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Brew Zone To Open Soon in Saugus

Brew ZoneFirst reported by Hidden Boston earlier today, it appears that Saugus will soon be the home to Brew Zone, a new business which will allow people to brew their own beers.

We reached out to the owner Jim and were able to get a bit more information including the fact that they’ll open with six brew stations available to patrons and they’ll start with upwards of sixty different recipes that people can choose from. There will however not be any food, bar or alcohol sales. The establishment is targeting the end of the month for their opening.

As always stay tuned for further updates.

Brew Zone will be located at 135 Broadway, Saugus, MA, 01906.

Fort Point and Seaport: Best Neighborhoods For Beer Lovers

By Tara Scott-Johnson, Trulia

Beer lovers rejoice! The artisan craft of brewing beer is booming in Boston once again. Since 1796, Bostonians have crafted and brewed beer. Boston was considered to be one of the premier beer brewing cities in the United States during the 1800s. In line with Boston’s rich history, breweries, beer halls, and beer related events continue to spring up in Boston. The neighborhoods of Fort Point and Seaport are topping the list of the best neighborhoods for beer lovers with these local favorites.

Fort Point

Trillium Brewing Company, located at 369 Congress Street, opened in 2013 in the Fort Point neighborhood of South Boston. Trillium is a New England farmhouse style brewery. Each day, Trillium updates their case and bottle availability on Twitter. Their fresh batches are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Their daily offerings include Pale Ale, Boston Stout, and Imperial Stout – brewed with coffee, vanilla beans, and cardamom. While sampling is not available at the Fort Point location, sampling and full pours are available at their newly opened Canton location. If you’re looking for fresh oysters and unique beers, Row 34, located on 383 Congress Street, is the perfect spot in Fort Point. Row 34’s rotating list of 24 draft lines along with delicious menu items such as the warm buttered lobster roll will satisfy your seafood and beer cravings.

Seaport

Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall is open daily in Boston’s Seaport District at 306 Northern Avenue. In the beer hall, a Harpoon Beer Captain will serve you a pint from the tap and a fresh pretzel to pair with your brewed draft. Brewery tours are available daily and include the sampling of freshly crafted beer for a mere $5 per person. If you’re looking to brew a few cases of your own handcrafted beer, Hopster’s was voted as one of the top 50 businesses in the U.S. & Boston’s Beer Craft Beer experience. The company plans to open a brewery on Sleeper Street in 2017. Craft Beer Cellar, a specialty beer store originally from Belmont, MA, has expanded their locations to Fort Point. Craft Beer Cellar’s expansive collection of 1,000 beers from 350 breweries will be sure to fulfill your hankering for tasty suds. Be sure to check out their new location on Farnsworth Street opening in 2017.

Event Coming Soon

Nearby Fenway Park is hosting the annual Big Country Boston Beer Crawl on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The event will include 10 local bars, 5 country bands, 5 DJs, drink specials and much more. Tickets are on sale now – early bird tickets are just $15 – with a free Big Country Boston hat included with your ticket purchase.

You can see this event and many more over on our events page.

Hopster’s Eyes Expansion In Fort Point

HopstersWith two locations already under their belt in Newton Corner and near Faneuil Hall, it appears that Hopster’s has found another potential location in Fort Point.

According to Facebook: Hopster’s Hopsters has identified a new 6,000 sq.ft location in the Boston Seaport/Fort Point Channel and will reach an agreement very soon!

Many of our customers have asked us to expand our brewery and brewing concept, bringing our great local craft beers and food to downtown Boston. We believe the Fort Point Channel is a great area and in much need of a Craft Brewery and Restaurant.”

Rumors had previously swirled when Hopster’s had been looking at a spot on Melcher Street nearly two years ago but ended up going to the Boston Public Market instead. With these new plans for Fort Point, it looks like Trillium and Fort Point Market will be getting a new neighbor although the exact location has yet to be made public. It also appears that the area will be getting a Craft Beer Cellar franchise as well, making the area a true craft beer destination, joining both Harpoon and Row 34, as well.

As always, stay tuned for updates!

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Festival heading to Boston with 100+ breweries in tow!

For those who missed the announcement a few months back, Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp is coming to Boston!  This year’s festival will be held outdoors at City Hall Plaza on Saturday, June 18th.

The lineup of breweries has continued to grow (over 100 and counting!) including several heavy hitters like Lawson’s, Kane, Trillium, and Wicked Weed alongside recently opened MA breweries such as Bent Water, Kayfabe, IndieFerm, Brazo Fuerte, and Portico.

As of now, advanced tickets are on sale at a discounted rate of $50 and $70.  (The extra $20 allows for entry into the festival an hour early.)  Designated Driver tickets are available for $35, as well.  Once the “limited number” of advance tickets sell out, the prices go up to $65 & $85, respectively.

Check out the following link for more information or to buy tickets.

Hopsters Expands Dowtown, Introduces Hopsters Alley

HopstersNewton Corner-based Hopsters, a popular spot where people can brew their own craft beers, have a bite to eat and have some beers from both guest taps and Hopsters taps has been growing. Not only are they bottling stores and selling them at various retail outlets, but they’re now also expanding in downtown Boston at the soon-to-open Boston Public Market.

The new stand will be known as Hopsters Alley and will be amongst the many Boston Public Market: Vendors present at the market year-round including all kinds of meat and produce-centric stands as well as miscellaneous, other ones.

Below is the official statement from Hopsters which drills into more details about their expansion:

Hopsters has always been in the business of supporting local brewers and their brands. With that in mind we will be opening Hopsters Alley, a package store focusing on Massachusetts and other New England breweries, in July.

