Buy sushi class tix here: Sushi Making 101
Buy pasta class tix here: Handmade Pasta Class
* No, it's not the same recipe as the original Green Smoothie. We don't KNOW the recipe, that was the point.
Howdy friends! We're back in action with the spooktacular suds and good times galore so read on and read up!
We predict this will be one helluva chocolate bomb
First on up is the continued continuation of our weekly Thursday cask program and this week it just so happens to be one that we're damn excited about. DAMN excited. Anyway I won't bury that ol' lede any further because sooner or later you're gonna figure out that it's Sato! This beer quickly became a favorite of ours (and, to be perfectly frank, we've been flying through it, which means that a buncha y'all agree with us on that one) and now we get to try it on cask!
Come win silly prizes, all while berating Chris!
And while we're talkin' about spooktacular good times on Thursday, this Thursday also brings the return of Simpsons trivia! Yes indeedy, it's been a dang ol' while but Chris is takin' up his post behind the mic once more and gettin' right back on that horse with the spooktacular return of Brewhouse of Horror! As you might have guessed, it's laser-focused on the Treehouse of Horror episodes of The Simpsons and there's gonna be good times and goofy prizes and beers and laughs and friendship and you should come!
Mystery beer, for your helf
But bringin' things back to beer for a hot second, we've got some new beer! It's been a hot minute since we brewed a "misfit IPA" (where we gather up all our odds 'n ends from the bottom of the hop freezer and throw them all into one beer) so we brewed a misfit IPA! We named it Green Smoothie Redux as a nod to the first time we brewed this silly-ass beer* and it's on draft soon. Probably today! Unless something goes wrong! Anyway it's got like thirty different hops in it and Justin is still mad at me for making him write them all down, so enjoy!
Just a happy lil' pale ale. Nothing more, nothing less.
But wait! I have more beer to talk about! In a spate of spooktacular serendipity, we've got another new beer coming out on draft this week! Probably Friday! This one's a pale ale we brewed with a relatively-new-to-us hop named Emerald Spire whose beguilingly fruity aromatics managed to capture our hearts and/or imaginations when we used it in a cask a little ways back. Anyway it's tasty and you should have some!
And speaking of things that are tasty, we got some tasty eats lined up for the weekend - check 'em out!
Oh! And! Since y'all seem to be diggin' on the cooking classes, we're hosting more cooking classes! We've got sushi making coming up on Tuesday and Ten Types of Pasta on Wednesday and they're hella fun and you should come join us!
Buy sushi class tix here: Sushi Making 101
Buy pasta class tix here: Handmade Pasta Class
She LOVES her pig costume
And did somebody say "spooktacular?" No? Oh. Well if you're lookin' for some spooktacular good times a little farther in the future, you might be interested to know that our Howl-o-ween dog costume contest is on Saturday 10/23! We're teamin' up with Harvey's Hope Rescue to raise some cash (we'll be donating $1/pour during the event, so all you have to do is show up and drink for a good cause!), plus we'll be givin' out prizes to the best-dressed pooches and also The 'Nada Cart will be there with some tasty eats and it's gonna be a good time!
* No, it's not the same recipe as the original Green Smoothie. We don't KNOW the recipe, that was the point.
Well hello again! I hope you're having a spooktacular week! We've got a buncha spooktacular stuff lined up for y'all and also maybe some Boring Admin Stuff to get out of the way first so let's cut to the jib of the brass tacks!
And by brass tacks, we mean AXES
And I know I said I was gonna get the boring shit out of the way, but I'm too excited about cask! So let's talk about cask!
We will tap a cask this week and it will be good. That is all.
Seriously though, this Thursday we're tappin' a spooktacular cask of Sunday Plans! You may have overlooked this tasty little number on our menu because amber ales are kind of Old Man Beer, but that is a mistake because this beer is delicious and we threw a buncha Olde Schoole Hops in there (specifically chinook and comet) and - as previously mentioned - it will be good! Very good!
Get ready for us to play, like, way too much Misfits and Helloween
And if you're lookin' for some spooktacular good times while you're drinkin' that cask, this Thursday is also this month's installment of our music-themed trivia night: Audio Triviality! Matt's got a buncha Halloween and/or music-related questions lined up for ya and we've probably got some thematically-appropriate stupid prizes (although we almost definitely gave away that bag of skulls we had kickin' around) and it's gonna be fun and you should come!
Anyway while we're talkin' about Thursday, this Thursday is the first day of our new winter hours! Long story short, now we open at 3 instead of 12 on Thursdays because lunch beers are less popular when it's cold out.
And speaking of it being cold out, your hands will thank you for using these lovely little can sweaters.
