Monthly Archives: July 2014

Mixed News From Night Shift Brewing

Night Shift Brewing LogoSome mixed news just came out from Night Shift Brewing who have just announced that their newest batch of Whirlpool, which was slated to be canned and released this upcoming Thursday has instead been poured down the drain. It failed to meet their quality standards and they will instead shoot to can and release a new batch on August 19th.

However they’ve also announced some great news including three new beer releases which are to take place over the next three days, Wednesday through Friday. Two of the new releases are new beers in their popular and experiment Art Series and without further due here are the details:

  • Wednesday at 5PM: Beer’d Brewing Collaboration IPA release
    This American IPA was brewed is an “insanely juicy sipper is loaded with various experimental & NZ hops, and then fermented with pineapples & clementines” that will be available for draft and growler fills. It was a collaboration between Night Shift and Beer’d Brewing from Stonington CT and Aaren Simoncini, Beer’d Brewing’s head brewer and owner will be in attendance.

  • Thursday
    They will be releasing bottles of Wild King, a 2012 collaboration beer brewed with Backlash Brewing. Expect some local raspberries in there as well as some brettanomyces. This will be somewhat of an upgrade for what could and should have been the canning and release of a new batch of Whirlpool. The Backlash crew will be present for this as well although no time has been specified.

  • Friday – 5PM
    A new beer from the Art series will be released, Art #29 which is a Sour Mosaic pale ale aged in oak barrels for 4 months with some wild yeast before being dry-hopped with some Mosaic hops. But that’s not all, they’ll also be releasing Art #30, ‘Honey from Down Under’ which is a hoppy, Ameriacn double brown ale brewed with honey and Southern hemisphere hops.

    Also not a part of this week but on your radar should be a pilsner, a new IPA and new batches of Viva Habanera, Bee Tea, and Somer Weisse.

  • What Hit the Shelves This Week

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

    Brewery Beer Style
    Against the Grain Brewery Bay & Pepper Your Bretts Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Sculpin IPA American IPA
    Boulevard Brewing Co. Two Jokers Double-Wit Witbier
    Brouwerij Alken-Maes Grimbergen Blonde Belgian Blonde / Golden
    Brouwerij Van Steenberge Piraat Triple Hop Belgian Tripel
    Cambridge Brewing Company Sgt. Pepper Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Central Waters Brewing Company La Petite Mort Weizenbock
    Enlightenment Ales Bière Brut Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
    Evil Twin Brewing Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale American IPA
    Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Biscotti Break American Imperial / Double Stout
    Evil Twin Brewing Joey Pepper Belgian Blonde / Golden
    Evil Twin Brewing Nomader Weisse Berliner Weisse
    Gueuzerie Tilquin Oude Quetsche Tilquin à l’Ancienne Lambic
    Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle Kyritzer Mord Und Totschlag Schwarzbier
    Local Option Bierwerker Morning Wood American Amber / Red Ale
    Meine Hopfenweisse Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn Weizenbock
    Mikkeller Show Me Cuvee Sour Ale
    Pioneer Brewing Company Into the Woods Vienna Lager
    Pioneer Brewing Company Path of the Unknown Imperial / Double Brown Ale
    Pioneer Brewing Company The New Frontier Imperial / Double IPA
    Radeberger Gruppe Braufactum Palor American Pale Ale
    Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Bock Bock
    Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Ruby Redbird Fruit Beer
    Spoetzl Brewery Shiner White Wing Witbier
    Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale American Pale Ale

    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.

