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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7/1 Weekend Tap Highlights

It’s another long, holiday weekend and what better way to kick it off than by checking out some of the great beers on tap around the area!

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!)

  • Hugh O’Neil’s (Malden) – 4 Different Grimm offerings – Psychokinesis, Lucky Cloud, Neon Lights, and Vacay
  • Branchline (Watertown) – OEC/Alvinne – Artista Zynergia (Blend of 6 different sour ales)
  • Night Shift (Everett) – Raspberry Simple Sour (draft only)
  • Bukowski’s (Cambridge) – Captain Lawrence – Barrel Select Gold (Oak Aged Wild Ale), J.Wakefield – Haboob Hits Miami (Oud Bruin sour)
  • Gingerman (Boston) – Breakside – Salted Caramel Stout, Oude Tart w/ Sour Cherries (Bottles only and $32.50, but this is delicious, does not get a lot of distro, and really is only a few dollars over cost)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Charlestown) – Almanac – Tangerine de Brettaville, Bruery – White Oak
  • Publick House (Brookline) – Slaapmutske Flemish Old Style Kriek, 4 lines of Trillium pouring

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

Cheers to a great weekend and be safe out there!–Jslay

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The Alchemist’s New Brewery is OPEN!!!

Alchemist LogoThe Alchemist opened the doors to their new brewery in Stowe, Vermont earlier today! We had previously reported that the new brewing facility would be soon opening last month, on May 10th, and they now have officially cut the ribbon and opened up their arms to the masses.

From their blog:

TODAY (Thursday,June 30), we will be serving samples and selling Focal Banger. We will limit this to 2 four packs per person. This limit is for today only.

$12.50 /four-pack (+tax and deposit)

Starting Tomorrow (Friday, July 1): our beer selections and limits are as follows:
Up to 1 mixed case per person*, to include:
Focal Banger- 2 four-packs
Heady Topper- 2 four-packs
Crusher- 2 four-packs
$12.50/ 4-pack (+tax & deposit) OR $75/case (+tax & deposit)
*not to exceed 2 four-packs per style

They also stated the following:

It has been a long and interesting journey to get here. Words cannot describe how proud we are of our amazing staff. They have been incredibly competent and patient throughout this transition. We also need to give a big shout out to our incredible contractor Sean Gyllenborg and our Project Manager, Mark D’Angelo. To say we wouldn’t be here without them is an understatement. We are grateful for the expertise and support that Justin Bourgeois, of Community National Bank, has given us since the old pub days. Thank you to everyone, from the bottom of our hearts.

Throughout the summer they will be producing and selling Heady Topper, Focal Banger and the Crusher, and, will later on be adding additional beers into their production schedule. You can read more details and get more info on the Alchemist’s The Alchemist: Blog.

The brewery is located at 100 Cottage Club Rd, Stowe, VT 05672

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6/24 Weekend Tap Highlights

Happy Friday, Everyone!

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!)

  • Branch Line (Watertown) – Omnipollo Nautilus (Blueberry sour w/Vanilla and lactose)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Charlestown) – Almanac Coffee Barrel Noir (Imperial stout aged 18 mos. in Woodford Reserve barrels then steeped with vanilla beans and Sightglass Coffee beans.)
  • Night Shift (Everett) – Strawberry Simple Sour (draft only)
  • Row 34 (Boston) – Almanac Hoppy Sour: Equinox
  • Stoddards (Boston) – Black Hog Disco Pig (American Wild Ale)
  • Sunset Bar & Grill (Allston) – Mikkeller California Dream w/ Blood Oranges
  • Tip Tap Room (Boston) – Wicked Weed Ferme Grand-Pere

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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Trillium Tap Room Now Open in Canton!

Trillium BrewingThe long anticipated Trillium Brewing tap room at their Canton brewery is now open!

One caveat is that this is not a place to sit for hours knocking back delicious IPAs.  More in line with tap rooms such as Hill Farmstead, there will be a 20oz limit per person, doled out in four 5oz or two 10oz pours.  This also means no more free 2oz samples, either.

A cool aspect of the facility will be the ability to open a tab in the tap room, then seamlessly purchase bottles, growlers, and other merchandise all on the same bill.  It is dog (leashed) and kid-friendly, as well!

No food will be available on-site initially, but expect food trucks to become a regular staple on weekends.

The Canton brewery was already a cool location to check out even before this opening, so if you haven’t been there yet, we highly encourage you to check it out!

Hours will be Monday-Saturday, Noon-7:30PM with last call coming at 7:00 each evening.

