Kickin' things off on Thursday we've got our weekly cask, and this time around we're takin' a brief breather from dark beer to tap something that's a bit more relevant to the events of the weekend: Orange Red Dead! And just to "kick things up a notch" we jammed that sucker fulla fresh 'n' fruity Idaho 7!
Hello friends! Now that we got our jack o' lanterns all carved up and ready to go, we're preppin' up for the Spooktacular Times ahead and in the meantime we thought you might like some good times and some tasty treats so that's what we've got!
Kickin' things off on Thursday we've got our weekly cask, and this time around we're takin' a brief breather from dark beer to tap something that's a bit more relevant to the events of the weekend: Orange Red Dead! And just to "kick things up a notch" we jammed that sucker fulla fresh 'n' fruity Idaho 7!
And why, praytell, is Orange Red Dead relevant to the events of the weekend? Well, we brewed that beer for Brewtal Fest - more specifically, it was made in collaboration Black Tusk(!) to pair with their set - and that fest is this dang ol' weekend! The downside (for many/most of you) is that the fest is in Pittsburgh, which is mostly known for being a bit of a drive* from Boston, so it might take a bit of planning if you want to go. But if you do go it's certain to be fun as hell because there's tons of great bands playing and even more great breweries and ok fine you get the point I'll stop rubbing it in.
Anyway, things ain't stop movin' at Home Base when our road crew is on the road, and this Friday we're workin' with our friends at Brato and also the American Lamb Board (which is definitely something we had heard of before this event) and we're hosting a Lamb Jam! There's gonna be lamb sausages and beer pairings and... that's probably about it, but it's gonna be tasty!
Hot diggity lamb that is one heckuva sausage special
Speaking of meats that taste good, we're havin' our cured beef friends from Kalahari Biltong in the house on Saturday and they'll be dishin' out some good tastes for all your sampling needs!
I do not believe the boots are included in the sampling. Could be wrong tho
Lastly, we gotta put in a plug for our Halloween Spooktacular that we're throwin' on Saturday the 27th. There's gonna be a costume contest and prizes and oh hell yes there's gonna be tasty barbecue during the day and also there's gonna be beer and candy pairings all dang weekend! Now, I admit that our Candy Game might have been a smidge lackluster last year, so to pay our penance this time around we spent a good long time over the weekend eating candy and tasting beer in order to come up with just the right pairings and then we spent an even longer time feeling kind of gross because it turns out that eating a full pound of candy and then chasing it with three beers isn't always the best idea in the world - though we do encourage you to find out for yourself next week!
The aftermath of our staff candy pairing. WE DID IT FOR YOU
...Anyway we almost forgot the OTHER best part: Apple Brandy Barrel Shelby! Remember Shelby? The lightly-smoky imperial stout that came in a sweet special glass? A glass which we still have in stock and whose proceeds go to a good cause? Anyway, we were rather smitten with Shelby and so we decided to give our future selves a present in the form of barrel-aged Shelby! She's been resting in an apple brandy barrel all year (since New Year's Day, if memory serves) and she's ready to come out and mingle and delight your tastebuds once more so we figured we'd show her off at our Halloween party! And oh man, age has done her wonders - the smoke may have faded, but it's been replaced by heaps of dark fruit and chocolate and vanilla and coconut and oh man it's so good (though we don't have a lot, so if you wanna getcha some, we suggest you do it as soon as she's tapped).
... Mostly because we gon' drink it all ourselves if you don't stop us
* Places that are closer to Pittsburgh than Boston include: Detroit, Indianapolis, and Louisville - none of which are places we consider to be "near Pennsylvania."
Hello again! This might be the first time in a while (and will likely be the last time for a while) that we don't have any brand-spankin' new beers comin' out for y'all to enjoy. But! We do have some fresh batches of some Old Favorites that are finding their ways into our lives right about right now!
First on that ol' chopping block - as in, on tap now - is Ruby Rye Mild! Nothing quite eases you into the crisp briskness of fall quite like something easygoing and brownish, so we brought back this lil' ol' delight!
A little ways past that, on tap at some point whenever in heck we manage to free up a draft line (hint: drink some DNA), we're bringin' back Bullhead Vienna Ale! This toasty, fruity little number is a perennial favorite of ours, and harvest time is the perfect time for it so we made a bunch and soon we're all gonna get to drink it! Hooray!
