***Don't forget to come in "arch enemies" themed costumes - we're giving out prizes for best hero, villain, and set of arch enemies!
Hi kids! We've got some spooktacular news that you've probably already heard! Thassright - we got us some new tanks this past week and we are just itchin to fill 'em up with tasty beers for you to enjoy!
Tank day (also known as get up at 6:30 and move a literal ton of metal day)!
And for what it's worth (and since we been asked a time or two), these bad mamma jammas are upgrades/replacements for existing equipment (i.e. they're 3.5BBL tanks just like our other ones) which means we ain't gonna be pumpin' more beer out (at least not until we get our next round of new tanks). But that ain't mean this ain't cause to celebrate! We're sayin' goodbye to two of our OG fermentors - Lemmy and Glenn - and replacin' 'em with their sturdier stainless doppelgängers! But you ain't gotta take our word for it that these are some sweet-ass tanks - check 'em out for yourselves!
We hope they play nice together.
And while we're waitin' for our new stainless beauties to get plumbed and wired and cleaned and passivated and sanitized and filled and then emptied (into kegs), we've got some fun times lined up to pass the time!
Startin' out this Thursday we're bustin' out a cask just like old times, and this time it's staff-favorite So Nude that's revvin' up our beer engine! And for your tasting pleasure, we've added a bunch of Pepite dry hops to the cask, so as to compliment the Pepite wet hops! You are in for some tasty times.
How nude? Soooo nude.
Staff-favorite Bullhead returns to the taps on Thursday as well! Our twist on a classic style is made to showcase the toasty breadiness of good ol' Blue Ox grains as well as some freshass fruity hoppiness from our friends at Four Star Farms, giving you the overall impression of jam on toast. This crisp, malty masterpiece ain't gonna disappoint - Prost!
How we've missed you*
Then on Friday we've got Buenas Empanadas comin' back through with delicious treats! Snacks snacks snacks. Snacks!
This could be you!
And for those of you who like to look a little farther into the future (or should I say brewture oh god I'm so sorry please don't fire me), at the end of the month we're tappin' a blast from the past with a spooktacular spin: Purple Smoothie Purple IPA!** Thassright, our bag o' misfit hops done filled up again so we cooked up a big ol' bruiser of a DIPA and then somebody - we can't remember who so we'll just put the blame for this on our cellarman Ben - asked "why don't we make it purple?" So we threw in a buncha fun purple stuff! We're releasing this beast on Friday, October 27 at 5pm to kick off this year's Halloween bash*** so come on out and get your purple on!
Purple is the new green
And! Since our Halloween bash is arch-enemies themed, we've got another beer release - one that's about as far from a purple IPA as you can get - that same dang ol' weekend! It's gonna be a nice 'n' malty (yet still dry and drinkable) brown ale that we're callin' Mo'Biscuits! And as an added bonus - since we like to cram as much stuff as possible into any given weekend - this beer is being released in cooperation with The Movember Foundation! So in a few weeks, you should come on out and twirl your mustache while cackling diabolically and/or contributing to a good cause!
Woo! Causes! Silly mustaches!
*Shut up Liz and Tina
***Don't forget to come in "arch enemies" themed costumes - we're giving out prizes for best hero, villain, and set of arch enemies!
Howdy all! It's that time of the year again - time to fill every available container with candy for "research purposes" and/or use every excuse possible to cram the word "spooktacular" into most of our sentences!
And we're startin' this month off spooktacularly strong with a long weekend! That's right - we'll be open all day on Monday, October 9th for Columbus Day! You might argue that this "isn't a real holiday" but we would probably make the counterpoint that we "don't care" because a lotta people get the day off and days off are made for day drinkin', so come on by!
Speaking of all things spooktacular, Audio Triviality is back this week! Nefarious Realm is comin' through to test your knowledge of goth rock or yodeling or something, so come on out for good times and good beers and probably some good pizza while you're here!
And as always we've got more spooktacular stuff on cask this week! This week we're returning to perennial favorite (of ours, anyway) - Extra Naked! This time around we're doin' dueling casks that pit Old World hops vs. the newest of the new! First up on Thursday is a cask with some hella classic European hop varieties - Czech Saaz and German Magnum, then on Saturday we're trottin' out some experimental BRU-1! It's tradition vs. innovation,* so check 'em both out and see what's what!
In addition to that there cask on Saturday, we've also got Fat Boyfriend bringin' and slingin' the spooktacular snacks! Specifically, they're comin' in laden with hella hand pies of the autumnal variety: pulled pork, harvest tomato and cheese, and apple crisp!
And looking a little farther ahead into this, the most spooktacular of months, we're doin' up a right proper Halloween-style shindig on Friday, October 27th! We're bringin' in some comic book friends for an Arch Enemies themed event with a costume contest and comic book signings and two beer releases** and probably some other stuff!