And speaking of it being October, for the month of October we're running a Spooktacular Crowler Deal! Or something! We felt like crowlers* weren't getting the love they deserve, so for the month of October (and/or while supplies last) all crowler purchases come with a crowler-sized koozie! Now you can walk around with a comically-large can of beer in style.
And since we're talking about beers on draft, we've got a new beer on draft coming out this week! Possibly today! This one's called Meesh Meesh and it's made with pink guava and apricot ("Meesh Meesh" is Hebrew for "apricot," or at least that's what we've been told**) and it's a collab with a Friend Of The Brewery who owns and/or operates an unknown (but fairly large) number of restaurants. Seriously, we asked him and he was not able to give us a number.*** Anyway, a lot of this beer will end up on tap at one of more of those restaurants (most notably Simcha - an Israeli restaurant in Sharon whose menu sounds incredible) but also we get to serve a bit, so come grab some!
You deserve it, you made it through another week
And moving right on into the weekend we've got the return of two Taproom Favorite popups - Matilda's Pastelito's on Friday and Mr. Tamole on Saturday! We've already said a million jillion great things about Matilda's because they're awesome people and their food is very very good, but also we feel like we have a moral obligation to tell you how good Mr. Tamole's mole chicken is. We're honestly considering getting a strait jacket for Jared so he doesn't fugue out and go full-on Garfield on all of it. It's... it's just so good, you guys.
And while we're talkin' about Future Fun, we've got some fun! In the future! More to the point, we've got a couple events comin' up next week that happen to be happenin' around Blog Post O'Clock so we figured we'd give you the skinny on the deets a bit early!
It's like our coloring contest, but fancy!
First on up, next Wednesday, we've got our friends from Sip & Script comin' in to host a calligraphy class! We honestly don't know a ton about calligraphing**** but it sounds like a bunch of fun, and that's coming from somebody whose handwriting is "people assume I have neurological problems" levels of bad. Anyway it should be fun so you should come!
Grab tickets here: Sip & Script Calligraphy
If you were wondering, yes, we will be working the word "spooktacular" into as many paragraphs as possible
And next Thursday we've got another spooktacular trivia night! If you're less the "metalhead" type and more the "obsessive Simpsons fan" type (which are, admittedly, two very specific types that honestly overlap more than you'd think), you should come on out! We've got Chris back in the house with his Simpsons-themed trivia for the first time in a year and a half and it's comin' back strong with the spooktacular Brewhouse of Horror! It's gonna be a buncha fun and winners may or may not end up winning some weird crap that we bought at Chuck E Cheese during the worst part of the pandemic (sorry, the worst part so far) but either way you should come on out!
@chambersmaddy, “Ben Madore,” @allieabbott @punkgoesweab @rbattino @amykeating
Oh! And! Lastly! We've got winners and runners-up from last month's coloring contest! Adequate work, everyone!
* For legal reasons we're supposed to call them "crowler-style cans." But for not-sounding-like-dipshits reasons, we don't do that.
** Due to our policy of not looking things up, we have not looked this up.
*** When trying to come up with this number he kept saying things like "...and that's another concept I'm involved in" and we were too polite to ask him what the hell he means by "concept" in this context, because we really don't know.
**** I don't... what's the verb for "calligraphy?"
Howdy-do! We've got a week jam-packed fulla tasty beer and treats and friendship or whatever and we ain't really got a tonna jive to talk* so let's get to it!
And first on up is another dang ol' cask! This time around it's yet another house favorite** beer to drink on cask and that means Extra Naked! This time around we dry hopped that sucker with Bitter Gold, the delicious-but-unfortunately-named hop that was front-and-center in our tasty-ass grisette Merry Go Round (rest in peace, you delicious bastard)! Anyway, it's gettin' tapped on Thursday and it's gonna be good!
Hello, we are now Adjunct Brewing Company, let us peddle our wares
And speaking of beer that's good (aren't we always?), we kinda-sorta forgot to tell you last week that we re-brewed Ginger Spectacular! Anyway you all know and/or love that beer and even if you don't it's got a pretty descriptive name (there's ginger in it, and it is spectacular. Nuff said) and my point is that it's on tap and in cans right now!
But wait! There's more! In addition to all these new-ish beers, we've got some New new beers and the first one is The Sachem's Ale! This here's a collab between us and new-to-us band Dzö-nga and it's packed fulla pineapple and peach and it's quite the treat! Also of note, we know Dzö-nga because they showed up at the bar one day and gave us a CD and said something to the general effect of "we heard you guys like to do collab beers with metal bands, so maybe you'd like to make a beer with us?" And oh man, that is absolutely the kind of thing that we want to encourage, so we brewed the heck out of a beer with/for them and you'll be able to get some on Friday!
