Firestone Walker beers going on tap at 7:00PM tonight highlighted by Stickee Monkee
  • Night Shift (Everett): Apple Brandy El Lechedor (Definitely call first if heading out especially for this one as it will likely kick today)
  • Row 34 (Boston): Wicked Weed – Hop Burglar, Bear Republic – Tartare
  • Stoddards (Boston): Mikkeller – Citra single hop IPA, Avery – Samaels
  • Yardhouse (Fenway): The Bruery –  Quadrupel Tonnellerie (Strong Barrel Fermented Quad)

If you spot any other gems while out and about this weekend, please add in the comments!

Cheers to a great weekend!

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