First on up, on tap right now we've got a little bit of a "sneak peek" at some of the goodies that'll be on tap for this year's Horatio Day, namely Melvin the Mammoth (Stays Home) and Barrel-Aged Biere de Krampus! (We've got session stuff and hoppy stuff on the way too, I promise)
Oh hi! How are you? I trust you're well. And more to the point, I hope you've got a hankerin' for some delicious beers and tasty treats and fun times, because we got alla that comin' atcha this week!
First on up, on tap right now we've got a little bit of a "sneak peek" at some of the goodies that'll be on tap for this year's Horatio Day, namely Melvin the Mammoth (Stays Home) and Barrel-Aged Biere de Krampus! (We've got session stuff and hoppy stuff on the way too, I promise)
And since we're talking about Horatio Day (as if we ever stop), we should probably mention that it's just three short* weeks until Horatio Day! Yessir, our annual birthday-party-for-a-cartoon-skeleton-turned-barrel-aged-beer-fest is almost here! And since we like to "treat you right" on these special occasions, we've got one hell of a draft list lined up (including all four Melvin variants! And the last log of Fancy Pants! And like fifteen other things!) and there's gonna be bacon and there's gonna be donuts and we got a decibel meter this year to see how much the ambient noise increases over the course of the day and there's gonna be fancy glassware and there might be a cake and I probably already mentioned all the cool beers that we're gonna have on tap (barrel-aged El Pulpo! The last-ever keg of Buffalo Nickel! Fig Pig!) but it bears repeating because we're stoked as hell about all of them and we can't wait to share them with you!
Anyway. Back to livin' in the now (or at least the nearer future), we got another trusty cask comin' atcha this Thursday and this time around it's good ol' Shut Up Kelly only this time it's fortified with a fistful of spiced-rum-soaked oak chips (more to the point, the rum in question is Queequeg from Maine Craft Distilling) and whoo-dang but it's gonna be tasty!
And while we're on about Thursday, this Thursday we're doin' up more Simpsons Trivia! And since it's that dang ol' time of year when you get a constant faceful o' that ol' Holiday Spirit all the time, this trivia has a focus on the holiday specials! As an added bonus, there are way fewer holiday specials than, say, Halloween specials, which means you don't even have to study that much to school the whole dang taproom!
And if that weren't enough "holiday nonsense" for ya, now that we're getting to Prime Time for "last-minute presents that were bought at a bar," we're continuing on with our Holiday Market Series! Long story short, we're takin' some time each week of the month talk up some of the cool vendors we work with and/or shamelessly self-promote and also we're doing a bottle release every week and bringin' in tasty food (because food is tasty) and this week the focus is Drink & Draw! We've still got a buncha cool original art up for grabs in the Monday Mosh Monster exhibit (here till the end of the month), plus we gotta mention the sweet coloring books we made featuring all of the coloring contest pages plus some other cool stuff! So whether you're the "artistic" type or the "looking" type, there ain't no reason not to come grab some goodies!
Then on Friday we are (as previously mentioned) keepin' up our streak of releasing a new bottle every week and this week it's the long-awaited Skeleton Key! Not sure what Skeleton Key is? That's cool, it's not like we've been excitedly shouting about it for like seven months. Anyway, we took the recipe for our beloved Key Lime and doubled pretty much everything and then we set it to rest in a tequila barrel for a good long while and now it's ready to drink and you get to drink some! And as a special "added bonus," we're puttin' it on tap too, which means you've got double the double Key Lime!
And since Friday is such a special occasion (what with the bottles and all) and special occasions call for sandwiches, we're bringin' in our friends from Deep Cuts Deli to sling some sammiches!
Then on Saturday we're startin' off sweet before we bring the heat! We got Speakeasy Donuts comin' by at 3 and Boston HotChix swingin' by at 6 and that there's a dang ol' delicious day!
