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Tap Highlights 7/15/17

Tap Highlights

(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!)

 

  • Bison County (Waltham): Firestone Walker – Bretta Rosé (Wild Ale)
  • Branch Line (Watertown): 4 Hands – Volume #4 (Stout)
  • Brewer’s Coalition (Newton): Fiddlehead – Fiddlehead IPA (IPA)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Boston): Finback Brewery – Fold (IPA)
  • Brewer’s Tap & Table (Waltham): SingleCut – DDH Softly Spoken Magic Spells (DIPA)
  • British Beer Company (Framingham): Fiddlehead – Fiddlehead IPA (IPA)
  • British Beer Company (Walpole): Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Sip of Sunshine (DIPA)
  • Bukowski’s (Cambridge): J. Wakefield / Arizona Wilderness – That’s My Jam (IPA)
  • Five Horses Tavern (Boston:) Trillium – Secret Stairs (Stout)
  • Five Horses Tavern (Somerville): Jack’s Abby – BA Framinghammer Mole (Porter)
  • Foundry on Elm (Somerville): Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Sip of Sunshine (DIPA)
  • Gather (Boston): Fiddlehead – Fiddlehead IPA (IPA)
  • Ginger Man (Boston): Grimm – Cloudbusting (DIPA)
  • Joshua Tree (Somerville): J. Wakefield – Here Here Kitty (Imperial Stout)
  • Lulu’s (Allston): J. Wakefield – Stush (Berliner Weiss)
  • Meadhall (Cambridge): Maine Beer Co. – Woods & Waters (IPA)
  • Publick House (Brookline): Trillium – DDH Scaled (IPA)
  • Redbones BBQ (Somerville): Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Sip of Sunshine (DIPA)
  • Renegades Pub (Boston): Evil Twin – Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break (Stout)
  • Row 34 (Boston): Omnipollo – Noa Pecan Mud Cake (Stout)
  • Tip Tap Room (Boston): Finback / J. Wakefield – Smooth Beats Miami (IPA)

 

Feel free to share any highs and lows that you all find!

Trillium’s New Fort Point Plans Unveiled

Trillium BrewingLate 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:

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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.

Tap Highlights 5/5/17

Tap Highlights

(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!)

  • Branch Line (Watertown): Grimm – Magnetic Tape (IPA)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Boston): AleSmith – Speedway Nibs & Beans (Imperial Stout)
  • Bukowski (Boston): Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Sip of Sunshine (DIPA)
  • Lulu’s (Boston): Fiddlehead Brewing – Fiddlehead (IPA)
  • Lulu’s (Boston): Trillium Brewing – Congress Street (IPA)
  • Row 34 (Boston): Bissell – Angels with Filthy Souls (Porter)
  • The Tip Tap Room (Boston): Crooked Stave – Serenata Notturna (Wild Ale)

 Feel free to share any highs and lows that you all find!

– Dana

Lawson’s Finest Liquids Expand Into Massachusetts

Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest Liquids has been a very busy man. Last year, in April, he had announced that they’d be building and opening a brewery out in Waitsfield in Vermont and now he has announced that they’ll be expanding their distribution into Massachusetts.

This bright and sunny news isn’t a huge surprise considering that they had recently dropped a few cases of one of their flagships, Sip of Sunshine, to numerous stores in the Boston area in early December last year. They recently signed a new distribution deal with Atlantic Beverage Distributors and will be leveraging their new facility out in Holliston to facilitate this. They’ll be having regular drops every single month moving forward and Sip of Sunshine will also soon be joined by the award-winning Super Session #2 beer as well.

Hopheads rejoice, relief is coming to the Boston-area shelves soon so keep your eyes peeled for those bright yellow cans.

As far as updates on the construction of their brewery, no updates on that end but stay tuned for more to follow on that later this year.

Turtle Swamp Brewing Coming Soon

Turtle Swamp BrewingAccording to a recent update by Eater Boston it appears that Jamaica Plain’s upcoming Turtle Swamp Brewing should be coming opening in the next few months.

The brewery which was created by some former Harpoon alumni will be the second brewery to hit the Jamaica Plain market following Samuel Adams Brewing settled there over 30 years ago. The Turtle Swamp team has been documenting every step of their process on their very active Instagram page and it appears that they already have their tanks in place and are in the process of finalizing their floors.

No word yet on what they’ll be brewing up or a great opening day but stay tuned for more updates.

Turtle Swamp Brewing will be located at 3377 Washington St, Boston, MA 02130.

Trillium’s Original, Fort Point Location Will be Relocating in 2017

Trillium BrewingEarlier today in what could very well be the last update of 2016, Esther Tetreault, co-founder of Trillium Brewing took to the email list to send a small update to everyone amidst what has been a very busy year for the brewery.

The letter doesn’t divulge too much but does reflect on the fact that their second location in Canton is turning a year old and that their dream of opening an estate brewery in Stonington, CT are still very much a dream at this point. More importantly, the update also divulges that they’ll be relocating their original and now very much outgrown, original location in Fort Point to another spot nearby. They haven’t said where yet but the new location is apparently under agreement and things will be moving forward next year.

