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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!

Exhibit ‘A’ Announces Grand Opening Date!

Exhibit A BrewingLocated in Jack’s Abby Brewing’s former location on Morton Street in Framingham, Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company’s staff, including founder & brewer Matthew Steinberg, have been hard at work trying to get the place up and running.

With construction and permitting out of the way, it appears that they’re firing up their tanks and will be ready to open soon as announced on Exhibit A Brewing. How soon might you ask? In just 2 weeks, the brewery will open to the public! (August 31st from 3 to 8PM)  A grand opening celebration will also be held on Saturday, September 3rd with more details to come.

Exhibit ‘A’ will be open Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 8PM, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8PM.

The brewery had already teased one of their can designs for their upcoming, first flagship beer which will be known as “Cat’s Meow” although they’re still working on fine tuning the recipe prior to releasing it. Also featured in the preview is their other canned beer which is a kolsch known as Goody Two Shoes. You can see the can designs below:

Goody Two Shoes & The Cat’s Meow preview

The brewery will serve samples and is expected to have several beers by the time they open. A variety of styles will be brewed including kettled sours, porters, and stouts.  More IPAs and pale ales will eventually be released, as well. There will not be flights in the tasting room initially, but growler fills will be available with cans to come later.

Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company is located at 81 Morton St, Framingham, MA 01702.

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.

[UPDATE] Jack’s Abby Brewing Sign Lease, Expanding To New Space

UPDATE:The taproom’s grand opening will be taking place tomorrow, September 30th at their regular hours which are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 8PM. They will have nearly twenty beers available including some of the Framinghammer variants as well as two of their sours which have been bottled for the first time ever.

The new brewery is located at 100 Clinton Street in Framingham.


Jacks AbbyWe just got word that Jack’s Abby Brewing out in Framingham will be moving to a new, bigger space that will enable them to not only ramp up production, but also better serve their loyal patrons. The new, 67,000 square foot place is located in the Dennison Building downtown and will enable them to expand from their current, 12,000 square foot brewery which has been maxed out for months now.

The new space will see a 5,000 square foot area which will be reserved for a restaurant and the new facility will enable them to install a brand new canning line which is expected to can up to 10,000 beers per hour at it’s peak. Additionally, there will also be more parking, the possibility for the brewer to host various events such as Oktoberfest, and their twenty four beers are also expected to be on tap there.

Speaking of capacity, Jack’s Abby brewed approximately 14,000 barrels of beer this year and are forecasting 20,000 for 2015. In this new facility, they’re looking to brew approximately 50,000 barrels which would make them the state’s second largest brewery behind Harpoon which is quite impressive since they’ve only been around for about four years.

Staying in Framingham is an essential part of their plan and has been since the beginning and their staff is expected to double from twenty to about fifth once the new brewery opens. And once it opens, because of the added capacity, the price of their beers should be expected to drop and many of their beers will also become available in cans, including their top-sellers which are Jabby Brau, Hoponius Union, Smoke & Dagger and Mass Rising. They will still have growler fills for their seasonal and specialty beers.

There’s no official timeline as of right now but their first meetings are expected to occur early in January and they hope to open the new space as early as fall of 2015. In the interim, their current space will remain open to the public until they eventually transition things over.

Stay tuned for more updates next year as things continuet to develop.

Jack’s Abby Brewing Presents “Summer of Sours”

Jacks AbbyJack’s Abby Brewing out in Framingham have just announced that they’ve been working on and will be releasing a variety of sour beers which are to feature Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and Brettanomyces.

Each beer will be unique and will be a part of their Sour Barrel Program which started in 2013 and some of the ingredients that these sour beers will feature include nectarines, blueberries, tart cherries and quite a few other ingredients. Below is a preview of what they’re expecting to release over the course of the next few months:

  • Framingham Lager w/Raspberry and Brettanomyces
  • Golden Sour w/ Nectarines
  • Golden Sour w/ Blueberries
  • Framingham Lager w/ Blackberries and Brettanomyces
  • Red Sour Lager w/ Tart Cherries
  • Smoke and Dagger w/ Pumpkins, Ginger and Brettanomyces
  • Cranberry on Leisure Time
  • Dry Hopped Sour

While no dates have been released yet, these will all be released over the course of the summer and with a twist: they’ll be bottled! This was not possible before because of cross-contamination, but they’ve apparently figured it out and are able to do so this time around.

You can read more about the Summer of Sours on their website and can also check out this link if you want to read up on their Sour Barrel Program as well. Stay tuned for updates via our Twitter and Facebook page as well.

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

Jack’s Abby Announces Barrel-Aged Berliner Lager Release Schedule

Jacks AbbyJack’s Abby Brewing have just announced the upcoming release schedule for three variants of their Berliner Lager. Each variant has been barrel-aged in oak barrels with various types of fruit and all three variants will be released a week apart from one another, starting this upcoming Wednesday starting at noon.

