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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.

 

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.

Trillium Tap Room Now Open in Canton!

Trillium BrewingThe long anticipated Trillium Brewing tap room at their Canton brewery is now open!

One caveat is that this is not a place to sit for hours knocking back delicious IPAs.  More in line with tap rooms such as Hill Farmstead, there will be a 20oz limit per person, doled out in four 5oz or two 10oz pours.  This also means no more free 2oz samples, either.

A cool aspect of the facility will be the ability to open a tab in the tap room, then seamlessly purchase bottles, growlers, and other merchandise all on the same bill.  It is dog (leashed) and kid-friendly, as well!

No food will be available on-site initially, but expect food trucks to become a regular staple on weekends.

The Canton brewery was already a cool location to check out even before this opening, so if you haven’t been there yet, we highly encourage you to check it out!

Hours will be Monday-Saturday, Noon-7:30PM with last call coming at 7:00 each evening.

More information including what is currently available on tap can be found at http://www.trilliumbrewing.com/trillium-brewing-canton-location

Trillium’s Canton location is located at 110 Shawmut Rd, Canton, MA 02021

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!

MassBeerWeek To Return in November

Mass Beer WeekFor the first time since it’s hiatus in 2013, BeerAdvocate has announced the grandiose return of Mass Beer Week which is to take place later this year, in November, for ten days.

The state-wide event will be used to promote craft beer by partnering with local bars, shops and breweries and setting up a variety of tours, and dinners and social events. Not many details have been released right now but it’s worth noting that it will be taking place from November 4th through the 13th. It also looks like it will slightly overlap with Maine’s Beer Week as well.

Below is the official statement from BeerAdvocate:

(Boston – January 7, 2016) BeerAdvocate is proud to announce the launch of Mass Beer Week. The inaugural celebration is planned for November 4–13, 2016 and will focus exclusively on Massachusetts brewers, their beers and the supporting beer community.

Brothers Jason and Todd Alström, founders of BeerAdvocate and Massachusetts natives, will spearhead the not-for-profit cause and create an informal advisory board to ensure goals are met and new ideas explored. Locals and visitors can expect plenty of education, brewery tours, tastings, dinners, social gatherings and much more from this 10-day statewide event.

“The Mass. beer scene has exploded since we started BeerAdvocate in 1996. There’s now well over 100 breweries in the state, brewing thousands of beers, and it’s awesome! Hell, Treehouse Brewing Company currently has the No. 1 beer on our website and they’re less than a mile from where we grew up in Monson. It’s time to celebrate Mass. beer,” explains Jason.

Todd adds: “We look forward to celebrating the growth of local beer in Massachusetts, bringing awareness to its scene and working with the industry and its supporters in putting Mass Beer Week on everyone’s calendar.”

More information will be released later this year and you can also see updates on the official MassBeerWeek website.

Trillium Brewing’s Canton Location Opening Tomorrow

Trillium BrewingAbout ten months ago we had posted about Trillium Brewing‘s new location which would be opening later this year out in Canton. Well fast forward through some new hiring, a lot of hard work and some brand new tanks and the brewhouse and taproom are now ready to host their loyal fans. JC and Esther have officially announced that the brewery will be making its public debut tomorrow after playing host to a few soft openings over the course of the last few days.

The new 16,000 FT² facility has an open floor design where a variety of beers have already been produced and released in the last few weeks including Launch Beer, Scaled and most recently Free Rise. It will also feature a taproom where 2oz complimentary samples will ve available as well as a retail space for merchandise, growler fills and bottles.

To celebrate this milestone, they will be closing their Fort Point location in Boston tomorrow so that their entire crew can be in Canton to celebrate, and they will then resume their regular hours of operation from Tuesday on. Tomorrow’s hours in Canton are from noon to 7:30PM. After tomorrow both locations will have the following hours of operation:

  • Monday: 4-7:30PM
  • Tuesday: 4-7:30PM
  • Wednesday: 4-7:30PM
  • Thursday: 12-7:30PM
  • Friday: 12-7:30PM
  • Saturday: 12-6PM

You can find out more information about the Canton location on a special page located here.

Right now ten beers are available in Fort Point while six are in Canton but expect things to change as things settle down and they figure out the logistics out between both breweries so make sure to keep checking the availability page or their Twitter feed for updates.

The Canton brewery is located at 110 Shawmut Road, Canton, MA 02021.

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