* Given peoples' mixed feelings about this time of year, feel free to sub in "agonizingly long" for "short"
Well hello there! Now that we've weathered the storm of turkey (and/or politely nodding through conversations about the importance of "essential oils," whatever those are) and we've weathered the storm of "not all that much snow but people got all bent out of shape about it anyway" we're gearin' up to "get down to business" and we daresay business is tasty!
And first up on that ol' tasty train is cheese! Thassright, we're doin' up another night of cheese flights on Wednesday (er, today) featuring the funky fromage from Vermont Creamery! And never you fret, if you so happen to miss out on these flights, we'll have the very same cheeses available by the wedge* for the rest of the month!
And speaking of things that are back again, we happened to have a smattering of leftovers from Pulpo Day and we've been patiently waiting this whole time for a draft line to open up so we could tap 'em and that time is right now! We'll be tappin' up one Vintage Pulpo after the other for the next week or two (currently on tap: El Pulpo 2017) so if you happened to miss one on the big day, swing on through!
Speaking of big things and/or days, some of you might remember Krampus (our Biere de Noel, not the creature that assaults children in the name of Christmas Cheer) from last year and it's fine if you don't because it's back on tap! Right now! And it gets even better because we've also got Krampus that we aged in a peach brandy barrel for six months or so and that's available in bottles on Friday (and on tap eventually)! So if you're all-in on this "holiday" nonsense or if you're maybe not totally sold on Santa, you should come on out and get festive with us!
Movin' right on along, this week's trusty Thursday cask is the triumphant(?) return of an old favorite: Shut Up Kelly! It's delicious and that's pretty much all you need to know!
Also on Thursday we've got the return of our monthly metal trivia: Audio Triviality! Our dashing host is pretty big on seasonal themes, but not always big on telling us in advance what the themes are going to be, but given the amount of merriment (drinking) and family time (which necessitates drinking) that happens this time of year, we're gonna go ahead and assume that the theme is "shame." Anyway it'll be fun and you should come hang out!
Movin' along into the weekend, this week we're startin' our Holiday Market Series on Friday! Long story short, we're tryin' to draw some attention to all the cool local vendors that we work with and so every week we're focusing our attention on a new Merch Friend (and maybe shamelessly self promoting a bit) and this week it just so happens that we've also got NEW MERCH! We've wanted cool dog merch for a while but we kinda got burned by our vendor-to-be last year (long story, or at least it's a boring one), but this year Beast Coast stepped up to the plate and we've got these sweet bandanas! Check 'em out!
And to go with all this sweet swag (and to take the edge off your holiday gift buying, should you be the "shops in bars" type), we've got a full lineup of fun and/or tasty times this weekend!
-on Friday we're releasing Barrel Aged Krampus (we mentioned this, but it bears repeating because that beer is hell of tasty)
-also on Friday we've got Boston HotChix in the house with some spicy chicken goodness
-then on Saturday we've got The Bacon Truck comin' by with, um, bacon
-then on Sunday we're bringin' in the folks from Beast Coast Design (the very same folks who made our sweet dog bandanas) and they're settin' up shop with a buncha swag!
Oh! And! It's a new month which means new coloring contest winners! Adequate job, everyone!
Our winner, @kltapp
* Given how soft some of their cheeses are, we're using the term "wedge" very loosely here
Dang on a thang y'all, it's that time again! It's time for our long-awaited* Thanksgiving Beer Pairings wherein we tacitly suggest that - should you encounter a dinner table that does not have Bone Up on it - your only recourse is to act like a total sociopath. But! We got a whole buncha cool stuff comin' atcha before that (and our pairings are... extensive, so we should probably save them for the end), so buckle up and read on!
First on our list of fun and/or tasty times (other than the fact that Joyrider is on tap right now), we're followin' a new-to-us tradition for this year's Shitty Wednesday (i.e. the day before Turkey Day), and that tradition is bottles! We've already got some neat stuff in bottles, but we're right stoked about what's comin' up, so here's what's comin' out on Wednesday for our quadruple bottle release:
First up is Melvin the Mammoth! (AKAed as "Melvin the Mammoth (Stays Home)") Remember our lil' "barleywine" that we made last year? The one that was all fulla caramel and banana and goodness? Well it's been slumberin' away for a while and now it's back! In bottle form! (and on tap at some point)
Next up is... Melvin! More specifically, it's Melvin the Mammoth (Goes to Kentucky) - we aged a whole buncha Melvin in some rye whiskey barrels (specifically Dad's Hat barrels), and it's been blended up and bottled up (and kegged up, for later times) and the flavor is fulla vanilla and toffee and WHISKEY and marshmallows (somehow) and it's ever so good!