Also! If you happen to be out Newton way this Friday afternoon - say, at Marty's Fine Wines - then you're in for a special treat because we'll be there too! We'll have samples and growlers and high fives, so come on by and say hi!
And we've got winners/runners-up for September's (admittedly not very spooktacular) coloring contest! Gaze in awe at the wonders they have produced for you!
Our September winner: Anthony M.! Come in and claim your prize!
* We realize that growing a new hop variety isn't actually "innovative," it mostly just sounds cool to say it that way.
** We ain't divulgin' details just yet, but suffice to say the two beers - if anthropomorphized - would not get along.
Hello again, true believers! We're nearing the end of our Action Packed* Month O' Fun, but we've got one more Big Ol' Weekend lined up to give you some more Fun Times! We've got three beer releases and a sausage party and all that other stuff we usually do like casks pretzels and pizza and games and beer and good times and friendship.
Anyway. Let's "get down" to the "nitty gritty" on these beer "releases."
First up is a pair of beers that we brewed to celebrate the upcoming nuptuals of our first-ever** employee! To celebrate this most auspicious of occasions, we're trottin' out a Quad (named Quaddles) and a Grapefruit Witbier (named Lil' Witeon)! And as you've seen from us before, these here beers are meant to be blended at serving to make a beertail, which this time around we're calling The Gruncle! It's like three beers for the effort of two! And while the Big Day isn't for a couple weeks yet, the happy couple has given us their blessing to go on and release this mess in the taproom whenever we dang well please, and we dang well please to release them this Thursday! Come drink them!
PLUS we found out the bride's mom's cat is named Dipper.
And on top of all that goodness, we're also releasing our wet hop, So Nude! To make this beer extra special, we took our everyday Extra Naked recipe and replaced all the ingredients with Massachusetts-grown versions of the same things! So in addition to bags and bags of fresh as hell Pepite*** from Four Star we've got a bunch of locally grown barley and corn from Valley Malt! And while it is the same base recipe as Extra Naked, it's really quite a different beer - it turns out that if you replace all of the ingredients in a recipe with different ones, you end up with a completely new thing! Who knew? And if there's one lesson we weren't expecting to learn from this experience, it's that the corn we grow around here has way more flavor than the stuff we normally get - which means that ol' Pepite is gettin' served up with a side o' cornbread!
Figurative cornbread, of course. (Though you're welcome to bring your own)
But speaking of wet hops, we've got some bummer news. Due to some agriculture/climate/farming issues that we only sort of understand, Four Star Farms basically couldn't harvest Rakau this year. This actually ends up being a hella bummer for a bunch of reasons:
As for our own Rakau supply, never fear! We've still got plenty of that aromatic goodness on hand due to the fact that our previous hop orders were based on wildly inaccurate projections! Hooray for guessing!
That one time we bought all the hops
But back to the task at hand, we've got even more cool stuff comin' your way this weekend! We've got Shut Up Kelly! on cask, and this time around we decided to take something that people have enjoyed in the past - namely, throwing liquor-soaked oak chips into the cask - and mix it up a bit: this time around we're servin' Kelly aged on oak chips that have been soaked in GrandTen's Amandine! Not familiar with Amandine? That's cool, we weren't either until we went to GrandTen one day. In short, it's an almond liqueur with a twist: it actually tastes good. But you ain't gotta take our word for it, come on by and see what kinda fun tastes it adds to Kelly!
And to add to this pile o' fun, we're hosting a beer and cookie pairing with Top Shelf Cookies this Friday night! We just got the cookie menu in today and sweet baby Buzzo is it looking scrumptious. Come on down from 5-9 and start your weekend off right proper!
Plus! Our last big ol' sendoff to summer is happening on Saturday! Moody's Deli is returning with some sort of heating element on wheels and settin' up a meat station in our parking lot! We're celebrating the finer things in life - beer, sausage, pretzels, friendship, etc. - from 12-8pm and you should come down and say hello!
Everybody loves sausages!
And! In the interest of reminding you about this more than 24 hours in advance, we're a little over a week away from the October installment of our loosely-music-themed trivia night: Audio Triviality! And since it's October, the theme will be exactly the one you'd expect (fifty in-depth questions about Glenn Danzig and only Glenn Danizig). So come on out and answer some ridiculous questions as posed by our ridiculous trivia guy!
And to end this week's post with some feelgoods, we're wrapping up our first contribution to the Black Ale Project with a $500 donation to Team RWB this week! Our beloved black ale, F.A.O., has kicked, but we'd like to thank you all for your enthusiastic support of the projects and for giving them sweet tallboy glasses loving homes!
Cheers! Photo credit Matt Darcy / @bananamasher
* And frankly a little exhausting.
