...August when we kicked off the month by hosting part of Somergloom (and, of course, releasing a beer by the same name to pair with the show)!
...September when we started the month by sponsoring RPM Fest (which, if you've never been, is a pretty incredible metal fest out in central Mass) and then the week after that Adapter Adapter, Coma Hole, Eight Foot Manchild, and Trub all played a show for Jared's birthday (kidding, of course. It did happen to fall on his birthday, but it wasn't actually* for his birthday) and the day after that we got to have our Harvest Market, or at least we got to have half of it until it got canceled due to rain!
And since the weather started to cool down a bit, we got to resume all of our fun "it's not a million degrees out" activities like cask and sushi classes and also we got to release that collab beer that we brewed with CBC back in July (named Dada Processing, because it's very PoMo) plus we hosted The Office Trivia, Extra Hard Edition which included what is honestly a career-best stupid trivia prize.
...October when we had our first indoor show! Sure, the circumstances behind this show moving indoors were maybe not the best, but we were able to scramble together all the fixin's for a pretty rad time and we got to enjoy a buncha cool acoustic performances from Stephen Brodsky and Adam McGrath plus Marquis Lavoie, Hall Monitor, and T. Bloodhound and that honestly paved the way for a bunch more indoor shows in the weeks/months to come so something something silver lining!
...November when we really started to "pull out all the stops" in terms of having music in the taproom! We started the month off with some metal (The Outlourdes, Blast Shield, and Sordid Spell) and then later in the month our Powerviolence friends in Sexless Marriage had their dang ol' album release show in our taproom (also featuring Dwelley and Wire Lines, who are decidedly not powerviolence bands but they're rad nonetheless and we like shows with variety)(also the guy who put the show together - one of the ones who ran "Obnoxious Trivia" several months back - neglected to tell the sound guy that he would in fact be the sound guy for the evening, so that made things super fun for a little while) and then we had a big ol' hardcore show right after Thanksgiving (Billy, Throw, Unhinged, Impulse Control)!
...December when honestly it really started to hit home that this was gonna be our last month, but we were still. Determined. To. Have. All. The. Fun. Dammit. And have fun we did! We held Horatio Day a month early and this was the first year that it had live music! Twice! We got to bring in a bunch of friends to play live music (The Weisstronauts and The Electric Heaters on Saturday, then DnA's Evolution and The Guilloteenagers on Sunday) and several of the bands wrote songs just for us (well, The Guilloteenagers wrote a song about us a couple years ago and they've been playing it ever since, but that's even better?) and that's not even the main point of Horatio Day, the main point of Horatio Day is barrel-aged beer! And also cake. But mostly beer! We'd been pretty much bottling constantly since we started prepping for Shitty Wednesday and that showed no sign of slowing in December, especially since our Horatio Day featured pretty much all of those big ol' boozebombs we'd been bottling up.
** OK fine I lied about not going into it more. In short, even though we weren't violating any laws or the terms of our permit, the city changed the terms of said permit because they "received some phone calls to code enforcement." Also of note, there's no official record of any complaints to any department (we submitted a FOIA request). Anyway, we're still more than a little unhappy about this, but also we're used to this kind of stuff from Everett.
*** The bands that played Horatio Day were also some of our favorite bands that have played here in the past. We've got a lot of favorites because we've worked with a lot of cool bands.
**** "Of course we'll stay in touch after summer camp!"