** The hop, that is. Not the beer of the same name.
*** By "now" I mean "Thursday, when we're open."
Hello, friends! It's that time of the week when we tell you what's what for the end of the week and man oh man do we have a weekend for you! On Thursday, we're startin' off the weekend with the release of Big Boots Brew - a hoppy wheat brewed by and/or for the ladies.*
Jimbo is a classy lady who always brushes her hair
And if that (plus the pizza we'll be servin') weren't enough for you, we're kickin' things up a crank and gettin' all y'all a cask for the second dang ol' week in a row! Whilst mourning the loss of our beloved Idaho 7 saison, we wondered aloud why in heck we didn't just dump a crapload of that delicious Idaho 7 goodness** into a cask of Wasted Life. And then, wonder of wonders, we did that thing I just said! And now*** it's ready for you to drink! So you should come do that! Before it runs out!
The only time we'll ever tell you what sort of magic goes into Wasted Life
And that there cask (and, of course, the delicious hoppy wheat that we'll have in much larger quantity) is liable to last until Friday when we've got some sort of ill-defined condiment-themed situation in conjunction with Bonetown Burgers! And since most of y'all tend to be fans of bones, towns, and/or burgers, you should probably come "scope out" the "scene!"
You best bring your appetites for DESTRUCTION!!
Speaking of meats, on Saturday we're bringin' in new-to-the-scene Deviant Jerky for some good time popup style action that'll be sure to put a tingle on your tastebuds!
We love us summa that fancy jerky we always carry, but sometimes you gotta branch out, make sure it's all tasty, ya know?
As an added benefit, for your viewing pleasure we have finally installed that art that we were all excited about several weeks ago!
And it is gonna trip you out while you try and beat your high score on pinball
And while we're on the topic of delightful works of art, this weekend is just about your last chance to submit an entry to this month's coloring contest (technically it ends next Friday, but this is the last full weekend), so if you got your eye on a sweet swag bag that we'll make up on the spot, come on in and get your crayon on!
Adequate art, by people that are sorta drunk
* Hey girl, we got just what you're looking for: tasty brews and a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Awww yeah.
** The hop, that is. Not the beer of the same name.
*** By "now" I mean "Thursday, when we're open."
Hello again! We've once again endured another "storm of the century" that ended up being "kind of disappointing*" and we're kickin' things back into high gear and gettin' ready to bring the fun times for your enjoy this weekend!
Things get kickin' on Thursday, when - in addition to our usual delicious Sillari's pizza - we'll be tappin' a cask! Come Out and Play has been sittin' full o' dry hops and waiting patiently for this day, so you'd best come out and get it while the gettin's good!**
And once again on Friday we got Roadie's Diner comin' through with some delicious sandwich action! This is the third of three consecutive Fridays that we're hosting them, so it's your last chance for a little while to grab one o' them steak sandwiches (and take my word for it, you do want to try that sandwich if you haven't already).
Get the choripan and the cubano and the chivito and the tostones and a platter too probably
Friday also happens to be one of the bigger drinkin' days of the year, and while we love a good pint o' Guinness as much as the next person, we ain't puttin' up much of a fuss over here on Norman Street. We'll have tasty food and fresh beers flowing all night, but - much like our NYE "party" - we'll be playin' it pretty low-key. So if you wanna go out and have a few beers without being surrounded by too many of the more, er, "green" drinkers out there, we're here for ya!
And if you're really hankerin' for somethin' green-themed, mayhaps give our newest IPA a try?
And! And! On Saturday we've got newcomer (to us, anyway) Sach Ko comin' through with some Asian street food, which - I'm told - will somehow involve meats on a stick (one of the superior ways to eat meats, if we're being honest).
And while we're howlin' about Fun and Tasty Things, we're gearin' up for yet another awesome festival! Melrose Beer & Bites is coming up in a few short weeks, and tickets are now available! The price includes unlimited tastings from over a dozen local breweries plus free snacks! Jared and Jimbo will be there pouring for both sessions, so if you missed the opportunity to heckle 'em this past weekend, step on it!
* Though it did knock out our power and screw up our whole production schedule, which is fun.
** The last cask we had on almost made it to Friday evening. We don't expect that to be the norm (it was our First Ever, so there was more hoopla than usual), but it's a useful point of reference.
