Monthly Archives: March 2016

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Festival heading to Boston with 100+ breweries in tow!

For those who missed the announcement a few months back, Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp is coming to Boston!  This year’s festival will be held outdoors at City Hall Plaza on Saturday, June 18th.

The lineup of breweries has continued to grow (over 100 and counting!) including several heavy hitters like Lawson’s, Kane, Trillium, and Wicked Weed alongside recently opened MA breweries such as Bent Water, Kayfabe, IndieFerm, Brazo Fuerte, and Portico.

As of now, advanced tickets are on sale at a discounted rate of $50 and $70.  (The extra $20 allows for entry into the festival an hour early.)  Designated Driver tickets are available for $35, as well.  Once the “limited number” of advance tickets sell out, the prices go up to $65 & $85, respectively.

Check out the following link for more information or to buy tickets.

Tree House Brewing Expanding With New Brewery

Tree House Brewing Co.Earlier today, some fantastic news broke out from Tree House Brewing Co., coming directly from one of it’s co-founders, Nate Lanier. He announced that Tree House Brewing Company has purchased a large parcel of land out in Charlton and that they will be breaking out on a new brewery out there very soon. Austin Design won the design contract and the new facility will initially have 30,000BBL in capacity and will also feature a taproom.

Below is the official announcement:

We have been looking forward to sharing this news for a long time… We are building a new brewery!

It will reside in Charlton, Massachusetts on a very central yet secluded seventy acres of land true to the Tree House aesthetic with a mixture of woods, green space, and serenity. It is designed as an expandable and multi-faceted 45,000 square foot facility and will feature a state of the art 50 BBL brewhouse, a 5,000 square foot retail space where can sales, bottle sales, and full pours will be offered at least five days a week, and a large outdoor pavilion. The retail shop will feel familiar, with an open space vista overlooking a tank farm of 60, 120, and 240 BBL fermenters flanked by a natural light-drenched brewhouse.

The facility will house 30,000 barrels of cellar capacity initially and by the end of the first year we plan to have 50,000 barrels of cellar space available. The theoretical maximum for the brewhouse and space is in excess of 125,000 barrels a year.

Despite massive gains in production and efficiency in Monson, it is not nearly enough. The intent of the new brewery is to make our beer better than ever, vastly expand our range of offerings, make our core offerings more readily available, and to create a central gathering place of kinship and camaraderie for beer enthusiasts.

The brewery is being designed in conjunction with Austin Design, Inc. It will be entirely new construction on a parcel of land that is owned by us. This will afford us creative control of the property now and hopefully very far into the future.

This project aims to break ground in the spring of 2016 and to be operational in the first half of 2017 (we hope).

Below is also an early rendering of what the brewery will look like:

Rest assured, their current facility will still be used for special projects as well as for all kinds of experimentation, something that they haven’t been able to do as much of due to brewery size restrictions. They will also be hosting special events there as well. You can read more about the full announcement on the brewery’s website Tree House Brewing Co..

Tree House Brewing is located at 160 East Hill Road, Monson, MA 01057.

The Ginger Man’s Boston Location Opening Tomorrow [Update]

Update:The restaurant’s opening day has been pushed from the 5th to the 12th.

Ginger ManWith seven locations operating out in Texas and another three already up and running on the East Coast, The Ginger Man Boston is now going to have the grand opening of their Boston location tomorrow out on State Street, at the edge of Faneuil Hall. The Ginger Man’s location is the former home of Stadium Sports Bar & Grill and after nearly a half a year of renovations, this two-floor establishment with a seating capacity of nearly 150 will be opening.

According to Eater Boston, the establishment will have “75 draft beers (as well as an additional 15 draft lines at its smaller, downstairs bar), nearly 100 bottled beers, and spirits and wines from across the globe.“. You can also expect a lot of house-made breads, charcuterie and many more delectable foods including pickled vegetables. The website isn’t presently up-to-date with a beer list or menu and neither is their Facebook page but we expect that this will change very soon. A quick peep over on their NYC’s location’s menu shows all kinds of delicious food which pair very well with beers and cocktails. Items like pretzels, sandwiches, and German platters which feature shnitzel or sausages as well as salads, sliders and dessert. Hopefully this Boston location will follow suit.

The Ginger Man is located at 148 State Street, Boston, MA 02109.

Accessory Review: Snake Bite Keychain Bottle Opener

We recently got a chance to try out one of the many new styles of bottle openers to hit the market, the Snake Bite. What makes the Snake Bite different is it’s built in “fangs” for venting cans. In theory, this is supposed to make for a faster, cleaner pour with less head. In trials with three different cans, I had trouble replicating the same dramatic difference between vented and un-vented shown in the demonstration video on the product’s web site as can be seen below:

I can definitely appreciate the over-all quality of the product, though. It is solidly made, but I wish it was a little bit tighter in the leather holder. I feel like it would slip out in your pocket if attached to a keychain and those teeth are sharp! As such, I think it is better suited for a kitchen drawer than in your pocket attached to a keyring.

– Cool design
– Entirely made in the USA
– Made of high-quality materials
– Feels sturdy for its relatively small size

– Actual usefulness of venting is debatable
– Cost is a bit high
– Slides out from the leather holder too easily

Overall, it’s definitely a neat design, but practically, I wouldn’t buy it for myself. It would be a great, unique gift idea for that special Craft Beer fan in your life, especially one that drinks a lot of canned beer.

Here are a few pictures we snapped of the product:

The Snake Bite comes in a variety of colors and retails online for $22 with free shipping. The leather holder can be customized with logos or initials for an additional fee. It can be found at

— Jslay