    What Hit the Shelves This Week

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

    Brewery Beer Style
    ‘t Hofbrouwerijke Flower Power Sour Ale
    Bantam Cider Company Rojo Cider
    Berkley Beer Company Belgian-Style Triple Belgian Tripel
    Berkley Beer Company Coffee Porter Porter
    Berkley Beer Company Farmhouse Ale American Pale Ale
    Berkley Beer Company IPA American IPA
    Berkley Beer Company Red Rye Rye Beer
    Brewmaster Jack Ambrewsia Imperial IPA Imperial / Double IPA
    Cambridge Brewing Company Remain in Light Pilsner
    Cisco Brewing Shark Tracker American Light Lager
    D.L. Geary Brewing Company Ixnay Gluten-Free
    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Theobroma Chili Beer
    Firestone Walker Brewing Company Opal Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Goose Island Beer Co. Madame Rose American Wild Ale
    Howe Sound Brewing King Heffy Hefeweizen
    Howe Sound Brewing Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout American Imperial / Double Stout
    Howe Sound Brewing Three Beavers Imperial Red Ale Imperial / Double Red Ale
    Howe Sound Brewing Total Eclipse of the Hop Imperial / Double IPA
    Jack’s Abby Brewing Baby Maker American Barleywine
    Jack’s Abby Brewing Berliner Style Lager Berliner Weisse
    Maine Beer Company Lunch American IPA
    Meantime Brewing Company Cranberry Stout Fruit Beer
    Meantime Brewing Company Imperial Russian Stout Russian Imperial Stout
    Mikkeller Hues Sour Ale
    Notch Brewing Hootenanny Berliner Weisse
    Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #29: West Coast Double IPA Imperial / Double IPA
    Slumbrew Island Day American IPA
    Steadfast Beer Co. Steadfast Sorghum Pale Ale Gluten-Free
    Stone Brewing Enjoy By 08.16.14 IPA Imperial / Double IPA
    The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse
    The Bruery Tart of Darkness Sour Ale
    The Bruery Smoking Wood Smoked Beer

    What Hit the Shelves This Week

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

    Brewery Beer Style
    21st Amendment Brewery Hop Crisis Imperial / Double IPA
    Bantam Cider Company La Grande Cider
    Boulevard Brewing Co. Two Jokers Double-Wit Witbier
    Brasseurs Sans Gluten (BSG) Belge De Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Brewery Ommegang Gnomegang Belgian Blonde / Golden
    Brewmaster Jack Huell Melon American Pale Ale
    Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Pennant Ale ’55 English Pale Ale
    Clown Shoes Ride The Lion Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
    Evil Twin Brewing I Love You With My Stout Stout
    Heavy Seas Beer Holy Sheet Belgian Dubbel
    Heavy Seas Beer Siren Noire American Imperial / Double Stout
    Maine Beer Company Another One American IPA
    Maine Beer Company Lunch American IPA
    Narragansett Brewing Company Del’s Shandy Radler
    Narragansett Brewing Company Town Beach Imperial / Double IPA
    Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
    Peak Organic Brewing Company Citrus Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project There’s No Place Like There Imperial / Double IPA
    Shacksbury Cider Basque Cider
    Shacksbury Cider Hereford Cider
    Uinta Brewing Company Trader Session IPA American IPA
    Urban Farm Fermentory Baby Jimmy Cider

    Slumbrew To Open a Taproom at the new Assembly Row

    SlumbrewSlumbrew has announced that the American Fresh Taproom is coming later this month to Somerville’s upcoming Assembly Row development. The set-up is very unique as announced by the developer, Federal Realty Investment Trust – the section where the new Taproom is located is going to comprise of converted shipping containers around a beer garden.

    Based on this location and set-up it appears that the developer has targeted this area of their development to showcase the local Somerville offerings, artisans and foods since the majority of the development comprises of large national retailers and food choices.

    According to the official press release: American Fresh will be located near LEGOLAND Discovery Center, the AMC Theater and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, this outdoor location will introduce the American Fresh Taproom concept to a variety of guests. “We place a really high value on artisanal products so a lot of planning has gone into the selection of foods and planning the overall experience for our guests. Our food concept is based on working with artisan food suppliers, with an emphasis on local or regional products.” Leiter added. All of the food will be served on compostable dinnerware from Verterra. Food suppliers will rotate on a regular basis, but initially includes Fiore Di Nonno and Great Hill Creamery cheese, Olli and Creminelli Meats, When Pigs Fly Breads, Taza Chocolate, Grillo’s Pickles, soups and sandwiches and, for dessert, the Somerville tradition of a Fluffernutter treat.