And our next bottle is... Melvin! Noticing a theme here, yet? This one's Melvin the Mammoth (Goes to Jamaica) and it - you guessed it - was aged in rum barrels for a good long while and it's got a nice fruity punch and a little bit of a molasses note and it almost tastes a little like baking spices (or perhaps fruitcake) and dang but it's tasty!
Last up for this week's bottle releases is... Los Aromos! Wait, no. It's Melvin! More to the point, it's Melvin the Mammoth (Goes to Belgium), and this one here's a little different from the others. See, we had a ginger-focused strong farmhouse aging in rye barrels already, so we took that and blended it up with Melvin and it's all kindsa spicy and fruity and it's all-around "Belgian" but with a little bit of barrel peekin' in through the curtains and whoo-ee is it a delight!
Movin' right along through the week, it behooves us to mention that we'll be Closed on Thursday for gravy-related reasons.
And since we're closed on Thursday, that means we gotta tap our cask on Friday and this time around the cask is taproom-favorite Spruce Moose! We didn't think this beer needed any funny business to be delicious on cask, so we're servin' it up as-is with no extra nonsense!
Also on Friday we're welcomng a new (to us and to the world at large) pop-up: Brazen Eats! They'll be here slingin' vegan dumplings from 4-7, so come on by and say howdy and eat some treats!
Then on Sunday we're startin' the day with Nama-Sleigh! And in case that phrase doesn't mean anything to you (it doesn't mean much to me, and I'm the one who just wrote it), it means we're doin' Ugly Sweater Yoga startin' at 10:30 in the AM on Sunday! It's an all-levels bring-your-own-mat class and afterwards you get a beer! Buy tickets here: Ugly Sweater Yoga
And afterwards, we just so happened to find the perfect follow-up to doing yoga in an ugly sweater (it's also the perfect follow-up to not doing yoga in an ugly sweater) and that's cheese! Yes indeedy, it's time for us to put out another creamery of the month (and accompanying cheese flights) and this month it's Vermont Creamery! You've probably seen their cheeses in some of the finer cheese sections out there - odds are you'll see their packaging and say "oh yeah, it's that cheese that comes in a wooden box for some reason - but anyway we sat down with these ooey-gooey delectable cheeses (and one cheddar from Jasper Hill because we need a cheddar, dammit) and we got some foolproof right-as-rain beer pairings for you! We'll be doing flights on Sunday and again on Wednesday and cheese by the wedge will be available through the rest of the month! Cheese time!
Last up before we get to our yearly beer pairing extravaganza, we feel the need to point out that we're just over a month away from our favorite** made-up holiday: Horatio Day! On January 4th, we'll be settin' up a buncha extra draft lines fulla barrel-aged beers (including some old favorites and some newcomers) and there's gonna be bacon and cake and special swag and probably more than a couple people forgetting the concept of "indoor voices" and it's gonna be a blast and you should come!
Anyway. Moving on. It's time for Thanksgiving Beer pairings! We've written up this list once or twice before (though we did drop the ball in 2017. In our defense, that was a particularly hectic year for us), and we look forward to it every time and now you get to be a Thanksgiving All Star by following our proven*** pairings!
pairs well with... wishing you hadn't eaten so much the previous day
and if you don't have any Extra Naked, we suggest... shame eating
pairs well with... just one more piece of pie
and if you don't have any Key Lime, we suggest... having two more pieces of pie
pairs well with... a nap on the couch
and if you don't have any Wasted Life, we suggest... taking a nap anyway, albeit a less satisfying one
Shut Up Kelly!
