Monthly Archives: June 2015

Lord Hobo Brewing’s Grand Opening Slated For Tomorrow

Lord Hobo BrewingOfficial as of just a few minutes ago, Woburn-based Lord Hobo Brewing will have their grand opening to the public at noon, tomorrow, after having finally passed their inspection.

Lord Hobo Brewing Company is owned and operated by Daniel Lanighan, who also operates the highly acclaimed, Cambridge craft beer spot Lord Hobo. They recently made their big debut at the American Craft Beer Festival three weeks ago, receiving a lot of mixed reviews from the public.

The big opening’s announcement came on Facebook as head brewer, Vince Tursi, a former Night Shift brewer, posted a status update informing his friends, which stated:


Well, tomorrow is our first day open to the public. Doors are at noon. Two beers in cans/growlers, no Boom Sauce until 7/1. Staff party tonight, baby!
Thank you to all my friends, family, and everyone in the industry for standing by me and putting up with my insanity and all the bullshit while we got to this point. The fight’s not nearly over yet, but the seemingly unlimited amount of support has been crucial to getting us through this. I certainly wouldn’t have made it this far if it weren’t for all the positivity and encouragement. Words truly cannot express the love and appreciation I’ve got for you all. These beers are very tasty and I’m pretty proud to finally release my babies into the world.
Now come get drunk with me. Do it.”

Two beers will be available for both growler fills and in cans, and those are ‘Steal This Can’ and ‘Ball & Biscuit’. Their hours for this weekend are 12PM to 10PM tomorrow and 12PM to 6PM on Sunday.

The brewery is located at 5 Draper Street, Woburn, MA.

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Idle Hands Forced Out of Everett Location, Future Uncertain

Idle HandsIt is with great sadness that Idle Hands Craft Ales founder and owner, Chris Tkach and his wife have announced that the brewery will be closing later this month after they received a notice from the city of Everett earlier this year, in February, due to a displacement by the Everett Wynn Casino project.

The deadline for them to vacate is June 30th and they’ve been looking for a new location for over a year now. And while they remain optimistic, this is obviously a pretty big setback.

Below is the statement which they Idle Hands Craft Ales: Statement, yesterday, regarding this situation:

Everett, Mass., June 16, 2015 – Idle Hands Craft Ales LLC announced formally today the closing of their Everett, Massachusetts brewing facility due to a displacement by the Everett Wynn Casino project. The local craft brewery, recently recognized as one of the top local craft breweries in New England by Boston Magazine is one of several local businesses located at 3 Charlton Street that has been forced to vacate its location by June 30 as a result of the building being razed in favor of a construction access road for the Wynn casino project. The brewery’s future is uncertain as the owners, customers and fans await the fate of the Boston market’s first nanobrewery.

“While we are saddened our need to move is happening this quickly, we also always knew our home on Charlton Street would not be our last. We see this change as a minor setback that just forces us to pursue the next chapter sooner,” shares founder and owner, Chris Tkach. Despite an inevitable move, Tkach and his wife were surprised when they only received 4 months formal notice to vacate in February of this year. Tkach has been searching for a suitable new location for 12 months now. Even if a new commercial lease were signed, moving and resuming brewery operations takes months. Not only does equipment and product need to be relocated, the business also needs to resubmit for both federal and state licensing, a process which could take up to 120 days based on the current federal estimates for license reviews.

The good news is that Idle Hands is in negotiations with a landlord for a new lease close to the Everett location but Tkach will not comment definitively “until the ink is dry”. He indicated that the staff ramped up production the last few months anticipating a period ofbeing “off line”. They have also arranged to tenant brew at former neighbor, Night Shift Brewery until a new facility is operational. Local bars, restaurants and package stores have committed to continue selling the company’s beers though availability will be limited due to lowered production levels. “I’ve personally enjoyed drinking and serving both beers because of the high quality and varied mix of styles they offer. I know my customers will be saddened [by the limited offerings]…but we plan to serve their beer whenever we can get our hands on it during their transition,” comments Max Toste, owner/beer manager of Deep Ellum in Allston.

Stay tuned for more updates as we await news of their finalizing of a new location near their soon-to-be former location.

Hopsters Expands Dowtown, Introduces Hopsters Alley

HopstersNewton Corner-based Hopsters, a popular spot where people can brew their own craft beers, have a bite to eat and have some beers from both guest taps and Hopsters taps has been growing. Not only are they bottling stores and selling them at various retail outlets, but they’re now also expanding in downtown Boston at the soon-to-open Boston Public Market.

The new stand will be known as Hopsters Alley and will be amongst the many Boston Public Market: Vendors present at the market year-round including all kinds of meat and produce-centric stands as well as miscellaneous, other ones.

Below is the official statement from Hopsters which drills into more details about their expansion:

Hopsters has always been in the business of supporting local brewers and their brands. With that in mind we will be opening Hopsters Alley, a package store focusing on Massachusetts and other New England breweries, in July.

Hopsters Alley will be located in the new Boston Public Market, a 30,000 sq. ft. indoor, local-only, year-round public market located in the Faneuil Hall area. It will be the only market of its kind in the country. Hopsters Alley will sell beer, hard cider, and liquor brewed, fermented, and distilled in New England.

Around Faneuil Hall we were hard pressed to identify any forum that showcased Massachusetts’ craft beers. Hopsters Alley has 1,000 sq. ft. within the market and space for approximately 5,000 single units. Our goal is that Massachusetts brewers see the Alley as a downtown focal-point to showcase their brand and products in an authentic craft environment.

In addition to our space, the public market has a 4,000 sq. ft. test kitchen which will be available for tastings, education, classes, and general beer programming. We also intend to have a sampling bar that will be open during the market hours.

Stay tuned for more updates at the Boston Public Market’s opening nears.