Oh hi there! How are you? We're great, thanks - things have been going swimmingly these days: this month's coloring contest already has a stack of entries, contributions to Hot Sauce Nation are so numerous they need to be carried around in a crate, and we got a handful o' casks* conditioning away!
Waaaarrrriiiioooorrrrrssss, come out and plaaaayyyy! Or at least doodle up our new colorin' page!
Anyone up for hot sauce flights?
On top of all that, we've got new beers in the pipeline for you! We had a whole bunch o' inconveniently-sized bags of miscellaneous hops (a few ounces here, a partial pound there) and we got tired of counting them in our inventory every month so we took that mishmash o' hops and flung 'em everywhere we could think of (in the kettle, in the fermentor, in the air ducts. Wherever) and then dumped a bunch of other shit in there (as in, all those other ingredients that are supposed to go into a beer) and called it a day (well, we also called it Green Smoothie). The end result is a party for your tastebuds as all them hop flavors vie for your attention: citrusy, earthy, piney, herbal, pithy notes of stonefruit, the works. Come drink it this weekend (or next weekend as you try and stay as far away from Southie as possible)! Voila, etc!
We couldn't recreate this beer if we wanted to, so come and enjoy this aromatic shitshow while it's here!
And as if that ain't enough hops for ya, here's an extra nugget of feel goods: for International Women's Day (which happens to be today), Jimbo got asked by the the Pink Boots Society (a global organization for lady brewers everywhere!) to participate in this year's Big Boots Brew! She'll be riffin' off the given recipe to create a tasty lil' hoppy wheat all her own. On tap towards the end of the month!
If you're gonna take one selfie a year it might as well have expensive hoses in the background
And! And! We're expanding our cold snack selection to include some delightful snackables from Cauldron Fermented Foods! These guys have been making the porter mustard for our soft pretzels since day one, and their dilly beans will make some top notch bar snacks! To celebrate the introduction of their eats to our taproom, the fine folks from Cauldron are swingin' through our taproom this Saturday with a whole host o' fermented foods for you to try!
And if you can't wait that long to drink our beer and/or eat some things, we'll be at ONCE/Cuisine En Locale for that taco party tomorrow (we believe the event is sold out, so if you grabbed a ticket in time, we'll see you there)!
Lastly but not leastly, we bring you some eagerly-awaited** Updates From The Production Floor: we've learned to navigate around our new tanks whilst sustaining only minor injuries, but they're still not in service yet. The building's electrician told us that things would be put in motion on "Monday," which sounds... sadly familiar.*** But that's okay!**** We got plenty of other stuff to keep ourselves busy in the meantime, so we gon' keep on keepin' on!
Specifically, we'll keep on staring into the shiny stainless abyss, clutching the bruises we got on our hips from walking into those sample valves all the damn time
We're up to a lot these days and can't write enough sassy nonsense to do it all justice! Here's the shortlist of all the Fun Times we've got goin' on for March, in and out of the taproom:
Thursday 3/9 Mass Hysteria Beer & Taco Fiesta @ ONCE Somerville 7-10pm
Friday 3/10 Roadies Diner food truck 5-10pm
Saturday 3/11 Cauldron Fermented Foods Pop Up 2-8pm
Sunday 3/12 Hyper Local Craft Beer Fest @ Kappy's Medford 2-5pm
Thursday 3/16 Come Out and Play cask release (taproom only) 3-11pm
Friday 3/17 Roadies Diner food truck 5-10pm
Saturday 3/18 Sach Ko food truck 2-8pm
Thursday 3/23 Wasted Life IPA cask release (taproom only) 3-11pm
Friday 3/24 Bonetown Burgers food truck 5-10pm
Friday 3/31 Tasting and growler pop up @ CBC Belmont 5-7pm
* Though for reasons related to our own health, we will probably never put a double IPA on cask again.
** Not really.
*** For those of you who didn't follow our excruciatingly slow progress before we opened, it seems that "Monday" is Contractor Code for "probably never."
**** Sort of. Not really.
Howdy all! It's been a big ol' week this week full of eventful events and forward motion on our Big Plans, so we'll cut the shuck and jive and get on with the ramblin'!
