Well hey there, cats and kittens! We're back to ramble about our brewery and whoa nelly do we have a lot goin' on this week! There's merch and largely-intentional holes in the walls and enough new beers that I lost count, so read on dear reader and read up the writin' we wrote about all the doin' we done did.
First off, we got our birthday merch! It's hella rad if we do say so ourselves, but this is really just a tease anyway because we're keepin' this sweet swag on lockdown until The Day Itself. Still though, check it out!
There are mugs!
There are t-shirts!
There are also tank tops!
Anyway. Beer. As we mentioned last week in this here blog, we had some secret beer in the works at the time. And we do still have some secret beer waitin' in the wings, but we were able to release one of them dang ol' beers last week: Rebello Fellow! See, our friend Victor recently turned American, and pretty much the only way we know how to celebrate anything is by brewing beer about it, so we whipped up a big ol' hoppy ol' Belgian strong for Victor's America Party! And now it's on tap! Come drink some!
Victor wants YOU to come drink his U.S.A. beer!
But that ain't all the new beer we got for you, no way. Far from it. See, we brewed up a big buncha beers for our birthday bash, but we're too excited to wait until the Big Day to release 'em all, so we're givin' y'all a Sneak Preview by puttin' summa those suckers on tap Right Friggin' Now!
We done gone filled it all up again...
First up on that list is the beer we brewed to enjoy alongside the musical stylings of DnA's Evolution (who will, not coincidentally, be playing at our birthday party)! The beer in question is an entirely-quaffable pale ale named DNA made with locally-grown Magnum from our friends at Four Star Farms! It's tasty as heck and dang but if it doesn't smell just like standing in a hop yard and also it's on tap right now and you should drink some!
Be like Jared.
"But wait," you say. "Y'all are allways nattering on about how dark beers are best in the hot weather, but your draft list looks like it's got a strong touch of Summer Fever to me." And that's a fair point. Or at least if would be, if we hadn't drawn Dark Inspiration from our friends (and soon-to-be performers at our birthday party) Blood Built Empire! We needed the perfect beer to pair with their set, and if that beer ain't a dry stout then I don't even know what to tell you (except, perhaps, that your opinion might be wrong).
Anyway, Blood Built Stout is damn near delightful and it's also on tap right now!
And if you're lookin' for somethin' to do (and/or eat) while you drink all these tasty new beers, we've got you covered there, too! First up, on Thursday, is the return of Simpsons Trivia! And to pair with all the puzzlers presented by our lovely host Chris, we're puttin' on a one-night-only beertail, dubbed "The Beer Goggles, They Do Nothing" so come on out and play!
Did we mention there will be hot dogs? There will be hot dogs.
Moving along to Friday, we've got Matilda's back in the house dishin' up some fried Dominican pastelitos!
And if you're full-speed-ahead on the carb train (I know we are), Seven Hills Pasta is comin' through on Saturday! Last time they were around we may or may not have eaten so much as to draw unfavorable comparisons to farm machinery, so we're pretty dang stoked for this time!
The Feeding: Part II
In other big taproom news (though maybe not having that much effect on you personally), we've got a new hole in the wall! Now our bartenders can get between the two bars without having to trek halfway around the dang building, which seems like something that would be pretty important on a certain birthday party that I may or may not have mentioned fifty times already.
WALL HOLE! WALL HOLE!
Hello again! We got lotsa things brewing (both literally and figuratively) so we ain't gonna "beat around the bush" with a bunch of "shuck and jive" and instead we're gonna "get right to it" and maybe we'll make some friends along the way and maybe learn a thing or two about this big ol' world of ours.
Like how Jimbo is all heart and no muscle at arm wrestling. Too soon?
Anyway. We've got some pretty cool stuff goin' on behind the scenes as part of our hopefully-soon-to-be-useful army of clutter: a brand new cold room! Now, it ain't yet up and running (much to the dismay of the people who populate our already-too-small existing cold storage space) and we can't use it until we follow a bunch of "safety regulations" or something, but it's here! And it's more-or-less put together! Progress!
Very little blood was spilled on the floor this go-around.*
And speaking of progress, Audio Triviality is back this week! And he's bringing back a theme that was either a crowd favorite last time or it's just proof that he's running low on ideas. Anyway, the theme is Bad Music!
