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Ticket Giveaway: Craft Beer Pavilion at the Boston Globe Travel Show!

Thanks to the generous folks at the Boston Globe Travel Show, we are excited to giveaway a pair of tickets to the event including access to the Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion on Friday February 10th from 6:00-8:30PM!

Once inside the pavilion, you will have the chance to sample some of New England’s best beer offerings from the city limits of Boston and beyond!

The Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion will be pouring samplings of nearly 100 different beers and ciders from over 40 breweries, plus the show will also include informative travel seminars, live cultural entertainment and travel deals only available at the Boston Globe Travel Show!

Some highlights throughout the weekend include:

  • 3 sampling sessions and a Sunday Lord Hobo’s Brunch Bites & Brews at the Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion with tastings of nearly 100 beers and ciders from over 40 breweries
  • 1,000 Places to See Before You Die author Patricia Schultz will be hosting two seminars: “Emerging Destinations: Iran, Cuba, Myanmar and Antarctica,” and “U.S. & Canada.”
  • Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of Frommer Travel Guides and award-winning travel journalist, will be speaking about “Insider Tips for Creating Great Vacations in All Price Ranges”
  • Boston Globe travel writer Chris Muther will give his tips for “The Digital Traveler: Best Apps, Photos & Travel Products”
  • Cultural dancer performances from the Philippines and Dominican Republic, including showing you some basic steps of Merengue and Bachata.

To enter, simply visit our Facebook page, (https://www.facebook.com/CraftBeerBoston) like the page, and comment on the contest post letting us know what your ideal vacation spot is and the ideal beer to drink while there!

The winner will be chosen on Monday, 2/6.  The winner and their guest must be 21+ and identification will be required to enter the venue.

Tickets to all sessions of the Craft Beer Pavilion are also available at http://www.bostonglobetravelshow.com/beer/

#BGTravel #NECraftBeerPavilion

Most Anticipated Brews for the Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration

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For those who may be unaware, one of the best beer festivals in the world is coming to City Hall Plaza in Downtown Boston in 2 weeks!

The line up of brewers, both domestic and foreign, is arguably the best I have seen in the area since the heyday of the Shelton Brothers Festivals and for some strange reason, there are still tickets available to all sessions! (You can get yours now by visiting http://copenhagenbeerfest.com/)

We at CBB HQ were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the beers being poured so if you have not grabbed yours yet, let me try to convince you why you need to attend by sharing a list of my most anticipated brews of the festival.

Note that the list we were provided is subject to change and we do not know if these are bottle or draft pours.

  • Amager/Cigar City: Game of Arms – Both of these breweries definitely know their dark beers and I am very curious to know what an imperial licorice porter tastes like.
  • Angry Chair: German Chocolate Cupcake Stout – Hey look, it’s another Florida brewery getting a lot of hype for their adjunct stouts! Jokes aside, these guys deserve the attention and this is a rare chance to try one of their most sought after products without having to trade for it or get on a plane.
  • B. Nektar: Tuco-style Freakout – Some people who claim to not like mead are going to have their minds changed at this event. B. Nektar puts out some very innovative stuff and I think it is going to be hard to go wrong with a sour, orange blossom mead with agave, lime juice & zest.
  • Beavertown/Prairie: Bourbon Barrel Aged Spresso Coffee Imp  Stout – I had the pleasure of trying several Beavertown brews last time I was in the UK. Considering the combo with Prairie, who know their way around a coffee stout, this should be a winner.
  • Boneyard: Gueuze Cruise – Psyched to try any American take on a gueuze-style, blended wild ale
  • Brouwerij Kees: Caramel Fudge Stout – Hailing from the Netherlands, the name of this beer alone has me drooling a bit.
  • Cellarmaker: Batch 400 – Speaking of drooling, this is an imperial stout aged on cacao nibs, vanilla beans & dried figs, then blended with 1/3 of the total volume bourbon barrel aged stout.
  • Cigar City/The Answer: Good Nightmare Mekong – If you are sensing a trend of listing a lot of adjunct stouts, you are correct! This one is brewed with Vietnamese coffee and vanilla.
  • Cycle: Fixie – For a brewery known for their dark beers, I am curious to see how they handle an IPA.
  • Frederiksdal:  Sur Lie, Reserve and Rancio Vintage 2015 – I have never had the chance to try Danish Cherry wine, but do know how good their cherries are when used in lambics and wild ales.
  • Hill Farmstead: Arthur – Always a favorite, but let’s hope for some surprise rarities, as well!
  • Mikkeller: Spontan Quadruple Raspberry – I am a huge fan of the Spontan series’ take on fruited, spontaneous fermentation beers but they can be hard to pull the trigger on in stores due to the high cost.  A great chance to try some of the rarer versions!
  • Omnipollo: Bianca Raspberry Lassi Gose – These guys are so underrated.  Find out why with one of their delicious, fruited sours!
  • Oud Beersel: Bersalis Sourblend  – One of the OG lambic producers bringing some rarities from across the pond.
  • Siren: Bourbon Barrel Caribbean Choc Cake – Another boundry-pushing English brewery that has not gotten a lot of distro in the States. Very much worth checking out.
  • Superstition Meadery: – War Honey – Dry Hopped Lemon Mead from arguably the best meadery in the US ? Yes, please!
  • Three Floyds: Dark Lord – Incredibly rare to get a chance to try this former whale on the East Coast.  Here’s hoping they sneak in some of the variants!
  • Warpigs (Mikkeller & Three Floyds): Youreallyf*ckedmeup & Imreallyf*ckingfurious – Great name for an Imperial coffee & Vanilla stout, even better pedigree should make this one a must try.