This past Monday we passed the half-year anniversary of this dang ol' taproom bein' open and we just could not be more chuffed! In true Bone Up Style, we celebrated by realizing at the last minute and then pretty much just getting on with business as usual.
But! It just to happens that business as usual brought forth some unusual business in the form of an entirely-coincidental semi-anniversary present: those new fermentors we've been talking about nonstop for months! They're here! They're so cute and stubby! Look at them! Look at them.
Bells! Whistles! Standard features!
Each crate was roughly the size of a North End apartment
Oh my god it's made of metal
So much awe, even more wonder (specifically, wondering where the hell this thing would fit)
According to the owner of QTS, these are the tanks "everyone wants to adopt and take home because they're so tiny and cute."
Admittedly, it'll still be a little while before they're up and running, but nevermind that for now. We got shiny tanks! Just like a real brewery!* This is a huge step forward for us in terms of being able to make more beer more consistently (both in terms of consistent process and consistent final product), and it's a harbinger of a blissful future day when our behind-the-scenes brewery tours aren't mostly comprised of apologizing.
A Jimbo for scale next to our bitty bitty brite
And as an additional coincidental half anniversary present, we got some kickass new art for the taproom! It's been a goal of ours for a while to showcase the talents of local artists, and we're startin' strong with some works from Ricardo Pereira! In addition to the sweet Horatio painting you see below, we'll also be showcasing some of his other works (which will be available for sale if you so desire) as soon as we figure out how to hang them up without ruining our walls or the pieces themselves!
Despite what the picture might suggest, Horatio isn't wearing blush in the actual painting.
And on the off chance that you haven't had enough of us retroactively deciding that things are "anniversary related," we've got a special food popup comin' up this Saturday! We're gettin' our s'mores game back in action and we're bustin' out the big guns: Sweet Lydia's is puttin' on a spread from 2-8pm! If you're in the mood for all the gourmet s'mores, marshmallows, and candy bars your facehole can handle, you'd best get yourself over here before they sell out!
Not actual size (probably). One can dream!
And in the event that your tastes swing more towards savory, we got you covered! On Thursday we've got pizza from Sillari's (as is our custom), on Friday we're hosting the Roadies Diner truck from 5-10 (in the first installment of the Month of the Sandwich), and on Saturday and Sunday we'll be slingin' pretzels from Fat Boyfriend until they sell out!
And if that weren't enough for ya, we've got a new beer coming out this weekend! Jimbo's had a hankerin' to make a Warrior single hop as of late,** so we done brewed up this little beast for you! And based on our rigorous sensory analysis,*** we have determined that this beer is quite a treat! Burstin' with notes of orange candy and light whiffs of dried herbs,**** Come Out and Play is one of the more interesting singles we've put in front of you yet. On tap Thursday at 3pm!
And! And! We've got another cask coming your way, and it's a doozy! Though it's sold out in the taproom, we've got a pin of The Monarch sittin' pretty over at Maverick Cafe. Jared will be there tomorrow (Thursday) night pouring, and you should go and say hello! The cask gets tapped at 7pm, and once it's sold out it's gone forever!
Lastly but not leastly, it's a special time of the month around here: time to announce the winner(s) of our monthly coloring book contest!
Our honorable mentions: Nicole, Ashley, and Corey! Come on in for a prize!
Second place: Victor! Come on in for your prize and to reclaim the throne for March!
And our winner for February: Michelle! Come on in to claim your prizes!
The March coloring page starts this weekend!
* Considering the... bare bones tanks we're currently using, most of what we're giddily squealing about is tantamount to getting excited about a car with seat belts.
** Mostly (entirely) for the name.
*** Drinking warm, uncarbonated tank samples when we're finishing up work at 2am.
**** The ones in your spice cabinet, that is. Not, like, "herbal in a Jamaican sense."
Well hey there! Another Presidents Day Weekend has come and gone and we celebrated just like the Founding Fathers intended (by getting a great deal on a new or used Toyota) - it was a heck of a weekend, and we got the holes in our draft list to prove it (we're down to "only" eight beers on tap).
And flights still lookin' handsome as ever!
