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Barleycorn’s to Close in Early May

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.

Lawson’s Finest Liquids Expand Into Massachusetts

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.

New Belgium Brewing Announces 2017 Massachusetts Distribution

New Belgium BrewingBig 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.

Lamplighter Brewing Opening Friday

Lamplighter Brewing CompanyWell 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.

9/9/16 Tap Highlights

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!)

  • 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!

– Dana

Exhibit ‘A’ Announces Grand Opening Date!

Exhibit A BrewingLocated 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.

New Site Feature: Introducing Our Breweries Map

Many peeps had requested it and it is now a permanent part of the website. That’s right folks, we now don’t just have a list of every brewery in New England, now we also have an interactive map as well!

Using the powerful Google Maps API we’ve been able to create a map of every brewery out there and will be continuously updating it to add any additional one as well. Down the road we may consider doing something similar for bottle shops and craft beer bars but for now please enjoy this new page! We plan on having the most up-to-date, comprehensive list of brick-and-mortar breweries out there!

As always we welcome feedback and if we missed any breweries on either the breweries list and/or the map, feel free to drop us a line via the contact page or on Facebook: Craft Beer Boston or Twitter: @CraftBeerBoston.

Tree House Brewing Expanding With New Brewery

Tree House Brewing Co.Earlier today, some fantastic news broke out from Tree House Brewing Co., coming directly from one of it’s co-founders, Nate Lanier. He announced that Tree House Brewing Company has purchased a large parcel of land out in Charlton and that they will be breaking out on a new brewery out there very soon. Austin Design won the design contract and the new facility will initially have 30,000BBL in capacity and will also feature a taproom.

Below is the official announcement:

We have been looking forward to sharing this news for a long time… We are building a new brewery!

It will reside in Charlton, Massachusetts on a very central yet secluded seventy acres of land true to the Tree House aesthetic with a mixture of woods, green space, and serenity. It is designed as an expandable and multi-faceted 45,000 square foot facility and will feature a state of the art 50 BBL brewhouse, a 5,000 square foot retail space where can sales, bottle sales, and full pours will be offered at least five days a week, and a large outdoor pavilion. The retail shop will feel familiar, with an open space vista overlooking a tank farm of 60, 120, and 240 BBL fermenters flanked by a natural light-drenched brewhouse.

The facility will house 30,000 barrels of cellar capacity initially and by the end of the first year we plan to have 50,000 barrels of cellar space available. The theoretical maximum for the brewhouse and space is in excess of 125,000 barrels a year.

Despite massive gains in production and efficiency in Monson, it is not nearly enough. The intent of the new brewery is to make our beer better than ever, vastly expand our range of offerings, make our core offerings more readily available, and to create a central gathering place of kinship and camaraderie for beer enthusiasts.

The brewery is being designed in conjunction with Austin Design, Inc. It will be entirely new construction on a parcel of land that is owned by us. This will afford us creative control of the property now and hopefully very far into the future.

This project aims to break ground in the spring of 2016 and to be operational in the first half of 2017 (we hope).

Below is also an early rendering of what the brewery will look like:

Rest assured, their current facility will still be used for special projects as well as for all kinds of experimentation, something that they haven’t been able to do as much of due to brewery size restrictions. They will also be hosting special events there as well. You can read more about the full announcement on the brewery’s website Tree House Brewing Co..

Tree House Brewing is located at 160 East Hill Road, Monson, MA 01057.

The Ginger Man’s Boston Location Opening Tomorrow [Update]

Update:The restaurant’s opening day has been pushed from the 5th to the 12th.

Ginger ManWith seven locations operating out in Texas and another three already up and running on the East Coast, The Ginger Man Boston is now going to have the grand opening of their Boston location tomorrow out on State Street, at the edge of Faneuil Hall. The Ginger Man’s location is the former home of Stadium Sports Bar & Grill and after nearly a half a year of renovations, this two-floor establishment with a seating capacity of nearly 150 will be opening.

According to Eater Boston, the establishment will have “75 draft beers (as well as an additional 15 draft lines at its smaller, downstairs bar), nearly 100 bottled beers, and spirits and wines from across the globe.“. You can also expect a lot of house-made breads, charcuterie and many more delectable foods including pickled vegetables. The website isn’t presently up-to-date with a beer list or menu and neither is their Facebook page but we expect that this will change very soon. A quick peep over on their NYC’s location’s menu shows all kinds of delicious food which pair very well with beers and cocktails. Items like pretzels, sandwiches, and German platters which feature shnitzel or sausages as well as salads, sliders and dessert. Hopefully this Boston location will follow suit.

The Ginger Man is located at 148 State Street, Boston, MA 02109.

Gentile Brewing Company Grand Opening Friday in Beverly

Gentile BrewingBig news coming out of Beverly today as Gentile Brewing have announced that they’ll be making their big opening on this upcoming Friday at 4PM.

This family-owned nano-brewery owned and operated by Paul and Christen Gentile, they will be producing beers using “traditional English-style brewing methods and ingredients” according to their website. They plan on having four year-round beers available as well as a continuously rotating amount of smaller batch beers as well. Paul has honed his skills since 2009 while helping out on various contract brewing contracts at Mercury Brewing, on brands like Clown Shoes, Slumbrew and Notch Brewing.

This new brewery will feature four beers at opening which include an IPA, a porter, a stout and a blonde ale. 32oz and 64oz growler fills will be available as well as full pours.

Gentile Brewing is located over at 59 Park Street, Unite 1, Beverly, MA 01915.

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