 

If you aren’t sold by anything on my list of highlights, keep in mind that it barely scratches the surface of all the great beer available at this fest and is by no means totally inclusive.  There will definitely be some surprises poured, too!  As someone who is lucky enough to attend the vast majority of fests in the area, take some advice from me: if you go to one fest this year, you can’t go wrong with Copenhagen.  Fantastic beer and mead that you cannot get easily, if at all, in the Boston area and all right in our own backyard.  Add  music from well-known bands like Los Lobos and tons of great food options, as well as being outdoors and easily accessible to public transportation and you know this is not one to miss!

Grab your tickets to any of the 3 sessions on September 23 & 24th now before they sell out at http://copenhagenbeerfest.com and we will see you there!

Free Event Alert! Blue Point’s Toasted Tour Comes to Boston!

Happy Thursday, Folks!

JSlay here with a quick note about a free beer event coming up on Saturday in downtown Boston!

Blue Point Brewing is bringing their Toasted Tour to the Lawn on D this Saturday from Noon-9:00PM.  It looks to be a fun afternoon of live music, great food trucks, seafood cooking demonstrations, games, and of course, beer!

Entry is free and food & beer are available for purchase, but space is limited so it is recommended that you RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/blue-point-toasted-tour-boston-tickets-26550954620?aff=efbevent

This is a family friendly event, so children are welcome, as well!

Check out the events tab on Blue Point’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BluePointBrewery/) for more information.

Cheers!

8/5 Tap Highlights

Tap Highlights

Guess who’s back?!  Jslay’s back! And he brings with him our weekly round up of the best beers on tap in and around town.

A lot of the great beers from last week’s list are still available so go out and get some!!

(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!)

  • Branchline (Watertown): Grimm – Rainbow Dome (Peach/Apricot sour)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Charlestown): Trillium – Cutting Tiles
  • Five Horses Tavern (Somerville): Boon – Kriek, Trillium – Dusk Trill Dawn
  • Gingerman (Boston): Night Shift/Beer’d BRewing –Organized Play Date (IPA conditioned on pineapple and limes,) Bear Republic – Demolition Derby
  • Joshua Tree (Somerville): Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout, Dugges Tropical Punch Sour Ale. (Be prepared for sticker shock on these at $14 and $12 for 10oz pours!)
  • Lord Hobo (Cambridge): J.Wakefield/Moonlight Meadery – Miss Bee-havior (Blend of beer and mead showcasing the best characteristics of both)
  • Mystic Brewing (Chelsea): Gone Squatchin’ (IIPA)
  • Night Shift (Everett): Mango Simple Sour, Plum Simple Sour
  • Row 34 (Boston): Kent Falls – Lemon Coconut Gose
  • Stoddards (Boston): J. Wakefield – Peaches and Cream
  • Tip Tap Room (Allston) – Captain Lawrence – Hudson Valley Harvest Cherry
  • Yardhouse (Lynnfield): The Bruery –  Quadrupel Tonnellerie (Strong, sour barrel fermented Quad)

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

Cheers to a great weekend!

