Monthly Archives: May 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Tap Highlights

Hooray for 3 day weekends!

Hopefully many of you are already enjoying the official start of summer.  What better way to do so than hitting up some local bars or breweries!

Here is a current list of some interesting/limited beers that we think are worthy of heading out for this weekend.

(Note that this list is accurate based on online tap lists provided by the respective establishment.  You should always call ahead to confirm a particular beer is still available before making a special trip!)

  • Ginger Man (Boston) – Omnipollo Abrahadabra IPA (Smoothie inspired IPA aimed at bringing a creamy yet dry texture. Brewed with oats, wheat, lactose sugar, berries and citra hops)
  • Lord Hobo (Cambridge) – Smoked Cherry Short Weisse (Cherry Berlinerweisse w/smoked malt)
  • Jack’s Abby (Framingham) – All Framinghammer variants (PB&J, Cocoa-nut, Brandy BA, Bourbon BA, Double Barrel, Cordon Rouge, Mole, Coffee, and Vanilla) are still available!
  • Bukowskis (Boston) – Grimm Forcefield IPA, Almanac Saison Delores
  • Night Shift Brewing (Everett) – Roosevelt DIPA (draft, growlers and cans)
  • Trillium (Canton & Fort Point) – Artaic DIPA w/honey (growlers & bottles only, but still worth mentioning!)
  • Five Horses Tavern (Somerville) – Trillium Heavy Mettle DIPA

If you spot any other gems while out and about this weekend, please add in the comments!

Cheers to a great holiday weekend!–Jslay

Night Shift Brewing Closes $3M Loan, Expects to Double Production in 2017

Night Shift BrewingExciting news today out of Everett! Night Shift Brewing has closed on a new bank loan to further expand their production and improve the experience of their popular taproom!

The following updates to the current facilities are expected, many going online in the next few months and which include:

  • 11 60bbl fermenters. In total, this will add over 10,000bbls of annual capacity to what’s currently just under 10,000bbls annual capacity. This will bring overall annual capacity to 20,000bbls. Tanks will arrive in stages throughout the year. 
  • A new 120bbl brite tank
  • Wide variety of lab equipment, allowing for a significantly enhanced QA/QC program
  • Install a drive-in cooler for packaged beer
  • Build a dedicated, temperature-controlled barrel storage room, capable of holding 400+ barrels
  • Install a grain silo, increasing brewery efficiency
  • Install a whirlpool vessel to the brewery’s current two-vessel brewing system, allowing brewery to produce more beer in a given day
  • Other construction projects around the brewery including building signage and improvements to the outdoor patio, as well.

All of this will hopefully allow the NS team to focus on more sours, variants of regular releases, and making sure that the core products are available more frequently.  Their growth continues at an exponential rate and we can’t wait to see what this leads to over the next year!

Night Shift Brewing is located at 87 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA 02149.

Hopster’s Eyes Expansion In Fort Point

HopstersWith two locations already under their belt in Newton Corner and near Faneuil Hall, it appears that Hopster’s has found another potential location in Fort Point.

According to Facebook: Hopster’s Hopsters has identified a new 6,000 sq.ft location in the Boston Seaport/Fort Point Channel and will reach an agreement very soon!

Many of our customers have asked us to expand our brewery and brewing concept, bringing our great local craft beers and food to downtown Boston. We believe the Fort Point Channel is a great area and in much need of a Craft Brewery and Restaurant.”

Rumors had previously swirled when Hopster’s had been looking at a spot on Melcher Street nearly two years ago but ended up going to the Boston Public Market instead. With these new plans for Fort Point, it looks like Trillium and Fort Point Market will be getting a new neighbor although the exact location has yet to be made public. It also appears that the area will be getting a Craft Beer Cellar franchise as well, making the area a true craft beer destination, joining both Harpoon and Row 34, as well.

As always, stay tuned for updates!

Tap Highlights In/Around Boston 5/20/2016

Happy Friday!

It’s a great day for a long lunch or early start to the weekend with some of the awesome beers currently available on tap in and around town!

Here is a current list of some interesting/limited beers that we think are worthy of heading out for this weekend.

(Note that this list is accurate based on online tap lists provided by the respective establishment.  You should always call ahead to confirm a particular beer is still available before making a special trip!)

  • Hugh O’Neils (Malden) – Hammerhead Speedway Stout, Mikkeller Spontancherry (Fredricksal variant), Firestone Walker Parabola
  • Lord Hobo (Cambridge) – Wicked Weed Dark Age (Bourbon BA Stout), Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Plulot (a delicious West Coast fruited sour from an awesome brewery just beginning to get more distribution in MA)
  • Jack’s Abby (Framingham) – All Framinghammer variants (PB&J, Cocoa-nut, Brandy BA, Bourbon BA, Double Barrel, Cordon Rouge, Mole, Coffee, and Vanilla) are still available!
  • Branch Line (Watertown) – Dino S’mores (Imperial stout with grahm flour, marshmellows, cacao nibs, and vanilla)
  • Lulu’s (Allston) – Firestone Walker XIX Anniversary Ale
  • Cambridge Brewing Co. (Cambridge) – BBA Dubbel Nickels (Strong brown ale aged in bourbon barrels previously used for Sam Adams Utopias)

Finally, be sure to check out the Lexington Battle Green BBQ Battle!  It’s a charity event for a great cause with some fantastic beers and BBQ.  Beers from Jester King, Other Half, vintage Bourbon County variants, and more, plus some award-winning BBQ will be available all weekend long.  Be sure to check the schedule here (http://www.lexingtonbbqbattle.com) for which beers are available which day.