And speaking of new, tasty beers that you can get on Friday, we're releasing yet another new, tasty beer on Friday! This one is also a collab beer that we jammed a whole buncha stuff into. Only this is a stout with a little bit of cocoa and cinnamon and some ancho and pasilla peppers (which are pretty firmly on the "flavor" side of the spectrum instead of the "heat" side) and instead of a band we collabed with Rock'n Rescue, an organization in North Reading that finds forever homes for Puerto Rican street dogs (known as "satos")! Anyway the beer is called Sato (go figure) and it's gonna be in cans on Friday (and quite possibly on cask in the near future) and a portion of the proceeds for this beer will go to Rock'n Rescue and anyway you should drink some!
Deliciousness awaits you (along with some stellar fall weather)
Oh! And we've got food this weekend! Check out the deets above (and also keep in mind that Speakeasy strongly suggests preordering (by EOD tomorrow) if you want to make sure you get what you want)!
Get ready for us to blare the Misfits all night
And! Lastly! It behooves us to point out that next Thursday is the next installment of our music-themed trivia - Audio Triviality - and this one's gonna be Halloween themed! We've missed trivia dearly while it was gone, so we're super jazzed to hang out and answer a bunch of weird questions that sit in the liminal space between "Halloween" and "music" and then give out a bunch of extremely stupid prizes and anyway you should come join us because it's gonna be a ton of fun!
* We still, on the regular, thank Hops that we don't have to deal with a new set of drastic, half-baked, poorly-communicated, covid-related rule changes every damn week.
** As you might imagine, Team Extra Naked and Camp Kelly are locked in constant, bitter dispute over which is superior. It's slowly turning into some Montague/Capulet shit over here.
Well howdy there! We got us a rootin' tootin' sure shootin' roundup of beer and tasty treats and fun times and a little more beer just for good measure, so read on and read up!
First off we're gonna start off with a lil' ol' administrative note that pretty much fits into none o' them categories I just rattled off, but it's important nonetheless. More to the point: starting on Thursday, October 7th, we'll be opening at 3 instead of noon on Thursdays (Friday thru Sunday we'll still open at noon). The change of the seasons brings about a bit of a downturn in what you might call "daytime drinking," so we figure we might as well roll with them ol' punches and all that.
But! Speaking of the change of the seasons, we're back in action with some seasonally-appropriate beer drinkin' fun times and this time around that means more cask! Yes indeedy, this Thursday heralds the glorious return of our fan-favorite porter, Shut Up Kelly!, to cask! And since this is the first time in a long time that we've had ol' Kelly grace the beer engine, we're just goin' for some straight-up normal-ass cask goodness!
Fall is here! Bring on the malt!
And while we're on about things that are straight-up and normal and good (and, at least arguably, seasonally appropriate), we've got a new beer on tap! Right now! It's a tasty-toasty lil' amber called Sunday Plans that we dry hopped with a bunch of our favoritest fruitiest hops and it's very very good and you should drink some!
"In which we manage to repeat the same delicious pop ups from last weekend"
And speaking of things that are tasty, we've got some tasty eats lined up for you this weekend, as you can see from this handy-dandy visual aid* we put together!
Aaaaand movin' on a little bit into next week, we've got more fun cooking classes lined up! On Tuesday we've got Chef Antonio showin' y'all how to make ravioli (specifically butternut squash ravioli with wild mushroom sauce, and before you say it yes we are jealous of you that get to go to this class and we're particularly jealous of your raviolis) and then on Wednesday Chef Harold is back in the house givin' you the skinny on how to roll up some tasty sushi and we *may* have snuck a couple bites off Chef Harold's plate (by which I mean he gave us a bunch of sushi because he's super nice) and it's completely delicious and also everybody that was in the class seemed like they were pretty much having a blast and anyway you should probably come?
Buy tickets for ravioli here: Ravioli Techniques Class
Buy tickets for sushi here: Sushi Making 101
* I don't know what the hell to call this, but "visual aid" is definitely not it. Kinda makes me think of my old boss who would refer to pretty much everything (videos, drawings, powerpoint presentations) as a "piece of graphics." Fun times, man.
Hello again, friends! We got a big ol' slate of fun and cool events planned for all y'all, but first we got a wee bit o' beer news that's also kinda-sorta old news but also we had to have made it be old news* because of Secrets but now those secrets ain't so secret an anyway what I'm talkin' about is...
Beer for your mouth!