** If you wanna get all technical about it, he was one of two who got hired at the same time, but that just don't read as good.
*** It comes from the same heritage as Nugget, but it ain't like any other Nugget out there that's for sure (it's better).
**** Hi Jeff!
Hello friends! As many of you already know, we've got a bit of a big weekend coming up. Just how big? Fairly big.
Thassright, Everett's bringin' back its annual Village Fest this weekend, and it just so happens to take place right on our dang doorstep! And just how, praytell, will this effect you? Well it depends on what you're after. If you like to be around lots of people and beer and live music and food trucks and outdoor drinking and family-friendly activities and cocktails and maybe some guy with an accordion, then you're in luck because that's exactly what they're deliverin'! If you're more the "sit quietly" type, then we might plant the seed of a suggestion that this Saturday afternoon from three 'til nine might not be the ideal time to roll through here.
And that actually presents a pertinent point: special occasions (particularly those we ain't hostin') mean Special Rules, and the big 'un this time around is that we are closing at 9PM on September 23rd as that's when the fest ends. Also we're only allowed to serve in plastic cups during the fest, just FYI.
You guys George Clinton is gonna be there
And speaking of fun parties, we're just over a week away from our Sausage Party with Moody's Deli! We started with the intention of having some sort of Oktoberfest-style celebration, but we ended up taking what we felt were the most important core concepts of Oktoberfest (beer, sausages, the option to wear silly pants) and expanding upon those! We'll have multiple beer releases that weekend, which is probably the perfect pairing for multiple meats, so throw on your best elastic-waist lederhosen and maybe a tuxedo t-shirt or two and come stuff yourself silly!
Everybody loves sausages
These are all sittin' pretty in our fermentors right now, just waitin' to fill your glass
But bringin' it back closer to the immediate term, we gotta tell you about our casks this week! It's Belma! Dry hopped with Belma! And then that same thing again two days later!
We are truly blessed.
Hello again! Welcome back! We're here with enough good times to go around, and it's all startin' off with something that's a pretty big deal to us: wet hop beer!
Every brewer's wet dream this time of year
We've never made a wet hop before* and it's something we were hesitant to announce because the scheduling can get tricky (wet hops have a shelf life that's measured in hours instead of months, so if brewday doesn't fall on a harvest day we're pretty much boned), but we done did it this year! To celebrate this most auspicious of occasions, we trotted out a recipe/concept we've been lookin' to brew for a while - a version of Extra Naked made with all local ingredients (which we obviously named So Nude)! In addition to the freshest possible Pepite** hops from Four Star Farms, we got all the fermentables just a hop skip and a jump away at Valley Malt! We are, to say the least, quite stoked as evidenced by this "photo essay" that we "cobbled together" from a bunch of "hastily snapped cell phone pictures" - enjoy!
But that ain't gon' be ready for a few weeks yet, so what about the now? Well dang it if we ain't keepin' ourselves busy these days - we've got a new beer hittin' the taps on Thursday (the first beer from our new tanks, no less), and it's an interesting lil' sucker named Test Drive. This amber ale's light in color, yet full in body and surprisingly roasty. To be honest, it's proven a little polarizing with our taste testers, but that just means you gon' have to decide for your dang self (and if you've got a need for some noshin' to go with it, we're back to our regularly scheduled pizza programming).
A perfect sipper for when you go all out on this month's coloring contest
But getting back to Extra Naked for a bit, it just so happens that we've got Extra Naked on cask this weekend! The first of the casks - tapped on Thursday, as always - has been dry hopped with Grungeist and Cashmere! And as an added bonus, we've got a cask of the same damn beer - dry hopped with Michigan-grown Glacier - on tap at Maverick Cafe at the same damn time!
Moving on a bit - remember that time we had Buenas Empanadas in here and y'all got to eat short rib/mac 'n' cheese empanadas? Well on Friday they're back for Round Two and they're just ready as heck to dazzle us with their delectable delights!
Pockets of happiness served by even happier people
And on Saturday we're venturin' farther from home than we usually do in order to Get Real out in Worcester at the Mass Fermentational! We're pouring with hell of great breweries (including New York's own Big aLICe brewing, who we brought along for the ride) and it's pretty much a sure thing that a good time will be had by all.
Tickets are still available, be sure to grab 'em!
Back at home base, we've got another cask of Extra Naked, though this time it's hopped with Michigan Cascade and Michigan Chinook! And if that ain't enough to tantalize your tastebuds, Everett's own Clive's Jams is bringin' the heat with hot pepper jam flights! We've got heat levels rangin' from 1 to 5: Jalapeno, Habanero, Ghost, Scorpion, and Ruxin Reaper! Take that!
