Monthly Archives: April 2014

News Roundup: Two Roads Brewing Is Here, Night Shift’s New Release, Maine Beer Company Dinner & More

It’s been a very busy day for craft beer all around today. First and most importantly, Firestone Walker‘s Parabola has arrived alongside another one of their gems, the Opal farmhouse ale. Both are excellent beers but the former is both rare and highly sought after so securing a bottle won’t be easy.

But let’s change our focus and talk about more local beers including Two Roads Brewing from Connecticut. As some of you might heard, they’ve now, as of this week, expanded into Massachusetts and can now be found in many stores. And while they’ve been busy expanding, they’ve also announced a new, annual tradition that they will be holding at their brewery which is located in Stratford, CT. Since the first Saturday in May is usually Kentucky Derby day, a day that many celebrate, they’ve decided to create and release a new beer, annually, on that day starting next week. The beer will be known as Conntucky Lightnin’, and it will be “an ale aged in bourbon barrels supplied from Kentucky…a fitting reason to release Conntucky Lightnin’ on the same day as the Run for the Roses.“. The beer will be available on draft on Saturday starting at noon and while no growlers will be available for purchase, they will have some mason jars branded with the beer’s logo and 750ml bottles of it will be available as well.

And then we have an update from the ever-busy brewers over at Night Shift Brewing. They haven’t moved to their bigger brewery yet and don’t have a date in mind but in the interim are happy to announce that their newest creation, Grove. Grove is part of their warm-weather seasonals and is a best described as a farmhouse saison infused with fresh Meyer lemons & Ruby Red grapefruits. The beer comes in at 6.9% A.B.V. and is available starting right now, at the brewery and it will also be hitting the shelves in and around Boston at the various retailers who usually have some Night Shift allocations. And a few lucky bars are also expected to have it on draft as well.

And then there’s some news coming from the North. Maine Beer Company has just announced a new release date for their second batch of Dinner. This is their incredible, double IPA and it will be released on May 21st at the brewery. Approximately 15 bbl will be bottled for sale out of our Tasting Room only. A limited amount of draft will be served in the Tasting Room as well but be sure to get there early as lines are expected. The brewery will also be present at BeerAdvocate’s American Craft Beer Festival which is to take place in Boston in a month but no word as to whether or not they’ll be pouring Dinner there.

Last but not least, the guys from Drink Craft Beer have announced a new edition of their Summerfest. The event will be taking place on Friday July 18th and Saturday July 19th at Space 57 in Boston’s theater district. More than twenty five craft brewers will the showcasing their summery beers and farmhouse ales. Tickets will be going on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00AM EDT. You can find more information about the events and buy tickets 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
Against the Grain Brewery 35K Milk / Sweet Stout
Anderson Valley Brewing Company Summer Solstice Cream Ale
Baxter Brewing Co. Summer Swelter Ale Herbed / Spiced Beer
Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Imperial / Double IPA
Evil Twin Brewing Molotov Cocktail Imperial / Double IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Opal Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Green Flash Brewing Co. Road Warrior Imperial / Double IPA
Jack’s Abby Brewing Maibock Hurts Like Helles Maibock / Helles Bock
Maine Beer Company A Tiny Beautiful Something American IPA
Maine Beer Company Another One American IPA
Maine Beer Company Lunch American IPA
Mystic Brewery Wigglesworth India Wharf Pale Ale American Pale Ale
Nebraska Brewing Company India Pale Ale American IPA
Port Brewing Company Anniversary Ale Imperial / Double IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Ovila Abbey Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Stone Brewing Co. Saison Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Stone Brewing Co. Spröcketbier Kölsch
The Lost Abbey Agave Maria Ale 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.

Harpoon’s Citra Victorious Wins Kettle Cup, Joins 100 Barrel Series

HarpoonHave you ever heard of Harpoon‘s annual Kettle Cup? If you haven’t, it’s their annual competition enabling the brewery staff to team up, brew batches of beers and then go head-to-head against one another for a blind tasting at their annual Vermont retreat. This has been going on for a few years now andjust like in the years past, this year’s winner, Citra Victorious, will now be joining their popular 100 Barrel Series for commercial bottling.