Kaboobi's Top Score!** This here's a tasty little beer that we brewed to celebrate the nuptials of a couple Friends Of The Brewery (Amy and Brian), only the bride wanted it to be a surprise for her husband-to-be and also he goes by "Kaboobi" sometimes? We never did get an explanation for that last bit. Anyway, it's tasty as heck and it's in cans right now and also that was the fastest we ever kicked a cask before (it took, like, two hours) and anyway it's tasty and you should have some!
And while we're on about cask, that ol' cask train is gonna stop rollin' for a week or so on account of how casks take a long time to prepare*** and we don't entirely "have one ready" for this week (and also we've got a lot of other cool stuff and fun times that we'll get to in a minute) and anyway cask will be back next week with the long-awaited (by us) return of Shut Up Kelly! On cask! It's so good!
Man it is so great to have taproom back in action
Anyway since I was all talkin' about all the cool stuff what we got goin' on, here's all the cool stuff what we got goin' on!
More dog parties, all the time
On Thursday we're hostin' another dog-themed event with new-to-us Dogs for Better Lives! These fine folks are an organization dedicated to training service dogs for Deaf adults and Autistic children and we're bringin' 'em in to hang out and talk to people and maybe show off some service-dogs-in-training and also we'll be donating a portion of the night's sales to them! And if *that* weren't enough for you, we're also bringin' in new-to-us Blanche's Ice Cream so you can get in a good old-fashioned end-of-summer ice cream binge! Party!
Date night? Date night.
And speaking of tasty eats, on Friday our friends from Matilda's are back in the house servin' up Pastelitos! Their food is completely tasty as hell and we have missed it dearly during the time we couldn't have popups and also they're great people so maybe you should come have some snacks with us? Yes, yes you should.
And movin' on to Saturday we're bringin' in another new-to-us food vendor and that's Lala’s Neapolitan-Ish Pizza! They'll be bringin' their mobile wood-fired oven and servin' up a buncha tasty pizzas for the bulk of the day and it's gonna be delish!
On a mission to debunk the myth that beer and sushi are not a delightful pairing, one class at a time
And lastly, on Sunday, we've got more fun activities! This time around Chef Harold is puttin' on a sushi making class! We've hosted Chef Harold a time or two in the Before Times and he's always a straight-up delight to have in our taproom (and also the sushi is quite good) so we're super excited to see him again and you should come join us!
* That... that's a sentence, right? Do those words make sense in that order?
** All of our production notes just call it "KTS" which we told everyone was an acronym for "Keep The Secret"
*** To be clear, I'm not saying that it's too much work. It's just that they need to sit for a couple weeks before we can tap them, which means we need to plan a ways in advance.
Hello friends! It's blog time again and we got us some big ol' blog times for your enjoy, so buckle up and read up!
What is it? You'll have to come on it and find out your dangself!
First and/or foremost, we're maybe a smidge light on beer news this week on account of how we just spent seven weeks releasing one new beer after the other* but we're pretty sure we're gonna be tappin' up a cask this Thursday only we may not be 100% sure of the contents and that's definitely not because we forgot to write it down before we sat down to write the blog. But anyway: cask! Probably!
Holdin' out for Little Portugal
And speaking of Thursday, we're (kind of) gonna have a popup on Thursday! Yes indeedy, we've got a private event renting out our main taproom on Thursday evening and they're bringin' in Wild Fox Pierogi and the fine folks at Wild Fox said they'd be amenable to slingin' some pierogi to the General Public and that probably means you so come get some pierogi!
Dinner plans are taken care of, like, every day this weekend. You're welcome.
And while we're goin' on about foods that are their own container(s), on Friday we're bringin' in Mr. Tamole! It's been a dang ol' minute since we've had him in our taproom and we are damn excited to welcome him back, so come on out and show some love!
And speaking of friends we've sorely missed these past 18 months or so (who also so happen to make tasty treats, which also so happen to fit in the "foods that are their own container(s)" category), this Saturday marks the first time in a long time that we get to see our friends from Matilda's! They make some straight-up incredible pastelitos and we're plannin' on seein' them a fair bit over the fall, but really the point is their food is tasty as hell and you should come eat some!
And then! On Sunday, just when you thought we'd exhausted our options in this needlessly-specific category of foods, we're hosting a ravioli making class! This event is new to us so there are maybe a few unknowns on our end, but we *do* know it will result in butternut squash ravioli with wild mushroom sauce, so it would probably be a silly decision if you *didn't* sign up? I dunno, just sayin'. Grab your tickets here: Ravioli Time!
Please stop crying! We have almost an entire batch of each, so you've got like a month to say your goodbyes.