    The American Fresh Taproom concept art

    The taproom will hold a soft opening July 30 and July 31, with a public opening planned for August 1. On the menu will be sandwiches, charcuterie plates, and more, in addition of course to its own beers. The area will have seating for 60 and as of press time the hours are slated to be: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sundays. There is word that there will be heaters as well so that outside seating areas can perhaps be open until the end of October, weather permitting.

    American Fresh, as a craft beer and food project, has been a dream we’ve had on the backburner for a long time. When asked by Federal Realty to bring Slumbrew and our American Fresh concept to this exciting new area of Somerville, we were thrilled with the opportunity. It’s an exciting time of growth for us.” said Jeff Leiter, co-founder of Somerville Brewing Company.

    Earlier this year Slumbrew also announced the upcoming opening of their brewery and taproom on Ward Street, just southeast of Union Square. Currently, they make their Slumbrew beers out of Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich.

    Night Shift Brewing Expands Art Series With Two New Beers

    Night Shift Brewing LogoNight Shift Brewing have announced a couple of new beers on this sunny afternoon. Both beers are part of the popular Art Series which has now grown to 25 beers.

    The first of the two, which has gone live on draft this evening is known as Thunder Moon. This summer porter is described as having “rich malt character; notes of chocolate and honey followed by layers of citrus hops & a touch of grains of paradise for a thirst-quenching kick“.

    The second beer, known as ‘The Constable‘ is another IPA that is “soft, delicate and loaded with juicy hop character, bursting with flavors of nectarines, papaya, and candied citrus“. That one will be introduced to the brewery’s tap lines tomorrow and both will be available on draft as well as for growler fills.

    What Hit the Shelves This Week

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

    Brewery Beer Style
    Against the Grain Brewery The Brown Note American Brown Ale
    Backlash Beer Company Comeback Imperial / Double IPA
    Bantam Cider Company La Grande Cider
    Beachwood/Heretic/Stone Unapologetic IPA Imperial / Double IPA
    Brouwerij Huyghe Deliria Belgian Strong Pale Ale
    Brouwerij Huyghe Delirium Red Fruit Beer
    Brouwerij St. Bernardus Extra 4 Patersbier
    Clown Shoes Millonario Russian Imperial Stout
    De Halve Maan Straffe Hendrik Brugs Quadrupel Belgian Quad
    Element Brewing Company Lunar Eclipse Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale
    Enlightenment Ales Day Trip Belgian Blonde / Golden
    Evil Twin Brewing Bikini Beer American IPA
    Evil Twin Brewing Hipster Ale American Pale Ale
    Great Divide Brewing Company Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Oatmeal Stout
    Great Divide Brewing Company Showdown Rye IPA American IPA
    Lagunitas Brewing Company A Little Sumpin’ Extra Ale Imperial / Double IPA
    Maine Beer Company A Tiny Beautiful Something American Pale Ale
    Percival Beer Company DOT Ale 1630 American Pale Ale
    Smuttynose Brewing Co. Vunderbar Pilsner German Pilsner
    Trillium Brewing Company Sunshower Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Victory Brewing Company Wild Devil Belgian IPA
    Westbrook/Stillwater Big Tasty’s Back Door Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Weyerbacher Brewing Company Nineteen American Pale Wheat Ale
    Woodchuck Cidery Woodchuck Hard Cider Private Reserve Ginger Cider

    2014 Pan-Mass Challenge and Harpoon Collaboration on Tap

    This coming Monday, July 7, Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), along with a few Harpoon Brewery staffers who are PMC cyclists, will brew the limited edition “Harpoon PMC beer” on Harpoon’s brew deck to benefit the PMC, the most successful athletic fundraising event in the country. Jamie Schier, Harpoon quality control manager/brewer, a twelve-time PMC cyclist, and Jamie Rudavsky, Harpoon inventory and purchasing manager/brewer, a four-time PMC cyclist, will be onsite to assist Starr.

    The Harpoon PMC will be a light fruity beer that is perfect for the summer. Sixty kegs worth of the charity ale will be brewed with a special New Zealand hop called Wakatu Hop. Lemon zest, pineapple and coriander will be added in mix during the boiling process. Harpoon PMC beer will have a five percent alcohol by volume content. Between July 21 and Aug. 1 the beer will be exclusively on tap at the Harpoon Beer Hall in Boston. One dollar of every pint of Harpoon PMC beer sold at the beer hall will support the PMC, which funds adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund.

