Monthly Archives: January 2014

News Roundup: Night Shift Gets Canned, Meet MBC’s Newest Beer And More!

This has been a pretty eventful day in the always exciting craft beer industry and today has been no exception as we’re heard all kinds of great news.

First off the fine folks from Night Shift Brewing have just announced that starting today they will be selling 16oz cans of their new sessionable, amber ale known as Marblehead. Per their announcement, they describe their newest beer as “inspired by the flavor of salted caramel candy, we brewed this ale to hint at both the salty and the sweet. To give the beer truly local character, we teamed up with Marblehead Salt Co. for access to their hand-crafted finishing salt harvested off the coast of Marblehead, MA. With caramel malts and vanilla beans complementing the beer’s crisp, oceanic profile“.

The cans will be sold in 4 packs starting at 3PM today at the brewery and will start to hit the shelves later next week as distributors start to get their hands on them.

Then we got word that Maine Beer Company has introduced their new beer, A Little Beautiful Something. This single hop ale features El Dorado hops and will come in at 5.5% A.B.V. They hope to be able to bring this to market in the next month and most places presently getting distribution should be receiving it then. Here’s a preview of the bottle design below:

Then we got word from Allagash will be bringing their Saison into a year-round production and will be releasing it via 4-packs starting out in March. Allagash Saison is a take on a classic Belgian farmhouse style and is brewed with 2-Row blend, malt rye, oats and a Dark Belgian candi sugar. 6.1 A.B.V. and with a dry finish despite a full body.

Last but not least, we’ve been updating our Weekly Tastings page and have added a few businesses. And guess what, tonight’s Friday which means that you should head to one or more of those locations between the hours listed for some free craft beer samples!

What Hit The Shelves This Week

Here’s a list of various beers that hit the shelves this week in and around Boston – also don’t forget to check out various tastings this afternoon and evening by going to our Weekly Tastings page. Have a great weekend everyone!

Brewery Beer Style
Allagash Tiarna American Wild Ale
Baxter Brewing On The Count of 3 Hefeweizen
Cisco Brewing Monomoy Kriek Flanders Red Ale
Otter Creek Brewing Citra Mantra Pale Lager
Slumbrew Snow Angel Imperial IPA
Stone Brewing Matt’s Burning Rosids Imperial Smoked Saison
Wormtown Brewing Pro-Am Porter Porter

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

Are You Ready For International Gruit Day?

This upcoming Saturday February 1st will mark International Gruit Day – How will you be celebrating it? Actually, backtrack for a second and ask yourself: What is a Gruit beer?

Gruit or Grut (which means spice in German) and it is an ancient style of European brewing which became extinct due to the Reinheitsgebot (Bavarian Purity Act of 1516), but luckily for us the style was rediscovered, and a few breweries out there have rediscovered and reintroduced this style since.

Some of the spices used include but are not limited to: bog myrtle, yarrow, mugwort, heather, lavender, honeybush and juniper. But dozens more are used.

Now you might be wondering how to celebrate? Well the good news is that here in the Boston area, a few of our local breweries are participating in Gruit Day and will be providing various takes on the style. Those breweries are:

Cambridge Brewing Company – (1 Kendall Square #100, Cambridge, MA 02139)
They will be pouring 3 of their Gruits which are their Heather Ale, Weekapaug Gruit and Hay is for Horses.

Mystic Brewing (174 Williams St, Chelsea, MA 02150)
Mystic Brewing will be pouring 7 different Gruit beers on location from 12-5PM. Those beers are: Eldergold, Calluna, Ventenat, Roselle, Radix, Gruit and Cupressa. Each has a unique blend of spices from cedar and sassafras root to honeybush and lavender. More details on those beers can be found on their website.

If you want more information about International Gruit Day and find out more about the breweries participating, the style and various bits of other info, you can check out the official website over here.

The Alchemist To Start Regularly Brewing, Canning A Second Beer

Alchemist LogoJohn Kimmich, founder and brewer extraordinaire over at The Alchemist has released a news update on the brewery’s website discussing a few items. Amongst those items are the fact that they are brewing a beer known as Focal Banger, an IPA brewed with both Mosaic and Citra hops. It’s not a new creation of theirs but one that they used to brew back in the day and one who’s recipe has since evolved. This will also be their second canned beer and it will become regularly available alongside their world-famous Heady Topper.

No schedule has been released as to when this will happen however they’ll be canning it very soon, on a trial run and will also be selling it on draft at their Waterbury locations. They will also be focusing on refining the beer’s malt bill and recipe over the course of the foreseeable months, possibly even into the fall so any kind of excitement in regards to this should definitely be contained at least a bit.

Another big item that he confirmed is that him and his wife Jen are indeed looking at various locations for a second brewery. No more information has been released yet in regards to that but we certainly hope that this happens soon. As always stay tuned for more updates in the future.

What Hit the Shelves This Week

Here’s a list of various beers that hit the shelves this week in and around Boston – note that there’s been a lot of barleywine releases this week amongst other things. Also don’t forget that Friday evenings mean tastings – you can find a schedule of local stores offering Friday tastings over on our Weekly Tastings page. Have a great weekend everyone and try to stay warm!

