Monthly Archives: May 2014

What Hit the Shelves This Week

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

Brewery Beer Style
Anderson Valley Brewing Company Keebarlin’ Pale Ale American Pale Ale
Berkley Beer Company Belgian-Style Triple Belgian Tripel
Berkley Beer Company Red Rye Ale Rye Beer
Boulevard Brewing Co. Entwined Ale Fruit Beer
Boulevard Brewing Co. Saison-Brett Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Brouwerij De Molen/Anchorage Brewing Mud & Funk Imperial Stout
Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam American Barleywine
Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee Belgian Quad
HaandBryggeriet Blåbær Fruit Beer
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Southern Hemisphere Harvest American IPA
The Wild Beer Co. Evolver IPA American IPA
Victory Brewing Company White Monkey Belgian Tripel
White Birch Company Berliner Weisse Berliner Weisse

Also don’t forget to check out this evening’s complimentary, weekly tastings. Did we miss anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

We Need You! We’re Looking For Volunteer Writers

Are you a craft beer geek? Are you familiar with social media marketing? WordPress? Or are you interested in possibly learning? If you’re interested and located in the greater Boston area please feel free to reach out to us.

While this is unpaid but is a great way to keep abreast of the latest happenings in the craft beer scene. Your posts will be read by thousands every month and your contributions will be invaluable to the booming, Boston-area craft beer scene and maybe I’ll buy you an occasional roun or two –

So please feel free to reach out and let us know if you are interested in joining the Craft Beer Boston crew. Basic HTML and WordPress knowledge are preferred.

Trillium Brewing To Release Three Beers This Week

Trillium BrewingFort Point favorite Trillium Brewing has announced the release of three beers this week, two which are returning and a new variant of one of their flagships. The releases are to take place over the next three days, building up to the American Craft Beer Festival which kicks off this very Friday evening.

Unfortunately only one of the three beers will be released via 375ml bottles which means that the line for growler fills, at the brewery, will probably be lengthy. That being said, it’s a small price to pay some fresh, tasty beers. Below are the release details:

Wednesday May 28th, 4PM: Lineage Rye
This release made it’s debut nearly a year ago at the American Craft Beer Festival and is part of their Lineage series which classifies it as a wild saison. This one is best described as a saison which was “first fermented in stainless with our farmhouse yeast blend and then inoculated with our house ‘bug blend’ microbe culture when racked to oak cooperage over a year ago. The beer continued to slowly ferment and developed beautifully wild and earthy notes and a subtle but bright and clean lactic acidity.
There will be a 6 bottle/person limit for this release.

Thursday May 29th, 4PM: Double Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale
Trillium took one of their most popular beer and decided to double dry-hop it resulting in what is described as a more aromatic and flavorful beer thanks to a hefty amount of both Citra and Columbus hops. Except some citrus and tropical fruit character in this beer. This one will be released via 32oz and 64oz growler fills with a one gallon per customer limit.

Friday May 30th, noon: Mettle
Originally released in mid-March, Mettle, which was brewed for Trillium’s one year anniversary was a huge success and was gone in the blink of an eye. But the brewers were able to make some calls, secure more of those hops and get a second batch going. This double IPA which rings in at 8.4% A.B.V. is best described as having “deep hop character with sturdy, balancing grain bill, featuring Valley Malt Triticale, Danko Rye and Wheat”. And just like their DDHFPPA, this one will be available via growler fills, both 32oz and 64oz, with a one gallon per customer limit until it sells out, which will most likely be very quickly.

Can’t make it to the brewery? Sold out before you secured any of these beers? Worry not, they’ll be pouring all three of those beers at the American Craft Beer Festival and a limited amount is also slated to hit a few bars including Row 34 in the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled.

What Hit the Shelves This Week

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

Brewery Beer Style
Allagash Brewing Company Victoria Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Anderson Valley Brewing Company The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose Gose
Brooklyn Brewery Cuvee Noire Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Coronado Brewing Company Sock Knocker Imperial / Double IPA
Element Brewing Company Acidum Sour Ale
Founders Brewing Co. Bolt Cutter American Barleywine
Harpoon Brewery Maple Tap Imperial / Double Porter
Ithaca Beer Company Cayuga Cruiser Berliner Weisse
Jack’s Abby Brewing Sesion Rye IPL India Pale Lager
Rising Tide Brewing Company Spinnaker Hefeweizen
Sixpoint Brewery Bengali America IPA
Stone Brewing Collective Distortion IPA (Collab.) Imperial / Double IPA
The Bruery Sucré (Bourbon Barrel Aged) Old Ale
Wormtown Brewery Be Hoppy American IPA