You'll likely hear good music blastin' from the back while your humble brewers hustle through a double brew to get the rest of them birthday beers ready in time!
And what, praytell, would ease the pain of having to listen to Papa Roach or whoever for a few hours? Probably some cask! And if you're like us (which, maybe? I dunno), you may well have noticed that Extra Naked is hella tasty on cask. We have also noticed that, so this week we've got Extra Naked on cask! Dry hopped with something or other!
Editor's note: it's Masscade. You know, our favorite?
"But wait," you say, "Liz and/or Jared (I'm not sure who writes this blog) - if you're brewing as much beer as you say you are, why you got them empty lines in the draft list?" Well never you fret, gentle strawman, because we've got a perfectly good answer for all of that and it's definitely not something that I'm making up right now.
Anyway the main rub of the gist is that some of these beers are Secret Beers and they sure as heck wouldn't be secret if we released them to the public, now would they? But we got at least one secret beer goin' on this weekend and one the next and there might be another one in the middle I dunno and then after that we're gonna start bringin' out the Birthday Beers** startin' early next week!
Party! In advance!
Speaking of partying, we gots to announce July's coloring contest winners! Here they are, come on down and collect them sweet winnings!
Our first prize goes to Brendan H., who colored at the bar all night, disappeared for days, and left work yesterday to drive over all harried-like midday to make sure he submitted his picture on time. Good jorb!
And our runners up!
Lastly but certainly not leastly, we've got some tasty-as-heck pop ups coming your way this week! Today, we're hosting our first ever beer dinner in the taproom, and there's still a few tickets left! We'll have cheese and veggies and chicken and beer and good times, so if you're hungry, come on by!
Not pictured: carrot cake
On Friday, Andres from Mr. Tamole is swinging through with his delicious salsas, tamales, and street corn! There's carnivore and vegetarian-friendly options available as always!
That mole sauce though
And on Saturday, we're delighted to announce the debut of Littleburg Kitchen in the taproom! They'll be slingin' some tasty-as-heck veggie burgers and small treats all afternoon!
* See most of the blog posts from early 2016.
** ICYMI: We're plannin' a whole slew of beer releases for our birthday bash on 8/25 w(which you should totally come to), including but not limited to a beer brewed for each band that's playing the party!
Hello friends! I hope you're in the mood for doom, because we got some spooktacular treats comin' your way!
First on the docket - which is to say, a beer that we tapped almost a week ago but then kind of forgot to mention (despite how tasty it is) - Doomrider! If you're lookin' for the lowdown skinny on this lil' ol' big beer, the short scoop is that it's a farmhouse that's been hangin' out in some barrels for a while and a half. More to the point, it's a tasty (and mildly tart) beer that's gotten a buncha quality time with some Bear Creek Wheat Whiskey barrels and hoo-boy is it tasty!
Speakin' of tasty, this Thursday we're once again revvin' up the beer engine with our favorite-ever beer to put on cask: Extra Naked! This time around it's dry hopped with Mt. Rainier grown by our friends at Four Star, and we're right stoked to see what this new-to-us hop brings to the table.
And while there's talk of tables, did we mention that we'll be doing a beer dinner at T'ahpas 529 this Thursday? Because we are! The menu looks tasty as all get-out and we cooked up some beer pairings that we're pretty dang excited about and also we're probably gonna be there to awkwardly ramble about our beers! It'll be fun for everyone! If you wanna get in on this, give the restaurant a call at (781) 590-4916 to make a reservation!
And while we're goin' on about fun, we should probably mention that we're bringin' in our friend(s) from Alex's Ugly Sauce for some hot sauce flights on Saturday!
And you know what goes great with hot sauce? Probably barbecue, right? Well I sure hope they're a good pairing, because we gon' have BBQ from Smokin' Betty's at the same dang time and if that don't sound like a party then I don't know what does.
And if you're lookin' for something fun and weird to do outside the cozy confines of our taproom, Jimbo's gonna be reppin' strong at the Pink Boots Arm Wrestling Showdown and Mini Train Jamboree at Lookout Farm this Sunday! There's gonna be good times and good causes and probably a pretty good showing on the silly costume front - what more could you ask for?