Moving on - all the way to Thursday - we've got some spooktacular Simpsons trivia comin' atcha, aptly named (sigh) Brewhouse of Horror!
And to pair with all those spooktacular brain busters, we're bustin' out the big guns in the form of tasty snacks! More to the point, Compliments will be dishin' up some cheesy goodness from six until ten!
And also on Thursday, we've got a tasty way for y'all to reminisce about all those chili-related fun times we had this past week: The Showdown is on cask! And this ain't no regular ol' Showdown neither, it's right fortified with a buncha cocoa nibs and whoa nelly is that gonna make some good tastes all up ins!
Anyway. Enough about Thursday for now, because we've got some rad shit lined up for the rest of the weekend too! On Saturday we've got Wood + Fire comin' straight outta Melrose (from noon until four) with a whole shitload (possibly several shitloads) of arancini! They're so good, you guys. So good.
Also on Saturday, though a bit farther afield, we'll be pourin' at a beer fest on Cape Cod! That's... actually about all I know about this fest (we've worked with the organizers before and their fest game is on point, so we trust it's gonna be a good time), but if you're down that way then you should come say hi and then drink some beer!
Then on Sunday we're gettin' right on into the Spooktacular Spirit with some pumpkin carving! We'll have the tools and the pumpkins and some beers for "creative inspiration" so all you gotta do is show up! And then carve a pumpkin! And drink some beer! (I know, it sounds like a lot of things to do for a Sunday, but we're pretty sure it'll be fun as heck)
Oh! And! Remember when we released Nerd Farm a couple weeks back? It was brewed with an upcoming beer dinner in mind, and this delectable dinner is happening in Cambridge on Monday evening! Check out the menu below, and meet us at Catalyst in Kendall for a tasty evening!
Howdy, kids! We're back in action and we got lotsa cool stuff goin' on, so here goes!
First up, on Thursday, is Audio Triviality! This month's theme is, of course, of the spooktacular variety, which means we're downright stoked for it!
And what, praytell, is perfect beer to pair with such spooky noise? Why, none other than Shut Up Kelly! on cask - back from the dead or something.*
And if your tastes lean a little on the lighter side, we're releasin' Orange Red Dead this Wednesday! We brewed it up to bring to this cool-ass metal and beer fest that we're going to in a couple weeks, and we're just psyched as heck about it. Even better, this beer was made in collaboration with one of our favorite bands - Black Tusk! So in the event that you find yourself in Pittsburgh at a metal fest and you need the perfect beer to pair with their set, we gotcha covered!
Speaking of special beers for special events, we've got another beer coming out this weekend and it's for an event that's way closer to home! The beer in question is a chili-infused lightly-spicy milk stout called The Showdown and oh man it's so tasty!
And what of the event in question? Why it's the Chili Showdown that we're hosting to showcase the bitter (and definitely not in any way made up) rivalry between the chefs at Brato and Bonetown Burgers! Things start heatin' up at noon on Saturday and they run until six or until the chili's gone and it's free to enter and $20 gets you a chili flight and a beer and a vote towards who will reign as Chili Supreme until the next beef battle!
And just to make your decision a bit harder on Saturday, we'll also be pourin' over at the Mass Fermentational in Worcester! There's a pretty stellar lineup of attendees and The Guild puts on a helluva fest, so there's really no reason why you should miss out (unless, as we mentioned, the reasons are chili-related; in which case we understand).
Gazing a bit further into the turbid temporal sea that is the future, we'll be open on Columbus Day (Monday 10/8) until six PM!
And bringing things back to beers made for cool events with cool people, we're doin' a beer dinner with Catalyst on Monday 10/15 and that dinner is the whole reason we made Nerd Farm (on tap now!) and that beer is tasty as heck and I reckon it's gonna be even tastier at that beer dinner so you should come and find out with us! It's gonna be a delicious adventure, Itellyawhat.
And since we're ramblin' about the future, it ain't a bad idea for us to also mention that on Sunday 10/14 (also known as the day before that beer dinner I just talked about) we're gonna be having pumpkin carving in the taproom! The spooktacular times are here at last!
And of course we'd be remiss if we started a whole new month without mentioning the September coloring contest winners! Congrats to Amanda S., our first place winner, and our lovely runners up!