While we did shed a single tear in farewell for some of our beloved favorites on tap, we've got some good news! Our friends down at Maverick Cafe commissioned a cask of The Monarch back when it was still but a gleam in our eyes, and now that cask is ready for action! So if you're lookin' for a Monarch fix - especially one with extra dry hops* - swing on by Maverick Cafe on Thursday March 2!
It's gon' be good
Speaking of beer and/or foods and/or weekends, our new friends at Roadie's Diner weren't able to make it last week due to some sort of truck-related issue, so they decided to make it up to us by showin' up pretty much every dang Friday in March! So now March is apparently the Month of the Cuban Sandwich down here at Bone Up, which of course means you should swing on by (ideally laden with a contribution to Hot Sauce Nation) and get your grub on! And as a snacktacular, spectacular appetizer, we'll be rockin' with Bonetown Burgers this Friday in the taproom!
And what a sandwich it is
And while we're on the subject of things that got cancelled/postponed because of Problems, we're doing a tasting at Wine Press in Brookline this Thursday! For real this time! Unless we get a foot of snow again!
And while we're on the subject of tastings, we got invited to a taco fiesta in Somerville! On Thursday, 3/9, we'll be slingin' beers and tacos with Exhibit 'A', Brazo Fuerte, and Lamplighter Brewing at Cuisine en Locale from 7-11 to the dulcet sounds of Keytar Bear, all while raising money to benefit the new Somerville Pet Food Bank. Woo! Good causes! Tacos! Get your tickets here: Mass Hysteria: Local Beer and Taco Fiesta
As always, we are both honored and confused to be invited places
* Before you ask: I don't remember what we used.
Howdy, campers! It's been a hell of a week what with the snow and the falafel and more snow that indirectly caused a visit from the fire department,* but we persist! Ain't no weather gonna stop us from doin' what we do (which, thankfully, has involved a lot of snacking as of late).
And speaking of snacks, we have news! Hot sauce news! After much preparation,** we're ready to announce the start of Hot Sauce Nation! The details, presented in convenient*** Q&A format:
What's the deal here?
It's a community supported hot sauce club! Basically, we're building a big collection of hot sauce and we want to share the bounty but we ain't here to support moochers. So if you want summa dat spicy action, you gotta contribute!
How do I sign up?
Easy peasy! Just bring in a bottle of hot sauce (something good, not some bullshit you got at the gas station. Anybody who brings Tabasco will be sassed until our throats are sore), we'll give you a membership card, and you're on your way to Flavor Towne!
Pictured: Flavor Towne.
What's the point of all this?
We've been servin' up more food in the taproom these days, and it doesn't all come with hot sauce. We're aiming to fix that!
Is this just a ploy for you guys to get free hot sauce?
Not really. We'll definitely be dippin' in from time to time, but odds are this'll be primarily staff-supported (we got a few bottles to start things off, then we got excited and ate most of them).
And speaking of spices, this Friday starting at 5:30 we're hosting relative newcomers to the Boston food truck scene, Roadies Diner! We're unfamiliar with their eats as of yet, but they specialize in Latin American sammiches and we've been hearin' some solid reviews, so we suggest you swing on through and get your grub on so's you can decide for your dang self!
We plan to move clockwise around the menu until there ain't no more menu.
And for your sippin' pleasure (possibly to pair with the aforementioned sandwiches, assuming it lasts that long), we'll be tappin' our first official cask this Thursday! We've had a pin of Chance conditioning in the corner for these past few weeks and she's finally ready to rock! Unless of course we did something wrong, which is entirely possible because we've never done this before. But never you mind that, we're keepin' our Optimism Pants on and the tappening shall proceed as planned! Probably!
And if that all weren't enough for y'all, this Sunday we're bringin' Fat Boyfriend Bakery back through for some brunch action, and this time it's French Toast Day! So put on your best elastic waist pants and shuffle on in, 'cause we're gonna gorge ourselves silly just like god intended!
That's all the toppings we could fit in the square. There may be more. We get carried away sometimes.
As for the fabulous Land of Production: things are a bit still for the time being, but not for long! We just heard that our new fermentors are "entering inspection," which means they should be gettin' packed and shipped next week! Then all we need to do is finish a jillion things to get them in service (including but not limited to getting more power in the building), then we'll be ready to rock out and get on with the brewin'!
