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Homefield Brewing Launches on Kickstarter

Homefield BrewingJonathan Cook, author at Beer Terrain, where he released a book that “uncovers the emerging farm-to-glass revolution on the New England and New York craft brewing scene.” needs your help! Earlier this evening he officially launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise some funds that enable him to hopefully open a brewery on the property of the historic Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, Massachusetts.

Their target funding goal on Kickstarter is of $7,000, have already raised nearly $450 as I write this, and offer eleven different tiers for people to choose from on the page, the cheapest starting at $10 and the biggest one at $5,000.

This is not the team’s first foray into brewing as they’ve partnered with both Rapscallion Brewery in Sturbridge, MA and Wormtown Brewery in Worcester to make 900 gallon batches of beer known as ‘Homefield’ in the past, with a fourth batch planned for released in early May via Rapscallion. And in a continued effort to brew using local ingredients, they plan on continuing to source their malt from Valley Malt in Hadley, MA and their hops from Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA.

You can find out more about their plans on their Kickstarter page over here.

Wormtown Brewery Celebrates 5 Years; Rebrands & Opens New Brewery March 17th

Wormtown BreweryMarch has been a very busy month for breweries across Massachusetts. Down the Road Brewing announced their impending launch, Medusa Brewing had their grand opening this weekend and now Wormtown Brewery is not only celebrating their 5th birthday later this month, but will also be rebranding themselves with a new logo. They will also be opening their new brewing space and taproom.

The new taproom will be opening on Tuesday March 17th to coincide with the brewery’s 5th birthday, and will feature ten beers on draft as well as live music courtesy of The Voice’s finalist Sam James who just so happened to hail from Worcester. The draft list of their grand opening will feature the following beers:

  • Birthday Brew #5 (Triple IPA)
  • Be Hoppy IPA (American IPA)
  • Bottle Rocket (American Pale Ale)
  • 7 Hills Session Ale (Session Ale)
  • Irish Red Ale (Amber/Irish Ale)
  • Buddha’s Juice (Double IPA)
  • C-Session IPA (American IPA)
  • Homefield 3 (American Pale Ale)
  • Citron Wit (Witbier)
  • Pratt’s Strong Ale (English Strong Ale)

Much like you’d expect, growlers will also be available for fills and they will also have light snacks available as well as merchandise. There’s been no word on capacity as of yet but expect a very busy day for them despite the opening falling on a weekday. They will be open from noon to 9PM that day.

The new brewery is located at 72 Shrewsbury St. Unit 4, Worcester MA 01604.

What Hit the Shelves This Week

Below is our weekly list of various beers that hit the shelves in and around Boston this week:

Brewery Beer Style
Avery Brewing Company The Kaiser Oktoberfest / Märzen
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA American IPA
Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille IV Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille V Cense Saison / Farmhouse Ale
BrewFist Spaghetti Western Russian Imperial Stout
Coronado Brewing Company 18th Anniversary Imperial / Double IPA
Green Flash Brewing Co. Green Bullet Triple IPA
Jack’s Abby Brewing Hopstitution XPL #5 (BAM!) Pale Lager
Maine Beer Company A Tiny Beautiful Something American Pale Ale
Maine Beer Company Lunch American IPA
Maine Beer Company Red Wheelbarrow American Ameber / Red Ale
Mikkeller Jackie Brown American Brown Ale
The Lost Abbey Angel’s Share Bourbon-Barrel Aged American Strong Ale
Trillium Brewing Lineage Wheat Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Night Shift Brewing Sour Tea Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Peak Organic Brewing Co. Hop Harvest Oktoberfest Oktoberfest / Märzen
Woodchuck Cidery Cellar Series: Mint Cider
Wormtown Brewing Be Hoppy American IPA
Wormtown Brewing Hopulence Double / Imperial IPA

What Hit The Shelves This Week

Happy Friday everyone! Below is our weekly list of various beers that hit the shelves this week in and around Boston this week:

Brewery Beer Style
Allagash Saison Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Against the Grain 35K Milk / Sweet Stout
Against the Grain Citra Ass Down American IPA
BrewDog Paradox Jura Imperial Stout
Cisco Cranberry Woods American Wild Ale
Clown Shoes Billionaire English Barleywine
Enlightenment Ales Song of Myself American IPA
Evil Twin Double Barrel Jesus American Imperial Stout
Evil Twin Femme Fatale Blanc American IPA
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break (Bourbon) American Imperial Stout
Evil Twin Table Beer Czech Pilsner
Evil Twin / Crooked Stave Ryan and the Gosling American Pale Ale
Idle Hands Brewing Patriarch Patersbier
Jack’s Abby Brewing Hopstitution XPL #3 (Calyptra) Pale Lager
Left Hand Brewing Wake Up Dead Nitro Russian Imperial Stout
Long Trail Brewing Company Limbo IPA American IPA
Maine Beer Company A Tiny Beautiful Something American Pale Ale
Mystic Brewing Sauterneal Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Notch Brewing Left of the Dial IPA American IPA
Stillwater Artisanal Ales Brontide Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Tröegs LaGrave Belgian Tripel
Tröegs Sunshine Pils German Pilsner
Victory DirtWolf Imperial IPA
Wormtown Be Hoppy American IPA
Wormtown Hopulence Double / Imperial IPA
Wormtown Mass Whole Hefeweizen

Also don’t forget to check out this evening’s weekly tastings. And just in case we might have missed anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