Citra Victorious‘ is a grapefruit-infused, dry-hopped pale ale which features both Citra and Cascade hops along with 96 pounds of grapefruit peel. It was brewed by five women, Carolyn Orth, Jessie Cox, Liz Melby, Merrill Allen, and Shannon Cudmore and come in at 5.8% A.B.V. and 45 IBU. Not too bitter but definitely heavy on the citrus. The beer is supposedly already available so keep your eyes peeled for it as it is a limited release.

And just as an added bonus, here’s a video of brewing process which also features more details about the beer in question:

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
Allagash Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Against the Grain 35K Milk / Sweet Stout
Against the Grain Citra Ass Down American IPA
BrewDog Paradox Jura Imperial Stout
Cisco Cranberry Woods American Wild Ale
Clown Shoes Billionaire English Barleywine
Enlightenment Ales Song of Myself American IPA
Evil Twin Double Barrel Jesus American Imperial Stout
Evil Twin Femme Fatale Blanc American IPA
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break (Bourbon) American Imperial Stout
Evil Twin Table Beer Czech Pilsner
Evil Twin / Crooked Stave Ryan and the Gosling American Pale Ale
Idle Hands Brewing Patriarch Patersbier
Jack’s Abby Brewing Hopstitution XPL #3 (Calyptra) Pale Lager
Left Hand Brewing Wake Up Dead Nitro Russian Imperial Stout
Long Trail Brewing Company Limbo IPA American IPA
Maine Beer Company A Tiny Beautiful Something American Pale Ale
Mystic Brewing Sauterneal Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Notch Brewing Left of the Dial IPA American IPA
Stillwater Artisanal Ales Brontide Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Tröegs LaGrave Belgian Tripel
Tröegs Sunshine Pils German Pilsner
Victory DirtWolf Imperial IPA
Wormtown Be Hoppy American IPA
Wormtown Hopulence Double / Imperial IPA
Wormtown Mass Whole Hefeweizen

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 Roads Brewing To Release 3 New Beers on Saturday

Two Roads BrewingTwo Roads Brewing Company out in Stratford, CT have recently announced that they will soon be distributed in Massachusetts as soon as April 28th. Now they’ve also announced three new beers which are slated to be released exclusively at the brewery, on Saturday, starting at noon.

The first of the three beers is ‘Urban Funk Wild Ale’, which will be the first of a new series known as the ‘Captured Yeast Series‘ and it will ring at 5.6% A.B.V. The yeast used in this beer was collected as superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast and was isolated by two Sacred Heart biology professors Kirk Bartholomew and Geff Stopper. The beer will be corked in 375ml bottles and is apparently quite funky.

Their second beer is ‘Krazy Pucker‘ and is a traditional Berliner Weissbier which means a low A.B.V. and which features a refreshing tartness. This one will come in a 3.6% A.B.V. and will be bottled in 500ml bottles.

Last but not least will be their ‘Henry’s Farm Double Bock Lager‘ which has been aged in rye whiskey barrels. At 7.8% A.B.V., this one will be sold in 22oz bottles and apparently features “rich, bready malt character with a smooth whiskey finish from barrel aging.

Interested in these beers? There will be 690 bottles of each beer available at the brewery and each style will come with a two bottle per customer limit for a maximum of six bottles total. Each bottle will be sold for $10 and they will also be available on draft until they run out.

The brewery is located at 1700 Stratford Ave, Stratford, CT 06615.

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:

American Amber / Red Ale

Brewery Beer Style
Backlash Beer Company Chaos Imperial / Double IPA
Dogfish Head Aprihop American IPA
Downeast Cider House Hard Honey Mead
Great Divide Brewing Company 20th Anniversary Ale Belgian Blonde / Golden
Heavy Seas Beer Riptide White IPA Belgian IPA
Klosterbrauerei Andechs Andechser Vollbier Hell Helles Lager
Long Trail Brewing Company Mostly Cloudy Witbier
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Peak Organic Brewing Company Summer Session Ale American Pale Wheat Ale
Rising Tide Brewing Company Ishmael
Rising Tide Brewing Company Zephyr American IPA
Southampton Publick House Bière de Mars Bière de Garde
Southern Tier Brewing Company Farmer’s Tan Session IPA American IPA

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 Roads Brewing & Mass Bev Alliance Sign Distribution Deal

Two Roads BrewingStratford, CT-based Two Roads Brewing Company have come to terms on an exclusive with the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance which is set to launch later this month, on April 28th.

The brewery already had a slight presence in the state through various events but had no distribution. They currently have five year-round offerings and another nine seasonal beers.