* Long story.
** Mostly waiting for membership cards to arrive in the mail.
*** Easier to write.
Hello again! We are, as always, hard at work bringin' you the delicious drinks and tasty treats and buckets of chuckles, and this week's gon' be a doozy!
Thursday We've got three - that's right, three - beer releases for you! And if you're in a snackin' mood, we'll (as always) have slices from Sillari's!
What beers are we releasing, you ask? First off is that strong ale* we've been talkin' about for a little while now - Beer of Truth! We also decided to mix it up on the single hop front in order to bring you Idaho 7** Single Hop Saison! And last but far from least, a beer an an oft-requested (yet still somehow underappreciated) style, Lawbringer Session Brown!
Part Belgian Strong, part English Barleywine, part glassful of nap, the Beer of Truth will shine its light upon you and reveal what you are truly made of (odds are, it will reveal that you are made of somebody who really wants pizza right now).
We're takin' a quick interlude from the pale ale series to bring you this tasty little beast: this here's a straight up saison with a little wheat and a whole lotta Idaho 7 hops!
It's a brown ale. It's brown. But seriously though, we like to keep somethin' malty, dry, and a little roasty kickin' around, so we brewed up this humble lil' ale!
Speaking of beers and Thursday, if you've got a hankerin' to get your growler on but don't feel like swingin' on through Everett, we'll be at Wine Press in Brookline from 6-8 pourin' two of our new beers (Idaho 7 and Lawbringer) plus two old favorites (Extra Naked and Shut Up Kelly!).
They were silly enough to invite us back
Saturday, Chubby Chickpea is swingin' through the taproom from 2-8! We'll admit we're not as familiar with their menu as we should be (though that's gonna change right soon), but we've seen their dishes make Falafel Believers outta a skeptic or two, so we're hella pumped! And on top of that, we'll be slingin' pretzels with beer cheese and mustard all day (until they sell out - and we've started ordering more to prevent that from happening by three in the dang afternoon every day).
Oh man are we excited to get our falafel on
Sunday is a normal-ass Sunday around here, which means pretzels and cupcakes and beer - usually accompanied by the dulcet tones of thrash metal being played softly in the background - so come on by and get your relax on!
Mayhaps spend it doodlin' away on our latest coloring page like the grown-ass adult you are
As for notes from the production floor, we figured we'd clear the air a bit about this whole "cask situation" that we "have on listed our blackboard" and "keep getting asked about" because we've "provided no substantive information." Well, the short version is that we're in the process of introducing beer on cask (which you probably could have guessed already), and the long version is that it's been in real, actual motion for a little over a week now but it still kinda looks like nothing's happened because it takes a couple weeks for casks to get ready. So. We're aiming to start on the slow side as we work out the kinks and/or gauge interest (and/or find a better place to mount our beer engine, and/or acquire a beer engine instead of just borrowing Randy's), which means we'll be throwin' on a pin once a month or so - tapping on Thursday and removing from service when it kicks or when the weekend ends (casks get kinda nasty if they're on tap for longer). So keep your eyes peeled - we've got Chance*** in a cask, and we're aimin' to tap that mamma jamma next week!
Here's a picture of it so you know we ain't pullin' your leg
* The more eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that we were previously referring to it as a barleywine. Long story short: this beer really brought out our yeast's Belgian heritage (not unlike how people who used to have regional accents will gain them back when they start drinkin'), so we figured this was a more fitting style name.
** This hop was apparently renamed to "007: The Golden Hop" but we like the old name better.
*** The main reason we chose this beer as our First Official Cask is that we're pretty sure one of our cellarmen (hi Ben!) would have cried if we didn't.
Well hey there! It's that time of week again and we're here to help you get hip to the haps on tap (oh god I'm so sorry) around these parts.
First off, word on the street is there's some sort of big sporting event this weekend (truth be told, we're not terribly big hockey fans), but we ain't gonna let that slow us down! Lined up for this week we've got a beer release and pizza and fancy cookies and burgers and brunch and coloring and some exciting ideas that involve hot sauce.* Here's the scoop:
If he had a third thumb he'd be usin' it!
