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Trillium Garden To Open in Roslindale

Trillium BrewingWe all saw rumors floating around but they’re now true and it is now official: Trillium Brewing is opening up a beer garden at the Roslindale Substation. Slated to open at some point next month, the beer garden will feature a variety of taps not unlike the beer garden they operated on the Greenway all summer.

Please find Trillium’s official statement below:

November 17th, 2017- Trillium Brewing Company, in partnership with Roslindale Village Main Street, is excited to announce plans to operate an indoor winter beer garden in the iconic Roslindale Substation Building.

The Trillium Garden at the Substation is slated to open in early December 2017 and will run through the winter season. In the heart of Roslindale Village, the beer garden will be an indoor venue open five days a week, serving a variety of rotating draft options. The location accommodates open seating, community space, and a limited number of private event opportunities.

“We had a killer time with the Garden on the Greenway this summer so we jumped at the chance to bring Trillium to another Boston neighborhood,” said Trillium co-owner Esther Tetreault. “Our goal has always been to build a strong community and share what we do. The Substation is such a unique and iconic space, in a welcoming neighborhood, making Roslindale a perfect winter home for the Trillium Garden.”

“Beer aficionados will have the unique opportunity to drink Trillium’s award-winning beer in the Substation’s awe-inspiring space, with its 34 foot ceilings, 18-foot copper clad doors, 250-ton capacity gantry crane, and six two-story windows,” said Alia Hamada Forrest, RVMS’s Executive Director. “Where Trillium goes, its fans follow. I’m eager to welcome the newcomers that will discover Roslindale’s existing mix of vibrant restaurants and retail options, and hope that these types of creative partnerships continue to spark across all of Boston Main Street districts. We know when you visit — you will want to return.”

The Roslindale Substation (designed by architect Robert Peabody of Peabody and Stearns with Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation) was built in 1911 and is one of six nearly identical converter substations built in and around Boston at that time to convert alternating current (A/C) electricity from the Boston Elevated Railway’s South Boston power plant to direct current (D/C) power for use by the trolley system. Service was discontinued in 1971 and the space remained unused until 2014 when the $4.8 million Substation renovation project was conceived and undertaken by Historic Boston Inc., Roslindale Village Main Street, Peregrine Group, LLC of Rumford, RI, and architect Prellwitz Chilinski Associates of Cambridge. In January 2017, Craft Beer Cellar opened on the lower level of the substation, ending the 46 year vacancy. Trillium’s tenancy on the main floor of the building will revive a prominent corner and reactivate the historic space. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic places.

Already in the substation building is Craft Beer Cellar Roslindale who opened that location in January of this year. Also opening in the area next year is Distraction Brewing Company and more details on that coming soon. In the interim you can get updates on this new Trillium Garden via the brewery’s dedicated Twitter account.

The Roslindale substation is located at 4228 Washington Street, Roslindale, MA 02131.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Percival Brewing Company Opens Taproom in Norwood

Percival Brewing CompanyThe town of Norwood, home to Castle Island Brewing, now welcomes a new brewery as Percival Brewing Company opens up to the public, for the very first time, later today at 4PM.

The brewery which was founded in Dorchester in 2011, had previously contract brewed locally before finding a home on Morse Street in Norwood. Their flagship amber ale known as ‘Dot Ale 1630’ has previously been floating around in the Boston area for a few years and they will be now working on introducing a variety of different beers to the public.

And while this is very much a soft launch, with limited hours this week, many more good things are to be expected in the next few weeks and months from these guys. When they open later their taproom later today, they’ll have four different beers available to the public:

Dot Ale – Dorchester’s Brew – 4.7% ABV – Pale Ale
Hazy Shade of Winter – 6% ABV NE IPA
Bobby Ferguson – 5% ABV – Oatmeal Stout
Agent Orange IPA – 7% ABV – IPA

Their hours this week are as follows: Thursday and Friday 4PM to 10PM. Saturday 2PM to 10PM and Sunday 2PM to 8PM.

We’ve repeatedly reached out to the brewery to get additional information and will update once we have more available to share.

Percival Brewing Company is located at 83 Morse St, Norwood, MA 02062.

