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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.

Widowmaker Brewing Coming to Braintree This Summer

Some fresh, big news out of Braintree came out this week as we’ve gotten word that Widowmaker Brewing will be coming to town later this summer, probably sometime around August.

With their pouring permit and restaurant license now secured, their plans to open their 70-seat taproom is now moving forward and the brewery will have a kitchen on-site as well as a rotating list of food trucks.

They’re expected to be able to brew up to 7 barrels of beer at a time and want to try and rotate 6 to 8 beers on tap at any given time. Among their beers will be Greenbush, a pale ale; Sens Lives, a blonde; Old Oaken Farmhouse, a saison; Donut Shop, a coffee stout; Ecstasy of Gold, an IPA, and 50-Year Storm, a double IPA. They will also have additional recipes to fall back on.

The brewery will be located at 220 Wood Road, Braintree, MA 02184 in a building that they share with the retailer Pure Hockey.

While they don’t have any final dates in mind yet, they’re looking to open at some point in August if all goes to plan. Stay tuned for more updates.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nov. 3rd 2016 News Roundup

As we enter the second to last month of the year, and the pumpkin beers disappear to make way for some of the bigger, cold weather beers, we’ve seen a lot of things happening in the craft beer scene over the past few days. We’ve been insanely busy on our end and haven not had sufficient time to cover everything but figured that we’d at least share some broader updates. Please find those very updates below:

  • “Night Shift Distributing Takes Flight” (Boston Globe)
  • “Two Roads Brewing to Open Second Facility” (Two Roads Brewing)
  • Mass Beer Week Kicks Off Friday November 4th (Beer Advocate)
  • Down the Road Brewing Releases New Beer: Patchwork Kilt (Boston Magazine)
  • “Backlash Is Building a Brewery in Roxbury” (Boston Magazine)
  • “Samuel Adams to release limited edition ‘Big Hapi’ beer in honor of David Ortiz” (Boston.com)
  • Don’t forget to check out our events page for additional events taking place in and around Boston. Also do not forget to follow us on social media for additional updates as well.

    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:

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    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.

    Most Anticipated Brews for the Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration

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    For those who may be unaware, one of the best beer festivals in the world is coming to City Hall Plaza in Downtown Boston in 2 weeks!

    The line up of brewers, both domestic and foreign, is arguably the best I have seen in the area since the heyday of the Shelton Brothers Festivals and for some strange reason, there are still tickets available to all sessions! (You can get yours now by visiting http://copenhagenbeerfest.com/)

    We at CBB HQ were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the beers being poured so if you have not grabbed yours yet, let me try to convince you why you need to attend by sharing a list of my most anticipated brews of the festival.

    Note that the list we were provided is subject to change and we do not know if these are bottle or draft pours.

    • Amager/Cigar City: Game of Arms – Both of these breweries definitely know their dark beers and I am very curious to know what an imperial licorice porter tastes like.
    • Angry Chair: German Chocolate Cupcake Stout – Hey look, it’s another Florida brewery getting a lot of hype for their adjunct stouts! Jokes aside, these guys deserve the attention and this is a rare chance to try one of their most sought after products without having to trade for it or get on a plane.
    • B. Nektar: Tuco-style Freakout – Some people who claim to not like mead are going to have their minds changed at this event. B. Nektar puts out some very innovative stuff and I think it is going to be hard to go wrong with a sour, orange blossom mead with agave, lime juice & zest.
    • Beavertown/Prairie: Bourbon Barrel Aged Spresso Coffee Imp  Stout – I had the pleasure of trying several Beavertown brews last time I was in the UK. Considering the combo with Prairie, who know their way around a coffee stout, this should be a winner.
    • Boneyard: Gueuze Cruise – Psyched to try any American take on a gueuze-style, blended wild ale
    • Brouwerij Kees: Caramel Fudge Stout – Hailing from the Netherlands, the name of this beer alone has me drooling a bit.
    • Cellarmaker: Batch 400 – Speaking of drooling, this is an imperial stout aged on cacao nibs, vanilla beans & dried figs, then blended with 1/3 of the total volume bourbon barrel aged stout.
    • Cigar City/The Answer: Good Nightmare Mekong – If you are sensing a trend of listing a lot of adjunct stouts, you are correct! This one is brewed with Vietnamese coffee and vanilla.
    • Cycle: Fixie – For a brewery known for their dark beers, I am curious to see how they handle an IPA.
    • Frederiksdal:  Sur Lie, Reserve and Rancio Vintage 2015 – I have never had the chance to try Danish Cherry wine, but do know how good their cherries are when used in lambics and wild ales.
    • Hill Farmstead: Arthur – Always a favorite, but let’s hope for some surprise rarities, as well!
    • Mikkeller: Spontan Quadruple Raspberry – I am a huge fan of the Spontan series’ take on fruited, spontaneous fermentation beers but they can be hard to pull the trigger on in stores due to the high cost.  A great chance to try some of the rarer versions!
    • Omnipollo: Bianca Raspberry Lassi Gose – These guys are so underrated.  Find out why with one of their delicious, fruited sours!
    • Oud Beersel: Bersalis Sourblend  – One of the OG lambic producers bringing some rarities from across the pond.
    • Siren: Bourbon Barrel Caribbean Choc Cake – Another boundry-pushing English brewery that has not gotten a lot of distro in the States. Very much worth checking out.
    • Superstition Meadery: – War Honey – Dry Hopped Lemon Mead from arguably the best meadery in the US ? Yes, please!
    • Three Floyds: Dark Lord – Incredibly rare to get a chance to try this former whale on the East Coast.  Here’s hoping they sneak in some of the variants!
    • Warpigs (Mikkeller & Three Floyds): Youreallyf*ckedmeup & Imreallyf*ckingfurious – Great name for an Imperial coffee & Vanilla stout, even better pedigree should make this one a must try.

     

    If you aren’t sold by anything on my list of highlights, keep in mind that it barely scratches the surface of all the great beer available at this fest and is by no means totally inclusive.  There will definitely be some surprises 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 fest this year, you can’t go wrong with Copenhagen.  Fantastic beer and mead that you cannot get easily, if at all, in the Boston area and all right in our own backyard.  Add  music from well-known bands like Los Lobos 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 23 & 24th now before they sell out at http://copenhagenbeerfest.com and we will see you there!

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