Thursday we're once again loadin' up on Sillari's Pizza, and this time we're releasing a beer to go with it!** That's right, Chance - our chipotle and peppercorn milk stout, made in the memory of a dearly departed doggo - comes out this week! So if you wanna be The First To Try, swing by on Thursday after three!
Instantly loveable with a little sass thrown in!
Friday is a pretty regular Friday at Home Base (i.e. we'll have nine-ish beers on draft and good times will abound, but that's pretty much the standard these days). BUT, we'll be schleppin' a case of growlers out to CBC Belmont for a tasting from 5-7! So if you don't feel like makin' the trek all the way out to Everett to get some of that Bone Up goodness (including our damn fine double IPA that just came out), come on by!
Props to anyone who makes this a multi-course meal.
Saturday we're bringin' back the snacks, and we're bringin' 'em hard. We've got Boston Bonbon comin' through the taproom for some beer and cookie pairings, and if you want some savory before you get to that sweet, Bonetown Burgers will be parked right outside! Plus, as always, we'll be slingin' soft pretzels until we sell out!
Put on just for you and totally not because we're craving biscuits.
Sunday is brunch day, and we're bringin' Fat Boyfriend back around to provide the eats! So whether you're preppin' for the Big Game, planning on hiding from it (a gentle reminder: we don't have a TV here), or simply recovering from Extreme Beer Fest, come on by and enjoy some of these treats we got for you!
But enough about sippin' suds and snackin', we promised you tales from the production floor, so we're gonna tell some tales, starting with that Big Expansion that we oh-so-blithely mentioned last week..
People keep asking us, "Are you guys expanding? I heard you were expanding. What's the deal with that anyway?" And the answer to the first part of that is a resounding "hell yes!", though to even semi-regular readers of this here blog (and/or anybody that's spoken to us in person in the past two months) the details are gonna seem a tad anticlimactic (in the sense that this probably isn't "news" to you). In short: we're in the process of expanding our fermentation capacity by fifty whole percent! How are we doing this, you ask? By buying a bunch of equipment (mostly shiny new fermentors) we can only sort of afford! It's also worth noting that we're not expanding our actual physical space at the moment (that's a different topic for a different time), so we're doin' what we do best: taking an already-crowded space and crammin' more shit into it! Should be fun!
So what does this mean for you, the devotees of our delicious drafts (and/or the people who skim through our blog when they're supposed to be working)? Well mostly it means we'll be able to actually follow through on our stated goals for the year (which, for the uninitiated, are roughly "More. More! More of everthang!") - more hours for the taproom,*** more distribution (i.e. we'll be on draft at more than three places. Hopefully), more (any) festivals, and so on. So basically we're gonna start being more like a "real brewery" and less like a "place with weird hours in an abandoned-looking building." This is all gonna take some time to get in place, of course (since nothing moves as quickly as we'd like it to around here), but things are in motion! We're due to get our tanks delivered in "late January," and the electrical upgrade we need should be done "definitely before February," so things should be rampin' up any day now!
And speakin' of rampin' up, you guys brought it during January's coloring contest! We received 63 completed entries (compared to like 15 the month before) and had one hell of a hard time narrowing down the finalists.****
But narrow it down we did! We got our winners all picked out and everything! But before we get to that, we've to get through some runners up. And! For this month only (probably), we have a Last Place entry, which goes to Kelly (yes, that Kelly). But we're not even gonna bother posting that one (you're welcome), so let's get to the Honorable Mentions, presented in no particular order...
First off is last month's winner, Victor, who had a solid shot at gettin' the gold again this month, until he succumbed to The Curse of El Pulpo and didn't finish coloring.
Next we have John, who wins "Best Unsettling Alternate-Universe Horatio." (Though Long Lashes Horatio by Andrea was a close contender for this surprisingly popular cagtegory)
And how could we forget our award for "Best Use of Alternate Media," which goes to Cora Curtis, who tried to eat her drawing instead of coloring it (the scan doesn't do it justice but she got through a solid corner of that page).
Hot on her heels, we have the coveted award for "Best Use of Space Pretzels," which goes to Olivia.
Last but not least, since many of the entries were fairly by-the-book, we have "Best Straightforward Entry" which goes to Corey whose last name I really should know because I worked with him for like three years.