LAX & Lagers Ticket Contest!

We know you all like craft beer, so why not combine it with some professional Lacrosse?!?

Thanks to the generous folks over at the Boston Cannons, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to this Saturday’s “LAX and Lagers” event at Harvard Stadium this Saturday, 8/6!

Tickets will include access to the pre-game tasting (21+) from 3:00-4:30 PM, as well as entrance to that evening’s Cannons game at 5:00PM. Attendees can sample from a variety of local breweries, including Blue Hills Brewery, RiverWalk Brewing, Bone Up Brewing Company, Harvard Cider Company and more.

To enter our giveaway for a pair of tickets, just follow these steps:

1. Visit & like our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/CraftBeerBoston
2. Like the official Boston Cannons FB page: Boston Cannons
2. Tag another friend in a comment on the contest post on our FB page

We’ll pick a winner Thursday morning!

*Winner and their guest must be 21+, and will show ID upon entering the pre-game events.

If you miss out on the giveaway, tickets are available for $40 and can be purchased by emailing Courtney Larrivey at clarrivey@bostoncannons.com, calling 617-890-6460, or by visiting http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event…

Good luck to everyone!

7/29 Tap Highlights

Happy Friday, everyone!

It’s time once again to celebrate the weekend, so why not kick it off with a couple of pints of some rare beers at a local watering hole?!?

Here is our weekly list of some interesting/limited beers on tap around town that we think are worthy of heading out for.

(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!)

  • Branchline (Watertown): Omnipollo – Symzonia (Imperial Stout with coffee, cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa nibs)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Charlestown): De Prof – Sour Barrel #3
  • Five Horses Tavern (Somerville): Boon – Kriek, Trillium – Dusk Trill Dawn
  • Gingerman (Boston): Ballast Point – Fathom w/ Orange & Vanilla
  • Joshua Tree (Somerville): Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout, Dugges Tropical Punch Sour Ale. (Be prepared for sticker shock on these at $14 and $12 for 10oz pours!)
  • Lord Hobo (Cambridge): Wicked Weed – Old Fashioned, Lost Abbey – Bourbon BA Angel’s Share
  • Night Shift (Everett): Mango Simple Sour, Plum Simple Sour
  • Row 34 (Boston): Against the Grain – We Shuck on the First Date (Oyster Stout)
  • Stoddards (Boston): J. Wakefield – Peaches and Cream
  • Sunset Bar & Grill (Allston) – Clown Shoes – Exorcism of Rachel Wall
  • Yardhouse (Lynnfield): The Bruery –  Quadrupel Tonnellerie (Strong, sour barrel fermented Quad)

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

Cheers to a great weekend!

–Jslay

7/15 Tap Highlights

Tap Highlights

Happy Friday, everyone!

It is going to be a hot one out there this weekend, so why not cool off with some great draft beer at a local watering hole?!?

Here is our weekly list of some interesting/limited beers on tap around town that we think are worthy of heading out for.

(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!)

  • Branchline (Watertown): J. Wakefield – Stush (Lemon Berlinerweisse)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Charlestown): Free Will – Black Friday (Apple Brandy BA Quad), Bruery White Oak
  • Bukowski’s Tavern (Boston): Wicked Weed – El Paraiso Stout, Hermit Thrush Alight #2
  • Five Horses Tavern (Somerville): Grimm – Lumen
  • Gingerman (Boston): Lost Abbey – Angel’s Share, Omnipollo Fatamorgana Double IPA
  • Hugh O’Neil’s (Malden): 6 different Firestone Walker beers going on tap at 7:00PM tonight highlighted by Stickee Monkee
  • Night Shift (Everett): Apple Brandy El Lechedor (Definitely call first if heading out especially for this one as it will likely kick today)
  • Row 34 (Boston): Wicked Weed – Hop Burglar, Bear Republic – Tartare
  • Stoddards (Boston): Mikkeller – Citra single hop IPA, Avery – Samaels
  • Yardhouse (Fenway): The Bruery –  Quadrupel Tonnellerie (Strong Barrel Fermented Quad)

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

Cheers to a great weekend!

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