Monthly Archives: December 2014

Craft Beer Cellar Newton Announces Move, Should Remain In Newton Center

Craft Beer Cellar NewtonCraft Beer Cellar Newton owner Brian Shaw and the rest of his staff have just announced that their store, which is presently located at 1243 Centre Street in Newton will be closing permanently as of Wednesday night. But rest assured, this is only temporary as they are in the process of finalizing some paperwork regarding a location which would mean that they’d be moving only by a few hundred yards and remain in Newton Center.

The new location, which has yet to be 100% confirmed as final, should be slightly smaller and will enable them to focus on a leaner and more efficient operation, providing a better experience for customers. However, while their store will be closed to walk-in shoppers, they will still be taking beer orders for delivery via phone or email via their website.

Below is an excerpt explaining some of the reasons why the store will be moving:

At the heart of it, we picked a difficult first location. While we love our space, it was ultimately too big and too pricey. To ensure a secure future for our world-class Staff Beer Geeks, provide a good value to our loyal and incredibly awesome customers, and forward Craft Beer Cellar’s mission, a change was necessary. We are all saddened by this difficult decision. It is our firm belief that CBC Newton will be able to provide an even better experience for our customers as a result of this transition.

Optimally, we would have had a seamless move from our current to our new location. However, the lengthy licensing, leasing, and approval processes have made it impossible to remain open, in the traditional sense, for a few weeks. It has been a roller coaster, with a prime location falling through at the last minute. Hang with us, it’ll be worth it: Studying for the Certified Cicerone® exam, moving, construction, and deliveries will be our focus in the interim.

The’ve also announced that they will be running a sale both today and tomorrow where customers will receive 10% off all beer, wine, sake and cider as well as 15% off all glassware. So while they will be closed for retail walk-through sales, their operation will still be available for both home and office deliveries as they target to re-open sometime in February. As always, stay tuned for more updates.

Tree House Brewing Announces Big 2015 Plans Including Expansion, Bottling and More!

Tree House BrewingIn a blog post released yesterday, it appears that Monson, MA-based Tree House Brewing will have big plans in store for us in 2015 including a pretty significant expansion.

First off, they’re adding tanks. How many? They didn’t specify except for the fact that a few 30 and 60 bbl brewhouses have been installed and another 30 bbl one is arriving shortly as well. They’re increasing their brewing capacity by a factor of at least ten. That’s a very significant amount of beer that they’ll be producing.

They also announced that they will be brewing a boatload of Julius. They even said that once they get going, that they “expect to make as much Julius in three weeks – once we get rolling – as we’ve made in the entire three years Tree House has existed“. Julius will also be canned alongside some of their other beers like Eureka, Green, Haze and That’s What She said. They will be available in four-packs of 16oz cans at the retail shop. No dates yet as to when this will happen but this will make the trips to Monson a lot more rewarding.

But wait guys, there’s more! Their bottling line will – hopefully – be running before summer of 2015 enabling them to start bottling some of their other beers including Double Shot and Good Morning alongside each of those beers’ variants.

Last but not least, they will also try to be more aggresive in getting their beers on draft out in bars in Central Massachusetts. They will also be introducing a barrel fermentation program featuring a wild yeast that they’ve been cultivating for over a year now. We can already picture New Glarus-like wild beers with fruits in them and cannnot wait for that program to get started.

So yeah, a lot of good news coming from Monson. We’re very excited and so should you. In the interim they will continue with their current brewery-only growler fills and samples and hopefully will be expanding their hours as well, which is another thing that is in their pipeline. Stay tuned for more updates.

Trillium Brewing Reopens After Facing Licensing Issues

Trillium Brewing27 Days. 27 days is how long the Boston-area beer fans went without their Trillium Brewing fix after the brewery was shut down by the Boston police department following orders from the state’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. It was due to some oversight and paperwork that was never properly (and formally) processed.

Few updates were shared for a few weeks from JC Tetreault, the owner of Trillium Brewing until he finally posted a message on BeerAdvocate’s forums, on December 10th, to help shed some light on the issues that were at hand:

Our 2014 license renewal application was never processed. Nobody was aware of this fact until recently, the timing of which was unfortunate given the holiday. We’ve provided all documentation and complied with every request. We had a hearing today to approve or disapprove our 2014 license. We haven’t received a decision yet.

The reason we haven’t responded to rumors until now is because we honestly didn’t have all the information up front, and didn’t want to fuel any fires. While the issue is pretty simple, it’s also quite serious. Everything is when dealing with the government. We didn’t feel that the situation could benefit from social media and, to be honest, it’s painful enough to live through not to mention continue talking about it every day we’re closed.

While we’re incredibly appreciative of your desire to help, please don’t contact the ABCC or the City of Boston. We are hopeful and confident that the ABCC will respond fairly and we’ll have a positive outcome as soon as possible. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate the support, and we’ll desperately need it WHEN we reopen, but right now we don’t want anything to jeopardize our business, our lives, and the future of Trillium for us and our 10 employees who’ve been out of work for 2 weeks.

We both hope to see you and thank you for your support as soon as we’re able to open our doors. You’ll know the second we do! (Oh, and our website went down because of a massive flow of traffic! Thanks for all of you concerned enough to check in.)
Cheers, Esther & JC

Well the good news is that they’ve been able to work things out with the licensing comission and are now back in business as of about 4:30PM today, and with six different offerings to boot: Mettle DIPA, Fort Point Pale Ale, Melcher Street IPA, Trillium, Wild Sinister Kid and PM Dawn Coffee Stout.

They also have a ton of bottles available including two new beers which are Broken Angel and PM Dawn. Check their Twitter: @TrilliumBrewing for more updates as well.

Night Shift Brewing Releases New Beer, Announces Many More

Night Shift Brewing LogoNight Shift Brewing in Everett have released a new beer earlier this afternoon. The new beer, known as Smolder, is a “bold, robust, 8.2% stout featuring a nose of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, and rich flavors of black cherry, cocoa, and subtle hints of smoke” and is available for both growler fills as well as your enjoyment on premise.

But not satisfied with working on just one beer, they’ve also announced a few more upcoming releases which are to take place on various days starting next week, and over the next few weeks, taking you almost into Christmas. Those releases include their sixth batch of their rotating and ever-changing Morph IPA which is highly anticipated by many and has become a very popular series which even includes some store distribution.

So without further due, here’s what their upcoming release schedule looks like:

  • Wednesday December 10th: Bean Porter Release
    At $14 a bottle and with no limits per person, this beer release party will feature Bean Porter-branded Steins which will be yours to keep after you drink the beer in them. This porter is made with vanilla and coffee beans and is then aged in bourbon barrels. A perfect accompaniment to these chilly temperatures.

  • Wednesday December 17th: Fallen Apple & Mainer Weisse Release
    This release party will feature not one but two different beers! Their first one, Fallen Apple, is a golden ale made with local apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander and allspice which is then aged in brandy and rum barrels. Their second beer, Mainer Weisse is a sour ale made with Maine wild blueberries and some cinnamon spices.

    Also on deck from them but with no release dates yet are Whirlpool, Vienna Lager, Presidential DIPA, Taza Stout, Trifecta, El Lechedor and Cape Codder Weisse. Stay tuned for future updates on those.