And! Lastly! We did promise last week that we'd provide more insight into our decision to "sunset"** Key Lime and Wasted Life and we kinda thought we'd have some big ol' speech ready or something but really it boils down to the fact that we're better at making beer than we used to be. We love Key Lime, but we've learned a lot about making fruit beers in the past five years. We love Wasted Life, but we (and the beer world in general) have a different relationship with hops than we used to.
And to some extent, we realized that it was silly to keep making one-off beers that we liked *more* than our flagships, which meant we had to rethink a few things. So. We'll still be having at least one fruity beer on the menu at all times, but we'll be mixin' up the fruits from season to season (whilst keeping a similar-if-not-identical base). And we'll certainly be havin' our fair share of hoppy shit flowin' through our draft lines (this is America after all), but ol' Wasted Life will be a bit more of a bit player. We're sad to see these beers go - they've been with us since Day One and then some - but sentimentality ain't everything, so we're sayin' "smell ya later" for now and moving forward not backward, upward not forward, and we damn well think you'll enjoy!
Until next week, campers!
* And you thought you wouldn't have to hear about our birthday party anymore
** As you may have guessed, we don't completely know what that word means in this context. But also we don't refer to beers as "brands" and we don't talk about y'all as "consumers" so what do you really expect
You've made these two brewers the happiest clams on the planet!
Well hello! Welcome back! We had absolutely the most* fun at our birthday party this past weekend and we're gonna make you look at a whole shitload of pictures while we get all misty-eyed about friendship or whatever, because that's what we do around here, but first we gotta announce an announcement...
The best crew around (even if Bryan doesn't technically work here anymore)!
...which is that we're hiring! Yes indeedy, we're lookin' for a few fine folks for some front-of-house fun, so if you're lookin' to sling some brews with the best-ever crew then drop us a line! More to the point: we've got full- and part-time bartending positions open, so send your resume over to email@example.com (along with some stuff about yourself and why you wanna work for us) if you're interested!
And movin' forward into lookin' back, we'd like to thank all of y'all who made it out to our birthday party! In many ways, it was a weekend full of firsts: it was our first-ever multi-day party, it was the first time we ever had a friggin' mosh pit form while a band was playing, it was the first (and second, actually) time that we had an ice cream truck show up unannounced to try and get that sweet "tipsy people" business (which is a practice we wholeheartedly support), it was the first time we've seen two grown men chug an entire bottle of hot sauce on stage (while in the middle of their set, no less), it was the first time that we've managed to sell out of a beer the weekend we released it,** and it was the first time that Liz got called up on stage to sing!
But even with all of those firsts, it felt much more like a comfortable return to the familiar. We got to see a ton of friends over the weekend - some who we've known for years, some who we're just getting to know, and some who we don't nearly get to see often enough. And to pair with all that friendship, we got to hear a bunch of incredible performances from a handful of excellent bands - some of whom we've known for years, some of whom were new to our stage, and one that was kind of both.***
And, of course, to add to all that wonderfulness, we brought in a bunch of our favorite vendors so you could have a buncha tasty food and cool swag and hot sauce (which is sort of both of those things? I guess?) and anyway the point is that we got to spend the weekend surrounded by our favorite people, many of whom make some of our favorite things/sounds/foods, and our amazing staff performed a series of miracles to keep everything running smoothly and we couldn't possibly be happier that all of these great people have been a part of our lives for the past five years. Our weird little brewery has had an interesting half-decade to say the least, but there's nothing else we'd rather be doing and we couldn't think of a better group of people to share it with, so thank you. Thank you for being you, and thank you for helping us do what we do.
It's goodnight, not goodbye.
On a semi-related note, we feel that birthdays**** are a time to look back and reëvaluate. We've been doing a lot of thinking about our Core Lineup and we've been doing a fair bit of (research-related) drinking and some drinking-related thinking and anyway we figured it was worth mentioning to y'all that we'll be saying (temporary) goodbyes to Key Lime and Wasted Life.
We'll get into the nitty-gritty and a tearful goodbye and all that in a future blog post (because we've already written a novel here and we haven't even gotten to the upcoming events yet) but the fact of the matter is that things have changed a lot in five years so we're switchin' things up and puttin' them two beers on "rotational seasonal" status. We've got some big plans, but the point is that what we've got on hand is all we'll have for a while, so say your goodbyes now if you got some goodbyes to say!
Let's! Get! Trivial!
Anyway, movin' back to present times and positive vibes, this week brings us the return of Audio Triviality! Thassright, this Thursday we're bringin' Matt back in to bring you the brain busters and/or give you a live demonstration of what it's like to come back to public speaking for the first time in eighteen months! The theme for September is "pandemic" and we have most likely lost or broken or eaten our entire stash of shitty trivia prizes but that hardly matters because we'll be gettin' trivial!