If you spot any other gems while out and about this weekend, please add in the comments!

Cheers to a great weekend!–Jslay

New Belgium Brewing To Enter Rhode Island in June

New Belgium BrewingColorado’s New Belgium Brewing, one of the biggest breweries in the country have officially announced that they’ll be distributed in Rhode Island next month.

With 44 states already under their umbrella, Rhode Island being the 45th, it appears that they’re now targeting the New England area for their future expansions and this could very well be the first of a few of our states to get their products.

Please find their official statement below which also goes into detail about which one of their beers will made their way to the Ocean state:

(FORT COLLINS) – New Belgium Brewing will begin selling beer in Rhode Island on June 20, 2016, making the Ocean State its 45th state of distribution. With 500,000 barrels of additional capacity coming online from their new brewery in Asheville, NC, New Belgium will focus on building out its national footprint over the next two years. New Belgium is proud to partner with C &C Distributors, a Coors house covering the entire state.

“Rhode Island was a fun state to survey, and all the retailers and distributors we met there were great,” said New Belgium’s Northeast and Canada Division Sales Director, Rich Rush. “It’s a beautiful state with amazing coastline and we look forward to helping grow the craft scene there.”

Initial draft offerings will include Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Citradelic IPA, Heavy Melon Watermelon Lime Ale (seasonal), and La Folie Sour Brown. In 12-oz bottles consumers will find Fat Tire, Ranger, Citradelic, Heavy Melon, Rampant and Glutiny (gluten-reduced). Fat Tire and Citradelic cans will also be immediately available. Slow Ride Session IPA, 1554 Black Lager, and Lips of Faith beers will become available as of August, 2016.

No other states were mentioned in their announcement but it would not surprise us to see them tackle Massachusetts at some point in the near future. Stay tuned for more updates.

Alchemist’s New Brewery Close To Opening!

Alchemist LogoAccording to a new blog post today on their website, The Alchemist is getting very close to opening their new brewery!

Perhaps most exciting is that the FAQ on the blog confirms year-round, daily availability of Focal Banger!  No more bribing bartenders or waiting for the occasional truck sale to be able to take some cans home!

There will be case limits on Focal, but less for Heady Topper and whatever rotating seasonal is available in order to keep Heady at the same local stores and restaurants that it is currently distributed to.

Read more info on pricing, anticipated days of operation, and see some pictures here.

With Bissell Bros Moving Out, Foundation Brewing Expands

Foundation BrewingSome fresh news out of Portland, Maine earlier today announced the official expansion of Foundation Brewing which will be breaking down the adjacent walls and expanding in Bissell Brothers Brewing’s former space.

This expansion will involve three additional spaces bringing their total footprint up to 7,500 sq. ft with a larger taproom as well as additional room for fermentation tanks and packaging.

Below is their official statement:

Portland, ME (May 9, 2016) – Foundation Brewing Company in Portland, ME will be growing at the current location on One Industrial Way starting this month with the expansion into three additional spaces formerly occupied by Bissell Brothers Brewing. This expansion will bring Foundation’s current space to a total of 7,500 sq. ft. and give the brewery the opportunity to expand its tasting room space, install additional fermentation capacity, and expand its packaging capability.

John Bonney, co-founder of the brewery that opened in the One Industrial Way location in 2014 says, “We are fortunate to have had the opportunity to launch our brewery here, and being part of this community, which has become known simply as ‘The Park,’ has been simply amazing from day one. From the very origins of the Craft Beer industry in Maine, to the latest riffs on diverse and divergent beer styles, the energy and enthusiasm for Craft Beer and its culture is palpable here like nowhere else.”

The new tasting room will be expanded in both size and hours. Behind the scenes growth will include creating more efficiencies in operation work spaces and the opportunity for additional growth in 2017. Joel Mahaffey, co-founder and Head Brewer, says he is looking forward to “expanding the fermentation capacity that will allow us to brew our popular beers more frequently. The expansion will give us the opportunity to bring out new brands that support our focus on using classic styles as the inspiration for brewing beers that push conventional boundaries.” The brewery operates a 15 bbl brewhouse and has a current fermentation capacity of 180 bbls. They release fresh cans of popular brands like Epiphany, their Maine IPA, and Wanderlust, a hoppy Farmhouse ale, about every three weeks. The brewery anticipates being able to increase the frequency of their canning operations with the expansion.

One Industrial Way has been an incubator for many other successful breweries, including Rising Tide Brewing, Maine Beer Company and Bissell Brothers. Allagash Brewing Company is located across the street, and Austin Street Brewery, who started in 2014 as well, is located on the opposite side of the One Industrial Way building. Along with their neighbors on the other side of the Park, Geary’s Brewing and New England Distilling, the Industrial Park has become a mecca for beer tourists visiting the Portland area as well as a fun place for locals to enjoy Portland’s exciting craft beer scene.

You can read more about this over on their Foundation Brewing and as always stay tuned for more updates.

Foundation Brewing is located at 1 Industrial Way #5, Portland, ME 04103.