Hello friends! I hope you're ready for good times and friendship, because we've got some good times and friendship comin' atcha!
First up, we are just straight-up excited as heck to show you our fully-installed new bar! It's been lingering in a sort of ~80% done limbo for a couple weeks (because of Reasons) but dang does it look fine! Admittedly, there's still a finishing touch or two that needs to be added, but that stuff is all pretty quick, right?
...and what's that behind it? Is that a new tile floor for our soon-to-be-expanded production area? It sure is! While that might not be as purdy as our sturdy ol' bar, it means we can finally start doin' stuff in our new production space! Woo!
So much room for activities! Like cleaning! And sanitizing! And organizing!
Speaking of doin' stuff, remember that collaboration brew (well, whiskey "brew") we did with GrandTen a ways back? Well they came on over to our house to return the favor just yesterday: we took the grain bill from their single malt whiskey, and for the first time ever we had a guest yeast strain all up ins! We don't know a hell of a lot about what their yeast is bringin' to the table (they were pretty tight-lipped on the details), but you can rest assured that this is gonna be a beer unlike anything we've made in the past!
And while we're goin' on about cool stuff happenin' in Future Times, we figure we best let y'all in on the sweet deets about what we got planned for special beers for our birthday party! Now, as we mentioned, we're plannin' on havin' four musical guests this year, and assuming all goes according to plan, we're gonna brew up a beer to pair with each dang ol' band! But you knew that already.* But what you (probably) didn't know is that after a bit o' planning, we've (mostly) got the beers themselves mapped out! For The Weisstronauts we'll have a hoppy blonde ale named Jaunty, for Blood Built Empire we'll have a dry stout that ain't got a name yet (we were gonna call it "Empire" but that's the name of a brewery in a neighboring state and we ain't wanna step on toes, so we're goin' with "Blood Built" unless that changes), for DNA's Evolution we'll be brewin' up a pale ale tentatively named DNA, and for Sunken City we'll be brewin' up a new(ish)fangled take on an old favorite - a witbier - and namin' it Sunken Wit.
And one last note on that - while we are brewin' up these here beers to enjoy at our lil' ol' party, it's not entirely feasible for us to hold off on releasing all of them until the Big Day, so keep an eye out over the coming weeks if you want a sneak peek!
Our draft list, as it currently stands - Four Star Smoothie, Mr. Buttons, Azacca, and Springtime Lies are all on the cusp of extinction, so come visit us this weekend for one more pour if you enjoyed them!
Anyway. Back to the now. As per usual and right on time, this Thursday we're servin' up a cask that's fresh as heck and twice as tasty! This time around it's gonna be Hillcrest! If you like things that are brown, this will probably be right up your alley.
And speaking of good things that we think you'll enjoy, we've got our friend Mr. Tamole back in the taproom this Friday! Good tastes and good times to be had by all.
It's been too long!
And for something a little later on and further afield, we'll be reppin' at Tails & Ales in Methuen on Saturday! It's a beer festival plus a fundraiser plus a giant pet adoption! Come on out and say hi and maybe leave with a dog!
Or possibly a farm animal.
* Unless you didn't.
Ahoy there! We got good beers and good times galore out here on the SS Horatio* so climb aboard and grab a beer! Yarr!
First and/or foremost, we've got a new beer on tap right dang now! It's a session brown ale called Hillcrest and it is brown! Jimbo went and brewed this lil' beer up to celebrate her parents' recent milestone wedding anniversay - session-strength, smooth-sippin', and brewed with a fistful of oats 'n love, this beer is the perfect choice for an impromptu summer stroll with your favorite human or late night campfire chats.
Next up we've got the return of Simpsons Trivia this Thursday night! It was pretty dang fun last time - and a close match to boot, with the Flandersian Scholars just barely beating the Disciples of the Order of The Muntz, who were trailed closely by the Shelbyvillains.** Anyway we've got our question list all ready to rock and we're stocked on stupid prizes and we might even remember to announce the themed beertail before the end of trivia night this time, so you should come on out!
Getting back to the brownish-beer-related fun times, we've got Mister Buttons on cask this week! We didn't add no funny business to this one because this beer is pretty much made for cask and we figured that messing around with it would be the sort of thing that a silly person would do, so we left it alone!