pairs well with... ooOOOooh! Somebody brought fudge?!
and if you don't have any Shut Up Kelly, we suggest... trying to convince your elderly aunt to do shots of Allen's Coffee Brandy with you
pairs well with... making a mashed potato fort on your plate
And if you don't have any Critters 1, we suggest... building a trebuchet out of green beans and using it to fling cranberries across the table. Storm the castle!
pairs well with... eggs
And if you don't have any Critters 3, we suggest... EGGS
Melvin the Mammoth (Goes to Belgium)
pairs well with... yoga, believe it or not
And if you don't have any Melvin Goes to Belgium, we suggest... throwing plates around the kitchen like some kind of poltergeist
Melvin the Mammoth (Goes to Kentucky)
pairs well with... smoking weed in the garage after dinner
And if you don't have any Melvin Goes to Kentucky, we suggest... smoking weed in the garage before dinner
Melvin the Mammoth (Goes to Jamaica)
pairs well with... making turkey-themed arts and crafts
And if you don't have any Melvin Goes to Jamaica, we suggest... showing up to dinner in full-on Puritan garb (bonus points if you try to stay in character)
Melvin the Mammoth (Stays Home)
pairs well with... feeding the dog under the table
And if you don't have any Melvin Stays Home, we suggest... abandoning the family meal to go hang out with the dog
pairs well with... making up songs about the foods you're about to eat while you fill your plate
And if you don't have any Joybringer, we suggest... putting on a puppet show wherein you have the turkey carcass stage a Gallagher-style performance and messily smash the giblets with a potato
pairs well with... compressing, shaping, and re-baking the stuffing to use as hard taco shells
And if you don't have any Joyrider, we suggest... pointing out each dish individually and making the argument that it "technically qualifies as a taco." Really fight to make your point. Make a chart if you have to.
pairs well with... trying to stack up three pies into one Megapie (also acceptable: Pie Sandwich) like you're friggin' Dagwood Bumstead or something
And if you don't have any Doomrider, we suggest... looking your younger sibling dead in the eye, snatching their (full) plate out of their hands, and eating the entire damn thing without breaking eye contact
pairs well with... constructing increasingly-elaborate forts with your youngest relatives
And if you don't have any El Pulpo, we suggest... acting so erratically at the dinner table that you get banished to the kids' playroom to go watch Dumbo like six times in a row because that's somehow the only movie they have. Again.
Barrel-aged El Pulpo
pairs well with... happily shouting
And if you don't have any Barrel-aged El Pulpo, we suggest... angrily shouting
pairs well with... yams
And if you don't have any Spruce Moose, we suggest... saying "yams" out loud a lot. It's fun to say.
pairs well with... pretending you know what a "Gronk" is when you're talking to your uncles (and also how it relates to goats?)
And if you don't have any Wellington, we suggest... turning the tables by excitedly rambling about metal bands while only referring to the artists by their nicknames
pairs well with... quietly struggling through the extremely awkward "what I'm thankful for" portion of a Friendsgiving full of people you only sort of know
And if you don't have any Mandarinazacca, we suggest... interrupting each person's declaration of thanks with whale facts
pairs well with... gravy-based foods (we're lookin' at you, New Orleans)
And if you don't have any Los Aromos, we suggest... drinking straight gravy until you go into a Gravy Coma
pairs well with... eating an entire pie and then going back for more
And if you don't have any BoNanza, we suggest... pretending that you started smoking so you have lots of excuses to go outside and eat SECRET PIE
Half the Time
pairs well with... turkey sandwiches with Honeycup mustard and peanut butter. No, seriously.
And if you don't have any Half the Time, we suggest... taking a good hard look at the circumstances in your life that brought you to this moment.
* By us. Seriously, this is easily one of our Top 3 favorite blog posts to write (though the overall winner has got to be January's "Year in Numbers" posts)
** Maybe second favorite if you count our anniversary as a made up holiday, but we don't. That one's a real holiday.
*** We've done more field testing on these than you'd think, but some of the pairings might not be totally bulletproof.
Well hello there! We have had ourselves a dang ol' week gettin' things fixed up and prepped up and prettied up and we're just about wrapped up with all that which is good because we're right-on ready to get down to bidness! So without further ado and nonsense and prattlin' on, here's all the hip haps for the week!