Two Road Brewing’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing stated that “we are really excited to work with the five distributors of the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance. We’ve known them and worked with them for a long time during our careers in the beer business. To us, they stand apart based upon their commitment and track record for brand building and their rich history distributing world class beers in the state. MBA has an exceptionally strong infrastructure in place to support its craft beer portfolio. With our retail sales team working alongside of their team, we are very optimistic about our brand’s success in Massachusetts.

The brewery itself has only been around since December of 2012 but has quickly risen into one of CT’s fastest growing ones and we look forward to seeing their beers hit the shelves in just 3 weeks.

Source: Beer Pulse

Night Shift Releases New Beers, Gives Update On New Location

Night Shift Brewing LogoMassachusett’s busiest brewery, Night Shift Brewing, has announced a new release: Art #21 aka ‘Farmhouse Bramble’, which is a part of their experimental ‘Art Series

This new beer is described as “an experimental dark saison barrel-fermented with fresh blackberries and shiraz grape must. It sips with hints of dark chocolate, ripe berry, tannic oak, black pepper, and a touch of brett“.

It will be released starting tomorrow (Saturday) at noon. There will be a 4 bottles/person and each bottle will cost $15. Only 600 bottles are available, but it will also be available on draft.

But that’s not the only bottle release happening there as they’ve also announced that starting Monday, at 3PM, their popular ‘Ever Weisse‘ will also be released at the brewery. This Berliner Weisse features hints of kiwi, hibiscus and strawberry and there will only be 300 bottles available at $12 a pop and with a 2 bottles/person limit.

These new releases comes just a week after a previous announcement where they released Art #20: El Lechedor. They’ve been very busy and also plan on releasing yet another beer, a meyer lemon and grapefruit zest saison inspired by Art #12 and Art #15. No further details have been shared in regards to that beer expect that it will be bottled and released to their retail partners as well as the brewery.

Lastly, they’ve also shared a brief update in regards to their new location at 87 Santilli Highway in Everett. The new location isn’t quite ready yet, but it looks like they’ll be shooting to move there around early to mid May. The new brewery will be much larger and will have some parking (!) as well. We can’t wait! Expect more news on their move and the new saison soon so stay tuned!

What Hit The Shelves This Week

Happy Friday everyone! Below is a list of the various beers which have hit the shelves this week in and around Boston. After last week’s busy week, this week is much quieter. But that doesn’t seem that it wasn’t an eventful week. Far from it, especially with Founders’s Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) hitting the shelves alongside the highly anticipated Game of Thrones-themed beer Fire & Blood from Ommegang (season 4 starts on Sunday!). But without further due, here’s our weekly recap:

Brewery Beer Style
21st Amendment Brewing Monk’s Blood Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Amager Bryghus Fru Frederiksen American Stout
Beer Here Kremlin Crude Russian Imperial Stout
Beer Here Mørke Pumpernickel Porter American Porter
Brasserie de La Senne Crushable Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Brewery Ommegang Fire & Blood American Amber / Red Ale
Founders Brewing Co. Kentucky Breakfast Stout American Imperial / Double Stout
Great Divide Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti American Imperial / Double Stout
Left Hand Brewing Smoke Jumper Imperial / Double Porter
To Øl By Udder Means Milk / Sweet Stout
Uinta Brewing Company 21st Birthday Suit Saison / Farmhouse 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.

Slumbrew Signs A Lease, Settles Down

SlumbrewSomerville-based Slumbrew have shared some very exciting news today as they’ve shared that they were finally able to find a location and sign a lease for their very own brewery. Their new location is 15 Ward Street which is outside of Union Square near Twin Plaza. Just a couple of minutes away from both Taza Chocolate and the Bantam Cidery.

This news comes after both Caitlin and Jeff have worked tirelessly for nearly a year on trying to get both the space and a deal done. According to a Facebook post from Caitlin earlier today, “Our new taproom and brewery will allow us to do a lot of exciting things. Of utmost importance, we need to build another dimension to our brewery business, to gain the ability to be even more agile and expressive with our beers and to have a consistent way to interact with our customers. Another important goal is to bring beer tourism revenue to our home city of Somerville, Massachusetts. This space allows for all of the funky and creative projects we’ve been dreaming about and offers a space for you to come visit, sample, snack and and pick up fresh beer to go“.

Slumbrew Taproom Design

Here’s the official press release from Slumbrew:

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