Monthly Archives: December 2013

What Hit The Shelves This Week

Here’s a list of various beers that hit the shelves this week in and around Boston. It’s been a relatively quiet week for beer releases due to Christmas but below is what has hit the shelves.

Brewery Beer Style
Abita Grapefruit Harvest IPA India Pale Ale
Boulevard Brewing 2013 Imperial Stout Imperial Stout
Brewmaster Jack HBC 342 White Indian Pale Ale
Full Sail Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Imperial Stout
Kasteelbrouwerij De Dool Ter Dolen Kriek Fruit Beer
Sebago Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine Barleywine
The Bruery Rueuze Sour Blonde Ale
The Tap Snow Bound English Strong Ale

Did we miss anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

Hoppy Holidays!

Just a quick post wishing you all a very merry, Hoppy Holidays. That’s right, We don’t want just happy, we want hoppy too! We all hope that you have some great beer(s) to drink over the next few days. Whether it’s going to be an imperial stout, a winter warmer or an IPA, there’s a ton of great beer in the Boston area and we should all be thankful for it.

Also don’t forget to connect with us on our Facebook page, on Google+ and on Twitter. As always, thanks for reading and we’ll ee you all in a few days!

Chef Extraordinaire Bissonnette Debuts His Own Beer

Jamie Bissonnette, a former Iron Chef contestant, chef and owner of Coppa and Toro in the South End of Boston, alongside the newly opened Toro in NYC is reported to have brewed and released his own beer. The beer in question is a witbier, is known as PureBiss and is described as featuring spruce tips, grapefruit zest, and kaffir lime leaves.

The beers are available at both of his restaurants for $13 a pop and is also available on draft at Sonny’s tavern in Dover, NH. We are hoping that this will change (and expand) to more locations in the near future. Little else is known as to where it was brewed and how much involved he had but knowing his level of dedication to his food and restaurants, we can all assume that it was a hands on experience for him.

What Hit the Shelves This Week

Here’s a list of various beers that hit the shelves this week in and around Boston.

Brewery Beer Style
21st Amendment Brewery Sneak Attack Saison
Allagash Brewing Midnight Brett Ale American Wild Ale
Avery Brewing Mephistopheles Imperial Stout
Backlash Death Russian Imperial Stout
Bear Republic Racer X Double IPA
Brooklyn Brewing Black OPS Russian Imperial Stout
Brouwerij De Molen Cease & Desist Russian Imperial Stout
Jack’s Abby / EvilTwin Brewing Jack’s Evil Brew Schwarzbier
Narragansett Brewing Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout Milk Stout
The Bruery 6 Geese-A-Laying Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Uinta Brewing Yard Sale Winter Lager

Did we miss anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

Prohibition Pig Gets A Brewing License

American restaurant and craft beer mecca Prohibition Pig out in Waterbury, Vermont has some exciting news to share with everyone today as they’ve officially be approved for a brewing license earlier today.

The news was share earlier via social media outlets from the restaurant’s page as a screenshot from an email that came from the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Below is the screenshot:

Prohibition Pig is already quite famous and has quite the following as it’s one of the few places in VT to serve Heady Topper on tap alongside other world-class beers including ones hailing from Hill Farmstead and other local ones like Trapp Lodge Brewing, Rock Part, Lawson’s Finest and a few others. Oh and did we mention that their food is supposed to be pretty damn good as well?

We’re quite excited at the prospect of seeing what could be, the beginning of another fine Vermont-based brewery, but only time will tell how well they’ll put that license to use. They did however mention that they have 12 Pappy Van Winkle barrels that could use some filling so we’ll definitely have to keep an eye out for that! In the interim, the masses can continue to get some food and enjoy their extensive selection of bottled beers and drafts.

Could The Alchemist Be Expanding Soon?

Alchemist LogoAccording to a a recent article on Business Insider it appears that Vermont-based brewery The Alchemist could be expanding with a second location. Wife and husband partners Jen and John Kimmich have been reported to be out and about looking to either expand their current and newly launched retail location or expand with a second brewery at a new location.

No current timetable is set for this but the brewery has been experiencing growth pains for a few years now, mostly due to the enormous success of their world famous Heady Topper, a double IPA which continues to gain the admiration of many, far and wide.

Heady Topper aside, the brewery has also been brewing a few other beers including Celia, a sorghum-based, gluten free beer and a very elusive Petit Mutant, an American-style wild ale brewed with some very expensive Montmorency cherries and several quarts of concentrated Montmorency juice from Wisconsin.

Could more readily available Heady Topper be something of the future? We sure as hell hope so! Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to follow this (and hope that it actually happens).

