Harpoon Brewery’s Parent Company Acquire Clown Shoes Beer

Harpoon(BOSTON,MA) – The Mass Bay Brewing Company, brewers of Harpoon and UFO beers, announced today its acquisition of Clown Shoes Brewing. Clown Shoes, launched in 2009 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, is a nationally distributed brand that produces a wide selection of year-round and limited release beers. Clown Shoes has experienced significant success with its Space Cake Double IPA and Clementine White Ale, among other innovative beers.

The Clown Shoes team shares our passion for brewing excellent beer and their irreverent, boldly-flavored takes on classics have earned them a loyal following,” said Dan Kenary, Mass Bay Brewing Company CEO and Co-Founder. “We see tremendous potential for growth both regionally and nationally and are excited to work with Gregg and his team to take Clown Shoes even further.

The Clown Shoes Story

It all started when Gregg Berman, Founder and CEO of the brand, brewed a small batch of “Hoppy Feet” Black IPA with Ipswich Ale Brewing, also located in Massachusetts. The offering was well received around Boston, prompting Berman to collaborate with Head Brewer Dan Lipke to develop and trial additional beers, with innovative takes on existing styles – such as Clown Shoes’ Josh the Guava King, a Double IPA brewed with guava puree. Clown Shoes more than doubled its production from 700 barrels to 1,500 in its second year. In 2011, they began distribution out of state, carefully selecting craft-oriented wholesalers. In 2017, Clown Shoes is on pace to produce over 13,000 barrels of beer. The brand is currently sold in 28 states and 5 countries.

Harpoon and Clown Shoes are both fiercely loyal to our brands, to independent craft brewing, and to our employees,” commented Clown Shoes’ Berman. “I’ve been a fan of Harpoon for a long time and it’s very gratifying for me that our team will get to work alongside the expert brewers at Mass Bay Brewing to grow Clown Shoes and get our beer into the hands of more beer drinkers

Employee Ownership

In 2014, Mass Bay Brewing Company became an employee-owned company through the establishment of an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). The Clown Shoes team joining Mass Bay Brewing Company will have the opportunity to become employee owners through the Mass Bay Brewing Company ESOP, as well.

“The craft industry has changed a lot since we opened our doors in ’86,” Kenary noted. “The Clown Shoes team has an approach to brewing and selling great beer that is very different than ours, but their belief in independent brewing dovetails perfectly with the stake we have planted around employee ownership. We plan to have a lot of fun and success working together, enjoying a few beers along the way.”

About Clown Shoes Beer:

Clown Shoes Beer began as a single beer project. Somewhat miraculously, that project snowballed into a craft beer brand. Since then, which was late in 2009, Clown Shoes has released over one hundred different beers, with sales in 28 states and several countries outside of the US. The year-round lineup has been refined to include 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans, and 22 oz. bottles, each packaged with signature, intense graphic artwork. Creating a unique, “state-specific” beer program, Clown Shoes has brewed dozens of small batch variations that are exclusively available in specific states (such as Massachusetts, Texas, and Ohio). Clown Shoes also creates an extensive array of barrel-aged beers, experimenting with high-end barrels ranging from port and tequila to Cognac, rum and bourbon. The Clown Shoes team constantly push themselves to improve and to test the boundaries of craft beer.

About the Harpoon Brewery:

The Harpoon Brewery was founded in 1986 by beer lovers who wanted more and better beer options. When the Brewery was founded, Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since it was the first to brew commercially in Boston after a dormant period of about 25 years. Harpoon’s line of craft beer features its award winning IPA and UFO beers, along with special seasonal selections. In 2000 Harpoon purchased a second brewery in Windsor, VT, making Harpoon the 19th largest craft brewer in the US. Harpoon has since introduced the limited batch 100 Barrel Series and the as well as the all-natural Harpoon Craft Cider made from freshly pressed apples.

In 2012 Harpoon was the recipient of the Green Business Award from the City of Boston. Harpoon has been recognized by the Boston Globe as one of Massachusetts’ Best Places to Work. In 2016 Harpoon was named one of the Top Charitable Contributors in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal. In August 2014 Harpoon became an employee-owned company.

For more information about Harpoon visit www.harpoonbrewery.com

Mass Bay Brewing is located at 306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210.

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Tap Highlights 10/20/17

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!)

  • Branch Line (Watertown): Allagash – Hive 56 (AWA)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Boston):  Barreled Souls – Blue Steel (AWA)
  • Brewer’s Tap & Table (Waltham): Dogfish Head – Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout  (Imperial Stout)
  • Five Horses Tavern (Boston:) Trillium – Vanilla Pot & Kettle (Porter)
  • Ginger Man (Boston): Pipeworks Golden Bling (Belgian Strong Pale Ale)
  • Lord Hobo (Cambridge): Stoneface – Mozaccalypse (IPA)
  • Lulu’s (Allston): Maine Beer Company – Lunch (IPA)
  • Publick House (Brookline): Exhibit ‘A’ – The Cat’s Meow (DIPA)
  • Row 34 (Boston): Prairie – Vape Tricks (AWA)
  • Stoddards (Boston): Cantillon – Classic Gueze (Gueze) *Bottle
  • Tip Tap Room (Boston): Jack’s Abbey – Kiwi Rising   (DIPL)

Enjoy the weekend everyone!  Don’t forget to share any gems you find out there in the wild.

-Dana

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Tap Highlights 10/13/17

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!)