* Because it's been gone for a while? I guess? Cut me some slack, I ain't had time to get into my Spooktacular Groove yet.
Well hello! We got some tasty times with a side o' comfiness comin' your way, so buckle up!
First and/or foremost: FLANNELS! These comfy-ass duds were more of a hit than we expected last year, which left an unfortunate number of you out in the cold. So we did our best to rectify that this time around - gettin' all we could grab from our supplier* and grabbin' 'em as early as we could so's they'd be ready for the earliest chilly days. And now they're here! And you should get one!**
Moving on to things that aren't quite in reach yet - this week's cask (to be tapped on Thursday) is once again Jaunty, only this time it's a bit more... chaotic. And by that, of course, I mean that we stuffed that sucker fulla Chaos! Your tastebuds won't know what hit them.
Then the day after that - specifically Friday - we're once again hosting our friends from Eat More Mexican! If you like burritos that taste good, you should probably come eat these burritos (because they taste good).
Then after (before?) that, we've got the Official Launch of Brato Hop Dogs in the taproom! You savvy readers out there probably knew about this already because apparently last week was just a "test run,"*** but anyway they're here to stay! And they're tasty as heck!
And speaking of Brato (and our friends at Bonetown Burgers), our first annual Settle the Beef! Chili Cookoff is but a mere week and a half away! If you haven't heard us shouting about how the world needs a) more chili and 2) more made up rivalries, you can experience both in the same place (our taproom) next Saturday! And to spice up this heap o 'fun we have planned, we've got Showdown, our chili milk stout collab with Brato, waitin' in the wings to get tapped at noon sharp that day. So come on out! Maybe even wear your new flannel!
Lastly but not leastly, at some undetermined point by or before next week, we've got a new beer goin' on tap! See, our friends over at Catalyst wanted to do a beer dinner with us, and heck yes of course we want to do a beer dinner because beer dinners are a lot of fun, and then they suggested that maybe it might be even more fun if we made a special beer for that beer dinner. And I dunno if you know our feelings on fun (we're for it), but suffice to say we were all over that like stink on a monkey and now we've got this tasty-ass grisette just waiting to be tapped so you can drink it!
* Definitely not Costco (wink).
** Right now they're taproom-only, but we'll have 'em up on the online shop soon!
*** Definitely not a thinly-veiled excuse for why we ran out halfway through the weekend.
Oh hi there! I sure hope you're ready for some new beers and some fun events and some new beers brewed specifically for said fun events and also some snacks, because that's what we've got for ya!
First up, on tap right now is a hoppy lil' delight that we're callin' Death Salon! Now, you might be thinking that we picked a pretty somber name* for such a light 'n' easy beer, but we've (sort of) got a perfectly good reason! See, the folks at Death Salon run a series of events along with their sister organization Order of the Good Death, who are dedicated to eliminating the collective cultural heebie-jeebies that we all have about death and dying. That might (as we've learned from experience) seem kind of weird and morbid, but we think it's a good cause and also it's run by some pretty rad people, so we decided to make a beer for it! Then after much soul-searching and a modest amount of debate, we pretty much just said "funerals have flowers at them, let's make a hella floral pale ale!" And yeah, fine, it's a bit of a stretch. YOU try coming up with a tasty-sounding death themed beer (ideally without illegally foraging nightshade from a cemetery, Jake).
Speaking of collaborations, while we were hangin' with our friends from Brato and brewin' up a special beer for a special event (we've been sneaking samples of the beer and it's SO TASTY YOU GUYS and also we've been hearin' some cool ideas that the chefs have cookin' on the backburner in prep for The Showdown and basically it's gonna be completely fun as hell and you should come), we got to talking hot dogs (as one does). Anyway, the point is that as of Right Now we're servin' up Brato Hop Dogs** in the taproom!
Anyway, speaking of things that hold a special place in our hearts, the cask this Thursday is Oh My! Throwback IPA! As always, as we are wont to do, we dry hopped the heck outta that sucker with a double fistful of piney, sticky, dank Comet! Space cask! Or something!
Moving a bit further afield, we'll be pouring at Brews for Books - a fundraiser event for the Malden Public Library at the Malden Public Library - this Saturday! Libraries are important and we think you should come out and show some love by drinking tasty beers!