    On Aug. 2 and 3, Schier and Rudavsky will be among more than 5,800 PMC cyclists who will ride up to 190 miles in the 35th annual event to raise $40 million to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Schier and Rudavsky ride in the annual bike-a-thon as part of Team FORZA-G. Schier rides in honor of three friends lost to cancer. Rudavsky rides in honor of his father, a two-time cancer survivor.

    About the Pan-Mass Challenge
    The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is an annual bike-a-thon that today raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the U.S. The PMC was founded in 1980 by Billy Starr, who remains the event’s executive director, an annual cyclist, and a fundraiser. The PMC has since raised $414 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. In 2013, the PMC gave a record gift of $39 million. The PMC pioneered the $2.5 billion athletic fundraising industry and is today a model of fundraising efficiency. The event donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause. In 2013, the PMC generated more than 50 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and was Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor. More than 230,000 individual contributions were made to last year’s event. On Aug. 2 and 3, 5,800 PMC cyclists will ride with the goal of raising $40 million for Dana-Farber.

    You can find more information about the Pan-Mass Challenge on their website.

    Shiner To Expand Into Massachusetts Later This Month

    ShinerAfter recently announcing their expansion into Connecticut just under a month ago, it appears that Texas’s very own Shiner is now expanding into Massachusetts. This expansion should be taking place in late July and comes following another big arrival, that of Michigan’s very own New Holland Brewing which took place about two weeks ago. But unlike New Holland, Shiner has an entire century of experience over them since it was founded in 1909.

    This means that Grambrinus-owned Shiner will now join the fairly saturated marketplace where it will be going head-to-head with the fairly recently launched Yuengling who arrived in the state in March. However, unlike Yuengling, Shiner is being distributed by Burke Distributing and its VP of Sales, Scott Adams announced that their flagship Shiner Bock alongside a few seasonals will be available at launch as reported by BrewBound.

    This expansion is part of a bigger effort to try and expand to Shiner brand into all fifty states by the end of the year and reports have already leaked that they’re looking into Vermont, Hawaii, New Hampshire and Maine next. And they’re getting there since they’re available in nearly 40 states already.

    Gambrinus produced more than 645,000 barrels of beer in 2013, about 570,000 of which were Shiner offerings and that number is only expected to go up and they keep expanding.

    This arrival now leaves many wondering how they will fare in a crowded marketplace and going against Yuengling who is already very well established due to a very big efforts from L. Knife & Son. This beer will apparently be targeted to BBQ fans and a younger crowd.

    Hopsters Hires Head Brewer, Gets Commercial Brewing License

    Newton Corner-based Hopsters have announced the hiring of their new head brewer, Jeff Rowe, formerly from Cape Code Beer where he will manage the production of their craft ales. With over seven years of experience where in all aspects of maintenance, operations and brewing, this well-rounded hire is sure to be a great addition to this unique business.

    Below is their press release:

    Rowe brings with him more than decade of experience, where he has worked in almost every facet of the craft beer industry. Rowe began his career at Harpoon Brewery, starting as a bottling line operator. Over his seven year tenure at Harpoon, he held positions as a filter technician, maintenance technician, brewer, forklift operator and distribution representative. Most recently, Rowe served as Head Brewer for Cape Cod Beer, Cape Cod’s only craft brewery, where he managed all aspects of production, packaging and recipe development.

    “Having Jeff join the Hopsters team is a huge asset for us,” said Lee Cooper, owner of Hopsters. “His experience in the industry will be invaluable as we continue to create exciting, experimental beers and solidify our name in the New England craft beer scene.”

    And to top things off, they’ve also announced their recent acquisition of a commercial brewing license which means that they will now be producing and selling their very own craft beers and not just enabling patrons to brew on premise. This will also enable them to sell those said-beers to commercial accounts as well and makes them the very first commercial brewery in Newton.

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