And speaking of things that are coming back on Thursday, we're tappin' a cask on Thursday! More to the point, we'll be tappin' a cask of Organ Meats because we thought that would be a fitting pairing for trivia and also that's the only cask we have right now (cask will eventually be back on the once-per-week schedule, but it'll happen in fits and spurts for a little while). Anyway this year's rendition of Organ Meats is gonna be mighty tasty on cask but you ain't gotta take our word for it because you should come getcha some!
Sweet deets on them good eats!
And. AND. Since we're talkin' about all the cool stuff what we got goin' on (and, more to the point, cool stuff that's coming back), it behooves us to mention that we're bringin' in some popups to sling some tasty treats for all y'all on Saturday and Sunday!
Adequate work, @kirbyburt_, and shoutout to our honorable mentions!
AND. Lastly but far from leastly, we've got August's coloring contest winners! We had an above-average turnout this month in terms of both volume and quality, which made it particularly difficult to decide (and which resulted in a lot of runners-up), but we think we found the most adequate of the bunch and here they are!
* Except for maybe the guy that went so hard in the mosh pit that he lost his shoe. He might have had more fun than pretty much anybody.
** Said beer was, incidentally, made for the band that chugged the hot sauce on stage. They earned that shit.
*** We've known several of the people in The Guilloteenagers for years, but this was the first year they played at the party and it's really everyone's loss that they didn't make it onto the roster sooner.
**** And ends-of-years and milestone batches and double coupon days at the grocery store and... we introspect a lot, okay?
Hi kids! Are you ready for us to whip ourselves up into a frenzy about birthday-related goings-on? Well, you better be, because OUR BIRTHDAY PARTY IS THIS WEEKEND! Starting on Friday and lasting through Sunday! There's gonna be beer and music and snacks and beer and hot sauce and cool merch and beer and burgers and pizza and beer and ice cream and more music and beer and probably a cake and then after all that excitement we might have some beer. And speaking of beer, we've got more beer releases!
Deux for yeux!
First up is the second-to-last of our birthday beers and that's Part Deux! This happy-hoppy IPA was brewed to pair with the sounds of the Guilloteenagers and it's a damn good pairing for rockin' out and/or shenanigans which is a good thing because "rockin' out and/or shenanigans" might as well be the tagline for them ol' Guilloteenagers! Anyway it's available in cans right now and on draft soon* so you should come drink some!
The beer was heisted from the barrels and then heisted into bottles and soon it will be heisted into your belly and we are just really into "heisting" as a verb rn can you tell
And lastly (at least on the new beer front) we've got the last of our birthday releases and that's The Heist! This here's a bit of a hard-to-describe beer - in that it's a blended wild ale that leans more towards "light and tart" than it does towards "funk bomb" - and we thought that would be a right dandy pairing for the hard-to-pin-down sounds of DnA's Evolution! These fine folks have been playing at our party for years (four, to be precise) and they've run sound for the show at least once and also their music is very good which I probably should have said first because that's really the important part but anyway the beer to drink while you're listening to them is on tap and in bottles right now and we're workin' with a limited quantity so you may wanna get while there's gettin' to be got because it's damn good!
Gang's all here! See you this weekend :D :D :D
Oh! And did we mention that during our birthday party, all of the band beers will be on draft? Because they will! Even the ones that are "can only" will be makin' a quick debut on draft as their respective bands serenade you from our stage!
* Much like last week, this blog was written ahead of time so we wouldn't be blogging from the beach (sorry kids! The "digital nomad" life is generally kind of bullshit!), which means that we might not "know" all the "current events." But also it turns out that if we plan ahead, we can... plan ahead? It probably shouldn't have taken us five years to learn that.
Howdy-do friends and, uh, friends! We're inchin' ever-closer to our birthday party (which we'll be hosting from August 27th through August 29th), so barring any big weird news* we'll just get to shoutin' about the festivities and all the cool beers we brewed for you to drink at said festivities!
Just a high quality summer sunset. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Oh, but speaking of "news," we got approved to keep our beer garden open! We actually didn't talk about this all that much before because of reasons, but our beer garden was technically "temporary" and was originally only allowed to exist because of the State of Emergency, which ended June 15th (which means we would have had to shut down most of our seating starting on August 15th). But! We got approval last week, so that's one less thing for us to panic about! Woo!
