Category Archives: Cambridge

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!

Lamplighter Brewing Opening Friday

Lamplighter Brewing CompanyWell folks, it looks like the long wait is over. Cambridge’s newest brewery, Lamplighter Brewing Company has announced that they’ve been able to pass their final inspection and that their growler counter will be opening to the public on this upcoming Friday.

The brewery which we first mentioned just over a year ago has been a long time coming after taking over a space on Broadway, taking over for a former car garage known as Metric System which had been there since 1977.

The big news broke out on their Facebook page just a few minutes ago as you can see below:

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Based on their website’s beer page, it appears that six beers are in the works although there’s no word yet as to which ones will be available on Friday. Their hours will be Friday thru Sunday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for now and definitely stay tuned for more updates.

Lamplighter Brewing company is located at 284 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139.

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

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!

MassBeerWeek To Return in November

Mass Beer WeekFor the first time since it’s hiatus in 2013, BeerAdvocate has announced the grandiose return of Mass Beer Week which is to take place later this year, in November, for ten days.

The state-wide event will be used to promote craft beer by partnering with local bars, shops and breweries and setting up a variety of tours, and dinners and social events. Not many details have been released right now but it’s worth noting that it will be taking place from November 4th through the 13th. It also looks like it will slightly overlap with Maine’s Beer Week as well.

Below is the official statement from BeerAdvocate:

(Boston – January 7, 2016) BeerAdvocate is proud to announce the launch of Mass Beer Week. The inaugural celebration is planned for November 4–13, 2016 and will focus exclusively on Massachusetts brewers, their beers and the supporting beer community.

Brothers Jason and Todd Alström, founders of BeerAdvocate and Massachusetts natives, will spearhead the not-for-profit cause and create an informal advisory board to ensure goals are met and new ideas explored. Locals and visitors can expect plenty of education, brewery tours, tastings, dinners, social gatherings and much more from this 10-day statewide event.

“The Mass. beer scene has exploded since we started BeerAdvocate in 1996. There’s now well over 100 breweries in the state, brewing thousands of beers, and it’s awesome! Hell, Treehouse Brewing Company currently has the No. 1 beer on our website and they’re less than a mile from where we grew up in Monson. It’s time to celebrate Mass. beer,” explains Jason.

Todd adds: “We look forward to celebrating the growth of local beer in Massachusetts, bringing awareness to its scene and working with the industry and its supporters in putting Mass Beer Week on everyone’s calendar.”

More information will be released later this year and you can also see updates on the official MassBeerWeek website.

What Hit the Shelves This Week

Below is our weekly list of various beers that hit the shelves in and around Boston this week:

Brewery Beer Style
Allagash Midnight Brett American Wild Ale
Baxter Brewing Co. Window Seat Porter
Boston Beer Company Sam Adams Rebel Rouser Imperial / Double IPA
Boston Beer Company Sam Adams Rebel Rider IPA American IPA
Brewmaster Jack Hoppiness is a Warm Pun Imperial / Double IPA
Brooklyn Brewery K is for Kriek Lambic
Cambridge Brewing Company Red God Imperial / Double Red Ale
Cascade Blueberry American Wild Ale
Celis Brewing Co Celis White Witbier
Evil Twin Brewing Biere Blanca Blanc Berliner Weisse
Evil Twin Brewing Ron and the Beast Ryan Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Foley Brothers Fair Maiden Imperial / Double IPA
Green Flash Brewing Symposium IPA American IPA
Grey Sail Brewing of RI 3rd Anniversary India Pale Lager
Idle Hands Triplication Belgian Tripel
Local Option Bierwerker Walk Ov Shame Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Maine Beer Company Another One American IPA
Mikkeller Better Half American IPA
Mikkeller Keeper Pilsner
Omnipollo Zodiak American IPA
Sixpoint Brewery Beast Mode Porter
Southern Tier Brewing Company Grand Arbor Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Trillium Brewing FB-90 Imperial / Double IPA
Trillium Brewing The Publick House American IPA
Trillium Brewing Vicinity Imperial / Double IPA

Are You Ready For International Gruit Day 2015?

This upcoming Sunday February 1st will mark International Gruit Day – How will you be celebrating it? Actually, backtrack for a second and ask yourself: What is a Gruit beer?

Gruit or Grut (which means spice in German) and it is an ancient style of European brewing which became extinct due to the Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian Purity Act of 1516. Luckily for us the style was rediscovered, and a few breweries out there have worked to recreate and reintroduce this to the masses using their own take on the style.

Some of the spices used in brewing gruit beer include but are not limited to: yarrow, bog myrtle, mugwort, heather, lavender, juniper and honeybush. But dozens more are used and recipes can vary greatly.