  • Branch Line (Watertown): Allagash – Hive 56 (AWA)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Boston):  TRVE – Devil Stuff (AWA)
  • Brewer’s Tap & Table (Waltham): Transient – The Juice is Loose  (DIPA)
  • Five Horses Tavern (Boston:) Modern Times – Beer Fruitlands (Passion Fruit & Guava (AWA)
  • Ginger Man (Boston): Half Acre – Daisy Cutter (APA)
  • Lord Hobo (Cambridge): Mast Landing – Green to Green (IPA)
  • Lulu’s (Allston): Maine Beer Company – Lunch (IPA)
  • Publick House (Brookline): Trillium – Scaled Up (DIPA)
  • Row 34 (Boston): Pipeworks – Lizard King (Pale Ale)
  • Stoddards (Boston): Cantillon – Classic Gueze (Gueze) *Bottle
  • Tip Tap Room (Boston): Modern Times – Devil’s Teeth Bourbon Barrel aged with Orange Zest, Hazelnut, and Cocoa Nibs   (Imperial Stout)

Enjoy the weekend everyone!  Don’t forget to share any gems you find out there in the wild.

-Dana

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Scituate’s Untold Brewing’s Grand Opening Slated For Friday

Some exciting news coming out of Scituate as Untold Brewing announced that they’ll be making their grand debut to the public later this week. That’s right folks, starting at 11AM on Friday, their taproom will be open and beers will be available on site and to-go via crowlers and growlers. There’s also plans in place to eventually offer smaller cans of their beers to the public using Iron Heart Canning‘s help.

The 15-barrel brewhouse will not offer any food but will have bar snacks available as well as food trucks on site and the new building will have a capacity of approximately of about a hundred with more available via the patio during the warmer months.

Below is a preview of the space courtesy of pictures shared by the brewery directly to us:

Seven beers will be available at open this week, and they are as follows:

East By Northwest – IPA / 7.0%
Eleventh Hour – IPA / 6.5%
Stayin’ Alive – IPA / 6.9%
Voorhees – Stout / 5.8%
Abigail – Blonde Ale / 5.1%
Rebecca – Brown Ale / 5.9%
The Carpenter – Pale Ale / 5.5%

We’ve been informed that they’ll have a total twelve taps that they’ll eventually fill, half being from both a year-round and seasonal rotation which will include stouts, IPAs, and the six lines will be reserved for barrel-aged beers and experimental batches.

Following the opening this week, their regular hours will be:

Thursday 3-8pm
Friday 11am-10pm
Saturday 11am-10pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

Untold Brewing is located at 6 Old Country Way, Scituate, MA 02066.

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Backlash Opens Up Retail Space, Brewery Buildout To Follow

Backlash Beer CoBacklash Beer Co., which has been around since 2013 and more recently has been contract-brewing out of Dorchester Brewing Company has now opened up a retail space where their beers will be going on sale. This comes nearly a year after their GoFundMe campaign got crowdfunded online and appears to be the beginning of what will eventually become a fully built out brewery with a taproom.

The brewery had not always been in the Boston area and had previously been brewing out in Holyoke but they’re now here to stay at their location over at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And while the retail space is relatively limited right now they will be open today from 12 to 6PM selling cans of Hostile Takeover and Central Square, the third IPA in their Stomping Ground series.


 

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No word yet on if these retail hours will happen past this weekend as they’re presently building out the brewery. Tanks are scheduled to arrive shortly before Thanksgiving and but we’ll keep you posted should they happen. Either way, these guys should be up and running in early 2018 in their new Roxbury home.

Backlash Beer Company’s retail space is located at 152 Hampden St, Roxbury, MA 02119.

 

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Tap Highlights 10/6/17

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!)

  • Branch Line (Watertown): Transient – Buckley (Imperial Stout)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Boston):  Half Acre – Daisy Cutter (Pale Ale)
  • Brewer’s Tap & Table (Waltham): Pipeworks/Interboro – Mad Fat Unicorn (IPA)
  • Five Horses Tavern (Boston:) Maine Beer Co – Lunch (IPA)
  • Ginger Man (Boston): Jack’s Abby – Framinghammer (Baltic Porter)
  • Lord Hobo (Cambridge): Mast Landing – Green to Green (IPA)
  • Lulu’s (Allston): Founders – KBS (Imperial Stout)
  • Publick House (Brookline): Allagash – Hive 56 (AWA)
  • Row 34 (Boston): Finback/RAR – Lollipop Woods (IPA)
  • Tip Tap Room (Boston): Prairie – Prairie Paradise (Imperial Stout)

Enjoy the weekend everyone!  Don’t forget to share any gems you find out there in the wild.

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Tap Highlights 9/29/17

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!)

  • Branch Line (Watertown): Transient – Buckley (Imperial Stout)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Boston):  Half Acre – Daisy Cutter (Pale Ale)
  • Brewer’s Tap & Table (Waltham): Idle Hands – Change Up #9  (DIPA)
  • Cunard Tavern (East Boston): Grimm – DDH Afterimage (DIPA)
  • Five Horses Tavern (Boston:) Mast Landing – Gunner’s Daughter (Milk Stout)
  • Ginger Man (Boston): Maine Beer Co – Peeper (APA)
  • Lord Hobo (Cambridge): Alesmith – Thai Speedway Stout (Imperial Stout)
  • Lulu’s (Allston): Founders – KBS (Imperial Stout)
  • Publick House (Brookline): Lawson’s – Super Session #8 (IPA)
  • Row 34 (Boston): Omnipollo – Noa Pecan Mud Cake (Imperial Stout)
  • Tip Tap Room (Boston): Modern Times – Devil’s Teeth Bourbon Barrel aged with Orange Zest, Hazelnut, and Cocoa Nibs   (Imperial Stout)

Enjoy the weekend everyone!  Don’t forget to share any gems you find out there in the wild.

-Dana

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