Protip: spicy jam is incredible with baked brie***
* Fun fact: Bullhead was supposed to be a wet hop, but they had to delay harvesting due to rain and we couldn't delay brewing so we just brewed it anyway. It ended up working out in the end (as it ended up being one of our favorite beers).
** They come from Nugget rootstock, but they ain't like any Nugget you've ever had.
***aaaand mic drop
Hello again! There's been a lot of big haps around here (with not nearly enough big naps) and that's just a prelude to September: The Month of Bringin' It Strong.
We're tigers. Photo credit Matt Darcy / @bananamasher
This Thursday brings the much anticipated* return of Audio Triviality! So if you like trivia and/or music and/or beer and/or good times - and especially if you were "on the scene" in the nineties (since that's this month's theme) - come on out!
And also on Thursday we're trottin' out the cask version of F.A.O.! If you're a fan of this deceptively easy drinkin' black ale (or if you've missed out so far and you wanna give your tastebuds a treat) we suggest you get on down here tootsweet - this one's likely to undergo a lot of "sensory analysis" by us, so it might not last long!
And if that don't float your boat, we've also got a brand-spankin'-new beer gettin' released on Thursday: Belma Saison! It's a bone-dry yet brightly fruity single hop saison that we cooked up for the start of the Harvest Season** and we're right pleased with it! And to go with all this delicious beer, we've got Sillari's back for the return of Pizza Thursdays! Just like the good ol' days of roughly a month ago!
And if that wasn't enough pizza for you, we've got Oath in the house on Saturday for Pizza Saturdays! If you like pizza or days, this is your time to shine.
Plus! We're throwin' on another cask of FAO on Saturday, so if you're the type that ain't in our neck of the woods on weekdays, you'll get a second chance to grab some!
Then on Sunday, we're happy to introduce you to our new brunch friends: Third Cliff Bakery! There will be treats. There will be beer. It will be good.
Lastly but not leastly, we'd like to issue a gentle reminder that you should definitely come to the Mass Fermentational on the 16th! There's a crapload of great breweries showin' up, and that nigh-inevitably results in a crapload of fun times!
* By us.
** It doesn't actually have anything to do with harvesting or seasons, I just thought that sounded like something a good marketer would say.
Howdy all! It's been a whirlwind week of beer and pork and cake and beer and lawn games and surf rock and beer and good times, but things have finally calmed down enough that we can get back to doin' what we do best. But first! We'd like to make a point of thanking everybody who made our birthday bash such a success, from our food partners* to our game guys** to the band*** to our incredible (and thankfully quite patient and understanding) staff. And of course we can't forget you all (especially since some of you brought beers! And cakes! And paintings!) - we wouldn't be able to do what we do without all of you (and it would have been a pretty depressing party if y'all hadn't come out to celebrate with us). Thank you for coming out and drinking our beer, and thank you for being a part of this ridiculous little brewery of ours.
We had to Photoshop in our cellarman Ben because he managed to get the day off and enjoy the party!
These are just the beginning of pictures rolling in from Saturday! We've come a long way from last year...
And speaking of being a part of our brewery, we're hiring on the production side again! So if you're looking for some full-time work in the glamorous world of brewing (which, as we've said before, is basically janitorial work that somehow results in beer), head on over to our jobs page! (and then apply, of course)
Woo! Et cetera
And in other good news, we've listened to the clarion call**** for Holiday Hours and we'll be open on Labor Day! We'll be here all day, just itchin' to suit your pre-, post-, and snuck-away-from- barbecue needs!
We got you
On a somewhat more serious (read: boring) note, we figured now would be a good time to give you cats 'n' kittens the skinny on what's goin' down with us in the grander scheme of things. More to the point: as of late, we've been getting a lot of questions/comments/whathaveyou about expansion,***** so we figured we'd lay it all on the table for y'all. It's hardly a fun or entertaining story, and it probably definitely won't end on the answer you want to hear, but we like to be as transparent as we can around here! For starters, the whole thing really ends up boiling down to two different questions - the one we're excited about, and the one that people are usually actually asking.
The latter of the two - "when will your taproom be bigger" - is one that we don't have an answer for, and we frankly aren't terribly inclined to speculate on (we learned our lesson on that one a few times already). But for reference: it took us almost two years to open our current taproom after signing a lease, and at the moment we don't even have an available space that we can sign a lease on (in the past eight months, we've made little progress other than expressing a desire to have more space). You can feel free to extrapolate from there if you like, but the short answer is "not soon".
But! The way-less-sexy question of "when will you be able to make more beer" is one that's finally more-or-less got an answer! As you'll recall from months ago, we bought some new equipment that would allow us to expand capacity, and in order to get it running we needed to navigate a maze of contractors and inspections and all sorts of fun stuff. And in the midst of all that... we hit a snag. A big one. We ain't like to point fingers (and we certainly can't name names), but there was somebody we were relying who ended up being entirely untrustworthy****** and that set us back by a dang ol' ways. It was hugely frustrating for a long time, but we managed to chart a new course and we're back on track! We're in the middle of the first test run on our shiny new toys, and if things go according to plan (which would be a first for us), we'll be ready to hit the ground runnin' pretty much immediately!
