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Most Anticipated Beers for the Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration 2017

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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 SessionBottle 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 SessionThis 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!

Tap Highlights 9/15/17

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!)

  • Branch Line (Watertown): Transient – Buckley (Imperial Stout)
  • Brewer’s Fork (Boston): Exhibit ‘A’ – Goody Two Shoes (Kolsch)
  • Brewer’s Tap & Table (Waltham): Deciduous – Flash  (Berliner)
  • Five Horses Tavern (Boston:) Lawson’s Brewing Company – Super Session #8 (IPA)
  • Ginger Man (Boston): Grimm – Double Negative (Imperial Stout)
  • Lulu’s (Allston): Maine Beer Company – Lunch (IPA)
  • Publick House (Brookline): Trillium – DDH Sleeper (IPA)
  • Tip Tap Room (Boston): Cascade – Bourbonic Plague (AWA)

Have a great weekend everyone!  Feel free to share your highs and lows out there.

-Dana

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.

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.

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