Please find the update below:

I think it was just about 2 years ago that I said “So we’re building another brewery. Holy shit.”

As we celebrate the anniversary of our first year in Canton and look forward to a new year, I’m beyond thrilled to share that we have another expansion in process. We are working on plans to relocate our Boston brewery!

More details will come, but we have a new space under agreement in our Fort Point neighborhood. For now let’s just say that there will be more of everything: more beer, (way) more space, and more fun (but still no dedicated parking…sorry, just not possible in downtown Boston).

What’s that? You heard something about a farm in Connecticut? For now we’re just looking and dreaming. A project like this requires a ton of planning and due diligence and JC and I are not people who do anything on a whim (oh wait…except maybe opening that first brewery…) We need to make sure we have the right space, in a town and community that will welcome and support us, and can make it easy for all of our fans to visit. At this point we’ve made no commitments.

Some may say “Slow down, Trillium! You’re going too fast!” But remember…these things don’t happen overnight. It took us almost 2 years to open Trillium. Then we spent a year finding our Canton location and another year building the brewery. That farm? The farmhouse brewery was our original dream long before we even built our first home on Congress Street. It would be at minimum a two year project and we don’t even have a farm yet. But it sure is fun to keep planning and dreaming.

Our new Boston brewery will be a long-awaited expansion for all of us: for me and JC to take one step closer to sharing our ultimate vision of Trillium; for our resourceful production team who spent over a year brewing with a converted dairy tank; for our kickass retail team who crush service every day behind that bar in 400 square feet; and especially for you…all of our fans who have waited in the rain in lines that sometimes curled down Congress, past Lucky’s on to A Street!

Thank you for supporting us on this wild ride! #teamtrillium is super excited for what’s to come…stay tuned for more details and have a happy and healthy new year!

Cheers!

Esther
@mrstrillium

Stay tuned for more updates once we find out more and in the interim you can visit Trillium at the following two locations: 369 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210 and 110 Shawmut Rd, Canton, MA 02021.

New Belgium Brewing Announces 2017 Massachusetts Distribution

New Belgium BrewingBig news fresh out of Colorado this week as we officially got word that New Belgium Brewing, famous for their flagship beer Fat Tire, and the country’s fourth largest brewer will be arriving in Massachusetts in 2017.

This will make the Bay State the 46th state in their distribution and they will start by releasing some of their year-round releases to begin, alongside a few of their limited 22oz releases as well. No word on whether or not their collaborations with Ben & Jerry’s will make it but La Folie has been confirmed as being one of the SKUs that will be coming, alongside Fat Tire, Citradelic IPA and Ranger IPA. More than a dozen different ones will eventually make their way here and seasonals will be joining that lineup as well.

And while the brewery is headquartered out of Fort Collins out in Colorado, they recently expanded with another production facility out in Asheville Carolina which has enabled them to scale for their exploding growth and demand.

You can expect to see the beers arrive in mid-February so stay tuned for more updates.

Nov. 3rd 2016 News Roundup

As we enter the second to last month of the year, and the pumpkin beers disappear to make way for some of the bigger, cold weather beers, we’ve seen a lot of things happening in the craft beer scene over the past few days. We’ve been insanely busy on our end and haven not had sufficient time to cover everything but figured that we’d at least share some broader updates. Please find those very updates below:

  • “Night Shift Distributing Takes Flight” (Boston Globe)
  • “Two Roads Brewing to Open Second Facility” (Two Roads Brewing)
  • Mass Beer Week Kicks Off Friday November 4th (Beer Advocate)
  • Down the Road Brewing Releases New Beer: Patchwork Kilt (Boston Magazine)
  • “Backlash Is Building a Brewery in Roxbury” (Boston Magazine)
  • “Samuel Adams to release limited edition ‘Big Hapi’ beer in honor of David Ortiz” (Boston.com)
  • Don’t forget to check out our events page for additional events taking place in and around Boston. Also do not forget to follow us on social media for additional updates as well.

    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!

    9/9/16 Tap Highlights

    Tap Highlights

    (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): Kent Falls – Lade Øl (Grisette)
    • Row 34 (Boston): Trillium – Vicinity (IIPA)
    • Tip Tap Room (Boston): Wicked Weed – Montmaretto (Wild)
    • Lord Hobo (Cambridge): Artifact – Teacher’s Pet (Cider)
    • Brewer’s Fork (Charlestown): Night Shift – One Hop This Time: Equinox (IPA)
    • Night Shift (Everett): One Hop This Time: Vic Secret (IPA)
    • Joshua Tree (Somerville): Beer’d – Dogs and Boats (DIPA)
    • Branchline (Watertown): Jack’s Abbey – Cucumber Basil Sour (Wild)

     

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

    Cheers to a great weekend!

    – Dana

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