* Or not, depending on how well you know us.
** Fortunately or otherwise, this does mean we'll be discontinuing the Costco-sourced big-brand dogs we've been slingin'. We'll always have a soft spot for them, but Brato blows them out of the water.
Hello friends! I hope you're well. We've got good taste for your mouth and good times for your enjoy, so pull up a website and sit a spell.
First up, this Thursday is Simpsons Trivia Night! So if you're lookin' to pit your wits and/or get your reminisce on about some old favorites, come on by! And as an added bonus (which, it turns out, nobody really cares about), we'll have a super-secret* one-night-only beertail for all your trivial needs!
And besides beertails, you know what pairs super well with trivia? I hope it's cask, because we've got a corker goin' on tap this Thursday! More specifically, we've got Jaunty Session IPA dry hopped with Masscade, and it's a dang ol' treat (and we would know - we had that same cask on tap at that cask fest last weekend and hoo boy was it tasty)!
Moving on to later times, this Saturday once again brings us Everett's annual Village Fest! There's gonna be a lot goin' on, but the main skinny of the gist is that they're shuttin' down the street from our parking lot all the way down to Teddy Peanut Butter and there's gonna be bands and food trucks and street drinkin' (we'll be reppin' at two outdoor bars!) and games and alla that street fest stuff. And in an unexpected-yet-completely-expected return to the festival's roots, the headliner is Sugar Ray. Yes, the Sugar Ray. No, I don't know how/why.
Anyway, there's some logistical mumbo jumbo with the fest that's worth noting, so here we go:
-We'll be closing at 9 PM because that's when the fest ends.
-We'll be serving in plastic cups only throughout the course of the day, which means no flights and no growlers (Big Stupid Cans are still a go, though).
-We'll probably be open at our normal time, but the street shuts down at 11 AM, which means it will be kind of hard to get here even before the fest starts.
-But there is parking available in the BNY lot for the day, which is nice.
-There's probably something else I'm forgetting but that's most of it.
Anyway, moving on and moving forward, in just a few short weeks we've got the Mass Fermentational** coming up on October 6th on Worcester Common! It's put on by the Mass Brewers Guild so you know there's gonna be hella great beer and great times all up ins, so you should come on out!
* It's even a secret to us, in the sense that we haven't come up with recipe or name as of yet.
** Also known as Brewery Prom, though we weren't allowed to bring a date this year.
Well hello. We've been expecting you.
More importantly, we've got hella fun and/or tasty times lined up for you, so let's cut all the horsefeathers and get on with it!
First up, on Thursday we've got Audio Triviality back in the house and the theme this month (which we actually know ahead of time for once) is Back to School! Whatever that means! And don't you worry, we're fully restocked on weird prizes - and we got some good ones this time!
And while we're talking about good things happening on Thursday, we're also tappin' a cask of a fast-favorite around here: Lil' Delicious! And in (successful) effort to ramp up the Peachy Goodness, we dry hopped it with even more Idaho 7! Party times!
And while we're goin' on about beer, this Friday marks our first new release in two whole weeks, and it's a special one that we call The Windy Man.* More to the point, this lil' ol' batch of deliciousness was jam-packed fulla freshly-picked centennial hop cones (from our friends at Four Star Farms, of course) on brewday, and it's got more fresh hop aroma than you can shake a stick at, I tell you what. More importantly, that ever-elusive freshness is liable to fade faster than the last rays of sunshine at dusk, so we suggest you get you some tootsweeet!
Moving on, if you're comin' through the taproom on Saturday we'll have Deep Cuts Deli slingin' sandwiches from noon 'til five! They're new to the taproom, so be sure to show them the utmost hospitality!**
Also on Saturday, we're pouring at a cask fest on the Cape! We did a similar fest with these folks a few months back and it was a pretty rad time, so we're right stoked to be headed back for round two! This time around we're totin' a couple birthday beers, so if you want you some Blood Built or Jaunty on cask, come on by and say hi!
* Known by some as "The Long Mover"
** I don't want to have this conversation again KEVIN
Whew. Dang. That just happened.