We love stouts, stouty stout stouts
Anyway. Moving on to beer. And to kick things off, we'd like to somewhat sheepishly say that we kinda sorta announced one of the wrong beers last week because SOMEbody (Jared) couldn't be bothered to double check which beers had/hadn't been announced and/or read previous blog posts. Anyway, that means that Blood Built got extra attention (which it should because it's delicious) and also that means that we've got THREE beers to talk about this week!
::: bracing ourselves for everyone who's going to order the "Blue Maniac" :::
First in that lineup is a beer brewed for some newcomers to our stage: Blue Manic! And using our legendary Bone Up Beer Naming Creativity, we named the beer Blue Manic!** Anyway it's a pale ale with a bit of honey and a handful of spruce tips and it's mighty tasty and it's available in cans, like, a week ago and you should drink some!
The goat knows what's good for you, and it's smoked beer
Next on up is a recurring beer for a band who has been a part of our festivities for a little while now, and that band/beer is Organ Meats! Organ Meats (the beer) is a nice 'n light 'n easy-drinkin' smoked beer that (as we've learned from experience) is sure to befuddle and/or delight you! And if you want a bit of an "insider tip" about this beer, we actually change up the smoked malt that we use every year and this year we went with a somewhat milder-tasting smoke source (beechwood, as opposed to last year's cherrywood) so it's a smidge more subtle (inasmuch as something like this can be subtle) and anyway it's in cans right now and it is indeed quite tasty!
The new and improved raspberry lime rickey
And! Lastly but far from leastly in our lineup of birthday beer releases for this week is Electric Juicer! This beer was brewed to pair with the tunes of another set of newcomers to our stage: The Electric Heaters! They'll be bringin' the surf rock, so we figured we'd go with something light and fruity and so we dumped a buncha raspberry and lime into a grisette and now we've got this beer available in cans right now and on draft at some point and it's hella good and you should drink it!
:) :) :)
And moving away from the beers brewed for bands, it behooves us to let y'all know who's playin' when, so here goes!
On Friday, August 27th our metal (or possibly post metal? I'll admit that I don't know what "post" means when applied to music styles) friends from Lesser Glow are kickin' things off with a bang (probably starting around 6:30, which isn't exactly a really metal time of day), to be followed by some intense (post) punk provided by Blood Built Empire and then that's about it because we're not supposed to have music past like 9:30 or so.
Then on Saturday, August 28th we're startin' off (circa 1 PM) with some stoner metal from Blue Manic and then headin' straight into a buncha surf rock courtesy of The Wiesstronauts and then The Electric Heaters! Then we're back to stoner metal with Organ Meats and we're cappin' it off with some punk from the Guilloteenagers!
And to finish off the weekend, on Sunday, August 29th we're startin' the day off right (also circa 1 PM) with some prog rock from our pals in DnA's Evolution, followed by MORE Weisstronauts (we think surf rock is pretty much ideal day-drinking music, can you tell?) and then we're bringin' the swing with Sunken City! And then just in case you haven't listened to enough surf rock over the course of the weekend, we've got another set from The Electric Heaters to finish off the weekend!
Anyway, we've said this a jillion times before but we are pretty much continually amazed that all these awesome bands want to come out to our birthday party and play music on what is essentially a converted loading dock and it just gives us the straight-up Warm Fuzzies to think about how cool it is that we get to do stuff like this. We'll try not to get all teary-eyed about friendship or whatever until this is all said and done, but the point is that this is gonna be hella fun and we're excited as all get-out that we get to share it with you!
* We actually wrote this blog ahead of time, which is pretty uncharacteristic for us - usually it's frantically typed out at the literal last minute because SOMEbody has poor time management skills. Anyway, we (the authors of this here blog) have a Personal Obligation to go to the beach for a week so we're kinda just assuming that there won't be any new news for a couple weeks. Seems like a safe bet, right?
** Naming beers is harder than you think, okay?
Hello friends! We're just over TWO WEEKS from our dang favorite time of year and that of course is our birthday party (which we've been shouting about for a month or so at this point, but we will still remind you that it's Friday August 27th through Sunday August 29th) and it's gonna be heaps of fun and you should absolutely come join us and raise a glass to five friggin' years of Taproom Times down here at ol' Bone Up and in the meantime there are few things we want to do more than stick our fingers in our ears and completely ignore the fact that things Out In The World are looking increasingly grim these days, only that's not really our style around here. SO. We'll talk about the Real Serious Adult Stuff and then we'll get back to prancing around and giggling and gushing about our birthday party.
So. Unless you've been living under a particularly accommodating rock these past few weeks/months (which honestly sounds like a good idea from a health/safety standpoint), there's been some less-than-stellar (read: horrifying, or at least horrifying-adjacent) news about this whole pandemic situation.
