Monthly Archives: September 2015

[UPDATE] Jack’s Abby Brewing Sign Lease, Expanding To New Space

UPDATE:The taproom’s grand opening will be taking place tomorrow, September 30th at their regular hours which are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 8PM. They will have nearly twenty beers available including some of the Framinghammer variants as well as two of their sours which have been bottled for the first time ever.

The new brewery is located at 100 Clinton Street in Framingham.


Jacks AbbyWe just got word that Jack’s Abby Brewing out in Framingham will be moving to a new, bigger space that will enable them to not only ramp up production, but also better serve their loyal patrons. The new, 67,000 square foot place is located in the Dennison Building downtown and will enable them to expand from their current, 12,000 square foot brewery which has been maxed out for months now.

The new space will see a 5,000 square foot area which will be reserved for a restaurant and the new facility will enable them to install a brand new canning line which is expected to can up to 10,000 beers per hour at it’s peak. Additionally, there will also be more parking, the possibility for the brewer to host various events such as Oktoberfest, and their twenty four beers are also expected to be on tap there.

Speaking of capacity, Jack’s Abby brewed approximately 14,000 barrels of beer this year and are forecasting 20,000 for 2015. In this new facility, they’re looking to brew approximately 50,000 barrels which would make them the state’s second largest brewery behind Harpoon which is quite impressive since they’ve only been around for about four years.

Staying in Framingham is an essential part of their plan and has been since the beginning and their staff is expected to double from twenty to about fifth once the new brewery opens. And once it opens, because of the added capacity, the price of their beers should be expected to drop and many of their beers will also become available in cans, including their top-sellers which are Jabby Brau, Hoponius Union, Smoke & Dagger and Mass Rising. They will still have growler fills for their seasonal and specialty beers.

There’s no official timeline as of right now but their first meetings are expected to occur early in January and they hope to open the new space as early as fall of 2015. In the interim, their current space will remain open to the public until they eventually transition things over.

Stay tuned for more updates next year as things continuet to develop.

Navigation Brewing To Expands In New Space

Navigation Brewing CompanyLowell’s first and only maritime-themed brewery, Navigation Brewing have announced that they will be moving from their current spot, a 1,200 sq. ft. modest garage bay, and into a new space which will be almost three times bigger.

Construction at the new facility has already begun over in the revitalized Mill Building, and they’re expected to move in and open up to the public in early November. Their new location will have more than 3,000 fq. ft. of space for their taproom as well as a beer garden. They still plan on pouring flights, pints while also selling growlers and bottles, but with the added bonus of now having enough space to host events as well.

The Mill Building, also known as the Western Ave Studios is home to over 300 varying artists and is located at 122 Western Ave, Lowell, MA 01851. And while PJ and Bob still face quite a bit of red tape as the finalize plans for the move, they’re trying to bring in their old equipment and will also most likely be upgrading some of it and they will be operating at their old location through October as well, following their current schedule.

As far as their brewing schedule, it won’t skip a beat and they still are planning on brewing new batches of their pale ale, IPA, Double IPA and Milk Stout. They will also brew some of their ‘Art of Darkness’ series brews which include their double porter, coffee porter, chocolate oatmeal stout and winterwarmer later this year, most likely after the move once the temperatures drop a bit.

Stay tuned for more updates as things fall into place but we definitely look forward to paying them a visit at their new spot once it opens.

Idle Hands Craft Ales Sign New Lease, Headed to Malden & Enlightenment Ales Update

Idle HandsEarlier this year, Chris Tkach and his wife Grace had announced that Idle Hands Craft Ales would be shutting down their Everett-based brewing operations because of the Steve Wynn Casino projects. Everyone was very upset, their future was uncertain, but they are now excited to let everyone know that they’ve managed to find a new location out in Malden and have signed a new lease to lock it down.

The new location, which is located at 89 Commercial Street, Malden, MA, right next to Kappy’s and just a few hundred yards from the Malden Center T stop on the orange line and commuter rail.

The new location is going to be significantly bigger and they now need to start the process of re-applying for new licences as also need to start moving the equipment over to the new location. Their goal is to hopefully re-open for business in early 2016 and you can read more about this Idle Hands Craft Ales: Blog.

As far as Enlightenment Ales who used to be based out of Idle Hands, we also got word that Ben Howe will not be migrating to the new facility in Malden and has instead decided to move to rural Denmark to join a farmhouse brewery out there as the head brewer. He’s already been there for a few weeks and you can Enlightenment Ales: Blog. Unfortunately this also means the end of the road for Enlightenment Ales.

Stay tuned for more updates on Idle Hands over the course of the next few months as plans come together.

Night Shift Brewing Announces Taproom Expansion

Night Shift BrewingEverett’s own Night Shift Brewing company is going to be expanding with construction scheduled to start later this month. The expansion which is to take place in the warehouse next door will not impact their present operations or hours and will, once complete, add an additional 2,500 square ft of space for customers to enjoy.

We’re completely filling our current space with customers on a fairly regular basis,” said brewery co-founder Mike O’Mara. “With this expansion, we can add a second bar, more seating, more bathrooms, and the option to host fully private events.

The expansion is slated to be complete late this year or early next year and stay tuned for more updates as always.