For those of y'all that weren't around to share in our second anniversary festivities, we'll recap briefly by saying that it was one hell of a fun day and we are humbled and honored and straight-up overwhelmed by the sheer number of rad people who came out to have a good time at our birthday party. Turns out there's a whole lotta y'all who have been with us since (or nearly since) the dang beginning - either here in person or followin' along online or some mix of the two - and it was just completely heartwarming to see all y'all that day. We might not have gotten to stop and chat with everybody we wanted to,* and even when we did it was a bit more rushed than we might have liked, so we'd like to (last time, I promise) thank you again for coming.
Thank you for coming in to our brewery over the past couple years and drinking our weird old man beers and putting up with our near-constant production/expansion/buildout delays and being a part of our (admittedly somewhat niche) events and participating in the fun activities we put in the taproom for you and jeez I don't even know what else. Everything else. Thanks for being you, and thanks for enjoying what we do.
Um and also super mega thank you for our new Horatio plushie Amy and Brain!
But moving back to the birthday for just one more moment until we stop talking about it,** we gotta give credit where credit's due, and whoa nelly is there a lot of credit that's due.
First and foremost, everybody who works with us here at Bone Up: y'all are kickass on a regular day, and downright incredible when things get a little wild; we couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with. Seriously.
Chris and Taylor and Ashley and Nanno and Ben and Steph and Mike and Alyssa and John and Tarah and Erica and Tina and Maddy and Grace and Amanda and Tom (Cornhole) and your humble blog writers and also Lindsay and Bubby even though they couldn't be there for the picture so we cropped them in
We'd also like to send out a heartfelt Thank You to our bands - Sunken City and The Weisstronauts and DnA's Evolution and Blood Built Empire - for keeping us entertained with your good vibes and solid sounds!
And none of us would have been able to persevere drinking beers and playing jenga without our bellies full of treats from our vendors - Alex's Ugly Sauce and Top Shelf Cookies and Smokin' Betty's and Mr. Tamole!
Can we talk about how we have another Bone Up hot sauce?! We have another Bone Up hot sauce!
We bought SO MANY COOKIES
Despite their smoker coming unhitched from the truck on the way down, Smokin' Betty's still managed to kill it with their BBQ game!
And they found the smoker!
But! That's now in our past, and we must move forward, not backward. Upward, not forward. And always twirling, twirling toward freedom! And with that in mind, it's in our collective best interest to mention that we will be open on Monday September 3rd from noon 'til eight because it's Labor Day and long weekends are just made for porch beers (and if they ain't, we'll have to do some serious soul searchin').
Also, there will be hot dogs.
But! Backin' up a bit and leadin' on up to that glorious extra day this weekend, we've got some cask comin' atcha on Thursday! And if you're lookin' to relive some fond memories of this past weekend (if only briefly), then you're in luck because that dang ol' cask is Sunken Wit! With extra Centennial!
And it's gonna be delicious!
Speaking of delicious, did we tell you that we've got Oh My! IPA back in the tanks? No? Well guess what: we've got Oh My! IPA back in the tanks! More to the point, it's gonna be going into kegs this week, and will be tapped Imminently thereafter.
Tasty times, indeed.
And while we're ridin' the tasty train, you best know that we've got Eat More Mexican comin' through the taproom on Saturday in order to ensure that you, um, eat more Mexican.
They definitely dropped off a goodie bag of burritos and we had every intention of taking a promotional photo of said goodie bag of burritos and all of a sudden we were eating the goodie bag of burritos. So now, here is a picture of Mexican Horatio serving Mexican foods.
Oh! And! On Sunday, we'll be slingin' mini Union Square Donuts because that's apparently a thing we do on long weekends now. Come satiate your sweet tooth!
Looking a bit farther into the future (and just a teensy bit farther away from the brewery), we're gonna be pouring at a cask festival at Cape Cod Brewing on Saturday, September 8th! And we're pretty stoked to say that we'll be bringin' birthday beers - namely Blood Built (which you may remember as the cask from our birthday party that lasted all of five hours), and Jaunty (which hasn't been on in the taproom yet but we straight up know it gon' be good)! So come on by and drink some casks and hang out on The Cape!
We'll be there, lawn chairs in tow (even if they stick us inside this time)!
And in somewhat more somber news, this past weekend we bid adieu to our now-former bartender Bubs (this goofy bastard). Things like "life" and "adult responsibility" got in the way of things here, so our bartender/lab asisstant/kickball czar Grace saw to it that we send him off in the classiest way we know how.
