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Tap Highlights 7/27/17

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): Deciduous/Idle Hands – Hinge (India Pale Zwickelbier)
  • Brewer’s Coalition (Newton): Fiddlehead – Fiddlehead IPA (IPA)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Boston): Finback/Jack’s Abby – Spill the Tea (IPL)
  • Brewer’s Tap & Table (Waltham): SingleCut – DDH Softly Spoken Magic Spells (DIPA)
  • British Beer Company (Framingham): Singlecut– 日本から来たネコ (Session IPA)
  • Five Horses Tavern (Boston:) Trillium – Secret Stairs (Stout)
  • Five Horses Tavern (Somerville): Maine Beer Company – Lunch (IPA)
  • Foundry on Elm (Somerville): Finback/Jack’s Abby – Spill the Tea (IPL)
  • Gather (Boston): Burkey Oak – Dankscape (Pale Ale)
  • Ginger Man (Boston): Grimm – Cloudbusting (DIPA)
  • Joshua Tree (Somerville): Firestone Walker – 20th (XX) Anniversary (Strong Ale)
  • Lulu’s (Allston): Grimm – Awoogah (IPA)
  • Meadhall (Cambridge): Zero Gravity Brewing. – Conehead (IPA)
  • Publick House (Brookline): Trillium – Mettle (DIPA)
  • Redbones BBQ (Somerville): Allagash – Uncommon Crow (Wild Ale)
  • Renegades Pub (Boston): Finback – Buddy System (DIPA)
  • Row 34 (Boston): Exhibit A – Leitmotif: Opus 5 (Sour Ale)
  • Tip Tap Room (Boston): Cascade – Noyaux (Sour Ale)

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

Goodbye Waltham Beer Works, Hello Brewer’s Tap & Table

Two years ago yesterday, we had announced that Waltham Beer Works would be opening up in the former spot previously held by Watch City Brewing. After numerous delays and permitting issues, it appears that those plans are officially off as we found that, via Eater, that Brewer’s Tap & Table will be opening instead.

According to Eater’s post, the upcoming establishment will have 48 beer taps which will include limited releases as well as local New England beers. Also included will be numerous bourbons as well as gluten-free options.

They plan on having space for around 250 people and their grand opening looks to be taking place sometime in the middle of September and they’re presently hiring via job fairs this weekend as well as next week.

Brewer’s Tap & Table is located at 256 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453.

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

Gordon’s Announces Two-Day Cellar Sale

Gordon’s Fine Wine and Spirits, a local and popular brand which has four stores in the Waltham and Newton area have announced an upcoming, two-day cellar sale which is to take place this week.

The sale will feature some cellared inventory from all four of their stores and will be taking place at their store located at 599 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453. The sale will be taking place on both Tuesday and Thursday this week, between the hours of 5PM to 8PM. Their knowledgable beer managers will also be on hand to answer some questions and help out as well.

We were able to get a preview of some of the items on sale and it includes many aged beers, some going as far back as 2008 and it ranges in all styles and brands. From Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout and Bourbon County Barleywine to some Cascade Cherry Kriek 2009, to many vintages of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barleywine Ale, there is something for everyone and plenty of bottles on hand. They also have a ton of gueuzes and other Belgian beers as well. There will be 20% OFF all 22oz/750ml bottles and 15% OFF all 4/6 packs on all beers from this sale as well. There’s also beers from Cisco Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin, Ommegang, The Lost Abbey, Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher and many other breweries.

Below are a few pictures we took of a fraction their cellar sale – click on each of them to see them in their full size.

Gordon’s is located at 599 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453. You can also find more events on our events page right over here.

Beer Works to Open New Location in Waltham

We had recently reported that Watch City Brewing out in Waltham was shutting down their operation. Well there is now official confirmation of the new occupant and lessee of the former Watch City Brewing and it is a new outlet of the famed Beer Works chain. This Waltham location will be their eighth location as they continue to expand.

Waltham Councilor Robert Logan confirmed a meeting with Beer Works owner Joe Slesar last Wednesday. He also confirmed that the licensing is in process and that once it is secured, there will be several months of renovations to the now empty space formerly Watch City Brewing. That being said, all is not completely lost regarding the former landmark watering hole: the new Waltham Beer Works will pay tribute to the former brewery by not only trying to acquire the former Watch City clock, but also by naming a to-be-determined tap beer after the local predecessor.

Many of the neighboring businesses applaud the well respected business for jumping into a lease for the space to keep the downtown Waltham nightlife and business attractions going strong. It is all about drawing in the local residents and working professionals to keep more high profile businesses coming and joining in the small family mom and pop stores to draw a broad customer base.

The address of the soon-to-be Waltham Beer Works is 256 Moody Street, Waltham, MA. Please stay tuned for further updates down the road.

Source: Wicked Local Waltham

Waltham’s Watch City Brewing Assets are A Part of History

As we had covered nearly a month ago now Waltham’s iconic Waltham City Brewing closed its doors and pending a sale via auction. This past Wednesday, July 30th saw about 50 curious and eager bidders crowd into the now defunct Watch City Brewing Company at 256 Moody St in Waltham to try to claim in auction the remaining assets of the iconic brewery.

Items up for bid included basic serving utensils to a convection oven which sold for $300. There were even former employees who came and laid claim to both a smoker and a Point of Sale (POS) system. The mother load went to a group who won the bidding on the brewing equipment all inclusive for $ 41,000 – this groups is from Barre, MA. It is unknown if the purchased equipment is going to a new brewing operation or not – the buyer only mentioned they were taking to their farm and will elaborate at a later date.

The iconic “Watch City Brewing Co” clock was also up for bid, but only one person bid in the $250 range and the auctioneer said it was doubtful it would be sold.

A new tenant has been singed to a lease, so the premises was not up for bid. There is speculation that a new brewery will come in, but nothing is confirmed as of yet.

Many supporters and patrons who’ve frequented the establishment during its last 20 years of business were shocked at the sudden closure. The brewery closed its doors in June with an announcement that it needed to repair an AC unit. The owner, Jocelyn Hughes, said earlier in July that she wanted to reopen, but at the time owed more than $120,000 to the state in meal taxes, according to the Department of Revenue.

Several disgruntled former employees, are hoping to finally receive the back pay they are owed now that assets were being liquidated.

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