What Hit The Shelves This Week

Happy Friday everyone! Here’s a list of various beers that hit the shelves this week in and around Boston:

Brewery Beer Style
Anderson Valley Brewing Spring Hornin’ American IPA
Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout American Stout
Beer Works Pale Ale² Double Pale Ale
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven La Trappe Jubilaris Belgian Pale Ale
Clown Shoes Space Cake Imperial IPA
Finch’s Beer Company Pig in the Wood Imperial Red Ale
Great Divide Brewing Claymore Scotch Ale Wee Heavy
Great Divide Brewing Lasso American IPA
Meantime Brewing Coffee Porter Porter
Narragansett Brewing Company Imperial Russian Stout Russian Imperial Stout
Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA American IPA
Slumbrew My Better Half Cream Ale
Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale Wheat Wine
Stone Brewing Old Guardian American Barleywine
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn Meine Porter Weisse Weizenbock
Weyerbacher Heresy Russian Imperial Stout
Weyerbacher Verboten Belgian Pale Ale
Wormtown Brewing Buddha’s Juice Imperial IPA
Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta Herbed/Spieced Beer

Also don’t forget to check out this evening’s Weekly Tastings. Did we miss anything else? If so feel free to let us know.

Wormtown Brewery To Expand, Start Canning

Wormtown Brewery logoWorcester-based Wormtown Brewery have just announced that they will be moving to a new location within about six months time and will be taking over a location which previously was an ice-cream shop over at 72 Shrewsbury Street. This is the results of consistent growth over the course of the last three years where they’ve been regularly selling out despite not distributing to the entire state yet. The move will enable them to triple their production capacity and will also enable them to give out tours and do growler fills, something that they aren’t able to do presently.

Furthermore, they will also start canning their beers, something that they’ve done a bit of since October. Considering that 95% of their current sales come from draft beers, canning will play a huge part in their growth strategy over the course of the next couple of years as they continue to expand. They’ve been partnering with Iron Heart Canning, a mobile canning service which will enable them to can up to 400 cases of beer and they’ve announced that their long-term goal will be to try and have six packs available in stores by 2015.

And more good news coming to their fans as they’re scheduling to release their newest beer, an American stout known as MassWhole Stout, which like all of their beers features local ingredients and, in this case, grains from Valley Malt in Hadley and hops from North Star Farms in Northfield. That beer should be arriving any day now and many look forward to yet another one of their creations.

Fall To Winter Beer Festival Recap

Boston has quite a few local beer festival every year, from the ones at the Armory in Somerville or at the Seaport World Trade Center. This time around, it was at Space 57 at the edge of the Theater District that we headed on a wonderful, fall evening for the first of three sessions of the Fall to Winter Festival.

The organizers of this event, Drink Craft Beer, did a wonderful job gathering not only local breweries but local businesses as well. From delicious Roxy grilled cheeses to Grillo pickles and Union Square Donut goodies, our stomachs were kept quite satisfied as we made our way from table to table to sample some of the 80+ available brews.

One thing that stood out, as I had somewhat anticipated, is the presence of not one, not two but five (!) speciality cideries present at the event. Harpoon also poured some of their cider as well. So if beer isn’t your thing.. well… what the hell are you doing at a beer festival.

@BostonTweet (left) and I at the festival

So all of the beers and ciders came from VT, ME, CT and MA. It was all local and everything was pretty damn tasty. Most of the pours weren’t hop-centric and it was more of a malt-heavy and barrel-aged beer kind of night. Lots of porters, stouts and a few experimental ones as well. Jack’s Abby poured a cinnamon and nutmeg version of their barrel-aged Smoke & Dagger which was outstanding as was Wormtown Brewing‘s Sweet Tats stout. Night Shift Brewing had some gems in there as well like their Fallen Apple and Chinooknation and Harpoon did something unique: they poured 50% of their cider with 50% of their Winter Warmer which they called an ‘apple pie’ and which was delicious.

One big surprise there was a fairly recent newcomer to the scene: High Horse Brewing out of Amhrest. They presented four very different beer and on top of that had a cask ale available as well. Their latter was a smoked ale which was finished with some maple syrup. Really tasty stuff. Smuttynose also had some interesting beers like their red wine barrel-finished scotch ale which was great. All in all, there was a fantastic selection of very unique beers from a lot of various breweries, small and big. A lot of them weren’t afraid of experimenting either or putting a unique twist on their beers. Much like Berkshire Brewing Company did when you asked for their ‘secret’ beer which was one of their beers finished with some vanilla syrup of sorts. It was great.

Scott B. (left) and I tearing into our grilled cheeses. Photo credit: BostonDotCom.

And to top things off, the food available was great. From the free Grillo’s pickle spears (mustard or beer pickles) to the Union Square Donut’s maple bacon donut (!) and Roxy’s grilled cheese sandwiches, it was all very tasty. The people were great, the space was great (although a tad small as things got busy) and my only two negatives for the evening was that while we got in line before 6PM, we didn’t actually get in until almost 6:25PM even though the event was scheduled to start at 6PM. It took a long time, this despite the fact that EventBrite’s app makes it super quick to scan tickets via the mobile app… Oh and my other complaint was that Wormtown Brewing’s Norm coconut stout wasn’t available despite being listed on the site. I was bummed. But these minor complaints aside, everything was pretty great, and good times were had. I hope this is an annual thing.

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