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Down The Road Brewing’s Grand Opening Happening Friday

Down the Road Beer Co.Everett-based Down the Road Brewing will finally be opening up their brand new taproom this upcoming Friday after months of work. This is years in the making and a lot of their beers have been available in and around Boston for a quite a while now, including their flagship pale ale known as ‘Pukwudgie‘ which has been around since March of 2015.

The 12,000 square foot place will have a sizable, 2,500 square foot taproom with an equally sizable brewhouse of 30-bbl which leaves them with additional room to expand into. And much like their neighbors from Bone Up and Night Shift, they will also have plenty of snacks available as well as a robust list of food trucks that will be coming and going.

No crowlers or growlers will be available but they will have 4-packs of cans available. Their tap list for their grand opening features the following beers:

Golden City New England IPA
Spring Heel Jack London Porter
Rasenmaher Kolsch
Reynard’s Witbier
Seventh Star IPA
Dreamtime New England IPA
Peach Feyborn Berliner Weisse
Wolfgeist Dunkel Lager
Hooligan Nut Brown Ale
Pukwudgie
Henzelmann’s Festbier

The brewery’s grand opening will be happening Friday at 5:30PM and both Penny Packers and Roadies Diner will be the food trucks for the event. You can find out more about the event on their Facebook event page by clicking here.

After the opening shenanigans are over, their regular hours will be Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. They will be closed on Mondays.

Down the Road Brewing is located at 199 Ashland St, Everett, MA 02149.

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.

 

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.

Castle Island’s New Taproom Opens This Weekend

Castle Island BrewingNorwood’s very own Castle Island Brewing, a brewery which opened in late 2015, has happily announced that after many weeks of work, that their new and expanded taproom will be open to the public as early as this upcoming weekend.

The numerous upgrades will feature food options such as chips, salsa and guacamole as well as food truck options during the weekend evenings. But better yet is the increased capacity and seating, as they’ll now be able to host over a hundred people at the time in their welcoming taproom.

And best news yet is the fact that they’ll also now have up to sixteen draft lines for everyone to enjoy!

Here’s a preview of their newly upgraded taproom courtesy of Bostinno:

And if you’re wondering when you can start enjoying this taproom? How about tomorow starting at 11AM? Yes, that’s right. What are you all waiting for?

Castle Island Brewing is located at 31 Astor Avenue, Norwood, MA 02062.

Turtle Swamp Brewing Coming Soon

Turtle Swamp BrewingAccording to a recent update by Eater Boston it appears that Jamaica Plain’s upcoming Turtle Swamp Brewing should be coming opening in the next few months.

The brewery which was created by some former Harpoon alumni will be the second brewery to hit the Jamaica Plain market following Samuel Adams Brewing settled there over 30 years ago. The Turtle Swamp team has been documenting every step of their process on their very active Instagram page and it appears that they already have their tanks in place and are in the process of finalizing their floors.

No word yet on what they’ll be brewing up or a great opening day but stay tuned for more updates.

Turtle Swamp Brewing will be located at 3377 Washington St, Boston, MA 02130.

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