A key ingredient to our fermentation process is hugging and whispering sweet nothings to the side of the tanks
And - more importantly - that has some pretty cool implications for you! Basically, we'll be able to do more of what we've been doin', and we might be able to cram a few new fun things in there for good measure. That means more new beers (and a thankful reprieve from the nearly-empty draft list that's plagued us for most of the summer) and the return of some old beers that y'all have been asking for (though y'all are mostly asking for the one beer we said would be impossible to brew again) and more hours for the taproom (which seems to be a point of confusion and/or contention, at least judging from the number of people who wander in during off hours) and maybe even a bit more stuff outside the confines of our cozy lil' taproom!
Look out for these bad boys within the next week or two!
And in keeping with our promise to bring in more fun things as soon as possible, we're rollin' out Big Stupid Cans! Tomorrow! It's something we've been wanting to do since forever, and we've had most of the stuff in-house for a while, but we weren't making enough beer to be able to support such a thing. And now we (hopefully) are!
Beach beers! Just in time for summer to be ending!
Anyway, if you're like most of the people we've talked to about this, you probably have a few questions. We'll do it up in Q&A format for ya:
Big Stupid Cans?
Yeah! They're rad! 25.4 oz of fresh beery goodness! Come buy some!
Are these crowlers?
Sort of. Mostly. We went with a slightly smaller size than most Crowlers (25.4 oz instead of 32oz), but they're filled and sealed by hand, one at a time not unlike the humble Crowler (which means they have a similar shelf life to a growler - about a week). Also we can't use the word "Crowler" for legal reasons because it's a registered trademark of the Ball Corporation and they've got some pretty strict rules about how you can and can't use the term. Plus we feel like "Crowler" is an awkward word to say.
Will you be distributing Big Stupid Cans to stores?
Nope! Sorry! We had to sign something saying we wouldn't do that before they'd let us buy the equipment (I told you their rules were strict). And also the shelf life of these cans makes them impractical at best for retail.
Are these the same size as the Foster's cans?
They sure are! And it turns out that the people who sell Crowler machinery don't really like it if you ask them that.
Will you be filling these to order?
We thought about it, but there was no way to make it work. The current plan is to fill a shitload at the beginning of the weekend (and possibly a backup shitload partway through the weekend) and then use that as our can allotment for the week. It might take us a little while to find the balance between not having too many left over (which would be a potential waste of beer) and not running out too quickly (which tends to piss people off), but we'll do our damnedest!
Are you going to stop doing growlers?
Absolutely not! Growlers are sweet!
And even with all this big news, we've still got the fun times rollin' this weekend! On Thursday we're gettin' our cask train rollin' with Fermento-Tainment all up in them pins (dry hopped with Empire), and we've got pimento jalapeño poppers to go along with it! After this week, we're goin' back to our regularly scheduled pizza programming, so come get while the gettin's good!
We saved the best for last, though the arancini will be tough to top
And on Friday, we've got the first of three empanada-focused installments from our new friends at Buenas! We can't wait to see what they come up with, but we're damn sure it's gon' be good!
Get in my belly
We've also got a growler pop up over at Pemberton Farms on Friday evening! If you won't be finding yourself in Everett, be sure to come say hello in Cambridge from 5-7pm!
There are free high fives
And if you're the type that likes to look a little farther into the future, don't forget that in just one short week (on September 7th) we're bringin' in the next installment of our monthly, loosely-music-themed trivia event: Audio Triviality! This month's theme is The Nineties and we're kinda afraid of what that will mean, but on the plus side we went and picked up some sweet (read: remarkably stupid) prizes for the winning team!
Come on out and win something dumb!
And looking ahead a little farther, circa mid-month (on September 16th) we'll be bringin' it strong at the Mass Fermentational in Worcester! It's a fest put on by the Mass Brewers Guild, which has us pretty stoked because they've got it together when it comes to throwing a fun festival. And as an added bonus, they let us invite some out-of-state beer friends which means we'll be pouring right next to New York's own Big aLICe Brewing! This is about as close to Beer Prom as we're liable to get, so come on by and join the good times!
Tickets right here: Mass Fermentational
And bringin' things a little (very) closer to home and even more recent, we picked the winners of this month's coloring contest! It was a contentious decision, complete with dust kicking and naps (just like in baseball!), but in the end we decided that this month's winner is Christine! Come get some free stuff with our logo on it, Christine!
