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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!

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

Hopsters Expands Dowtown, Introduces Hopsters Alley

HopstersNewton Corner-based Hopsters, a popular spot where people can brew their own craft beers, have a bite to eat and have some beers from both guest taps and Hopsters taps has been growing. Not only are they bottling stores and selling them at various retail outlets, but they’re now also expanding in downtown Boston at the soon-to-open Boston Public Market.

The new stand will be known as Hopsters Alley and will be amongst the many Boston Public Market: Vendors present at the market year-round including all kinds of meat and produce-centric stands as well as miscellaneous, other ones.

Below is the official statement from Hopsters which drills into more details about their expansion:

Hopsters has always been in the business of supporting local brewers and their brands. With that in mind we will be opening Hopsters Alley, a package store focusing on Massachusetts and other New England breweries, in July.

Hopsters Alley will be located in the new Boston Public Market, a 30,000 sq. ft. indoor, local-only, year-round public market located in the Faneuil Hall area. It will be the only market of its kind in the country. Hopsters Alley will sell beer, hard cider, and liquor brewed, fermented, and distilled in New England.

Around Faneuil Hall we were hard pressed to identify any forum that showcased Massachusetts’ craft beers. Hopsters Alley has 1,000 sq. ft. within the market and space for approximately 5,000 single units. Our goal is that Massachusetts brewers see the Alley as a downtown focal-point to showcase their brand and products in an authentic craft environment.

In addition to our space, the public market has a 4,000 sq. ft. test kitchen which will be available for tastings, education, classes, and general beer programming. We also intend to have a sampling bar that will be open during the market hours.

Stay tuned for more updates at the Boston Public Market’s opening nears.

Big Updates from Down the Road Brewery

Down the Road BreweryAfter starting Down the Road Brewery from his basement out in Newton, trying to get the project off the ground since 2013, Donovan Bailey has finally issued some pretty big news regarding his project: the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) has approved the brewery and is in the process of issuing them their license so that they can start selling their beers!

We actually met Donovan Bailey back in December of 2013 where he was a busy guy, honing and refining various brewing techniques and recipes and we were even lucky enough to get to sample a few of his upcoming beers including Quadruped, The Hop Monster, Patchwork Kilt and T-34. And while these three might show up at some point soon, for the time being, their release will feature their flagship beer, which is going to be Pukwudgie, an American Pale Ale which comes in at 4.5% A.B.V. and which features both Chinook and Mosaic hops.

Presently, while they await their license to be issued, they’ve managed to acquire their primary packaging including keg collars, body labels, neck labels, mother cartons and 6-pack carriers. Once everything else is squared away, they’ve also reached agreements to be on tap at two Newton restaurants: 51 Lincoln and Waban Kitchen. The former of the two will also be hosting their launch party which is to take place near the end of March. No date has yet to be set but a pairing menu will be featured so definitely keep an eye out on our events page for updates on that.

Last but not least, they’ve also announced that their crew is expanding with “George Popescu and Michael Halkiotis who are both coming on as co-founders. George is going to drive the company as CEO and Michael is going to get the tap room open and enhance sales as Managing Director. Our sales team is expanding with the onboarding of Matt Mantya and Jeff Quigley—Matt will be heading our sales in the Worcester area and Jeff will be doing sales in the metro Boston area. We also have Erik Jespersen who will assume marketing duties.“.

They are slated to brew their first commercial batch of beer at Mercury Brewing in Ipswich on March 5th so expect the beer to be ready for sale about two and a half weeks later. Establishment that will feature the Down the Road beers on draft include 51 Lincoln, Waban Kitchen, CasaB, Hopsters and O’Hara’s and the Newton Crowne Plaza, with more to come. Retailers include Craft Beer Cellar’s upcoming Newton location, which is slated to re-open in mid-March, on Austin Street, The Urban Grape in Chestnut Hill and more are to be announced shortly as well once finalized.

Stay tuned for more updates including a date for the upcoming launch part as well as more retailers and whatever else might be happening.

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

Pintley Boston Good Beer Passport Giveaway


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!

Craft Beer Cellar Newton Announces Move, Should Remain In Newton Center

Craft Beer Cellar NewtonCraft Beer Cellar Newton owner Brian Shaw and the rest of his staff have just announced that their store, which is presently located at 1243 Centre Street in Newton will be closing permanently as of Wednesday night. But rest assured, this is only temporary as they are in the process of finalizing some paperwork regarding a location which would mean that they’d be moving only by a few hundred yards and remain in Newton Center.

The new location, which has yet to be 100% confirmed as final, should be slightly smaller and will enable them to focus on a leaner and more efficient operation, providing a better experience for customers. However, while their store will be closed to walk-in shoppers, they will still be taking beer orders for delivery via phone or email via their website.

Below is an excerpt explaining some of the reasons why the store will be moving:

At the heart of it, we picked a difficult first location. While we love our space, it was ultimately too big and too pricey. To ensure a secure future for our world-class Staff Beer Geeks, provide a good value to our loyal and incredibly awesome customers, and forward Craft Beer Cellar’s mission, a change was necessary. We are all saddened by this difficult decision. It is our firm belief that CBC Newton will be able to provide an even better experience for our customers as a result of this transition.

Optimally, we would have had a seamless move from our current to our new location. However, the lengthy licensing, leasing, and approval processes have made it impossible to remain open, in the traditional sense, for a few weeks. It has been a roller coaster, with a prime location falling through at the last minute. Hang with us, it’ll be worth it: Studying for the Certified Cicerone® exam, moving, construction, and deliveries will be our focus in the interim.

The’ve also announced that they will be running a sale both today and tomorrow where customers will receive 10% off all beer, wine, sake and cider as well as 15% off all glassware. So while they will be closed for retail walk-through sales, their operation will still be available for both home and office deliveries as they target to re-open sometime in February. As always, stay tuned for more updates.

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

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
21st Amendment Brewery Hop Crisis Imperial / Double IPA
Bantam Cider Company La Grande Cider
Boulevard Brewing Co. Two Jokers Double-Wit Witbier
Brasseurs Sans Gluten (BSG) Belge De Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Brewery Ommegang Gnomegang Belgian Blonde / Golden
Brewmaster Jack Huell Melon American Pale Ale
Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Pennant Ale ’55 English Pale Ale
Clown Shoes Ride The Lion Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Evil Twin Brewing I Love You With My Stout Stout
Heavy Seas Beer Holy Sheet Belgian Dubbel
Heavy Seas Beer Siren Noire American Imperial / Double Stout
Maine Beer Company Another One American IPA
Maine Beer Company Lunch American IPA
Narragansett Brewing Company Del’s Shandy Radler
Narragansett Brewing Company Town Beach Imperial / Double IPA
Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Peak Organic Brewing Company Citrus Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project There’s No Place Like There Imperial / Double IPA
Shacksbury Cider Basque Cider
Shacksbury Cider Hereford Cider
Uinta Brewing Company Trader Session IPA American IPA
Urban Farm Fermentory Baby Jimmy Cider
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