And, since we had so many good entries this month, we've got a friggin' tie for second place! We couldn't decide between these entries by Sarah and Brooke, respectively, so we're throwin' 'em both in! Congrats, ladies - you're both almost winners in our book.
And now, the moment you've been waiting for all month...
This month's winner: Adrienne!*****
And if you did make the cut (here's lookin' at you, Adrienne, Sarah, Brooke, Corey, Olivia, Cora (Pinball Mitch acceptable), John, and Victor), swing on by the bar and ask for Jimbo or Jared, so's you can see us scramble to try and make up a prize on the spot.
We had a hell of a tough time judging, and we feel like there are a bunch that deserve recognition (many of which can be seen in the slideshow below), but we ain't made of prize packs, so if you didn't make the cut, there's a new contest starting this week
Aaaand last but not least here's a quick roundup of all the cool shit we've got lined up for the next couple of weekends (and, as always, we have soft pretzels from Fat Boyfriend Bakery on Saturdays and Sundays):
Thu 2/2 Pizza Thursday w/Sillari's Pizza
Thu 2/2 Chance Stout Beer Release
Thu 2/2 February Coloring Contest begins!
Fri 2/3 CBC Belmont Tasting and Growler Pop-Up
Sat 2/4 Boston Bonbon Macaron and Beer Pairing
Sat 2/4 Bonetown Burgers Food Truck
Sun 2/5 Beer Brunch w/Fat Boyfriend Bakery
Thu 2/9 Pizza Thursday w/Sillari's Pizza
Thu 2/9 Wine Press Brookline Tasting and Growler Pop-Up
Sat 2/11 Chubby Chickpea Pop Up
Fri 2/17 Roadies Diner Food Truck
Sun 2/19 Brioche French Toast Pop Up w/Fat Boyfriend Bakery
* We'll spare you the details until we get things a bit more set in stone, but if you're lookin' for the Inside Scoop then you'd best ask Jared or Jimbo about Hot Sauce Nation.
** The beer isn't specifically made to go with pizza per se, but let's be serious here. It's pizza.
*** We don't have a huge number of people wandering into the production area and trying to buy beer from us while we're brewing, but it happens often enough that we'd like to address the situation.
**** There was a fair amount of pacing involved.
**** Adrienne didn't see fit to include any sort of contact info, so if you happen to know her, maybe spread the word?
Hello friends! Welcome back! It's been a snacktacular week around here, and we're keepin' this delicious party rollin' by bringin' in a bunch more treats for you to eat and drink!
And what better way to kick things off than by being open another dang day out the week so's we can serve you pizza! Relative newcomer (to us, anyway) Sillari's Pizza up in Malden managed to impress* the heck out of us with what they have to offer (and frankly, some of their ideas for future foods sound straight-up incredible), so we gon' fire up the warmer and start us some Pizza Thursdays!
Pizza and beer. Got it? Got it.
And hot on the heels of that, we've got the ladies from Jaju Pierogi comin' through on Friday to do what they do best (hint: it involves butter). Have you ever eaten so much that you feel kinda gross, but you're still kinda proud of yourself? We did that the last time they came through. Twice. In one night.
So we're thinkin' this is gonna be a pretty solid evening.
In the midst of all this pierogi anticipation, we almost forgot to mention we'll have a new beer on tap this weekend! Remember that double IPA we were crowing about a couple weeks back? No? That's cool. We've been busy whispering sweet nothings to the sides of the tank and dry hopping the bejeezus out of it for the last week or so, and it's going into kegs... today! Keep an eye out for batch #50: Monarch Double IPA, brewed as a tribute to our first-ever batch.
And with all these front-of-house fun times goin' on (more details on future events below, hint hint), we realized it's been a good long while since we've taken you behind the curtain** and given you the lowdown on the haps behind the scenes. And that's our bad, especially since we started this ridiculous blog to give y'all a glimpse into the weird, messy, hectic jumble o' nonsense we got goin' on around here. Admittedly we ain't got much in place just yet (not like that's ever stopped us from gettin' all giddy before), so we kinda figured we'd just focus on the things that, y'know, exist.*** But that don't mean we ain't got a buncha things in the works! Tanks and chillers and new weird hops and floor repairs and cellarmen and casks and all kinds of crazy crap.
