The 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.