And we've got some runners up! You also get some free stuff, only this free stuff is a little smaller.
And! Unrelated to coloring but still pretty rad - Eater Boston wrote a real nice article reflecting on our first year! You should read it! - Beer & Mortar: Turning One With Bone Up Brewing
* Sillari's even let us eat the pig heads! Which resulted a Lord Of The Flies situation in our break room that we're pretty glad you didn't see.
** Who also apparently dabble in antique cash registers. Of course they do.
*** We still kinda can't believe that we got The Weisstronauts to play at our party. Their music brings us so much joy.
**** From, like, four people.
***** Most people, particularly those of you who will bother to read this, have been hell of supportive and we do very much appreciate that. But every now and then we run into people who seem to think that "having to wait around a little while before drinking in the afternoon" is history's greatest injustice. So if we seem a bit defensive about the whole "you need to expand" thing at times, that's why.
****** We needed this particular person to fix something in the building (i.e. outside of our unit and thus outside of our jurisdiction). He estimated that it was two days' worth of work and promised that it would be done by the end of 2016. He didn't start until late March (of 2017, mind you) and then didn't finish for a month, at which point he started blaming further delays on National Grid whilst refusing to provide any proof of their involvement in or awareness of the situation. It's still not done, but we've gotten around the need for it.
Hi there! It's almost time. Time for what? Time for our birthday party! And, equally importantly, time for us to finally shut the hell up about our damn birthday party. Almost.
It's time to party, Let's party!
But until then, we're gonna talk about our upcoming birthday party!* Did we tell you there would be ice cream sandwiches? Beer ice cream sandwiches on maple bacon cookies? Because oh man, there are gonna be beer ice cream sandwiches on maple bacon cookies. Top Shelf Cookies has been making all the bacon for cookie test batches, and Fat Boyfriend Bakery has been fastidiously doing whatever the hell it is that causes beer and candy to turn into ice cream (we're picturing some kind of churn apparatus that somehow incorporates wooden buckets).
Hang out with yourself and have a crazy party!
And if sweet ain't up your alley - or if you wanna burn your tongue before you cool it off - Alex's Ugly Sauce is gonna be bringin' the heat at the same damn time! Like five feet away! And they're bringin' a super special secret sauce just for the party! We ain't even tried it yet, but you can rest assured it'll be the only condiment we use for quite some time.**
Hey you, let's party!
Looking for something more substantial? We've got you covered there, too. Sillari's (our reliable go-to for culinary expertise and experimentation) is gonna roast the hell outta some pigs and then feed them to you (along with sides and condiments made with our beer, of course). It's gonna be tasty, but you already knew that.
Have a killer party and party!
And to go with all these delectable delights? None other than The Weisstronauts will be providin' the sounds for your ears this fine evening. Not sure who The Weisstronauts are? Go give them a listen, but be prepared to question every decision that might have caused you to miss out on their tunes thus far.
Don't even try to deny it
And oh dang we didn't even mention beer yet. That's cool, it's not like beer is the entire reason we're here in the first place. Anyway, for the first time ever, you're gonna have eleven options to choose from! Eleven.*** Hot damn. And the list is a doozy, too - we've got our flagships, and Gnasher is still hangin' on, and we've got a couple casks of Gnasher with some cool dry hops, and we set aside a little Cosmic Showers just for Our Special Day (so if you tried to get some after it kicked, now's your chance), and we brewed Fermento-Tainment for the sole purpose of drinking it at this party, and we're releasing FAO: a beer brewed for charity that comes in a sweet new glass (if you're feelin' charitable, that is), and we're bustin' out some kegs of Beer of Truth that have been aging gracefully behind a shelf in our cold room, and we're introducing Jollybringer - our barrel aged tripel that we only have twelve gallons of!****
We'd be somewhere between impressed and grossed out if you managed to drink a full pour of everything (partly depending on how long it took you to do), but if you want your run of the list we suggest arriving on the early side - we've only got the rare release stuff in (vanishingly) small amounts.
'Cause you're gonna have a Party tonight
A quick word about FAO Black Ale: this recipe's been on the docket for a while, but we were inspired to bring it into existence earlier this summer when we were approached by the Black Ale Project, a craft beer initiative to raise money and awareness on behalf of U.S. veterans! We couldn't think of a better reason to bring this beer to life, and we even got special glassware to go along with the release! If you buy a pint of FAO, you can purchase the glass for $2 and we'll donate it to a charity for veterans (or you can purchase the glass alone for $4 and we'll donate that)!
And you know we're gonna do it tonight
And if you're more of the "sit quietly" type, we recently made a pretty rad addition to our Odd Pile O' Fun Activities up at the bar! This time around, right next to our stack o' coloring pages, we've got some animal-themed mad libs courtesy of***** the Anatomy of Animals book! They're pretty brief (which means they avoid the classic mad lib pitfall of being too much work) but they're hella fun and they've got cool drawings on them, so check 'em out!