Also don’t forget to check out this evening’s complimentary, weekly tastings. Did we miss anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

Yuengling Expanding To Rhode Island Next Month

Yuengling LogoAmerican’s oldest brewery, D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc had recently expanded into Massachusetts, to much fanfare but are now setting their sight onto yet another expansion, this time into Rhode Island, making it the sixteenth state in which the popular lager will be available. Yuengling isn’t complitely unfamiliar with The Ocean State as they have previously distributed there as late as the 90s but had to pull out entirely due to supply issues.

Below is the full press release:

(Pottsville, PA) – D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America’s Oldest Brewery, is pleased to announce that it is expanding the distribution of its highly sought-after brands to the state of Rhode Island.

C&C Distributors, Inc., owned by the Mancini Family have been appointed to distribute the Yuengling portfolio of malt brewed beers in the state. Founded in 1959, their beverage companies now represent some of the most influential producers in the business, carrying major brands in most beverage categories. “On behalf of the entire staff at C&C Distributors, the Mancini Family is proud and honored to represent the Yuengling brands for the state of Rhode Island. We are excited to bring the Yuengling story of Heritage, Authenticity, Quality and Family to Rhode Island retailers and consumers”, states Ken Mancini, President.

The initial rollout is targeted for June and will include Yuengling’s flagship beer, Traditional Lager as well as its award winning Yuengling Light Lager and Black & Tan brands. This expansion is a long awaited return to the state after scaling back in the 1990’s due to supply limitations. Rhode Island will become the sixteenth state in the brewery’s footprint.

It’s been a long time but we’re really excited to return to Rhode Island. Consumers have been patiently asking and we’re now ready to satisfy those demands” adds David Casinelli, COO at Yuengling. “We are very much looking forward to our new partnership with the Mancini family and strive to exceed everyone’s expectations.

The brewery plans to initially introduce the brands as draft in the on premise channel, immediately followed by package offerings at retail.

Two Roads Brewing Company Spends $2.4M, Expands Brewing Capacity to 176,000 Barrels

Two Roads BrewingTwo Roads Brewing Company out in Stratford, CT have just announced that they’ve placed a series of new orders for some additional equipment, brewhouse vessels and fermenters as part of their $2.4M expansion plans. The equipment is from Rolec Gmbh out in Chieming, Germany and it will enable them to increase their brewing capacity to 176,000 barrels. Part of the order also includes new filters as well as both cooling and storage equipment. This need to meet demand is partially due to a huge increase in demand and a recent expansion into Massachusetts as of last month.

This investment is an indication of our commitment to provide timely production to our distributor customers as well as to our contract customers,” said CEO Brad Hittle. “Just as important, we continue to invest in top-of-the-line equipment from Rolec so we can deliver the highest quality beers.

The equipment is expected to be fully operational in April 2015. Clem Pellani, VP Sales and Marketing, commented that “the response to Two Roads beers by our distributors and consumers has been beyond expectations. We needed this expansion to keep up with demand for Two Roads beers while keeping our long term commitment to our contract customers. I couldn’t be more excited about our future”.


Jack’s Abby Expands Into CT, Releases and Announces More Beers

Jacks AbbyJack’s Abby Brewing out in Framingham have just announced that started June 16th, their beers will start to become available in Connecticut. Working with both G&G Beverage Distributors and Craft Beer Guild Distributing of Connecticut, the initial release will be draft only at various bars and the bottles of the beers will then start to invade the shelves in August.

And in other related news, they’ve also announced a new beer which is to be released today at the brewery. Starting at noon, their Cherry Barrel-Aged Berliner Braun will be available for growler fills and sampling. They self-described this beer as “a darker and stronger version of a Berliner Weisse. By implementing a sour mash procedure, an intense lactic and sour character emerges. It was then aged in bourbon barrels with tart cherries.

Last but not least, they’ve also shared a sneak peek into some of the beers they’ll be releasing in June. While no specific dates have been shared at this time, they have announced that they’ll be releasing Framingham Lager, a traditional American style lager. A portion of the proceeds from Framingham Lager will be donated to the Framingham Downtown Renaissance. They will also be releasing a five varients of their highly sought after barrel-aged Framinghamer. The varients are: coffee, vanilla, PB&J, cocoa-Nut and regular.

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