Moving right along, on Friday we've got Brato back in the house to shove some hot sausage in your mouth during our first ever Inferno Night! Thassright, they cooked up an extra-spicy (and extra-tasty) menu just for us and they'll be servin' it up in our taproom all dang evening!
And then on Saturday, if you happen to be a morning and/or exercising person, we've got a 5K heading out of the brewery at 11AM, followed by flights in the taproom!
Lastly, as a follow-up to last week's brewery-buildout extravaganza (two holes in the wall), now we've got a staircase to nothing! But maybe don't use it because in addition to going nowhere it also doesn't have railings yet.
* That's what our patio is called now, apparently, which should in no way be confusing for anyone.
** I have no idea if any of these team names are accurate because I didn't pay that much attention during the last trivia.
Hello, friends! It's been a big ol' busy ol' week around here and we've got tons of cool stuff to share!
In the biggest news, our new bar has arrived! We spent a lotta time thinking through and working out the various details, but this is the first time we've actually seen it all up close and personal, and dang but it looks amazing!*
And in more big rad news, we've got (most of) our doorways leading between the existing and in-progress parts of our taproom! They don't look like much (because they're just people-sized holes in the wall), but it's yet another step forward (and it really opens the room up, if we do say so ourselves)!
And speaking of rad news, we know it's somethin' of a fun outdoors grilling type day today, so to celebrate we're dolin' out free hot dogs in the taproom! Come and get 'em!
And in the midst of all that big news, we can't forget about the trusty-as-always cask release! We were right pleased with the cask of Azacca that was dry hopped with Mass-grown cascade, so this week we're tryin' the same beer with New York-grown cascade - on tap this Thursday! Wild times, indeed.
Speaking of things that happen on the regular, don't forget to come on out this Thursday for Audio Triviality! We suspect a good time will be had, though we don't know the theme of the night because Matt won't tell us (or he did tell us and we forgot, but either way we don't have his phone number so we can't ask him).
And while we're on the topic of trivia, don't forget to swing through next Thursday for the second installment of Simpsons Trivia! A good time was had by all last time (except for maybe the jerks that didn't like their stupid prizes), so we feel pretty confident saying it'll be fun again this time!
Speaking of which (and/or not really), a new month means a new batch of coloring contest winners! We had some extremely adequate entries this month, which made judging tricky to say the least, but we were able to pick a winner and four runners-up! Party!
Congrats on first prize, Lindsay!
And looking a little farther into the future, Jimbo's gettin' ready to resume her wrestlin' persona as the Fermento-Terror at the Pink Boots Boston Summer Showdown on July 29! It's gonna be at Lookout Farm in Natick and there's gonna be arm wrestlin' and laughter and novelty train rides and special beers. Grab your tickets here - all proceeds go towards the Pink Boots Boston Chapter. Come on out and support the rad ladies who make your beer!
Lastly but not leastly, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention (again**) that we're throwing a second birthday party for our taproom at the end of August! We have several bands lined up*** and several special beers in planning and many many fun ideas to give y'all some good times to enjoy!
* There is, of course, a bit of touch-up work that we need to do, but that's just details (adding side rails, attaching the bar top to the supports that it's sitting on, stuff like that).
** Spoiler alert, we'll be mentioning this pretty much every week until it happens and then maybe also for a little while afterwards too.
*** Our current lineup is entirely bands we've met through the taproom. How friggin' cool is that? Tentative lineup: The Weisstronauts, Blood Built Empire, DnA's Evolution, and Sunken City!
Oh hi there! Welcome back! We've got some tasty times for all y'all, both soon and on the horizon, so sit on down and read on up and we'll tell you what we've got goin' on!
Firstly, as always, we're tappin' a new cask this Thursday! This time around it's a beer that's relatively new to the menu, but which has become a fast favorite of ours around here: Azacca! It's nice 'n' light 'n' refreshing, and we've got a hunch that it'll pair quite nicely with a handful of MA-grown Four Star Cascade, so we put some right on in there!
The only beer you need right now.
And speaking of Four Star Farms, we recently had the opportunity to pop by our favorite hop growers and check on all their lil' hoplets, and dang but they're lookin' great! But you ain't gotta take my word for it, because we got pictures galore!* Check out how good they look!