Hopsters Alley will be located in the new Boston Public Market, a 30,000 sq. ft. indoor, local-only, year-round public market located in the Faneuil Hall area. It will be the only market of its kind in the country. Hopsters Alley will sell beer, hard cider, and liquor brewed, fermented, and distilled in New England.

Around Faneuil Hall we were hard pressed to identify any forum that showcased Massachusetts’ craft beers. Hopsters Alley has 1,000 sq. ft. within the market and space for approximately 5,000 single units. Our goal is that Massachusetts brewers see the Alley as a downtown focal-point to showcase their brand and products in an authentic craft environment.

In addition to our space, the public market has a 4,000 sq. ft. test kitchen which will be available for tastings, education, classes, and general beer programming. We also intend to have a sampling bar that will be open during the market hours.

Stay tuned for more updates at the Boston Public Market’s opening nears.

Big Updates from Down the Road Brewery

Down the Road BreweryAfter starting Down the Road Brewery from his basement out in Newton, trying to get the project off the ground since 2013, Donovan Bailey has finally issued some pretty big news regarding his project: the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) has approved the brewery and is in the process of issuing them their license so that they can start selling their beers!

We actually met Donovan Bailey back in December of 2013 where he was a busy guy, honing and refining various brewing techniques and recipes and we were even lucky enough to get to sample a few of his upcoming beers including Quadruped, The Hop Monster, Patchwork Kilt and T-34. And while these three might show up at some point soon, for the time being, their release will feature their flagship beer, which is going to be Pukwudgie, an American Pale Ale which comes in at 4.5% A.B.V. and which features both Chinook and Mosaic hops.

Presently, while they await their license to be issued, they’ve managed to acquire their primary packaging including keg collars, body labels, neck labels, mother cartons and 6-pack carriers. Once everything else is squared away, they’ve also reached agreements to be on tap at two Newton restaurants: 51 Lincoln and Waban Kitchen. The former of the two will also be hosting their launch party which is to take place near the end of March. No date has yet to be set but a pairing menu will be featured so definitely keep an eye out on our events page for updates on that.

Last but not least, they’ve also announced that their crew is expanding with “George Popescu and Michael Halkiotis who are both coming on as co-founders. George is going to drive the company as CEO and Michael is going to get the tap room open and enhance sales as Managing Director. Our sales team is expanding with the onboarding of Matt Mantya and Jeff Quigley—Matt will be heading our sales in the Worcester area and Jeff will be doing sales in the metro Boston area. We also have Erik Jespersen who will assume marketing duties.“.

They are slated to brew their first commercial batch of beer at Mercury Brewing in Ipswich on March 5th so expect the beer to be ready for sale about two and a half weeks later. Establishment that will feature the Down the Road beers on draft include 51 Lincoln, Waban Kitchen, CasaB, Hopsters and O’Hara’s and the Newton Crowne Plaza, with more to come. Retailers include Craft Beer Cellar’s upcoming Newton location, which is slated to re-open in mid-March, on Austin Street, The Urban Grape in Chestnut Hill and more are to be announced shortly as well once finalized.

Stay tuned for more updates including a date for the upcoming launch part as well as more retailers and whatever else might be happening.

Pintley Introduces a 2015 Boston Good Beer Passport

Just announced by the folks from Pintley is a new and exciting way to check out up to nineteen different bars in and around the greater Boston area this winter. 

The Good Beer Passport will start on January 15th and will run through March 13th 2015.  It will entitle you to any full-sized craft beer (some limits set by individual bars) at any of the following participating locations:

  • Blackstone Grill
  • Cape Ann Brewing Company
  • Champions Cambridge
  • Champions Copley
  • East End Grille
  • Ferry Street Food & Drink
  • Hopsters
  • Kennedy’s in the Square
  • Menotomy Grill and Tavern
  • Mystic Station
  • Newburyport Brewing Company
  • Olde Magoun’s Saloon
  • Patrons
  • PJ Ryans
  • Riverwalk Brewing
  • Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
  • Sunset Cantina
  • Sunset’s Grill and Tap
  • The Vault

The passport can be purchased here and there is a limit of one per person, plus the option for one additional one which can be shared as a gift.  It is redeemable only once per location – so grab some friends, bundle up and go on a craft beer adventure in your own backyard this winter.

Hopsters Hires Head Brewer, Gets Commercial Brewing License

Newton Corner-based Hopsters have announced the hiring of their new head brewer, Jeff Rowe, formerly from Cape Code Beer where he will manage the production of their craft ales. With over seven years of experience where in all aspects of maintenance, operations and brewing, this well-rounded hire is sure to be a great addition to this unique business.

Below is their press release:

Rowe brings with him more than decade of experience, where he has worked in almost every facet of the craft beer industry. Rowe began his career at Harpoon Brewery, starting as a bottling line operator. Over his seven year tenure at Harpoon, he held positions as a filter technician, maintenance technician, brewer, forklift operator and distribution representative. Most recently, Rowe served as Head Brewer for Cape Cod Beer, Cape Cod’s only craft brewery, where he managed all aspects of production, packaging and recipe development.

“Having Jeff join the Hopsters team is a huge asset for us,” said Lee Cooper, owner of Hopsters. “His experience in the industry will be invaluable as we continue to create exciting, experimental beers and solidify our name in the New England craft beer scene.”

And to top things off, they’ve also announced their recent acquisition of a commercial brewing license which means that they will now be producing and selling their very own craft beers and not just enabling patrons to brew on premise. This will also enable them to sell those said-beers to commercial accounts as well and makes them the very first commercial brewery in Newton.