First on up is our trusty Thursday cask and we're once again gettin' down with Wasted Life! This time around we "kicked things up a notch" with our other favorite* hop: Galena! That there's gonna add a bit of a citrus/pineapple kick to our lil' ol' IPA and dang but we predict it gon' be tasty!
Also on Thursday we're doin' up a new-to-us trivia night and this time around it's centered around The Office! We'll have silly prizes and some beer pairings and it's gonna be an all-around good time! It's also probably worth noting that we're sticking with our usual first-come-first-served policy on seating, so you might wanna consider getting here early if you wanna be sure to get a seat (we're not necessarily expecting a full house, but this particular show seems to have a pretty devoted following, so it ain't hurt to be prepared).
Movin' right on along, on Friday we're releasin' a whole buncha new stuff, starting with Joyrider bottles! And maybe Joyrider on tap! And in case you're "new to the scene" around here and you ain't "hip" to the Joyride, it all starts when we take Joybringer, our beloved tripel, and rest it in rye barrels for a good long time, and then... that's pretty much it, actually. Then we drink it. And now you can too!
Also on Friday, it's flannel day! We got this year's crop of warm winter duds (in three styles! They're so soft!) in house and we're gettin' hella cozy (while supplies last, of course), so come on by!
And since we're donnin' our winter duds, we're also releasing long-sleeved El Pulpo shirts on Friday! Check 'em out! They look so good!
Keepin' on keepin' on throughout the weekend, we got us a double dose of delicious treats on Saturday with Wild Fox Pierogi in the house from 2-6 and Boston HotChix from 6-10 (or until they run out of chicken, which has happened with them once or twice)!
Oh! And! Lastly! We're continuing on with a "new tradition" that we (sort of accidentally) started last year, and that tradition is bottle releases on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving!** And since we've already been doing bottle releases all dang month (and will continue to do so in the coming weeks/months), we felt the need to make it "extra special" for all y'all so this time around it's Melvin! Remember Melvin? Our "barleywine" that's got hella caramel and banana notes? Well we went and aged that sucker in a buncha different barrels (specifically a rum barrel and a rye barrel) and we also blended it up with some barreled ginger farmhouse and now we've got four different versions of Melvin and they're all available in bottles on Wednesday the 27th! So if you need some extra "thankfulness juice" or if you wanna compare and contrast what different barrels do to beer or if you just wanna drink some dang ol' Melvin, swing on through and getcha some!
* Truth be told, we have, like, seven favorite hops.
** This day is known to us as "Shitty Wednesday," both for traffic reasons and for the likelihood that you'll end up having to talk to somebody you went to high school with.
Howdy do, kiddos and squiddos! It's once again time to spread joy and drink tasty beers and maybe get some treats if you're a treat sorta person (and let's be real here, you should be) and anyway we got a buncha cool stuff so check it out!
First on up is a beer that got tapped during a certain made-up holiday that we recently celebrated, only we didn't make too much of a scene about it because we didn't want to "steal the thunder" from our "main event" and anyway that beer is Spruce Moose! This here's a "historically inspired" beer that we made for a historical house (which we touched upon last week), so we figured we'd take a Modern Classic and add a touch of Questionnable Historical Accuracy, and now we've got an old(ish) school American Pale Ale brewed with spruce tips! It's nice 'n' easy drinkin' and a bit hoppy and it doesn't quite taste like you're drinking a forest in late autumn, but it also doesn't quite not taste like that. Anyway, it's on tap right now and you should come taste for yourself!
And while we're on about Spruce Moose, this month we're doin' Simpsons trivia on Wednesday! There's probably a theme this month, but our theme is "getting Chris to stop giving us shit about needing to make a Simpsons-themed beer (especially since this is the second guldang time we've done just that)."