With seasonally irrelevant cake bearing an ominous message!
Oh! And I almost forgot, what with all that ramblin' I had to do, we've got August's coloring contest winners! And due to the sheer volume of kickass entries this month, we've got just a ton of runners-up! Woo!
Our winner, Marc!
Our wonderfully adequate runners-up! (Just kidding, we're proud of you.)
Lastly, we thought it might be prudent to "clear the air" about what all is going on with our "expanded taproom" since it was "open for one day and one day only." And, as always, the answer is as unsatisfying as it is boring.
But at least it looks cool!
Basically we were able to open up the new side of the taproom this past weekend because we had a one-day permit to do so (which is also why we had y'all drinkin' in the parking lot), but there's a lot of building code stuff that still needs done before we can have that be a permanent thing. It's all fire exits and sprinklers and exit signs and ventilation and stuff like that - stuff that doesn't really make it look any more done, but which (it turns out) is pretty important to the building department. We've got our optimism set on having things in ship-shape (or at least ship-ish shape) towards the end of Patio Season, since that's when it get's a bit overly cozy in here, but we'll see.
Here's a picture of some floofs we met, waiting to see.
* In this case, I use the word "we" to mean us the writers of this blog, Liz and Jared, as it would be kind of upsetting if we (as in, anybody within the company) were all too busy to talk.
** Which will last until we start planning the next one, probably some time in March, at which point we'll be back to shoutin' about it every damned week.
Hello friends. The time is finally upon us already. Thassright - time for our dang ol' birthday party! As regular readers* of this lil' ol' blog will know (and probably be tired of hearing about already), our birthday is a pretty Big Deal to us around here - it means we've gotten to spend another entire year doing what we love and making the best thing we possibly can to share with the world. It's been TWO YEARS full of casks and Costco snacks and wedding beers and weird ridiculous trivia and beers with names that nobody can pronounce and kickball and coloring contests and dog-themed beers and hippos and cookies and hot sauce and pinball and friendship, from patio times to snow days and back again. We're proud of what we've made here, and we've had one hell of a time along the way, but we couldn't have done any of this without you and we're incredibly lucky to have found so many people who like the same cool shit that we do.
Get ready party people! This thing is this week!
And since we needed a proper way to say Thank You for coming to the brewery and bringing people in for the first time and being a part of all that stuff I just mentioned and generally being all-around Rad People, we've been busting our collective humps for the past month or two to cram as much Fun Stuff as we possibly can into our upcoming party! We racked our brains trying to think of things everyone would like and then we did what we always do and said "fuck it, let's just fill it with things that we enjoy and hope for the best." And now here we are! Anyway, we've talked about most of it in drips and drabs here and there in the past, but here's the Full Serving of details for Saturday's shindig!
And speaking of serving, we've got a brand new bar we're taking for a spin!
First up: merch. We ain't usually like to plug this stuff so front-and-center, but we've got fairly limited quantities and we ain't want you to miss out on hearing about it just because you didn't want to read through seven paragraphs about bands we like. Anyway: we've got some day-of limited-edition merch in the forms of T-shirts (unisex), tank tops (womens), and mugs (also unisex)! As an added lil' somethin', the mugs come with a bag o' goodies and - AND - you should probably get a mug early and drink out of it all day (because they're fun to drink out of and also a little bigger than our standard glassware).
A good shirt for good times.
Plus, you can use the back to remember where you got it!
Well yeah, of course there's candy.
Secondly: bands, and the beers we brewed to pair with them. And first on our list (though not first on the stage) is our pals The Weisstronauts! They were kind enough to grace our stage and delight us with their wonderful tunes at our birthday last year (when they were one out of one bands, and competing with a pig roast for peoples' collective attention), and this year they're treatin' us to a double set - starting at 2:00! We've seen them live a number of times, and we never fail to be impressed, so we predict you gon' enjoy! And to pair with these here tunes, we brewed up a nice 'n' easy session IPA (named Jaunty, of course) full of citrus and berries and caramel and fruit and all kinds of good stuff!
I wanty some Jaunty!
