Monthly Archives: November 2015

Pretty Things Beer And Ale Project Calls It Quits

Pretty Things Beer & Ale ProjectAfter more than seven years in business it appears that Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project will now be coming to an end as confirmed by their official statement released on their site earlier today.

The heartbreaking news came as a shock to many and despite not having an official brewery to call home, the duo of Martha and Dann found success with some of their beers including their flagship Jack D’or.

Below is the official statement they released:

Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project is drawing to a close.

Seven years ago we sold our first glass of beer at The Publick House in Brookline. We didn’t foresee then that our strange project would become such a part of our lives.

It has been a crazy fun time. We’ve dressed up in more costumes than a Bob Hope special. Amazing employees and friends have conspired with us along the way. Bocky, Anya, and John Funke have channeled our project almost better than we have done ourselves. And we found a rag tag group of like-minded creative brewers out there in the world as well.

Brewing our beers has been a great labor and a great joy. But best of all we shared it with so many great beer drinkers. It really feels like we met you all. We’ve stood in shops, bars, restaurants, on stages, in VFW halls. Sometimes you were already fans. Sometimes you spat out our beer. Sometimes you just fancied a chat. We always felt happy to meet you by the end. It was always fun, or funny, or we sold a beer, or learned something. Many of you became friends. We’ve loved drinking beers with you.

We hope our beers brought you joy and brought you closer together. There’s no greater goal for a batch of beer or a project like ours.

After seven years it’s time to draw the curtains and head off to a new adventure. A poorly drawn grain of barley called Jack D’Or made this whole thing possible. He’ll be coming with us.

Their final batches of beers will be hitting the shelves in the next few weeks and in sufficient quantities to last until 2016 at which point we shall simply move on, much like they will.

Flying Dreams Brewing Comes To Worcester, Opens Up Taproom at Peppercorns

Flying Dreams BrewingThere’s a newcomer in Worcester, Mass over at Peppercorns. In the space formerly occupied by Wormtown Brewing Company, who have built a brewery and since moved out, now comes Flying Dreams Brewing Company. Dave and his teamhave released the following press statement:

WORCESTER, Mass.Flying Dreams Brewing Company, a Worcester-based brewery co-located with Italian restaurant and Worcester main-stay Peppercorns, is proud to announce the grand opening of its tap room and brewery, located at 455B Park Avenue, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Dates and Times:

  • Friday, November 20th – 3:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 21st – 12:00 to 10 p.m.

    The two-day event will feature two of its locally crafted ales – “Dreaming of Summer” and “Nightcrawler” – both of which are brewed on-site, each undergoing a longer and more refined brewing process than their contemporaries. These ales are packed with flavor and go down smooth.

    Flying Dreams’ “Dreaming of Summer” is an American-style Saison, known to many in the brewing community as a “Farm House Ale”, has historical Belgian origins and is typically brewed in the cooler months of the year, while Flying Dreams’ “NIghtcrawler” is an American-style Dark Ale woven from dark malts – and popping with hops. While the roots of each beer are quite different, they hold true to one principle: each ale is brewed with great care and craftsmanship – with a longer brewing process than other craft ales.

    When I began brewing beer it was a hobby, but once I peeled away the layers of the process – the craft – it became my passion,” said Dave Richardson, Flying Dreams Brewery Co.’s Founder and Brewmaster. “I decided that if I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it right. I earned a Master’s Degree in Brewing Science and Engineering from UC Davis, from there I went on to co-own the well-respected Gardner Ale House for almost a decade, and then decided it was my time. My vision was to take traditional brewing techniques and give them a twist – my twist. I’ve done that and I can’t wait to share these beautiful ingredients and flavors with this community.

    Dave and his team at Flying Dreams encourage everyone to visit, celebrate his craft and take home some growlers of ales – just in time for Thanksgiving.

  • You can find out more information about Flying Dream Brewing Company on their Facebook: Flying Dreams Brewing Company.

    Boston’s First Contract Brewery Coming in Early 2016

    Dorchester Brewing CompanyBoston’s first, dedicated contract brewery will be opening up in early 2016 and is currently in the process of being built out over in Dorchester. Dorchester Brewing Company will be located at 1246 Mass Avenue and will feature a 25,000 square foot facility where brewers will be able to produce, package and market their beers in significant quantities. A canning as well as bottling line will be available and unlike Mercury Brewing in Ipswich, this space will also feature a taproom as well as a workspace enabling industry folks and brewers to interact and work together as needed.

    Below is Dorchester Brewing Company’s full press release:

    DORCHESTER, MA (November 10, 2015) – Dorchester Brewing Company ( today announces their plans to open a dedicated 25,000 square foot contract brewing facility at 1246 Massachusetts Ave in Spring 2016. The brewery, which is currently under development, will fill an industry void by supporting regional craft brewers with beer production, packaging and marketing support in a state-of-the-art facility, which will also feature tours, a 2,000+ square foot tasting room and a collaborative workspace open to brewers and the local startup community.

    The brewery will feature a full suite of services where craft beer brands, large and small, can produce, package (bottling, kegging, and canning), barrel age, market and store their beers and materials. Head Brewmaster, Todd Charbonneau, former Head Brewer of Harpoon Brewery for ten years, will oversee production on multiple brewing systems and ensure premium quality control measures, guaranteed brewing and packaging times and overall product consistency. The brewery will offer the public the opportunity to experience the process of craft beer brewing firsthand through tours and tastings in their 20-line tap system. In addition to uniquely supporting the brewing community, the facility will also act as a collaborative workspace for local organizations, residents and small businesses.

    “As the regional craft beer industry continues to expand, we’re excited to be offering a superior, cost effective, predictable solution and suite of services to brands to brew their beer and grow their businesses,” says Dorchester Brewing Company CEO and Co-founder, Matt Malloy. “In addition to removing many burdens faced by brewers today, we look to create a highly collaborative environment and help level the playing field for the brewers that dedicate their lives to making great beer.”
    The Dorchester Brewing team is comprised of several seasoned founders from the business and brewing community who came together to create a better option for brewers while helping to revitalize an up and coming Dorchester neighborhood. As a premier contract and partner brewing facility, similar to Zipcar, Uber and Airbnb, Dorchester Brewing Company looks to provide shared access to high-quality equipment and services that most brewery startups, along with small and medium-sized brewers, simply can’t afford or choose not to invest in.

    Stay tuned for more updates as they continue to build things out. You can also check them out on Dorchester Brewing Company and Facebook: Dorchester Brewing Company.

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    Local Craft Brewfest Tickets Giveaway

    6th Local Craft BrewfestThe generous folks over at Boston Local Food have generously coughed up a couple of tickets that we’re giving away to their 6th annual Local Brewfest which is to take place on November 20th in Boston. The venue is Cruiseport Boston, on Black Falcon Avenue, a bit past Harpoon. With over a dozen of
    local breweries, distillers and vendors, it’s sure to be a helluvah good time. Both tickets are valued at $100 and the winner will be picked next Monday and contacted by email.

    You can enter the giveaway by clicking on the button below or through the special tab over on our Craft Beer Boston page on Facebook.

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    You can also find out more about the 6th annual Local Craft Brewfest on the official event website over here and can purchase tickets there. Good luck!