Monthly Archives: August 2014

Special Offer: WGBH Chef’s Gala, Food & Wine Festival

The third annual Taste of WGBH Chef’s Gala wil take place on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. The event will be held at the WGBH Studios located at One Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135.

As a special to our Craft Beer Boston readers, you can receive 20% off tickets. Please purchase tickets online at http://www.wgbh.org/foodwine/festival_tickets.cfm and use the promotional code BEERBLOG.

This year, the Chef’s Gala menu is bigger and better than ever. Guests have the opportunity to sample small plates prepared by 25 of the region’s best chefs, and sip more than 20 delicious wines from around the globe. And this year, the event will offer premiere craft beer selections, including Heady Topper from Vermont’s renowned family run brewery The Alchemist. Maine’s Bissell Brothers Brewing Company will also be in attendance.

For complete details on the Chef’s Gala and the whole roster of festival events, visit www.wgbh.org/festival.

This is the first of a full weekend of events showcasing the New England food, wine and craft beer offerings – on Friday, September 12th, there is a food and wine auction, followed up by Saturday’s Artisan Tastings which will include additional craft breweries and even more food samplings from New England’s top food purveyors. The final event of the weekend will be a brunch on Sunday, September 14th which will take brunch to a new level and include over 100 different food, wine and cider options.

Updates from Trillium Brewing Including Their Forthcoming Release Schedule

Trillium BrewingThe busy boys over at Trillium Brewing have made a few announcements earlier today including a few updates in regards to their brewing space and upcoming brewing schedule. They’ve been at near brewing capacity for the last ten months but have been able to recently add two new, 20bbl tanks into their space which they think will try and help them keep up with the demand for their popular Fort Point Pale Ale and Congress Street IPA.

This isn’t exactly news to many of us, the brewery has been struggling to meet an incredible amount of demand and they frequently run out of some of their beers despite their best of intentions. They have also announced that they will continue to search for a new space to expand into although they do not intend on leaving their home on Congress Street anytime soon, if ever. The search for a new space has been ongoing for nearly a year now.

Along with this news, they’ve also announced their upcoming release schedule which features a lot of very interesting beers and which is as follows:

  • Tuesday August 19th – Noon: Heavy Mettle Double IPA
    The bottles will be released exclusively at the brewery at Noon on Tuesday August 19th. In order to help prevent extended wait times, only be bottles (no samples, growler filling) will be available starting at noon through to 4PM on Tuesday. Growler filling of other beers will resume at 4PM and any remaining bottles of Heavy Mettle will continue to be available. There’s a limit of four bottles of Heavy Mettle per person, no holds. Oh, we’ve got some cool gifts to show our appreciation for the first 20 people in line for Heavy Mettle!

  • Thursday August 21st – Noon: Double Dry Hopped Congress Street IPA
    Same deal as Heavy Mettle: kegs set aside for those events later this month, while the rest made its way to 750ml bottles (no growler fills). The bottles will be released exclusively at the brewery at Noon on Thursday August 21st. Only bottles (no samples, growler filling) available from noon-4PM on Thursday. Growler filling of other beers will resume from 4-730PM. Limit of four bottles of Double Dry Hopped Congress Street IPA per person, no holds.

  • End of August (TBD): Double Pot & Kettle aged on American Oak & Vanilla Beans
    “So, pilot batch of Double Pot & Kettle. The addition of Dark Belgian Candi Sugar was responsible for furthering the depths of charred fruit and roasted flavors. This special sugar bumped up the abv to 9% but its tremendous fermentability resulted in that same smooth drinkability you come to enjoy in Pot & Kettle. We aged a portion of this 1.5bbl pilot batch on American oak staves and Vanilla Beans further layering in complementary aromatic, flavors, mouthfeel. Outside of the single 1/6bbl keg earmarked for the dinner, we bottled the balance of the batch in 375ml bottles. Stay tuned for a release date for these toward the end of August. Given the batch size, there will only be a very small number available (a little over 300 bottles).”

  • Thursday September 4th: American Sour Beers Book Signing, Lineage Rye & Wheat Bottle Releases
    Before the book was released, we asked Michael Tonsmiere aka The Mad Fermentationist if he might be interested in doing a book signing of his incredible book American Sour Beers when he was in Boston…Mike said yes! We pulled some special beers out of our cellar in anticipation of his visit to the brewery on Thursday, September 4th. We have the return of Lineage Rye and the introduction of Lineage Wheat – wild saisons featuring locally grown & malted Rye and Wheat respectively from Valley Malt. These beers have been aged for over a year in 500L/132 gallon casks, slowly fermenting with our house wild microbe mixed culture. We’ll also have some beautiful stemmed Lineage Series glasses available, perfect for enjoying these rustic wild saisons. Details/timing of the book signing bottle limits to be determined/announced.