Moving on, as it were, we certainly can't leave out the first band of the day, starting at noon, Sunken City! While we'll admit that we're least familiar with this particular band (in the sense that we haven't heard them per se), that sure as heck ain't gonna stop us from brewin' up a beer to go with their music! The beer in question is Sunken Wit and it's a light 'n' bright 'n' as-classic-as-we-get witbier!
Come and get it (if our staff hasn't kicked it already)!
And as the day winds on, we've got DnA's Evolution! If you're not ready to rock, then we don't even know what to tell you about this set, because they'll be puttin' out good tunes and good vibes starting at 6:00! And to pair with some straight-up rock enjoyment? You guessed it: pale ale. We've got a soft spot for some Classic American malt-forward pale ale and dang if DNA Pale don't hit that spot.
Last but not least, we've got our friends Blood Built Empire hoppin' on stage at 8:00! As you may have noticed, the whole day's musical catalog was designed to slowly increase in terms of energy level and/or pure rock fury as the day goes on, and these kids have that in spades! And what to drink alongside such a performance? Why, a dry stout of course!
A good headbanging beer.
And also, in addition to all the fun band beers, we're releasing a beer named Lil' Delicious for our pinball guy! He's not a band as far as we know (though we've heard that he'll start some a capella Michael Jackson and or Wham! jams if he's got some beer in him) but he's been workin' with us since The Early Days and we thought it would be rad to make a beer about him, so we did! It's named after his daughter, and it's a hoppy blonde full of peaches and strawberries and sunshine and all that fun crap.
A lil' delicious beer named after a lil' delicious baby.
Speaking of friendship, we've got some food friends joining the party as well! For those of you lookin' to get your grub on, we've got Smokin' Betty's BBQ bringin' the smoker from noon to six, and they'll be dishin' out brisket and pulled pork and ribs and veggie burgers and all the fixin's! And if you wanna bring the heat to match your meat, we've got Alex's Ugly Sauce comin' through to put some fire in your mouth - and word has it that they've whipped up a special concoction for this special day! After all that heat and meat you probably need somethin' sweet, and we got you covered 'cuz Top Shelf Cookies is bringin' treats! Plus, if your noshin' times tend to run a little bit on the later side, we're gonna have Mr. Tamole in the house slingin' tamales startin' at 6pm and goin' through the evening!
Oh! And there's a cask! Of course there's a cask. There's always a cask. And depending on how the weekend goes up until that point, there might be two! See, we're tappin' a cask of DNA on Thursday because we got excited and didn't want to wait until Saturday (though there will probably be a fair amount left come Saturday), but we didn't want to be cask-free for any amount of the day so as soon as that one kicks we'll be throwin' on a cask of Blood Built!
What a handsome draft list!
* Hi mom!
Man, I hope you're not too tired of us constantly shouting about our birthday party, because we're... we're pretty much gonna do nothing but that until after it's over (and possibly for a bit after, if things go well). Anyway, that's in the future and we're here to talk about the slightly nearer future, so here's what we got comin' atcha!
It's! Next! Weekend!
First up, of course, is our trusty-ol' cask! This week we're bringin' Chromo back for another spin through the beer engine, but this time there's a little extra something in the form of booze-soaked oak chips!
And while we're talkin' beer, we got us some more Special Birthday Beers right around the corner! There's two on tap right now as we speak, and we've got another three waitin' in the wings, just itchin' for you to drink 'em! But! ... there's a catch (of course there is). See, all our draft lines are plumb full up, and we ain' t really able to kick something off just to make room for the new stuff (because of Reasons). Never you fear - we'll have all that sorted out in time for the Big Day, but we certainly wouldn't be upset if you were to, say, drink the heck outta Joyrider and/or Loretta this weekend just to be on the safe side.
It's for the greater good.
Anyway. Plans. Back to them. Remember those delicious-as-heck pastelitos we've had come through our taproom in the past (most notably this past Friday)? Well they're back! This Friday!
And if you happen to be out in the Big Wide World this weekend and you're lookin' to do some drinkin' for a good cause, you should come on by and say hi at Brew At The Zoo this Saturday! It's a pretty rad fest (beers? Check. Wild animals? Check. The ability to make a fool of yourself by chasing a peacock around for twenty minutes? Check) and it supports a good cause and there's food so you should probably swing by!
Tickets here: Brew at the Zoo
Jared and Jimbo will tell you some things, sometimes.