Lamplighter Brewing Opening Friday

Lamplighter Brewing CompanyWell folks, it looks like the long wait is over. Cambridge’s newest brewery, Lamplighter Brewing Company has announced that they’ve been able to pass their final inspection and that their growler counter will be opening to the public on this upcoming Friday.

The brewery which we first mentioned just over a year ago has been a long time coming after taking over a space on Broadway, taking over for a former car garage known as Metric System which had been there since 1977.

The big news broke out on their Facebook page just a few minutes ago as you can see below:

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Based on their website’s beer page, it appears that six beers are in the works although there’s no word yet as to which ones will be available on Friday. Their hours will be Friday thru Sunday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for now and definitely stay tuned for more updates.

Lamplighter Brewing company is located at 284 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139.

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9/23/16 Tap Highlights

Tap Highlights

(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): Deciduous –Arose (APA)
  • Row 34 (Boston): Half Acre – Daisy Cutter (APA)
  • Tip Tap Room (Boston): Jack’s Abbey – Cocoa-Nut Barrel-Aged Framinghammer (Baltic Porter)
  • Lord Hobo (Cambridge): Half Acre – Navaja (DIPA)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Charlestown): Allagash – Fluxus (Sasion)
  • Night Shift (Everett): One Hop This Time: Citra (IPA)
  • Joshua Tree (Somerville): Beer’d – Hobbit Juice (DIPA)
  • Branchline (Watertown): Artifact – May We Have Your Attention Please (Cider)

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

Cheers to a great weekend!

– Dana

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Most Anticipated Brews for the Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration

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For those who may be unaware, one of the best beer festivals in the world is coming to City Hall Plaza in Downtown Boston in 2 weeks!

The line up of brewers, both domestic and foreign, is arguably the best I have seen in the area since the heyday of the Shelton Brothers Festivals and for some strange reason, there are still tickets available to all sessions! (You can get yours now by visiting http://copenhagenbeerfest.com/)

We at CBB HQ were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the beers being poured so if you have not grabbed yours yet, let me try to convince you why you need to attend by sharing a list of my most anticipated brews of the festival.

Note that the list we were provided is subject to change and we do not know if these are bottle or draft pours.

  • Amager/Cigar City: Game of Arms – Both of these breweries definitely know their dark beers and I am very curious to know what an imperial licorice porter tastes like.
  • Angry Chair: German Chocolate Cupcake Stout – Hey look, it’s another Florida brewery getting a lot of hype for their adjunct stouts! Jokes aside, these guys deserve the attention and this is a rare chance to try one of their most sought after products without having to trade for it or get on a plane.
  • B. Nektar: Tuco-style Freakout – Some people who claim to not like mead are going to have their minds changed at this event. B. Nektar puts out some very innovative stuff and I think it is going to be hard to go wrong with a sour, orange blossom mead with agave, lime juice & zest.
  • Beavertown/Prairie: Bourbon Barrel Aged Spresso Coffee Imp  Stout – I had the pleasure of trying several Beavertown brews last time I was in the UK. Considering the combo with Prairie, who know their way around a coffee stout, this should be a winner.
  • Boneyard: Gueuze Cruise – Psyched to try any American take on a gueuze-style, blended wild ale
  • Brouwerij Kees: Caramel Fudge Stout – Hailing from the Netherlands, the name of this beer alone has me drooling a bit.
  • Cellarmaker: Batch 400 – Speaking of drooling, this is an imperial stout aged on cacao nibs, vanilla beans & dried figs, then blended with 1/3 of the total volume bourbon barrel aged stout.
  • Cigar City/The Answer: Good Nightmare Mekong – If you are sensing a trend of listing a lot of adjunct stouts, you are correct! This one is brewed with Vietnamese coffee and vanilla.
  • Cycle: Fixie – For a brewery known for their dark beers, I am curious to see how they handle an IPA.
  • Frederiksdal:  Sur Lie, Reserve and Rancio Vintage 2015 – I have never had the chance to try Danish Cherry wine, but do know how good their cherries are when used in lambics and wild ales.
  • Hill Farmstead: Arthur – Always a favorite, but let’s hope for some surprise rarities, as well!
  • Mikkeller: Spontan Quadruple Raspberry – I am a huge fan of the Spontan series’ take on fruited, spontaneous fermentation beers but they can be hard to pull the trigger on in stores due to the high cost.  A great chance to try some of the rarer versions!
  • Omnipollo: Bianca Raspberry Lassi Gose – These guys are so underrated.  Find out why with one of their delicious, fruited sours!
  • Oud Beersel: Bersalis Sourblend  – One of the OG lambic producers bringing some rarities from across the pond.
  • Siren: Bourbon Barrel Caribbean Choc Cake – Another boundry-pushing English brewery that has not gotten a lot of distro in the States. Very much worth checking out.
  • Superstition Meadery: – War Honey – Dry Hopped Lemon Mead from arguably the best meadery in the US ? Yes, please!
  • Three Floyds: Dark Lord – Incredibly rare to get a chance to try this former whale on the East Coast.  Here’s hoping they sneak in some of the variants!
  • Warpigs (Mikkeller & Three Floyds): Youreallyf*ckedmeup & Imreallyf*ckingfurious – Great name for an Imperial coffee & Vanilla stout, even better pedigree should make this one a must try.