Movin' onwards and arguably upwards, we gotta mention cheese! Cheese flights are in the past (and also the future), but if you missed out (or if you just have good taste in cheese), you can get wedges of this month's Creamery of the Month (Jasper Hill, from somewhere in Vermont)!
Next up on that ol' docket is this week's trusty Thursday cask! This time around we're tappin' up a beer we ain't had on cask in a dang ol' while (possibly several whiles, if we're being honest here): Wasted Life! And since this lil' beer's making it's triumphant re-debut or whatever, we figured we'd "do it in style" with one of our favoritest, fruitiest hops: Rakau!
Movin' right along, we've got a double whammy of a release this Friday and it all starts with Joy! Thassright, it's that time you (we) have all been waiting for: Joybringer time! We're bringin' the joy back on tap, and we're fully stocked up on bottles of this boozy lil' delight, so come on and get joyful with us!
And you know what else brings us joy? Coloring! We like it so much that we made a coloring book (featuring all of our coloring contest pages since 2017, plus a few special goodies for good measure) and they're comin' out on Friday and we are just hell of stoked!
Then on Saturday we've got another double whammy (which either makes the weekend a quadruple whammy or a double whammy of double whammies, depending on your beliefs), and it's startin' with Pints for Pups! Our new pals at Harvey's Hope are comin' by with some swag and some info and we'll be donating $1 from every pint poured so come on out and get charitable with us!
And after all that charitable drinking, you'll need to treat yourself and we got just the thing because Boston HotChix is back in the house from 6-10!
Greetings, traveler. I trust you've been well. And more importantly, I trust you're ready to come hang out at yet another made-up holiday* because this week is the first ever Pulpo Day! But I'll get to all that in just a bit, because we also got a whole lotta cool stuff comin' atcha before that, so read on and read up!
First on that ol' docket is something that's not exactly "news" in the sense that you've seen/tasted/experienced this beer before (albeit all too briefly) but we're gonna tell y'all anyway: Los Aromos is on tap! Right now! For real this time! Thassright, you can get that sneaky-smooth bone-dry passionfruit goodness on tap until it runs out! And. AND. Since it was a collaboration with T'Ahpas 529, it's also gonna be on tap over there for a good long while, which means you've got yet another excuse to get on over there!
Also on tap right now is BoNanza! This here's a beer brewed for a wedding, specifically the wedding of Bob and Nani (who both like pizZa, hence the name BoNanza) and they gave us a bit of a brain buster when it came down to brainstormin': long story short, they wanted to put the I back in IPA and feature some ingredients that would be a nod to Nani's Indian heritage so we put on our ol' thinkin' caps and after ruling out things that we didn't think would fit an IPA (turmeric) and a few wildcards (fenugreek), we went with ginger! So this here's a lightly-sweet, citrussy-hoppy IPA with a (somewhat hefty) dab of ginger thrown in and dang if it ain't delightful!
Moving slightly past right now, on Wednesday (and then again on Sunday) we're doin' more cheese flights! This time around our creamery of the month is one of our favorites - Jasper Hill from Greensboro Bend, VT - and we've got a pretty righteous flight to pair with their delicious cheeses and you should come try it!
Speaking of things that are delicious, this week's trusty Thursday cask is an old favorite of ours: Extra Naked! And since this here's a beer what's been on cask a time or two, we figured we'd "mix it up" a lil' bit and see how ol' XN stands up to the more assertive hop profile provided by Cascade and Centennial! Spoiler alert: it will be heck of tasty.
Also on Thursday is this month's edition of Audio Triviality! This time around it's focused on 90's punk/hardcore, which means that our time-tested method of answering every question with "Hoobastank" will continue to be as effective as ever.** Anyway, it's gonna be fun so you should come on out!
Anyway. Saturday. Pulpo Day. Just what the hell is a Pulpo Day, you ask? Why, it's none other than a day celebrating our favorite Winter Seasonal, a chocolate orange imperial stout named El Pulpo! And since we got just too much info to cram into one dang ol' paragraph, we're gonna do this up in handy-dandy Q 'n' A format!
