Monthly Archives: March 2014

What Hit The Shelves This Week

Happy Friday everyone! Below is our weekly list of various beers that hit the shelves this week in and around Boston this week. Included in the list is the highly rated (100 on BeerAdvocate) §ucaba English Barleywine from Firestone Walker. This week also marked the return of a few beers, most notably Maine Beer Co’s Lunch and Victory’s Dirtwolf. But without further due, here’s the list:

Brewery Beer Style
BrewDog Cocoa Psycho Russian Imperial Stout
Dark Horse Brewing Co. Plead the 5th American Double / Imperial Stout
Duvel Moortgat Duvel Tripel Hop (w/ Mosaic) Belgian IPA
Firestone Walker §ucaba English Barleywine
Harpoon UFO Big Squeeze Shandy
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery Café Silk Porter Porter
Long Trail Brewing Co. Brush & Barrel Series Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Maine Beer Company Lunch American IPA
Maine Beer Company Weez Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale
Peak Organic Brewing Co. Espresso Amber Ale American Amber / Red Ale
Port Brewing Hop-15 Ale Imperial IPA
Stone Brewing Stone Imperial Russian Stout Imperial Russian Stout
The Lost Abbey Carnevale Saison / Farmhouse Ale
The Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale Flanders Red Ale
Victory Brewing Dirtwolf Imperial IPA
White Birch Brewing First Sparrow Smoked Wheat
White Birch Brewing Hop Session Ale American Pale Ale
White Birch Brewing Our Humble Porter PorterW

Also don’t forget to check out this evening’s Weekly Tastings. And just in case we might have missed anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

Night Shift Brewing Updates: New Beers, Sour Futures Program

Night Shift Brewing LogoNight Shift Brewing is always busy it seems. Or almost always. They’re currently putting the finishing touches on their new space that they should be moving to very shortly but for the time being, they’ve decided to yet again release another beer. Actually a couple if you count last week’s smoked IPA known as ‘Smokeshow‘. The hops in the beer were actually smoked at Blue Ribbon BBQ’s Arlington location which makes for a neat collaboration. The smoked hops give Smokeshow aromas of ham and flavors of smokey citrus. That one is available on draft and for 32oz growler fills at the brewery.

In related news, tomorrow, starting at 3PM, they will also be releasing their newest addition to their Art Series, ‘El Lechedor’. This Mexican-style milk stout is brewed with poblano peppers and then later on aged with cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans and nutmeg in oak barrels. According to the brewery, this beer “sips like a fresh, creamy cinnamon roll“. There will be a 4 bottle per person limit on this beer and it will also be available on draft for both small and big pours. This is the twentieth beer that they’ve brewed as a part of their highly experimental art series and is sure to be a hit. It is also slighyly reminiscent of a previous beer they had done, known as ‘Holy Mole!‘, which was a blend of their Taza Stout and their Viva Habanera.

Last but not least, the brewery wants to remind everyone that this it the last week where they’ll be taking pre-orders via their Sour Futures program. Available via the program are Ever Weisse, Somer Weisse, Mainer Weisse, Cape Codder Weisse and a mystery Weisse one which has yet to be defined.

Jack’s Abby Brewing Announces Battle of the Barrels Event

Jacks AbbyFramingham’s Jack’s Abby Brewing have announced a new event that will be taking place at their brewery on Wednesday April 2nd at 6:00PM.

The event will feature four very distinctive beers, each created by select members of the staff who were given $100 each to spend on whichever random ingredients they wanted. The result? Unique, creative beers which are going to surprise many. And without further due, here are the four beers in questions:

  • Glazed Over: Smoked Marzen aged with Caramel, Salt, and Fenugreek
  • Chupaca Brau: Jabby Brau aged with Tequila, Thai Chili Peppers, Galangal Root, Lemon Grass, and Agave Nectar
  • Green Goose: Sunny Ridge aged with Cucumber, Green Tea, Lemongrass, and Gooseberries
  • Sunny & Tonic: Sunny Ridge aged with Gin Botanicals and Quinine

The event will also host a panel of judges, a food truck and everyone in attendance will also be able to vote on the beers as well. No word on what happens if a beer wins over the others, but it sure will be a lot of fun. I mean how often will you have the opportunity to try a beer with quinine or galangal root? So if you’re planning on attending, you can find more information about the event and RSVP right over here.