Party, party, There's gonna be a party tonight!
Last but not least, now that we're an entire Year Old we figure we should "step up" and "rock the casbah," which in this case means "encouraging day drinking" on "federal holidays." More to the point: we'll be open on Labor Day! Ta da!
* We're taking over the parking lot and will have outdoor pouring stations and seating areas in addition to regular taproom service, so there will be plenty of room for all! We're not doing tickets or anything - it's all first come, first serve - plus the first 100ish people will get a free logo glass (pictured above) and probably some other swag! Outdoor areas will be pet and kid friendly.
** It's actually a little surprising that buying hot sauce by the case is a new experience for us, but it was bound to happen eventually.
*** Twelve if you count the two different casks (which won't be on simultaneously), ten if you don't consider Gnasher On Cask to be different from Regular Ol' Gnasher.
**** Turns out small barrels don't make for the biggest beer releases.
***** "Courtesy of" means "stolen from," right?
Howdy and hello! We may be just a short ways from that ol' birthday party we keep babblin' about, but we've got much to discuss in the meantime - so buckle up, 'cuz we gon' ramble atcha!
This is next! friggin! week! In case you forgot!
But before we get to all the fun times we got comin' your way, it behooves us to let you know that we have SO MUCH new merch! We've got fancy sandstone* coasters and work shirts and tank tops! Plus we've got half pints behind the bar (for normal use and/or for sale if you want to class up your home bar a bit), which means we've got a pretty respectable option if you ain't wanna commit to a full pint of something!
Full disclosure: they are way more precious in person
We got new shirts! Some of them are green! Some of them have buttons!
Anyway, startin' up this ol' weekend, we got us another big day on Thursday - a new beer, the return of a much-beloved cask, and - of course - more delicious snacks!
And what of this new beer, you ask? Why it's none other than our Weisstronauts-inspired Best Bitter: Fermento-Tainment! We brewed it for y'all to enjoy at our birthday party (since we somehow convinced The Weisstronauts themselves to play at said party), but it's ready now and we can't wait to share it with you!
Fermento-Tainment for your mouth, Instro-Tainment for your ears!
As for that cask we mentioned - the last time we put triple sec soaked oak chips into a cask o' Kelly, y'all drank it so dang fast that we didn't get to have any! Then we made it again. So we could have some this time.
Who knew porter and oak chips were the perfect summer romance?
"This bounty of tasty beer is great and all, but what if I need a pile of snacks as well?" Don't you worry. Sillari's gotcha covered yet again, and this time around they're bringin' arancini! Not sure what that is? Just look up "foods stuffed with other foods" and you'll start to get an idea.
Then on Friday, Sillari's is back with more! Fancy! Pizza!
And on Saturday we're puttin' on another o' them triple sec oaked Kelly casks on because the first one will probably be empty within like two hours.
Then on Sunday we've got coffee and Union Square Donuts! Fancy donuts! Fancy cold brew! Coffee/beer boilermakers if you ask nicely! Probably!
Treats! For your face!
And! If you're a fan of both drinking and being near monkeys, we're pourin' at Brew at the Zoo on Saturday! It's a very good festival. You can get into an argument with a peacock and everything.
It's so much fun you guys.
* We've spent a pretty extensive amount of time doing field research on coasters, and so far these are our favorites. They won't stick to your glass like tile/glass/metal ones, and the sandstone will absorb condensation. They're pretty rad.
In Which We Briefly Stop Rambling About Our Birthday Party In Order to Ramble About Hot Sauce... At Our Birthday Party
Hello again! It's been a week burstin' with bustle around here and we got heaps o' good things to prattle on about, so we gon' cut the shuck and jive and get on with the newsin'!
We weren't planning on leading with more excited rambling about our upcoming birthday party (it's in like two weeks! It's gonna be so much fun!), but we just found out some excitin'-ass news and we can't wait to tell you about it! See, we want this party to (at least partly) be a celebration of all the awesome people we've worked with over the past year, so to keep y'all full of treats during the earlier parts of the day we invited Fat Boyfriend Bakery (for beer ice cream and some pretzel-related treats) and Alex's Ugly Sauce (for hot sauce flights) and Top Shelf Cookies (for delicious cookies, some of which are made with Alex's Ugly Sauce potentially all of which can be used to make an ice cream sandwich with Fat Boyfriend's beer ice cream). We've been pretty stoked to have such a good crew comin' to hang out, and then - entirely unbeknownst to us - Alex went and made a friggin' hot sauce to be released at our party! We haven't even tried it yet and we're pretty sure we don't want to eat other condiments ever again.
