For those who may be unaware, one of the best beer festivals in the world is coming to the South End this weekend, starting tomorrow evening! That’s right folks, Copenhagen Beer & Music Festival is back in town and we could not be any more excited!
The line up of brewers, both domestic and foreign, is arguably the best we’ve have seen in the area and it blew many people away last year with its diverse assortment of craft beers, meads and fruit wines.
Below is a list of some of the things we’re most excited about (but keep in mind that a lot of them are session specific, with 3 different sessions taking place. Also please note that the list is subject to change and we do not know if these are bottle or draft pours)
Here’s our list:
- Bottle Logic Brewing: Jam the Radar – Rød Session – Bottle Logic is famous for one thing: their stouts. This delicious raspberry stout is a absolutely delish and the berry finish lingers.
- 3 Floyds: Zombie Dust – All sessions – This heavily hopped, 6.2% pale ale is 3 Floyd’s flagship beer and one that put the famous brewery on the map. If you haven’t had this one, it’s definitely worth checking off your bucketlist
- Abnormal Beer: M3 – Grøn Session – Abnormal might be a fairly recent addition to the San Diego craft beer scene but they’ve established themselves quickly with some big stouts including M3 which is features Mostra coffe, Ghanian Cacao Nibs, Madagascar Vanilla Beans. It packs a punch even though it clocks in at 14.4%
- Kane Brewing: Sunday Brunch – Blå Session – This big, luscious 9.2% stout features Rook Coffee, Cinnamon and Maple Syrup and tastes like… you guessed it… brunch! A delicious treat indeed!
- Other Half Brewing: Green Down to The Socks – All Sessions – Other Half is no stranger to producing a variety (hundreds??!) of different IPAs and this double IPA features a very interesting blend of Motueka, Mosaic, Cascade and experimental South African XJA hops. Expect a nice balance of tropical notes and a bit of bitterness.
- Omnipollo: Lemonade IPA – All Sessions – This beer is actually contract brewed locally at Dorchester Brewing Company and you might have seen it around town in various stores. This delicious, refreshing IPA is infused with big citrus notes from the lemonade which creates a very refreshing, winning combination!
- Funky Buddah: Last Buffalo In The Park – Grøn Session – Coming in at 11.5%, this imperial stout is absolutely delicious! They took their popular Last Snow porter and gave it some extra loving in the form of coconut and fresh roasted coffee before aging it in Bourbon barrels for months to accentuate the vanilla and coconut notes. Luscious, sweet and oh so tasty!
- The Veil: Never Never Aloha Aloha – All Sessions – This Hawaii Punch-inspired gose features red alaea sea salt is conditioned on hundreds of gallons of pineapple, mango, passion fruit, blood orange, Guava, and cherry purée. And guess what? It’s tasty as hell!
- Jester King: Montmorency vs Balaton – Grøn Session – This is one of Texas’ finest wild ales, one that showcases two different kinds of Michigan cherries. Incredibly balanced and oh-so delicious, this is definitely one tasty beer that you cannot pass up on if you’re at the Grøn session.
- Angry Chair: Imperial German Chocolate Coffee Cupcake Stout – Blå Session – This 10.5% imperial stout with cacao, coconut, coffee and vanilla beans is one of the most anticipated beers of the festival. These guys never disappoint with their dessert-inspired stouts.
- Bullfrog Brewery: Le Roar Grrrz Kriek – Rød Sessio – An interesting on the popular, Belgian Kriek style, but from a brewery out in Pennsylvania. This tasty beer is rested on cherries and refermented with Belgian candi sugar making it balanced and well worth the detour.
Keep in mind that the above barely scratches the surface of all the great beers available at this fest and is by no means totally inclusive. There will definitely be some surprises being 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 festival this year, you definitely can’t go wrong with Copenhagen. Fantastic beer and mead that you cannot get easily, if at all, in the Boston area or even in New England. Add music from well-known bands 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 22nd and 23rd now before they sell out at http://copenhagenbeerfest.com and we will see you there!
Norwood’s very own Castle Island Brewing, a brewery which opened in late 2015, has happily announced that after many weeks of work, that their new and expanded taproom will be open to the public as early as this upcoming weekend.
The numerous upgrades will feature food options such as chips, salsa and guacamole as well as food truck options during the weekend evenings. But better yet is the increased capacity and seating, as they’ll now be able to host over a hundred people at the time in their welcoming taproom.
And best news yet is the fact that they’ll also now have up to sixteen draft lines for everyone to enjoy!
Here’s a preview of their newly upgraded taproom courtesy of Bostinno:
And if you’re wondering when you can start enjoying this taproom? How about tomorow starting at 11AM? Yes, that’s right. What are you all waiting for?
Castle Island Brewing is located at 31 Astor Avenue, Norwood, MA 02062.
Some fresh, big news out of Braintree came out this week as we’ve gotten word that Widowmaker Brewing will be coming to town later this summer, probably sometime around August.
With their pouring permit and restaurant license now secured, their plans to open their 70-seat taproom is now moving forward and the brewery will have a kitchen on-site as well as a rotating list of food trucks.
They’re expected to be able to brew up to 7 barrels of beer at a time and want to try and rotate 6 to 8 beers on tap at any given time. Among their beers will be Greenbush, a pale ale; Sens Lives, a blonde; Old Oaken Farmhouse, a saison; Donut Shop, a coffee stout; Ecstasy of Gold, an IPA, and 50-Year Storm, a double IPA. They will also have additional recipes to fall back on.
The brewery will be located at 220 Wood Road, Braintree, MA 02184 in a building that they share with the retailer Pure Hockey.
While they don’t have any final dates in mind yet, they’re looking to open at some point in August if all goes to plan. Stay tuned for more updates.
Late last year we had announced that Trillium Brewing‘s Fort Point location, their original place of business, would be moving and expanding within Fort Point in the next year or two with not just revamped, expanded taproom, but also a restaurant. Since that announcement was made, not many details had been released up until today when BostInno was able to unveil a series of exclusive details.
If all goes according to plan, Trillium will open its new, two-story, 16,000-square-foot brewery, taproom, and full-service restaurant at 47 Farnsworth Street by mid to late 2018.
Below is a mockup of what the exterior could look like:
That’s right folks, we now have an address and while it won’t be opening this year, the Tetreaults have said that they intend on making it one of the coolest spots to grab a beer at within Boston. In the interim, people will also be able to enjoy some of their beers (or some wine) at their upcoming beer garden which is to open later this summer on the Greenway. More information about that project can be found here.
You can read more about what’s coming on BostInno’s page over here.
As always stay tuned for more updates as things develop.
The new location will be at 47 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210.
Jamaica Plain’s newest brewery which we had first mentioned in January appears to finally be having a soft opening on this upcoming Saturday.
According to a social media update, the guys behind Turtle Swamp Brewing have said that their soft opening will be taking place on Saturday from noon to 6PM and that crowlers will be available so sale alongside some beer samples.
No word yet on which kinds of beers will be available to the public but expect the former Harpoon alumni to have a few tricks up their sleeves. Alongside the beer, they will also have some merchandise available in the form of t-shirts and hoodies.
Turtle Swamp Brewing is located at 3377 Washington St, Boston, MA 02130.