Category Archives: Everett

Down The Road Brewing’s Grand Opening Happening Friday

Down the Road Beer Co.Everett-based Down the Road Brewing will finally be opening up their brand new taproom this upcoming Friday after months of work. This is years in the making and a lot of their beers have been available in and around Boston for a quite a while now, including their flagship pale ale known as ‘Pukwudgie‘ which has been around since March of 2015.

The 12,000 square foot place will have a sizable, 2,500 square foot taproom with an equally sizable brewhouse of 30-bbl which leaves them with additional room to expand into. And much like their neighbors from Bone Up and Night Shift, they will also have plenty of snacks available as well as a robust list of food trucks that will be coming and going.

No crowlers or growlers will be available but they will have 4-packs of cans available. Their tap list for their grand opening features the following beers:

Golden City New England IPA
Spring Heel Jack London Porter
Rasenmaher Kolsch
Reynard’s Witbier
Seventh Star IPA
Dreamtime New England IPA
Peach Feyborn Berliner Weisse
Wolfgeist Dunkel Lager
Hooligan Nut Brown Ale
Pukwudgie
Henzelmann’s Festbier

The brewery’s grand opening will be happening Friday at 5:30PM and both Penny Packers and Roadies Diner will be the food trucks for the event. You can find out more about the event on their Facebook event page by clicking here.

After the opening shenanigans are over, their regular hours will be Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. They will be closed on Mondays.

Down the Road Brewing is located at 199 Ashland St, Everett, MA 02149.

Night Shift Brewing Adds Two 45 BBL Oak Foeders

Night Shift BrewingAs demand for world-class sours continues to drastically increase, adding significant pressure for breweries to expand their oak-aged programs to keep up, Everett’s own Night Shift Brewing have announced that they have added two 45 barrel oak foeders to their brewing arsenal. That’s nearly 3,800 gallons-worth of oaked sours that they will be able to produce out of those new vessels and they plan on continuing to expand with additional ones down the road.

Below is their formal announcement:

Everett, MA – On February 2, 2016, Night Shift Brewing celebrated the four-year anniversary of their first commercially brewed batch of beer. Their anniversary present to themselves? Two 45 bbl oak foeders that will be used to significantly enhance Night Shift’s sour and wild beer program.

Generally used for aging wine, these large wooden barrels (called foeders, also spelled foudres) are commonly reused by craft breweries to age and develop various styles of beer. With their two new foeders, Night Shift will be able to condition an additional 2800 gallons of sour/wild beer at any given time. This supplements the brewery’s current collection of approximately 400 oak barrels, or 20,000 gallons of barrel-aging capacity.

The Everett brewery obtained their foeders from a family-owned Napa Valley winery that recently emptied them of red wine. Night Shift will fill both foeders in February with mixed fermentation sour ales, and expects to see the first available batch later this year. “Our plan is to use the solera process, which is actually a winemaking tradition,” commented NSB co-founder Rob Burns. “Each time we transfer beer out of the foeder, we leave some behind to blend with incoming ‘new’ beer. This allows for an ever-evolving but consistently familiar beer personality.”

Night Shift plans to purchase additional foeders based on availability in the market as the year continues. “We’ve been committed to putting out unique sour and wild beers since our 2012 beginnings,” said Burns. “These foeders will give us the chance to further develop that commitment.”

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

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.

Idle Hands Craft Ales Sign New Lease, Headed to Malden & Enlightenment Ales Update

Idle HandsEarlier this year, Chris Tkach and his wife Grace had announced that Idle Hands Craft Ales would be shutting down their Everett-based brewing operations because of the Steve Wynn Casino projects. Everyone was very upset, their future was uncertain, but they are now excited to let everyone know that they’ve managed to find a new location out in Malden and have signed a new lease to lock it down.

The new location, which is located at 89 Commercial Street, Malden, MA, right next to Kappy’s and just a few hundred yards from the Malden Center T stop on the orange line and commuter rail.

The new location is going to be significantly bigger and they now need to start the process of re-applying for new licences as also need to start moving the equipment over to the new location. Their goal is to hopefully re-open for business in early 2016 and you can read more about this Idle Hands Craft Ales: Blog.

As far as Enlightenment Ales who used to be based out of Idle Hands, we also got word that Ben Howe will not be migrating to the new facility in Malden and has instead decided to move to rural Denmark to join a farmhouse brewery out there as the head brewer. He’s already been there for a few weeks and you can Enlightenment Ales: Blog. Unfortunately this also means the end of the road for Enlightenment Ales.

Stay tuned for more updates on Idle Hands over the course of the next few months as plans come together.

Night Shift Brewing Announces Taproom Expansion

Night Shift BrewingEverett’s own Night Shift Brewing company is going to be expanding with construction scheduled to start later this month. The expansion which is to take place in the warehouse next door will not impact their present operations or hours and will, once complete, add an additional 2,500 square ft of space for customers to enjoy.

We’re completely filling our current space with customers on a fairly regular basis,” said brewery co-founder Mike O’Mara. “With this expansion, we can add a second bar, more seating, more bathrooms, and the option to host fully private events.

The expansion is slated to be complete late this year or early next year and stay tuned for more updates as always.

Idle Hands Forced Out of Everett Location, Future Uncertain

Idle HandsIt is with great sadness that Idle Hands Craft Ales founder and owner, Chris Tkach and his wife have announced that the brewery will be closing later this month after they received a notice from the city of Everett earlier this year, in February, due to a displacement by the Everett Wynn Casino project.

The deadline for them to vacate is June 30th and they’ve been looking for a new location for over a year now. And while they remain optimistic, this is obviously a pretty big setback.

Below is the statement which they Idle Hands Craft Ales: Statement, yesterday, regarding this situation:

Everett, Mass., June 16, 2015 – Idle Hands Craft Ales LLC announced formally today the closing of their Everett, Massachusetts brewing facility due to a displacement by the Everett Wynn Casino project. The local craft brewery, recently recognized as one of the top local craft breweries in New England by Boston Magazine is one of several local businesses located at 3 Charlton Street that has been forced to vacate its location by June 30 as a result of the building being razed in favor of a construction access road for the Wynn casino project. The brewery’s future is uncertain as the owners, customers and fans await the fate of the Boston market’s first nanobrewery.

“While we are saddened our need to move is happening this quickly, we also always knew our home on Charlton Street would not be our last. We see this change as a minor setback that just forces us to pursue the next chapter sooner,” shares founder and owner, Chris Tkach. Despite an inevitable move, Tkach and his wife were surprised when they only received 4 months formal notice to vacate in February of this year. Tkach has been searching for a suitable new location for 12 months now. Even if a new commercial lease were signed, moving and resuming brewery operations takes months. Not only does equipment and product need to be relocated, the business also needs to resubmit for both federal and state licensing, a process which could take up to 120 days based on the current federal estimates for license reviews.

The good news is that Idle Hands is in negotiations with a landlord for a new lease close to the Everett location but Tkach will not comment definitively “until the ink is dry”. He indicated that the staff ramped up production the last few months anticipating a period ofbeing “off line”. They have also arranged to tenant brew at former neighbor, Night Shift Brewery until a new facility is operational. Local bars, restaurants and package stores have committed to continue selling the company’s beers though availability will be limited due to lowered production levels. “I’ve personally enjoyed drinking and serving both beers because of the high quality and varied mix of styles they offer. I know my customers will be saddened [by the limited offerings]…but we plan to serve their beer whenever we can get our hands on it during their transition,” comments Max Toste, owner/beer manager of Deep Ellum in Allston.

Stay tuned for more updates as we await news of their finalizing of a new location near their soon-to-be former location.

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
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