    Last but not least, the brewery has also announced that new, 13oz tulip glasses have arrived and are in stock at the brewery, and will also soon be added to their online store as well. The tulip can be seen below:

    Stay tuned for more updates on some of those upcoming releases with finalized times and such.

  • Beer Works to Open New Location in Waltham

    We had recently reported that Watch City Brewing out in Waltham was shutting down their operation. Well there is now official confirmation of the new occupant and lessee of the former Watch City Brewing and it is a new outlet of the famed Beer Works chain. This Waltham location will be their eighth location as they continue to expand.

    Waltham Councilor Robert Logan confirmed a meeting with Beer Works owner Joe Slesar last Wednesday. He also confirmed that the licensing is in process and that once it is secured, there will be several months of renovations to the now empty space formerly Watch City Brewing. That being said, all is not completely lost regarding the former landmark watering hole: the new Waltham Beer Works will pay tribute to the former brewery by not only trying to acquire the former Watch City clock, but also by naming a to-be-determined tap beer after the local predecessor.

    Many of the neighboring businesses applaud the well respected business for jumping into a lease for the space to keep the downtown Waltham nightlife and business attractions going strong. It is all about drawing in the local residents and working professionals to keep more high profile businesses coming and joining in the small family mom and pop stores to draw a broad customer base.

    The address of the soon-to-be Waltham Beer Works is 256 Moody Street, Waltham, MA. Please stay tuned for further updates down the road.

    Source: Wicked Local Waltham

    Two Roads Brewing’s Roadsmary’s Baby Returns

    Two Roads BrewingConnecticut’s very own Two Roads Brewing have announced the return of their popular and unique fall seasonal beer Roadsmary’s Baby which is slated to hit the shelves next week. This unique pumpkin beer is made with real pumpkin, vanilla beans and spices and is then aged in Caribbean rum barrels. Below is the full press release:

    ROADSMARY’S BABY PART II, NOW SHOWING IN CT, NY, RI AND MA

    Back by popular demand, Two Roads Brewing Company of Stratford, CT announces the return of Roadsmary’s Baby Pumpkin Ale.

    In true Two Roads fashion, Roadsmary’s Baby is not your typical pumpkin ale. Aged in Caribbean rum barrels and made with real pumpkin, vanilla beans and spices, this year’s Roadsmary’s Baby is a sequel unlike any other! At 6.8% ABV, it has a complexity and a depth of character that has become a cult classic amongst its fans.

    Roadsmary’s Baby six packs will start to hit bars and store shelves on August 11th in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and the New York Metro area. But if you just can’t wait until then for this wicked good beer, it will be previewed on draft at the brewery starting at noon on August 6th

    ABOUT TWO ROADS BREWING COMPANY

    Two Roads opened its doors in December 2012 having earlier acquired and renovated a 100 year old vacant, brick factory building in Stratford Ct. Its name and philosophy are inspired by the Robert Frost Poem “The Road Less Taken”—a philosophy brought to life in the beers they create using state-of-the-art brewing and packaging equipment. Two Roads Brewery is open for tastings Tuesday-Sunday and tours Friday-Sunday. For more information go to www.tworoadsbrewing.com

    Waltham’s Watch City Brewing Assets are A Part of History

    As we had covered nearly a month ago now Waltham’s iconic Waltham City Brewing closed its doors and pending a sale via auction. This past Wednesday, July 30th saw about 50 curious and eager bidders crowd into the now defunct Watch City Brewing Company at 256 Moody St in Waltham to try to claim in auction the remaining assets of the iconic brewery.

    Items up for bid included basic serving utensils to a convection oven which sold for $300. There were even former employees who came and laid claim to both a smoker and a Point of Sale (POS) system. The mother load went to a group who won the bidding on the brewing equipment all inclusive for $ 41,000 – this groups is from Barre, MA. It is unknown if the purchased equipment is going to a new brewing operation or not – the buyer only mentioned they were taking to their farm and will elaborate at a later date.

    The iconic “Watch City Brewing Co” clock was also up for bid, but only one person bid in the $250 range and the auctioneer said it was doubtful it would be sold.

    A new tenant has been singed to a lease, so the premises was not up for bid. There is speculation that a new brewery will come in, but nothing is confirmed as of yet.

    Many supporters and patrons who’ve frequented the establishment during its last 20 years of business were shocked at the sudden closure. The brewery closed its doors in June with an announcement that it needed to repair an AC unit. The owner, Jocelyn Hughes, said earlier in July that she wanted to reopen, but at the time owed more than $120,000 to the state in meal taxes, according to the Department of Revenue.

    Several disgruntled former employees, are hoping to finally receive the back pay they are owed now that assets were being liquidated.