When is Pulpo Day?
This Saturday - 11/9 - all dang day!
Are you releasing any other beers?
Kind of! We're gonna have regular ol' El Pulpo on tap (and in cans), plus we're gonna have barrel-aged El Pulpo on tap (for a limited time) and in bottles (for a longer time) and we're diggin' out a couple kegs of Vintage Pulpo: 2018, 2017, and the barrel-aged 2018 version! That's FIVE Pulpos on tap, which means you're gonna have to make some difficult decisions if you're the flight type!
Will there be food?
Of course! In addition to all our regular goodies, we got The Bacon Truck comin' through from 2-8 (and hopefully bringin' some delicious bacon truffles)!
Will there be cool new swag?
Yes! We've got Pulpo stickers and some cool new glassware for our barrel-aged beers (which isn't Pulpo-specific, but it is on the way as we speak, and we should get them in time to fill them with Pulpo), and there's been talk of gettin' some Pulpo shirts, but those ain't gonna be here for Saturday so if that's a thing you want then you're gonna have to wait a little longer.
Will you have chocolate oranges again?
Probably! We ordered them, anyway, so they'd better be here in time.
Why brew a chocolate orange stout every year?
Jared's dad likes it so much that we aren't allowed to stop making it.
Why make an entire day out of it?
Because it's fun! And also because El Pulpo variants were starting to take over the entire menu on Horatio Day (the holiday we made up in celebration of our logo and/or barrel-aged beer) and we gotta leave some room on that draft list for all of our other fun projects (we have a lot of fun projects this year).
What does an imperial stout have to do with octopi?
Nothing! But it sure does look cool on that label, dunnit?
Do you have any other cool bottle releases coming up?
I'm glad you asked, helpful strawman - we do indeed! We've got Joybringer on the 15th (next week! And it should also be on tap by then!), and then Joyrider - the barrel-aged version of Joybringer - comes out on the 22nd and we're releasing our flannels on that same day and then on the 27th (the day before Thanksgiving, also known - to us - as Shitty Wednesday) we're comin' out with four variations of Melvin the Mammoth (our "barleywine"): straight-up and rum-barrel-aged and rye-barrel-aged and blended with a whiskey-barrel-aged ginger farmhouse! Also all these fun barreled beers will be on tap at some point (including but not limited to Horatio Day), but we've only got 12 draft lines and it would be silly of us to fill nine of them with strong and/or barrel-aged beer. Oh, and also there's gonna be more bottle releases after that (hopefully more-or-less weekly for a good while), but we'll get to that in due time.
Oh! And! If you happen to find yourself somewhere other than Pulpo Day on Saturday (for whatever silly reason), we're gonna be doin' a thing at/for a historical house! See, friend-of-the-brewery (and former bartender, and former cardboard cutout model) Bubs lives in The Historical Hartshorne House in Wakefield and he wanted to throw another cool history/beer/house-themed event so we brewed up a special beer*** and we're gonna be there all evening to awkwardly ramble about our beer/brewery in front of a bunch of (old) strangers! Fun times!
Last up is a thing I already mentioned but I'm excited about it so I'm gonna say it again: Cheese! Flights! On! Sunday!
* Yes, technically all holidays are made up. But this is one (of several) that WE made up and also one that (sadly) goes generally unacknowledged in the world at large.
** Not very.
*** Last year we brewed Hartshorne for this very same event. Remember that beer? I miss that beer.
Hi Kids! We sure do hope you had fun gettin' your pups all dolled up and trottin' them around our "beer garden" for the day (and/or we hope you had fun observing our dog party from the safety of the patio, if that's more your jam), because we sure as heck had a blast, which means we're gonna have to put on the ol' "thinkin' caps" and get goin' on more canine carnivals! Anyway, we must look forward, not backward, so let's cut that ol' shuck and jive and get on with future good times!
But not before you look at some Very Good Dogs in costumes.