Anyway we're not here to rehash a bunch of stuff you've already heard (unless you're under the aforementioned rock, in which case you should probably just skip this paragraph and/or stay under that rock for a while) because the current Issue Of The Day is "vaccine passports" and to be honest we've got a lot of complicated feelings about those, but the tl;dr is that we're not requiring them yet, with a big emphasis on the word "yet." Among other things, we're expecting that at some point - probably sooner rather than later - we'll be getting new rules from The Gubbermint about this, and we'd rather not invent our own system only to have to redo it from scratch two weeks later when the state issues its own well-intentioned-but-frankly-perplexing* set of guidelines.
And (assuming that does happen) even if the state's rules are weird and annoying, at least they'll (hopefully) be uniform - that seems better than having a bunch of brewers/bar owners/restaurateurs making their own judgment calls on matters of public health and then implementing a million different janky fixes to a problem they don't fully understand.**
So there you have it. We're not really sticking our heads in the sand, but we're not exactly springing into action, either. At least not yet.
Also, get yourself vaccinated if you aren't already. For fuck's sake. Please.
Alright! After all that cheerfulness, I could really use a beer. Or several. And as luck would have it, we just released a new beer! Or several!
And first on that ol' docket is Seven X's! This here is the fifth dang beer we've brewed to pair with the music of The Weisstronauts and this time around they hinted that their music might go quite nicely with something in the ESB neighborhood so we whipped up a lightly-malty lil' treat (full of local hops and local grains, as is our style these days) and dang but if it ain't tasty! It's surefire smooth and all-around pleasant and we sure do expect that we'd have a fine time gettin' to know it over the course of an entire day (not unlike the music it was meant to pair with) and it's out in cans right now and you should try some!
Hello old friend
And! We just so happen to have another birthday beer available in cans right now and that's Blood Built! This is the fourth year in a row that we've made this lil' dry stout to pair with the music of Blood Built Empire and there's a reason we keep coming back*** to it year after year, and that reason is that it's delicious! But you ain't gotta take our word for it - come getcha some!
Dog! Pool! Party!
Also! If you're lookin' for something to do while you're drinkin' all these new beers (and/or revisiting old favorites), our dog pool party - co-hosted by Harvey's Hope - is this Sunday 12-4! We'll be blockin' off part of the beer garden and settin' up some pools for pooches to get their splash on! It'll be a ton of fun, or at least some very cute dog-watching (possibly from outside the "splash 'n shake zone"), so come on by and join us!
Tired about hearing 'bout our birthday bash yet? No? Great!
Oh! And! To get back talkin' about our ol' birthday party for just a wee bit, we've got a couple more friends joining us that we haven't yet gotten a chance to shout about, so here goes!
:::: drooling on keyboard :::::
On Friday (August 27th), in addition to the brewers' barbecue, we'll be hosting TC Scoops and their ice cream bus! They happen to specialize in ice cream flights that not-so-coincidentally pair very well with some of our beer flights and honestly we've been dreaming about this ice cream since the last time we had it, so we predict you gon' enjoy!
::::: tearing through dresser to find any items that aren't already covered in our brewery's logo :::::
Then on Saturday (August 28th) we've got our friend(s) from Heads Up Screenprinting comin' by to do some live screenprinting! They'll have a handful of designs to choose from (some of them exclusive to this particular event) and they'll print on damn near anything you ask 'em to! More to the point, that means that if you wanna get our designs printed on some clothing/tote bags/bedsheets that you already own (rather than buying all new stuff, which is also an option. Except for maybe the bedsheets), you totally can! So bring some stuff on by and get it all printed up!
::::: dramatically making room in the fridge door for New Hot Sauce ::::::
And lastly, no birthday party would be complete without a visit from Alex (of Alex's Ugly Sauce), so we're bringin' him in on Sunday (August 29th)! We figure hot sauce is the perfect accompaniment for shoveling fried chicken into your face as you bemoan the choices you made the previous night, which means you'll get to step right on up to that ol' sauce saloon and burn off that hangover come Sunday morning!
* Why yes, I AM still annoyed that we had to pretend to be a restaurant for ten months.
** We very much include ourselves in the "they" who don't fully understand the problem. We're hardly epidemiologists, which is why we just try to follow the rules we're given.
*** If you want to get all technical about it, it's kinda-sorta a different recipe every year, except for all the ways that it isn't. In short, we use the same grains every time, but we use different brands of the same stuff (most notably roasted barley), and that actually makes a pretty big difference it turns out.
Jared and Jimbo will tell you some things, sometimes.