Well folks, today is a sad day. Sad because after nearly twenty years in business, Natick’s very own Barleycorn’s have announced that they’ll be closing in early May per a Facebook post they shared earlier today.
In the post, Barleycorn owner Dan stated the following:
After almost 20 years in business, we regret to announce the closing of Barleycorn’s Craft Brew.
Our lease is expiring and a decision has been made to liquidate and conclude our operations of providing beer brewing and wine making services to the greater Boston community. It has been an extraordinary experience and a great run, with tremendous people and organizations.
Normal operations will continue until the beginning of May, so there is still time to get your final brews in with us here at Barleycorn’s. The final date for brewing will be April 16th with a final bottling date of April 30th. Homebrew supplies are still available as well.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers through these past two decades.
Barleycorn is located at 21 Summer St, Natick, MA 01760.
Everett’s very own Night Shift Brewing has announced the release of a couple of new beers, one of which is returning in action after a very successful release last year.
The first is Citranation, part of the ‘Nation of Hops’ series is now back and available on tap for drafts and for growler fills. Unlike last time, this one isn’t being bottled again and it is available right now while it lasts. Citranation is a 100% Citra-hopped Belgian double IPA which features lots of tropical flavors of pineapple and grapefruit.
Secondly, they’ve also announced a brand new beer which is to be released tomorrow afternoon, at 5PM, at the brewery and is known as Funk’d Citra, a “100% brett-fermented ale dry-hopped with Citra. It’s the first up in our Funk’d Series – the exploration of fermentation with 100% brettanomyces”.
That’s right folks, you read the previous sentence correctly, they’ve announced a new brewing series called “Funk’d” and this is going to be the first of their numerous releases which is quite exciting as funky beer experimentation is in full swing everywhere.
Last but not least, for those who placed any Sour Futures orders on Night Shift Brewing’s website last year have until March 31st to pickup any of their pre-ordered beers from the brewery. That’s their final deadline and any remaining beers will be released to the public after that. And there’s still time to place any orders for this years’s program by clicking right over here.
It looks like the Tyler Street area of Somerville, on the outskirts of Union Square couldn’t get much busier. After recently getting a Brooklyn Boulder rock climbing location and a few co-working spaces, it will now be hosting a 12,000 sq. ft. brewery.
The brewery in question will be known as Aeronaut Brewing and will – hopefully – feature a tap room featuring 20 beers on tap, and they hope to be able to produce 60,000 bottles per batch. The three co-founders, Ben Holmes, Dan Rassi and Ronn Friedlander aren’t complete strangers to brewing as they’ve been operating out of a small house under the name TBD Brewing.
But according to an article about them on Boston.com, what really separates this brewery from the rest is that they intend on opening up an incubator space, within the brewery, for startups. They will use the rent from those startups to fund the brewery operation and will, in return, take profits from the beers to help invest in those said startups. A symbiotic relationship that is innovative and a first as far as we know.
And while Slumbrew and Pretty Things Ale Beer & Ale Project are headquartered in Somerville, none of the brewing takes place there and this makes Aeronaut Brewing the first brewery in Somerville since the 1880’s. Not much else is known about the project for the time being but we’ll be sure to keep an eye on it on and keep you posted.
American restaurant and craft beer mecca Prohibition Pig out in Waterbury, Vermont has some exciting news to share with everyone today as they’ve officially be approved for a brewing license earlier today.
The news was share earlier via social media outlets from the restaurant’s page as a screenshot from an email that came from the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Below is the screenshot:
Prohibition Pig is already quite famous and has quite the following as it’s one of the few places in VT to serve Heady Topper on tap alongside other world-class beers including ones hailing from Hill Farmstead and other local ones like Trapp Lodge Brewing, Rock Part, Lawson’s Finest and a few others. Oh and did we mention that their food is supposed to be pretty damn good as well?
We’re quite excited at the prospect of seeing what could be, the beginning of another fine Vermont-based brewery, but only time will tell how well they’ll put that license to use. They did however mention that they have 12 Pappy Van Winkle barrels that could use some filling so we’ll definitely have to keep an eye out for that! In the interim, the masses can continue to get some food and enjoy their extensive selection of bottled beers and drafts.
Lewiston, Maine-based brewery Baxter has announced that they will be launching a mixed ‘backpack’ of their current and seasonal beers for all to enjoy. Already famous for being an all-canned brewery, one of the first in the industry, their CEO Luke Livingston has announced “Cans are already the most portable kind of packaging in the industry, and packing them in cardboard 12-packs makes them even more convenient. Our ‘Backpacks’ will have three cans of each of the three production beers, plus three of the current seasonal.”
You can expect these mixed packs to launch next January and their first packs to be released will feature their Pamola Xtra Pale Ale, Stowaway IPA, Amber Road amber ale and Phantom Punch Winter Stout.
Furthermore, they’ll also be releasing a style of beer which is almost non-existent: an imperial hefeweizen which will be known as ‘On the Count of Three’ and which is to be brewed to celebrate their third anniversary. They’re only making one batch of it, and this will be a one-time release. It’s expected to hover around 7% A.B.V. and will feature notes of banana, cloves and bubblegum. Expect that beer to hit the shelves around mid-January as well.
Baxter has been doing very well and are expected to double their capacity from 12,000 barrels to 25,000 over the next year, making them the third larger Maine brewery in terms of output. This will also translate into more experimentation on their part and smaller releases as well.
More information can be found on their website: http://www.baxterbrewing.com