 

If you aren’t sold by anything on my list of highlights, keep in mind that it barely scratches the surface of all the great beer available at this fest and is by no means totally inclusive.  There will definitely be some surprises poured, too!  As someone who is lucky enough to attend the vast majority of fests in the area, take some advice from me: if you go to one fest this year, you can’t go wrong with Copenhagen.  Fantastic beer and mead that you cannot get easily, if at all, in the Boston area and all right in our own backyard.  Add  music from well-known bands like Los Lobos and tons of great food options, as well as being outdoors and easily accessible to public transportation and you know this is not one to miss!

Grab your tickets to any of the 3 sessions on September 23 & 24th now before they sell out at http://copenhagenbeerfest.com and we will see you there!

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Lord Hobo Brewing Expands With Beer Hall

Lord Hobo BrewingLord Hobo Brewing Company out in Woburn have announced via Facebook that they’ll be building out beer hall suited to fit up to two hundred people at their 5 Draper Street brewery.

This new expansion comes nearly a year and a half after they opened and will enable Daniel Lanighan’s brewery to leverage their newly acquired pouring license to expand their selection beyond their own beers including guest taps and a full bar.

Below is a full statement released by the brewery on their Facebook page:

UPDATE… We’ve received site approval for a pouring license from Woburn. There are still some procedural steps that will take a few months, but at some point later this year, we will have a pouring license. The plan is to close down the retail room for a few months, install a 10 BBL Pilot system, install a kitchen, build a 200 seat beer hall, and build out a full bar. As you know, our background is building beer enthused restaurant spaces, so we are eager to build out a beer hall that will make us proud. The Pilot system will allow us to expand offerings beyond our core beers, which will be available for onsite consumption, and for growler fills to go. That system will also allow us to make more predictably scale-able recipes for our 40 BBL System. We are super stoked for this. We’ll keep you posted. As always, thank you for your support. Cheers!

As mentioned in their statement, their retail room will be closed for a few months to accommodate the buildout but stay tuned for more updates as they come in.

Lord Hobo Brewing Company is located at 5 Draper St, Woburn, MA 01801.

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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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9/9/16 Tap Highlights

Tap Highlights

(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): Kent Falls – Lade Øl (Grisette)
  • Row 34 (Boston): Trillium – Vicinity (IIPA)
  • Tip Tap Room (Boston): Wicked Weed – Montmaretto (Wild)
  • Lord Hobo (Cambridge): Artifact – Teacher’s Pet (Cider)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Charlestown): Night Shift – One Hop This Time: Equinox (IPA)
  • Night Shift (Everett): One Hop This Time: Vic Secret (IPA)
  • Joshua Tree (Somerville): Beer’d – Dogs and Boats (DIPA)
  • Branchline (Watertown): Jack’s Abbey – Cucumber Basil Sour (Wild)

 

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

Cheers to a great weekend!

– Dana

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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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