Introducing the U.S.’s First Official Trappist Brewery: Spencer Trappist Ale

As of yesterday, Spencer Trappist Ale has officially become the world’s ninth officially recognized Trappist brewery joining the likes of Brasserie de Rochefort, Bières de Chimay, Brouwerij Westvleteren and a few others and also becoming the U.S.’s very first one. The Spencer-based brewery which is associated with St. Joseph’s Abbey will begin to produce their Trappist beer which is set to start hitting the shelves at some point next year.

Not too much is known about their plans but a leaked label indicates that the blond ale (dubbel) will have a 6.5% A.B.V. and will be featured in 33cl bottles (11.2 fluid ounces), which is slightly smaller than the standard 12 fluid ounce bottles in the U.S. and the proceeds will go towards sustaining the abbey itself and their charitable work as well.

Below is a leaked version of their beer label:

Spencer Trappist Ale now joins the ranks of the other eight, officially recognized Trappist Breweries which has six in Belgium, one in Austria, another in the Netherlands and now this one in the U.S. Stay tuned for more information in regards to Spencer Brewing as we look forward to them releasing their beer to the masses.

Yuengling To Make Its Boston Return in March

Yuengling LogoWhile no official announcement or statement has been made from either sides, it looks like the L. Knife & Son Inc., Seaboard Products, Craft Brewers Guild of Boston, ABI House of Quality, Girardi, Williams and Atlas Distributing have won the Yuengling contract for distribution in Massachusetts.

The Pennsylvania brewery hasn’t been distributed in the state in over two decades but are returning to much anticipation by many. Little information is known as to the extent of what will be distributed, but the brewery currently produces seven different beers and are working on seasonal summer wheat which is due out next summer. We have high hopes that all of them will be available including their premium, their porter, and their Black & Tan offerings.

On the upside, a leaked version of their summer wheat beer does have our state appear on top of it which means that we’d most likely be getting it near the end of May or early June. See the label below:

Stay tuned for more information and updates.

What Hit the Shelves This Week

Here’s a list of various beers that hit the shelves this week in and around Boston.

Brewery Beer Style
Boulder Beer Co Killer Penguin American Barleywine
Dogfish Head Piercing Pils Czech Pilsener
Emelisse Crème Brûlée Stout Imperial Stout
Emelise Smoked Coffee Porter Porter
EvilTwin Bourbon Imperial Biscotti Break Imperial Stout
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin Oatmeal Stout
Fantôme Fantôme de Noël Saison/Farmhouse
Fantôme Hiver Saison/Farmhouse
Founders Sweet Repute Wheat Wine
Hoppin’ Frog Frog Hops From Amager Imperial Stout
Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball Ale American Strong Ale
Long Trail Limbo IPA American IPA
Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast Cascadian Dark Ale
Mikkeller Koppi Coffee IPA American IPA
Mikkeller Spontanmandarin Lambic
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Barbapapa Imperial Stout
Rogue Ales Integrity Ale Golden Ale
Shipyard Black IPA American IPA
Wormtown Hoppy Indian Pale Ale American IPA

Did we miss anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

Tonight’s Craft Beer Tastings

Every Friday evenings, a lot of places have tastings in and around Boston. We’ve posted an outline of where and when these tastings occur on this page but wanted to share with you a bit more insight into tonight’s tastings and their lineups:

Location Featured Beers Time
Ball Square Fine Wines (Somerville) Berkshire Brewing: Steel Rail, Holidale,

Scotch Ale, Coffee Porter, Cabin Fever

5-7PM
Blanchard’s (Marshfield) Woodstock Inn Brewing

5-7PM
Boschi’s Liquors (Saugus) Alesmith IPA, Port Brewing Board Meeting Town Ale, Stone Brewing Smoked Porter

6-8PM
Burlington Wine & Spirits (Burlington) Idle Hands Craft Ales 5-7PM
Cambridge Spirits (Cambridge) Jack’s Abby (Jabby Brau, Smoke & Dagger, Hoponius Union, Kiwi Rising, Framinghammer) and Cambridge Brewing Company 5-7PM
Craft Beer Cellar (Braintree) Woodstock Inn Brewing 5-7PM
Craft Beer Cellar (Newton) Heavy Seas and Weihenstephan 5-7PM
Craft Beer Cellar (Westford) Mayflower Brewing 5-7PM
Julio’s Liquors (Westborough) Baxter Brewing 4-6PM
Kappy’s (Medford) Lagunitas & Carlsberg 5-7PM
Redstone Liquors (Stoneham) Greenflash: Le Freak Ale, West Coast IPA, Imperial IPA, Saison Diego 4-7PM
Silverlake Liquors (Newton) Slumbrew Attic & Eaves, Otter Creek Kind Ryed,

Mystic Saison, Bar Harbor Cadillac Mountain Stout, Port Brewing Shark Attack Double Red Ale

6-9PM

If you know of any other tastings feel free to let us know via our contact us page.

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