Brewery Beer Style
21st Amendment Lower de Boom American Barleywine
Brasserie de Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise Saison
Brasserie de la Senne Crushable Saison Saison
Brasserie de Silly Silly Sour Sour Ale
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal Zure Van Tildonk Sour Ale
Brouwerij Van Eecke Poperings Hommelbier Belgian Pale Ale
De Struise Brouwers Black Damnation I – Blackberry Albert Russian Imperial Stout
De Struise Brouwers Black Damnation II – Mocha Bomb Russian Imperial Stout
De Struise Brouwers Black Damnation III – Black Mes Russian Imperial Stout
De Struise Brouwers Black Damnation IV – Coffee Club Russian Imperial Stout
De Struise Brouwers Nuptiale A2 Russian Imperial Stout
Green Jack Brewing Company Green Jack Rippa English Barleywine
Jack’s Abby Baby Maker American Barleywine
Jack’s Abby Barrel-Aged Framinghammer Baltic Porter
Jack’s Abby Saxonator Doppelbock
Left Hand Brewing Oak-Aged Widdershins American Barleywine
Maine Beer Company Lunch IPA
Mikkeller American Style American IPA
Off Color Brewing Troublesome Gose
Sixpoint Hi-Res Imperial IPA
Southern Tier Brewing Company Grand Arbor Belgian-style Farmhouse Ale
Spencer Brewing Spencer Trappist Ale Belgian Blonde / Golden
Stillwater Artisanal Ales Debauched Farmhouse Ale
The People’s Pint Imperial Stout Imperial Stout
Wild Beer Co Iduna Cru Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Wild Beer Co M.O. Old Ale

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

Hill Farmstead Gets $350,000 Towards Upcoming Expansion

Hill Farmstead According to a news update from Times Argus it appears that the Vermont Economic Development Authority recently approved a sum of $350,000 that will go towards the partial funding of the Hill Farmstead expansion.

Sean Hill’s brewery, out in Greensboro Bend is already famous for having a demand that far exceeds it’s supply and has been a catalyst to Vermont’s booming craft beer economy and this planned, two-step expansion should help them increase their output significantly.

While we know that the VEDA funds are only a part of what is needed for the expansion, no further details or timelines have been released but we can all hope that this happens sooner rather than later.

Events Page Updated

Just a quick post letting you know that we’ve added a few events to our Events page on the site. This includes this weekend’s Black Beer Affair at Gordon’s out in Waltham and Beer Summit’s Winter Jubilee. Fans of dark beers should most definitely check out the former while the latter will feature nearly 50 brewers.

That aside we’ve also added more events which are down the road this year including DrinkCraftBeer‘s Springfest in April.

We will eventually revamp our entire events page in the future but in the interim, if we missed any big events, please let us know.

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
AleSmith Speedway Stout American Stout
Backlash Riot Imperial IPA
Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish Ale
BrewDog Tokyo* Imperial Stout
Foolproof Brewing Revery Russian Imperial Stout
Founders Brewing Imperial Stout Imperial Stout
Green Flash Brewing Co. Palate Wrecker Imperial IPA
High & Mighty Two-Headed Beast Stout
Ithaca Brewing Ground Break Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Maine Beer Company Another One American IPA
Maine Beer Company Weez Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale
Mystic Brewing An Dreolín Winter Saison
Night Shift Brewing Cascadenation Belgian IPA
Night Shift Brewing Jojo American IPA
Shipyard Prelude Winter Warmer
Stone Brewing Enjoy by 2.14.14 Double IPA

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

[UPDATE] Spencer Trapist Ales Hitting the Shelves This Week

UPDATE: We have reached out to various stores in the Boston area and even got word from a distributor directly that the shipments are delayed and won’t be arriving until very early next week. Because Monday is a holiday, our best guess at this point is that they’ll be hitting the shelves on Tuesday. We apologize for misinforming you in regards to this and will keep you posted once they do arrive via our various social media channels – FacebookInstagramTwitter. As far as distribution goes, they are using 5 different ones who are: Burke Distributing, Atlas Distributing, Colonial Wholesale, Commercial Distributing and Merrimack Valley Distributing.

Spencer Trappist St. Joseph’s Abbey out in Spencer, MA is home to America’s first Trappist brewery. We had previously discussed this a little while back with promises to keep you posted on any updates. Well there’s a major one right around the corner as we just learned that their Spencer Trappist Ale is scheduled to hit the shelves of various Boston area stores later this week.

That’s right, after years of work in Belgium doing research and working at other Trappist breweries and later on collaborating with Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project out in Cambridge trying to perfect their techniques and recipes, these hard-working monks have finally reached their goal: releasing a near-session able, balanced, 6.5% A.B.V. ale which is due to be a bit lighter than other dubbels, tripels and quadruples which are produced by the other eight Trappist breweries out there.

Word had it a few weeks ago that their beer was in the kettle so we knew that bottling was just around the corner in their brand new, state of the art and eco-friendly brewery which is over 6,000 square feet in size and made of stainless-steel.

With goals of being self-sufficient through various products they create, like their jams that they’ve been selling for decades now, this newly released beer is sure to give them a boost as well, and any proceeds will either go towards the Abbey itself but also to charitable work as well.

Interested in knowing more about a typical St. Joseph’s Abbey monk’s day at the abbey? Feel free to watch this eleven minute video below and check out their newly launched website as well.

There’s no word yet on exact distribution details or where the beers will hit first but we, expect it to be a Massachusetts-only release at first until they later expand into more territories so keep checking with your local package stores as demand is sure to be sky-high.

Worcester Welcomes A Second Brewery: 3cross Brewing

3crossBig news coming to Worcester earlier today as we found out that a second brewery is making it’s way to the town and is slated to make it’s big debut later this year, in April. The town is already the home to the Wormtown Brewery but it will now have to share the spotlight with the newly created 3Cross Brewing Company who will be headquartered right on Cambridge Street, about a mile away from the former.

Created by David Howland, the brewery is set to have twelve beers on tap and a production of 3,000 to 6,000 gallons a year. His goal is to always try to come up with new beers for people to try and based on the article found MassLive.com, he will also be focused on making a ton of various IPAs and is also very inspired by Hess Brewing out in San Diego, CA.

While they still have a few months to go until their big debut, you can follow their Facebook page for updates until then.

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