So with that in mind, we'll leave you with this picture of all the floor repairs we spent the last week doing in preparation for our Big Expansion, on which we'll be providing the details**** next week in a new (hopefully recurring) segment we like to call... A Peek Behind the Curtain (hopefully we'll have a less-dumb name next week) (unlikely).
So shiny it hurts
Aaaand here's a quick roundup of all the other cool shit we've got lined up for the next couple of weekends (and, as always, we have soft pretzels from Fat Boyfriend Bakery on Saturdays and Sundays):
Thu 1/26 First Pizza Thursday w/Sillari's Pizza (!!!!)
Fri 1/27 Monarch Double IPA Release
Fri 1/27 Jaju Pierogi Pop Up
Sat 1/28 Kalahari Biltong Pop Up (these are the fancy beef jerky guys)
Sun 1/29 Union Square Donuts Pop Up
Thu 2/2 Pizza Thursday w/Sillari's Pizza
Fri 2/3 CBC Belmont Growler Pop Up and Beer Tasting
Sat 2/4 French Macaron Beer and Cookie Pairing
Sun 2/5 Brunch w/Fat Boyfriend Bakery (if you would like to hide from and/or prepare for the Superbowl)
* Let's be serious: if you unexpectedly show up with free pizza, we're already 80% of the way to impressed. 90% if it's good pizza (and it sure was).
** The one that leads into the brewery, that is. Not the one covering our bay door that people tend to assume is a stage for some reason.
*** We don't exactly miss the days where "we bought a shelf" or "we fixed the floor" were front-page news around here.
**** Spoiler alert: the details can be summed up as "we bought some equipment but it's not here yet."
Hello hello! We're keepin' ourselves heck of busy around here what with the beers to be brewed and the good times to be had, so hold on to your hats 'cuz we got more of that goodness comin' your way!
First off, if you happen to frequent the Fenway area and don't always feel like trekkin' on out to our digs to grab some beer, then we've got just the ticket for you this Thursday! We'll be bringin' a bunch of growlers over to CBC Fenway for a popup sale/tasting from five 'til seven!
You'll probably see us cramming tater tots into our faces at the Lower Depths shortly afterward.
And if you do happen to be the sort who likes comin' out our way, we've got some solid stuff lined up for you this weekend! On Friday, we've got a BeerAdvocate Throwdown startin' at six, and if that weren't enough, we've got Miguel's Empanadas* comin' in to fix your munchie madness with some snacktacular eats.
"See that man shoving empanadas into his face in the corner? He's the head brewer. See the woman next to him eating salsa with a spoon? That's the other head brewer. "
And if you're more into sweet over savory, we got you covered on Saturday with a Zinneken's Waffles pop-up. We'll admit to a sentimental soft spot for true Liege waffles, but it's still safe to say that you'd be a flippin' fool if you let this popup pass by.
I was gonna make another joke about cramming things into our mouths, but these here waffles demand respect.
But enough about this weekend, we've got some solid stuff planned for future times, too! Firstly, since we went to the trouble of installing those new draft lines, we've got a buncha new beers in the works! Beer of Truth Barleywine has been chuggin' away in the tanks for a little while now; our fiftieth (!) batch - The Monarch - has been brewed and is awaitin' release in a couple weeks; and we just brewed up the first in a series of beers to commemorate puppers past: a milk stout with chipotles and black peppercorns that goes by the name of Chance. So while this may be the odd week that we ain't got new brews to tantalize your tastebuds, rest assured that we're always tinkerin' around in the brewhouse!
Coming soon to your mouth!
Back to the snackin', we've been having a few clandestine** meetings with the fine folks over at Sillari's Pizza and we were so smitten with their slices that we're gonna start doin' Pizza Thursdays! Starting next week! And then we got so excited that we kinda forgot to lock down the rest of the details, but the important points are all in place. Pizza. Beer. Thursday. Got it? Got it.
Plus, we've added a whole buncha new board/card games for your enjoy!
* At this point we've raved about their salsa so many times that you're probably tired of hearing it, so you should probably just come in and decide for yourself.
** If your definition of "clandestine" isn't "pizza-filled" then maybe you should rethink the way you live your life.
Jared and Jimbo will tell you some things, sometimes.