Now you might be wondering how to celebrate? Well the good news is that a few of our local breweries are participating in International Gruit Day and will be providing various takes on the style. Those breweries are:

  • Cambridge Brewing Company – (1 Kendall Square #100, Cambridge, MA 02139)

    Cambridge Brewing Company will be pouring five different gruits on Sunday including Grandchester Meadows, Heather Ale, Weekapaug Gruit, Your Possible Past and Echoes. A full description for each of these beers is available on the IGD website and it’s worth noting that some of these beers were made through collaborations with Mystic Brewery as well as Earth Eagle Brewings.

  • The Mystic Brewing (174 Williams St, Chelsea, MA 02150)

    The Mystic Brewery will feature three different gruits in their taproom on Sunday including Melissa, Grandchester Meadows and Your Possible Past.

  • Earth Eagle Brewings – (165 High Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801)

    They will be pouring Echoes, their collaboration gruit brewed with Cambridge Brewing and Mystic Brewery. They will also be doing $2 off gruit pints (usually $6) and 20% off gruit growler fills on Sunday only.

    If you want more information about International Gruit Day and find out more about the breweries participating, the style and various bits of other info, you can check out the official website over here.

  • Pintley Boston Good Beer Passport Giveaway

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    Heya there folks! Great news for all of you, the generous folks from Pintley have given us a couple of their Boston Good Beer Passports to give away to you guys. We recently shared with you some of the passports details.

    Each passport is worth $38 and the winners will be automatically selected on Wednesday. The Good Beer Passport will let enable you to redeem one free pint of beer at  19 different bars in and around Boston including Hopsters, Olde Magoun’s Saloon and Sunset’s Grill and Tap, amongst others.

    There is no purchase required for this, we won’t spam or contact you (unless you win!) and and all you need to do is be 21+

    Entering the giveaway is easy and all that you need to do is visit the following url or our Facebook page which has a special tab featuring the giveaway. Best of luck to everyone!

    Cantillon Zwanze Day 2014 Announced

    World-famous, Belgium-based Brasserie Cantillon Brouwerij have an annual tradition that has been taking place every single year for the past few years and which marks the release of their annual beer known as Zwanze.

    This year’s Zwanze 2014 will be known as “Cuvée Florian”, after the brewer’s son’s name and is a fitting tribute as his son just turned 18 years of age. This year’s batch has been described as a blend of Iris Grand Cru with 40% less fruit in it as they were trying to avoid re-creating a lambic. Instead they used some rare and amazing Bramling Cross hops to give it a floral bouquet that lingers and that will most likely knock your socks off.

    And since Zwanze Day is celebrated internationally, with bottles hitting bars in 16 different countries, here’s the list of places that will have it come Saturday September 20th:

    So mark your calendars and get ready to try some rare, world-class beer! And while no details have been released as to how many those spots will be getting or how much they’ll charge, the demand is sure to exceed the supply to just keep that in mind. And if you want more information about Zwanze Day 2014, the brewery has a special page which also includes other bars involved in the celebration. That page is located right over here.

    We also got word that Lord Hobo will be opening at 11AM that day to accommodate the lines and that Hill Farmstead had a lottery system in place for people to reserve a spot and that has already been completely filled and is therefore sold out. Make sure to check social media outlets to make sure that you can secure a spot before attempting to drive out to a spot for it. We’ll do our best to keep you posted via our Facebook page and/or Twitter page as well. Good luck!

    What Hit the Shelves This Week

    Below is our weekly list of various beers that hit the shelves in and around Boston this week:

    Brewery Beer Style
    Against the Grain Brewery Bay & Pepper Your Bretts Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Sculpin IPA American IPA
    Boulevard Brewing Co. Two Jokers Double-Wit Witbier
    Brouwerij Alken-Maes Grimbergen Blonde Belgian Blonde / Golden
    Brouwerij Van Steenberge Piraat Triple Hop Belgian Tripel
    Cambridge Brewing Company Sgt. Pepper Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Central Waters Brewing Company La Petite Mort Weizenbock
    Enlightenment Ales Bière Brut Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
    Evil Twin Brewing Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale American IPA
    Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Biscotti Break American Imperial / Double Stout
    Evil Twin Brewing Joey Pepper Belgian Blonde / Golden
    Evil Twin Brewing Nomader Weisse Berliner Weisse
    Gueuzerie Tilquin Oude Quetsche Tilquin à l’Ancienne Lambic
    Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle Kyritzer Mord Und Totschlag Schwarzbier
    Local Option Bierwerker Morning Wood American Amber / Red Ale
    Meine Hopfenweisse Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn Weizenbock
    Mikkeller Show Me Cuvee Sour Ale
    Pioneer Brewing Company Into the Woods Vienna Lager
    Pioneer Brewing Company Path of the Unknown Imperial / Double Brown Ale
    Pioneer Brewing Company The New Frontier Imperial / Double IPA
    Radeberger Gruppe Braufactum Palor American Pale Ale
    Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Bock Bock
    Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Ruby Redbird Fruit Beer
    Spoetzl Brewery Shiner White Wing Witbier
    Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale American Pale Ale

    Also don’t forget to check out this evening’s complimentary, weekly tastings. Did we miss anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

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