What Hit The Shelves This Week

Happy Friday everyone! Below is our weekly list of various beers that hit the shelves this week in and around Boston this week:

Brewery Beer Style
Abbaye Mont des Cats Mont des Cats Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co. Grainstorm Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel American Imperial/Double Stout
Brewmaster Jack Hop Essence Simcoe American IPA
EvilTwin Even More Jesus American Imperial / Double Stout
Green Flash Hop Odyssey Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale
Heavy Seas The Big DIPA Imperial IPA
Jack’s Abby Brewing Baby Maker American Barleywine
Jack’s Abby Brewing Cascadian Schwarzbier Schwarzbier
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Oro de Calabaza Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Mikkeller Green Gold American IPA
Otter Creek Fresh Slice White IPA
Stillwater / Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzar American IPA
Stillwater / Omnipollo Premium REMIX Belgian Pale Ale
Rogue Ales New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta American Barleywine
Stone Brewing Enjoy By 4.20.14 Imperial IPA
To Øl Liquid Confidential Russian Imperial Stout
To Øl Liquid Confidential (Chili) Russian Imperial Stout
To Øl Liquid Confidential (Sherry aged) Russian Imperial Stout
To Øl Liquid Confidential (Cognac aged) Russian Imperial Stout
White Birch Brewing Indulgence Ale Belgian Strong Dark Ale
White Birch Brewing Ol’ Cattywhompus English Barleywine

Also don’t forget to check out this evening’s Weekly Tastings. And just in case we might have missed anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

Two New Beer Releases at Night Shift Brewing, New Brewing Series Announced

Night Shift BrewingEverett’s very own Night Shift Brewing has announced the release of a couple of new beers, one of which is returning in action after a very successful release last year.

The first is Citranation, part of the ‘Nation of Hops’ series is now back and available on tap for drafts and for growler fills. Unlike last time, this one isn’t being bottled again and it is available right now while it lasts. Citranation is a 100% Citra-hopped Belgian double IPA which features lots of tropical flavors of pineapple and grapefruit.

Secondly, they’ve also announced a brand new beer which is to be released tomorrow afternoon, at 5PM, at the brewery and is known as Funk’d Citra, a “100% brett-fermented ale dry-hopped with Citra. It’s the first up in our Funk’d Series – the exploration of fermentation with 100% brettanomyces”.

That’s right folks, you read the previous sentence correctly, they’ve announced a new brewing series called “Funk’d” and this is going to be the first of their numerous releases which is quite exciting as funky beer experimentation is in full swing everywhere.

Last but not least, for those who placed any Sour Futures orders on Night Shift Brewing’s website last year have until March 31st to pickup any of their pre-ordered beers from the brewery. That’s their final deadline and any remaining beers will be released to the public after that. And there’s still time to place any orders for this years’s program by clicking right over here.

Navigation Brewing Acquires License, Opening Very Soon

Navigation Brewing CompanyThe town of Lowell is already the host of a few breweries such as Do Can Brewery and Slesar Bros. Brewing Co aka Beer Works. It was also the home of Enlightenment Ales before they moved to Everett when they merged with Idle Hands Craft Ales. But now the city of just over 100,000 people now welcomes a new brewery, Navigation Brewing Company, who just got their license approved yesterday after almost five months spent in the application process and nearly two years of planning.

We were able to connect and get the low-down from co-founders PJ Mercier and Bob Johnson on what their plans are, what direction they’ll be taking and all of the exciting things to come for the nano-brewery.

Using their 1.5bbl system, they’ll be brewing double batches of various beers including their first one which is to going to be a pale ale. They also have plans to follow it up with an IPA and later one either a milk stout for a double IPA depending on how things go. Head brewer Bob Johnson will also working to try and schedule the release of their brown ale which took 2nd place right behind their best-of-show IPA at a 2014 Winter-Fest. Down the line they’ll also look into brewing a porter, a farmhouse/saison and a scotch ale. Rumor has it they might also look into experimenting by resurrecting some old and unique styles (maybe a gruit?).

While samples will be available at the brewery, they’ll also be selling 22oz bottle-conditioned brews and later hope to introduce both 32oz and 64oz growlers to their patrons. Down the road they also hope to be able to attract the interest of local businesses through kegs and taps.

The brewery is just under 1,200 sq. ft in size and is located at 45 Meadowcroft St. Unit #1 Lowell, MA. They expect to open their doors in the next week or two as soon as their pale ale is ready to go. For more updates about their imminent launch, you can follow them on both Facebook and Twitter.