The schedule for these releases look as follows:

  • 10/15: Cranberry BA Berliner Lager
  • 10/22: Cherry BA Berliner Lager
  • 10/29: Plum BA Berliner Lager
  • 11/5: Cranberry, Cherry and Plum Blended Version
  • Each release will be available for both tasters and 32oz growler fills.

    Jack’s Abby Brewing is located at 81 Morton Street, Framingham, MA 01702.

    Jack’s Abby Divulge Fall Seasonal Release Schedule

    Jacks AbbyJack’s Abby Brewing out in Framingham have been very busy. They’ve just about maxed out their current space at the brewery and recently turned three years old. They’ve also been very active in the efforts to rejuvenate Framingham’s downtown area and in an effort to build on their momentum they’ve also just divulged their upcoming Fall, seasonal release schedule which features hoppy and malty beers.

    The schedule is looking as follows:

  • September:

    Copper Legend: This Octoberfest-style lager is malty, smooth and exceedingly drinkable—perfect to celebrate the change in seasons. This beer features locally grown wheat from MA, Munich malt and noble hops. September release. ABV 5.7%, IBUs 22.

    Fire in the Ham: This intensely smokey lager similar to those found in Bamberg, Germany. Most of this brew’s malt was dried over flaming beechwood, which ingrains unique smokey flavors. Aromas of campfires, smoked ham, and bacon dominate a soft malt and hop backbone. September release. ABV 5.4%, IBUs 20.

    Wet Hop Lager: Part of the Mom & Pop’s Harvest Series, this seasonal beer features 100% locally sourced ingredients including hops grown by the founders’ Mom & Pop, as well as other New England farms. Malted barley, unmalted spelt and wheat provide the finishing touches for this brew. Not to be confused as an extra-hoppy beer, this is a nicely balanced and pleasantly hopped lager. September release. ABV 5.2%

  • October:

    Pumpkin Crop Lager: Part of the Mom & Pop’s Harvest Series, this seasonal beer features 100% locally sourced ingredients including pumpkins grown by the founders’ Mom & Pop, as well as other New England farms. Perfect for the Fall season, a blend of autumnal spices complements an intense pumpkin flavor. October release. ABV 5.5%, IBUs 10.

    Kiwi Rising: We refer to this intensely hoppy and strong lager as a Double India Pale Lager. Over four pounds of New Zealand hops (Kiwi Hops) per BBL were used in progressively larger hop additions throughout the brewing process. Four kettle hop additions, whole leaf hops in the hop back, and multiple dry hop additions infuse an intense floral and citrusy aroma. October release. ABV 8.5%, IBUs 105.

  • November:

    Lashes Lager: This hopbock lager balances an assertive Munich Malt character with an infusion of Super Styrian, Columbus and Palisades hops. It’s full-bodied and malty with a hop aroma that’s both spicy and piney. November release. ABV 6.8%, IBUs 50.

    You can find out more information about Jack’s Abby Brewing on their site over here. The brewery is located at 81 Morton Street, Framingham, MA 01702.

  • 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.

    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
    ‘t Hofbrouwerijke Flower Power Sour Ale
    Bantam Cider Company Rojo Cider
    Berkley Beer Company Belgian-Style Triple Belgian Tripel
    Berkley Beer Company Coffee Porter Porter
    Berkley Beer Company Farmhouse Ale American Pale Ale
    Berkley Beer Company IPA American IPA
    Berkley Beer Company Red Rye Rye Beer
    Brewmaster Jack Ambrewsia Imperial IPA Imperial / Double IPA
    Cambridge Brewing Company Remain in Light Pilsner
    Cisco Brewing Shark Tracker American Light Lager
    D.L. Geary Brewing Company Ixnay Gluten-Free
    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Theobroma Chili Beer
    Firestone Walker Brewing Company Opal Saison / Farmhouse Ale
    Goose Island Beer Co. Madame Rose American Wild Ale
    Howe Sound Brewing King Heffy Hefeweizen
    Howe Sound Brewing Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout American Imperial / Double Stout
    Howe Sound Brewing Three Beavers Imperial Red Ale Imperial / Double Red Ale
    Howe Sound Brewing Total Eclipse of the Hop Imperial / Double IPA
    Jack’s Abby Brewing Baby Maker American Barleywine
    Jack’s Abby Brewing Berliner Style Lager Berliner Weisse
    Maine Beer Company Lunch American IPA
    Meantime Brewing Company Cranberry Stout Fruit Beer
    Meantime Brewing Company Imperial Russian Stout Russian Imperial Stout
    Mikkeller Hues Sour Ale
    Notch Brewing Hootenanny Berliner Weisse
    Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #29: West Coast Double IPA Imperial / Double IPA
    Slumbrew Island Day American IPA
    Steadfast Beer Co. Steadfast Sorghum Pale Ale Gluten-Free
    Stone Brewing Enjoy By 08.16.14 IPA Imperial / Double IPA
    The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse
    The Bruery Tart of Darkness Sour Ale
    The Bruery Smoking Wood Smoked Beer
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