New beer festival location?
Gettin' all kinds of up close and personal with the lil' hoplets (we're told that's a technical term)
Speaking of things that are great, we're less than two short months away from the taproom's second birthday party! We still gotta lock down a detail or two, but the general plan is to do what we did last year, only bigger and/or betterer: beers and music and meats and treats - the whole dang nine! You've got two months' notice, which means you've got plenty of time to come up with a plausible-ish excuse get out of any current and/or future plans that you might have for that day.
Remember how much fun that was?
We gon' double all that up!
Anyway, bringin' things a little closer to Present Times: are you a yoga fan (or perhaps even yoga-curious), but not always down with listening to a bunch of recordings of waterfalls or whale sounds or whatever the heck they play in most yoga classes? If so, we've got just the ticket: Black Widow Yoga is hostin' Metal Yoga in our taproom this Saturday at 10:30!
Hail Satan. Strengthen your core.
Lastly but not leastly, in case you missed it: we released another dang ol' new beer last weekend! It's a Kentucky Common (essentially a toasty little amber) and its name is Mr. Buttons, brewed to honor a pooch of the same name, and it comes in a cool custom glass! And as you've seen us do a time or two in the past, if you wanna keep that sweet glassware, it's only three bucks and we'll donate those bucks to a dog rescue!
Tasty beers, rad glassware, good causes, dogs - what more could you ask for?
* "Pictures galore" obviously means "two pictures, three if you count the one I accidentally took of my feet"
Hello! How are you? I hope you're doing well, and I hope you're in the mood for a whole slew of tasty new beers because that's exactly what we're gonna give ya!
But before we get to that, we (specifically Jimbo and Jared) have recently been selected for a unique and unexpected honor, and we're pretty excited to share it with all of you: we've been asked to be judges at the US Air Guitar Regional Championships this Saturday! It's gonna be a fun event (and one we're downright flattered to be a part of), and it's open to the public as far as we know, so y'all should come on out! We have it on moderately good authority that there will be silly costumes.
Anyway. Beer. As of late, our draft list has had a few more holes in it than we would have liked (because of reasons), so we're fixin' that folly by puttin' out two new beers this week!
First up, on tap right dang now, is a single hop blonde ale named (and featuring) Azacca! It's a tasty, tropically fruity, easygoing little beer that'll pair perfectly with some patio times!
Then on Thursday as a change of pace from the new stuff, we've got an old favorite back on cask: Wasted Life! It's been a little while since we've seen this beer on cask, so we're pretty stoked to see her revvin' the ol' beer engine once again - this time fortified with a heapin' helpin' of MI-grown Chinook!
On Saturday we ain't releasing any new beers (at least not that we know of), but we will be hosting a fun run in the morning! So if you're the exercising type and you wanna get some post-run beer in you downright immediately afterwards, come on out and join us!
Then on Sunday at some point, we'll have another new beer! Just like I said we would! And this one's a doozy because it's our two hundredth batch (which we have obviously named Bison Penny)! We love us some a good milestone around here, so to celebrate the slew of yeast pitchin' and grain haulin' and dry hoppin' that preceded this beer, we decided to brew up a big ol' super saison featuring some of our favorite ingredients (which are often from some of our favorite people)! This is a big ol' beer, but keeping in the Bone Up spirit, it's sneaky-smooth enough that it'll slip past your tastebuds lickety-split and you'll wanna drink two hundred of 'em! (Please do not try to drink two hundred beers, especially not all at once.)
In other (exciting, expansion-related) news, our architectural drawings were finally finalized this week! We've been keepin' busy painting and planning and building furniture these last couple of months, but without knowing what the city needed from us rennovations-wise, we couldn't do much more than that. And now we can! Unless the building department doesn't like the drawings!
Howdy do, cats and kittens! I hope you're lookin' for new beers and fun times, because that's exactly what we've got to offer!
First up, on tap now, is Four Star Smoothie! We collaborated with our friends at Four Star Farms and used a bunch of their proprietary(ish) hop blend CrysCade in this here beer (which means it's got a bit more... focus than our smoothie beers tend to have) and it's citrusy and grassy and ever so tasty. Try some!