Most Anticipated Beers for the Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration 2017

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For those who may be unaware, one of the best beer festivals in the world is coming to the South End this weekend, starting tomorrow evening! That’s right folks, Copenhagen Beer & Music Festival is back in town and we could not be any more excited!

The line up of brewers, both domestic and foreign, is arguably the best we’ve have seen in the area and it blew many people away last year with its diverse assortment of craft beers, meads and fruit wines.

Below is a list of some of the things we’re most excited about (but keep in mind that a lot of them are session specific, with 3 different sessions taking place. Also please note that the list is subject to change and we do not know if these are bottle or draft pours)

Here’s our list:

  • Bottle Logic Brewing: Jam the Radar – Rød SessionBottle Logic is famous for one thing: their stouts. This delicious raspberry stout is a absolutely delish and the berry finish lingers.
  • 3 Floyds: Zombie Dust – All sessions – This heavily hopped, 6.2% pale ale is 3 Floyd’s flagship beer and one that put the famous brewery on the map. If you haven’t had this one, it’s definitely worth checking off your bucketlist
  • Abnormal Beer: M3 – Grøn Session – Abnormal might be a fairly recent addition to the San Diego craft beer scene but they’ve established themselves quickly with some big stouts including M3 which is features Mostra coffe, Ghanian Cacao Nibs, Madagascar Vanilla Beans. It packs a punch even though it clocks in at 14.4%
  • Kane Brewing: Sunday Brunch – Blå Session – This big, luscious 9.2% stout features Rook Coffee, Cinnamon and Maple Syrup and tastes like… you guessed it… brunch! A delicious treat indeed!
  • Other Half Brewing: Green Down to The Socks – All Sessions – Other Half is no stranger to producing a variety (hundreds??!) of different IPAs and this double IPA features a very interesting blend of Motueka, Mosaic, Cascade and experimental South African XJA hops. Expect a nice balance of tropical notes and a bit of bitterness.
  • Omnipollo: Lemonade IPA – All Sessions – This beer is actually contract brewed locally at Dorchester Brewing Company and you might have seen it around town in various stores. This delicious, refreshing IPA is infused with big citrus notes from the lemonade which creates a very refreshing, winning combination!
  • Funky Buddah: Last Buffalo In The Park – Grøn Session – Coming in at 11.5%, this imperial stout is absolutely delicious! They took their popular Last Snow porter and gave it some extra loving in the form of coconut and fresh roasted coffee before aging it in Bourbon barrels for months to accentuate the vanilla and coconut notes. Luscious, sweet and oh so tasty!
  • The Veil: Never Never Aloha Aloha – All Sessions – This Hawaii Punch-inspired gose features red alaea sea salt is conditioned on hundreds of gallons of pineapple, mango, passion fruit, blood orange, Guava, and cherry purée. And guess what? It’s tasty as hell!
  • Jester King: Montmorency vs Balaton – Grøn Session – This is one of Texas’ finest wild ales, one that showcases two different kinds of Michigan cherries. Incredibly balanced and oh-so delicious, this is definitely one tasty beer that you cannot pass up on if you’re at the Grøn session.
  • Angry Chair: Imperial German Chocolate Coffee Cupcake Stout – Blå SessionThis 10.5% imperial stout with cacao, coconut, coffee and vanilla beans is one of the most anticipated beers of the festival. These guys never disappoint with their dessert-inspired stouts.
  • Bullfrog Brewery: Le Roar Grrrz Kriek – Rød Sessio – An interesting on the popular, Belgian Kriek style, but from a brewery out in Pennsylvania. This tasty beer is rested on cherries and refermented with Belgian candi sugar making it balanced and well worth the detour.

Keep in mind that the above barely scratches the surface of all the great beers available at this fest and is by no means totally inclusive. There will definitely be some surprises being poured, too! As someone who is lucky enough to attend the vast majority of fests in the area, take some advice from me: if you go to one festival this year, you definitely can’t go wrong with Copenhagen. Fantastic beer and mead that you cannot get easily, if at all, in the Boston area or even in New England. Add music from well-known bands and tons of great food options, as well as being outdoors and easily accessible to public transportation and you know this is not one to miss!

Grab your tickets to any of the 3 sessions on September 22nd and 23rd now before they sell out at http://copenhagenbeerfest.com and we will see you there!

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