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 Session – Bottle 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 Session – This 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!
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.
Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest Liquids has been a very busy man. Last year, in April, he had announced that they’d be building and opening a brewery out in Waitsfield in Vermont and now he has announced that they’ll be expanding their distribution into Massachusetts.
This bright and sunny news isn’t a huge surprise considering that they had recently dropped a few cases of one of their flagships, Sip of Sunshine, to numerous stores in the Boston area in early December last year. They recently signed a new distribution deal with Atlantic Beverage Distributors and will be leveraging their new facility out in Holliston to facilitate this. They’ll be having regular drops every single month moving forward and Sip of Sunshine will also soon be joined by the award-winning Super Session #2 beer as well.
Hopheads rejoice, relief is coming to the Boston-area shelves soon so keep your eyes peeled for those bright yellow cans.
As far as updates on the construction of their brewery, no updates on that end but stay tuned for more to follow on that later this year.
Big news fresh out of Colorado this week as we officially got word that New Belgium Brewing, famous for their flagship beer Fat Tire, and the country’s fourth largest brewer will be arriving in Massachusetts in 2017.
This will make the Bay State the 46th state in their distribution and they will start by releasing some of their year-round releases to begin, alongside a few of their limited 22oz releases as well. No word on whether or not their collaborations with Ben & Jerry’s will make it but La Folie has been confirmed as being one of the SKUs that will be coming, alongside Fat Tire, Citradelic IPA and Ranger IPA. More than a dozen different ones will eventually make their way here and seasonals will be joining that lineup as well.
And while the brewery is headquartered out of Fort Collins out in Colorado, they recently expanded with another production facility out in Asheville Carolina which has enabled them to scale for their exploding growth and demand.
You can expect to see the beers arrive in mid-February so stay tuned for more updates.
Well folks, it looks like the long wait is over. Cambridge’s newest brewery, Lamplighter Brewing Company has announced that they’ve been able to pass their final inspection and that their growler counter will be opening to the public on this upcoming Friday.
The brewery which we first mentioned just over a year ago has been a long time coming after taking over a space on Broadway, taking over for a former car garage known as Metric System which had been there since 1977.
The big news broke out on their Facebook page just a few minutes ago as you can see below:
Based on their website’s beer page, it appears that six beers are in the works although there’s no word yet as to which ones will be available on Friday. Their hours will be Friday thru Sunday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for now and definitely stay tuned for more updates.
Lamplighter Brewing company is located at 284 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139.
(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!)
- Ginger Man (Boston): Kent Falls – Lade Øl (Grisette)
- Row 34 (Boston): Trillium – Vicinity (IIPA)
- Tip Tap Room (Boston): Wicked Weed – Montmaretto (Wild)
- Lord Hobo (Cambridge): Artifact – Teacher’s Pet (Cider)
- Brewer’s Fork (Charlestown): Night Shift – One Hop This Time: Equinox (IPA)
- Night Shift (Everett): One Hop This Time: Vic Secret (IPA)
- Joshua Tree (Somerville): Beer’d – Dogs and Boats (DIPA)
- Branchline (Watertown): Jack’s Abbey – Cucumber Basil Sour (Wild)
If you spot any other gems while out and about this weekend, please add them in the comments!
Cheers to a great weekend!
Located in Jack’s Abby Brewing’s former location on Morton Street in Framingham, Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company’s staff, including founder & brewer Matthew Steinberg, have been hard at work trying to get the place up and running.
With construction and permitting out of the way, it appears that they’re firing up their tanks and will be ready to open soon as announced on Exhibit A Brewing. How soon might you ask? In just 2 weeks, the brewery will open to the public! (August 31st from 3 to 8PM) A grand opening celebration will also be held on Saturday, September 3rd with more details to come.
Exhibit ‘A’ will be open Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 8PM, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8PM.
The brewery had already teased one of their can designs for their upcoming, first flagship beer which will be known as “Cat’s Meow” although they’re still working on fine tuning the recipe prior to releasing it. Also featured in the preview is their other canned beer which is a kolsch known as Goody Two Shoes. You can see the can designs below:
Goody Two Shoes & The Cat’s Meow preview
The brewery will serve samples and is expected to have several beers by the time they open. A variety of styles will be brewed including kettled sours, porters, and stouts. More IPAs and pale ales will eventually be released, as well. There will not be flights in the tasting room initially, but growler fills will be available with cans to come later.
Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company is located at 81 Morton St, Framingham, MA 01702.