If only we could have filmed Jimbo's reaction to this picture (it almost broke her)
Anyway, back to the "task at hand," those of y'all who have been in the taproom lately might have noticed our beer menu lookin' a little... beat up these days. There's reasons behind that but they're boring so we'll just cut to the part where we announce new beers!
First up is Gnasher - a grisette - which is gettin' released on Thursday! A grisette, for those of you who may not know (and in all fairness, it's a style we hadn't really heard of until a couple months before we brewed one), is pretty similar to a saison. It's a session-strength, spice-forward, smooth-sippin, thirst-quenchin', palate-pleasin' pleasure of a beer that we've been just itchin' to brew (it's been on our To Do list for, like, three months). Our take on the style is on the malt-focused side with a dash of sweetness and a (small) handful of fruity New World hops that provide a swell backdrop for all them grains. We predict you gon' enjoy.
Swimming into a glass near you!
Speaking of Thursday, we're also puttin' on a cask of our favorite beer to cask up - Extra Naked! This one's featuring another one o' them experimental yet-to-be-named hop varieties: HBC 472! According to the literature, this lil' hop has some interesting flavor characteristics - it's floral coconut-y and earthy* and woody - which probably means the head of our cask filling department relied fairly heavily on the rule of manual proximity** in this case, but that just means we'll get one hell of a Flavor Experience™!
Hops with codenames are the most fun hops
And to go with all that tasty beer, we've got Sillari's comin' through with another round of bar bites! This time around it's meatball parm subs, so we suggest you put on your eatin' pants and maybe also take a tip from the Pizzaman himself and put on a red shirt. That way it can double as a napkin!
Your date will be impressed.
And if all that weren't enough for ya,*** we're also releasing yet another wedding beer on Thursday! This one's titled Cosmic Showers of Love, and it's a lovely ol' double IPA that's just out of this world!
This one goes out to our new friend Peter, who helped out with Lead Brewer responsibilities on brewday (janitorial work followed by drinking)!
And the next couple Fridays we're doin' something called "Hippea Hour" but I don't know what that is. Vegan cheetos?
We'll find out.
And to go with all that healthy snackin', we've got Sillari's back in for Fancy Pizza Fridays! Just how fancy will it be this week? It is a mystery.
Then on Saturday we got us another cask o' Extra Naked, only this time it's dry hopped with house-favorite Idaho 7! Idaho's a peachy, fruity delight and it'll brighten ol' Extra Naked right up, which would make it the perfect pairing for some sort of weird cheese/bread hybrid. If only we had some way of gettin' this mythical snack into our faces...
It just so happens that on Saturday we've got Boston-based Cozinha servin' up pao de quejo and lil' sandwiches! She's slingin' her treats the old school way and only accepting cash, so a stop at the ATM for cheese roll/pinball money will be key. But you should come! Right when we open! And sit around drinking until we can give you snacks!
There can be nothing wrong with this plan.
Anyway. Moving on. In addition to these cool new beer releases this week, we've got some cool new beer releases coming up soon! Fermento-Tainment, our Weisstronauts-inspired bitter, is sittin' in the tanks, and we're currently brewing up some extra special beer for a good cause! How special, you ask? Special enough that it needs its own paragraph.
Read more about the cause here: Black Ale Project
A little ways back we got to talkin' with Dave from the Black Ale Project, and he laid down the skinny on something that we're proud to say we're a part of! The short version of the story is: partner breweries brew a black ale of some sort and donate some or all of the proceeds to a veteran-related charity of their choosing. For our beer contribution, we decided to trot out our take on a Schwarzbier (which is named FAO - at least until we get yet another C&D in the mail). And for our fundraising, we're changin' things up a little bit - we're getting some pretty rad custom glassware printed up to go with this beer, and if you buy a pint you can keep the glass for an extra $2, which will be donated entirely to charity (we're still in talks with some people, but the destination of the donations will be decided before the beer is out). We figure it's win-win-win: you get to drink beer, and get a cool souvenir, all for a good cause! If all goes according to plan (and it should), it'll be on tap in two weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for more details!
And speaking of things that are happening in the future, we've gotten wind of the themes for the next two installments of Audio Triviality, our monthly music-themed trivia event! Taking a bit of a departure from this month (which some people seemed to think was "too specific"), September's theme is "the 90's." We've been told that there would be a minimum of questions about the Spice Girls (ideally somewhere in the zero range), so we'll color ourselves cautiously optimistic! And for October... let's be serious, there's really only one option for October trivia themes (three hours of questions about Glenn Danzig).
And this is where I'd write my sassy outro if I could think of anything. Cheers!
* Which is a polite way of saying it might kind of taste like dirt.
** In that he picked the one closest to his hand.
*** Dang man, what are you holdin' out for?
Jared and Jimbo will tell you some things, sometimes.