More information including what is currently available on tap can be found at http://www.trilliumbrewing.com/trillium-brewing-canton-location

Trillium’s Canton location is located at 110 Shawmut Rd, Canton, MA 02021

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6/3 Weekend Tap Highlights + Boston Bacon and Beer Fest Contest Teaser!!

Happy Friday, Everyone!

It’s a big weekend with the Microbrew Invitational going on, with many, normally out-of-distro brews popping up on draft lines around town!

Here is our weekly list of some interesting/limited beers 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!)

  • Ginger Man (Boston) – Fiddlehead Brett on the Dance Floor, Fiddlehead Second Fiddle, The Wild Beer Company Sleeping Lemons
  • Lord Hobo (Cambridge) – Grimm Lucky Cloud
  • Branch Line (Watertown) – Mikkeller Spontanpeach, Almanac Hoppy Sour:Azacca
  • Redbones (Somerville) – Wicked Weed Napoleon Complex
  • Night Shift (Everett) – Truman DIPA (draft, growlers and cans), Simple Sour
  • Joshua Tree (Somerville) – New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve
  • Yardhouse (Lynnfield) – Allagash Hive 56
  • Barking Dog Ale House (Haverhill) – Ballast Point Victory at Sea w/ Peanut Butter and Chocolate

As previously mentioned, the Beer Advocate Microbrew Invitational going on at the Seaport World Trade Center this weekend!  While there is nothing incredibly rare being poured, there are still a ton of new, smaller breweries (70+), as well as cideries, meaderies, and even a local saki producer participating!  We think it is definitely worth attending and as of now, there are still tickets available for the Friday evening and Saturday late afternoon sessions.  More information is available at http://www.beeradvocate.com/micro and expect a full review of the event next week!

Finally, keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page for a ticket giveaway this weekend!  The folks behind the Boston Beer and Bacon Festival at Fenway on Sunday June 12th have been kind enough to pass along a few tickets.  Stay tuned for additional details, but in the meantime, you can find out more about the event at https://nightout.com/events/boston-bacon-and-beer-festival/tickets

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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Memorial Day Weekend Tap Highlights

Hooray for 3 day weekends!

Hopefully many of you are already enjoying the official start of summer.  What better way to do so than hitting up some local bars or breweries!

Here is a current list of some interesting/limited beers that we think are worthy of heading out for this weekend.

(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!)

  • Ginger Man (Boston) – Omnipollo Abrahadabra IPA (Smoothie inspired IPA aimed at bringing a creamy yet dry texture. Brewed with oats, wheat, lactose sugar, berries and citra hops)
  • Lord Hobo (Cambridge) – Smoked Cherry Short Weisse (Cherry Berlinerweisse w/smoked malt)
  • Jack’s Abby (Framingham) – All Framinghammer variants (PB&J, Cocoa-nut, Brandy BA, Bourbon BA, Double Barrel, Cordon Rouge, Mole, Coffee, and Vanilla) are still available!
  • Bukowskis (Boston) – Grimm Forcefield IPA, Almanac Saison Delores
  • Night Shift Brewing (Everett) – Roosevelt DIPA (draft, growlers and cans)
  • Trillium (Canton & Fort Point) – Artaic DIPA w/honey (growlers & bottles only, but still worth mentioning!)
  • Five Horses Tavern (Somerville) – Trillium Heavy Mettle DIPA

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

Cheers to a great holiday weekend!–Jslay

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Night Shift Brewing Closes $3M Loan, Expects to Double Production in 2017

Night Shift BrewingExciting news today out of Everett! Night Shift Brewing has closed on a new bank loan to further expand their production and improve the experience of their popular taproom!

The following updates to the current facilities are expected, many going online in the next few months and which include:

  • 11 60bbl fermenters. In total, this will add over 10,000bbls of annual capacity to what’s currently just under 10,000bbls annual capacity. This will bring overall annual capacity to 20,000bbls. Tanks will arrive in stages throughout the year. 
  • A new 120bbl brite tank
  • Wide variety of lab equipment, allowing for a significantly enhanced QA/QC program
  • Install a drive-in cooler for packaged beer
  • Build a dedicated, temperature-controlled barrel storage room, capable of holding 400+ barrels
  • Install a grain silo, increasing brewery efficiency
  • Install a whirlpool vessel to the brewery’s current two-vessel brewing system, allowing brewery to produce more beer in a given day
  • Other construction projects around the brewery including building signage and improvements to the outdoor patio, as well.

All of this will hopefully allow the NS team to focus on more sours, variants of regular releases, and making sure that the core products are available more frequently.  Their growth continues at an exponential rate and we can’t wait to see what this leads to over the next year!

Night Shift Brewing is located at 87 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA 02149.

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