St. Patrick’s Day Green Beer Poll

Please feel free to share how you feel about green beer being poured on St. Patrick’s day and let us know your thoughts in the comments below as well

Hill Farmstead Releases Fourth Anniversary Celebration Details

Hill FarmsteadWell folks, it looks like Trillium Brewing aren’t the only ones celebrating an anniversary. And while Trillium Brewing is only turning one year old tomorrow, Sean Hill’s more seasoned brewery of Hill Farmstead out in Vermont will be turning four.

The brewery, famous for having some of the world’s greatest beer announced that they unfortunately cannot host a celebration at the brewery due to the fact that they’re expanding it. They will however be celebrating their fourth anniversary of the course of a couple of days using four different venues, with three of them located out in Waterbury, VT.

The four venues in question are: Parker Pie Co., Blackback, Prohibition Pig & The Reservoir and while no details on what exactly will be available on tap where, the staff from Hill Farmstead did say that more details will be available in due time. Speaking of which, the dates for the two-day celebrations are Friday May 23rd and Saturday May 24th.

Here is the release from the brewery taken from their website:

All four venues will have at least a dozen taps flowing, including some amazing vintage Hill Farmstead beers for each location, plus special guest kegs, collaboration beers and much more. These are NOT ticketed events, nor is Hill Farmstead Brewery coordinating the events. We are collaborating with our friends to thank everyone for another amazing year, spread the love and, ultimately, celebrate with you all.

Specific details from each location will be available soon, including tap lists. Be patient and all will be revealed!

The Hill Farmstead Retail shop WILL be open its normal hours that week, including Saturday, too!

So, mark your calendars, book your rooms and bring some sunshine!

You can find more information about the event on this page and expect more updates in the future as they unveil more information including the tap list and hours.

Boston Beer Company Cancels St. Patrick’s Day Parade Appearance

Samuel AdamsThe Boston Beer Company announced yesterday that they will not be participating in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston next Monday.

This new comes after the brewery has participated in the parade in nearly a decade only to find out that various gay groups have been banned from parading in Southie this year despite MassEquality’s best efforts to get this issue resolved. According to a Boston Globe article , a group of gay veterans haven’t been authorized to march on Monday and this caused both the newly elected mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston Beer Company to be amongst a growing number of people who have decided to cancel their appearance.

Below is the full statement released by the brewery:

(Boston, MA) – The Boston Beer Company announced on Friday that it would not participate in this year’s South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Gay groups have reportedly been banned from marching though, up to this week, there was hope that a deal could be struck. The full statement below…

We have been participating in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade for nearly a decade and have also supported the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast year after year. We’ve done so because of the rich history of the event and to support veterans who have done so much for this country.

We were hopeful that both sides of this issue would be able to come to an agreement that would allow everyone, regardless of orientation, to participate in the parade. But given the current status of the negotiations, we realize this may not be possible.

We share these sentiments with Mayor Walsh, Congressman Lynch and others and therefore we will not participate in this year’s parade. We will continue to support Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and her St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. We wish her all the best in her historic stewardship of this tradition.

What Hit The Shelves This Week

Happy Friday everyone! With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, here’s a list of various beers that hit the shelves this week in and around Boston:

Brewery Beer Style
Adnams Tally-Ho English Barleywine
Allagash Odyssey Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Alesmith IPA IPA
Battle Road Brewing Co. Midnight Rider Porter
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck St. Louis Kriek Fond Tradition Lambic
Cambridge Brewing Co. Spring Training IPA American IPA
Fiddlehead Brewing Co. Hodad Porter
Idle Hands Craft Ales D’aison Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Mystic Brewery Mary of the Gael Saison/Farmhouse Ale
North Coast Brewing Co. Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XVI Russian Imperial Stout
Panil Birrificio Torrechiara Panil Barriquée Flanders Red Ale
Pretty Things Beer Fluffy White Rabbits Belgian Tripel
Pretty Things Beer Grampus Hoppy Golden Double Mash Golden Ale
Pretty Things Beer Once Upon A Time 1955 Double Brown Ale English Brown Ale
Schmaltz Brewing Company He’Brew Funky Jewbelation American Strong Ale

Also don’t forget to check out this evening’s Weekly Tastings. And just in case we might have missed anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

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