And if you're in the mood to brood, we've also got the deep and complex and deeply complex Joyrider! Long story short, it's a rye-whiskey-barrel-aged version of Joybringer, but oh man does it have some hidden depths to plumb.
Then on Thursday, we're finally gonna strut our stuff up on stage with our all-new Simpsons Trivia Night! This is our first time doin' this, but we have it on moderately good authority that our host has some fun tricks up his sleeve, so come on out and join the party!
Speaking of which, we've got a special cask release on Thursday: Bart's Comet! This is definitely something that we made with trivia night in mind and not just a normal beer with a Simpsons-related name slapped on it. Nope.
And while we're on the subject of casks, we should also probably mention the cask fest that we'll be pourin' at this weekend! Long story short, we'll be schleppin' on down to Cape Cod Brewing to pour a bunch of casks! There'll be good beer and good times, so you should come hang out!
And while we're on the subject of hangin' out, we'd like to give a shoutout to all the awesome brewery peeps that have helped us kick off our industry kickball "league!" We came up with the idea to get together a couple times a week for some pickup kickball games down the street from our taproom, and so many local Beer Friends answered our calls! Peeps from Night Shift, Wormtown, Notch, Castle Island, Modern Draught, Short Path, Jack's Abby, (the soon-to-be) Oddfellows, Lord Hobo, Aeronaut, and of course our own humble operation came out to play and it's oh so much fun! If you're in the brewery industry yourself, you should join! Email us for the details at email@example.com!
Lastly but far from leastly, we figured that y'all were moderately to very overdue for an update on all this expandin' we're tryin' to do, and we aim to fix that! But before we delve into the nitty gritty, it's worth mentioning that the one question you're hoping we'll answer - namely, "when all this gon' be done" - is something we (frustratingly - for us in particular) don't have an answer for. But that don't mean we ain't been busy! Thanks to a flurry of activity (and some massively appreciated help) we got most of the cosmetic stuff in the taproom mostly done - flooring and molding and painting and tables and countertops and that sweet mural that Jimbo's been painting and probably at least one other thing that I'm not thinking of (though now that I think about it, a rug would really tie the room together).
And on toppa all that, a lot of the Behind The Scenes stuff is well underway - the new tanks are up and running and the plumbing's done and the tile installation for the new production floor is scheduled and our new cold room is bein' built as we speak! Now all we gotta do is tie up a few "loose ends" like convincing the city to let us use this dang ol' space that we spent so much time building out - should be easy, right?
Hi friends! Welcome back! We've got a whole buncha good times and good beers (and maybe some tasty treats to go along with 'em), so check out all this stuff we're doing!
Firstly, on Thursday, we've got our trusty monthly music trivia: Audio Triviality! And since this is the one-year anniversary of our first dang ol' trivia night, word on the street is that our host has a few extra tricks up his sleeve - so if you're feelin' trivial (and it wouldn't hurt it you're also a fan of bands with names like "Femur Grinder"), come on by and test your metal mettle!
Celebrating one year of silly and sometimes questionable prizes.
And to go along with all that triviality, we've got a fresh cask of a beer that's become a fast favorite around here: Comet Bomb! And guess what - we dry hopped it with more comet!
Followin' hot on the heels of all them festivities, this Friday (probably) marks the return of Loretta! Y'all have been diggin' this purple beer, so it would be downright silly to turn you down.
Getting you White Girl Tipsy since 2018.
And to "sweeten the deal," on Friday, we've also got new-to-us Jean Louis Pasta comin' in and dishin' up some small-batch ravioli! If you like foods-stuffed-with-other-foods as much as we do (and you should, the best way to serve a food is by cramming it into a different one), come on by and eat some eats!
Buffalo chicken raviloli? Sign me the frig up!
Speaking of foods that are their own packaging, this Saturday we've got Spoko back in the house with their delicious-as-all-get-out pierogi! If you need to find us, we'll be complaining about how full we are, in between bites of pierogi because we can't stop eating those things.
Because a life without pierogi is hardly worth living.
Lastly, we pretty much completely missed the boat on announcing the coloring contest winners on the blog last week, so this ain't gonna be a surprise for nobody, but here they are anyway!
Our winner, @spac3cowg1rl!
Jared and Jimbo will tell you some things, sometimes.