Not pictured: AsparaGUS
First and/or foremost, we're gettin' into the Spooktacular Spirit this week with Beer and Candy Pairings all dang day on Wednesday and Thursday! In short, a number of our Seasoned Experts* sat around for several hours eating candy and drinking beer** and developing the perfect pairings for all the beers on our menu and when you order beers on Weds/Thurs (including, but not limited to, flights), you get candy! More specifically, you get the candy that pairs with your beer(s), which means we'll get to turn a lot of people on to the magic that is Key Lime paired with peppermint patties (no, seriously).
We're pretty sure Ben blurted the pairing out to mess with Darcy, but dammit when it works, it works.
Also on Wednesday we're doin' another retro video game night with Wicked Retro Games, which means you get to eat candy and play video games until your teeth rot and your brains leak out your ears and oh man your ten-year-old self would be so proud of you.
Best Halloween pregame ever.
And while we're on about sweets, on Thursday we're revvin' up the ol' beer engine and this time 'round we figured we'd do something Seasonally Appropriate*** and tap a cask fortified with cocoa nibs and this time we're gettin' Real**** with Rufus! Thassright, we took a buncha single-origin cocoa nibs and jammed 'em all up in that Rufus cask and now you can have some!
Come. Sit. Stay.
Speakin' of all the spooktacular stuff we're doin' on Thursday: we're gonna have Boogels! Yessir, the fine folks at Goldilox Bagels are gettin' spooktacular and settin' up shop here on Thursday! And what, praytell, is so spooky about these bagels, you ask? Well, we put the word "boo" right there in the title.
Pretty spooky stuff.
But back to sweets for a minute ('tis the season), our pals at T.C. Scoops wanted to beer and ice cream flights, so we're doin' beer and ice cream flights on Friday!
Then on Saturday we're back to savory with Eat More, Mexican! comin' through and slingin' burritos all afternoon!
They're so good you guys
Oh! And we gotta announce this month's coloring contest winners! Adequate jorb, everyone!
Our first place winner, Rachel!
Our runners up!
* People who wanted free candy.
** It sounds like a lot of fun to do this, then you do it and you realize that you already feel hella gross and it's not even halfway done yet.
*** Surprising nobody, this is actually a complete coincidence.
**** Real ALE, that is. I'll see myself out.
Howdy howdy howdy! It's almost time for our dang ol' dog party, but before we can get to all that we gotta get through a whole buncha other fun stuff and some tasty beers (and maybe some tasty new beers if you're good). Life can be hard sometimes, but hey - that's why cask ale was invented.
Is it Fake NERAX time yet or what
Did somebody say cask? Because we got a cask goin' on this Thursday (much like we do most Thursdays, now that you mention it) and this time around it's toasty ol' Rufus! Ain't much I need to say about Rufus so there ain't much I'm gonna say except that it gon' be tasty!
We're bettin' all that chocolately, biscuity goodness is gonna be dialed up to 11.
Then we're keepin' up the hip haps on Friday with the release of Wellington! What's Wellington, you ask? It's a hoppy beer! And who doesn't like hoppy beer? (Maybe jerks? I dunno, we're not in the business of knowing what jerks like) Anyway we teamed up with our landlords from our apartment building and suckered them into doing all our work for us and now we have this thing!
It's a bit more on the hazy/hoppy/juicy end of the spectrum than we usually go, but hey sometimes you just gotta jam a buncha lupulin all up in there
And to go along with that ol' new beer on Friday, we're bringin' in an old favorite for food: Matilda's! They'll be here for the evening doin' what they do best and what they do best is make pastelitos and we're gonna eat some!
And then Saturday is the day we've all been waiting for: the release of yet another beer named after a building! There's also the dog party (we'll get to that, keep your shirt on), but we collabbed up some collab times with our friends from T'ahpas 529 and brewed up a tasty lil' sneaky-strong hoppy farmhouse with passionfruit and it's named Los Aromos!*
Say it. It's really fun to say!
And since we're releasin' that beer on Saturday, we're bringin' in T'ahpas for food from 3 - 8! Their food is tasty as heck and if they don't bring something to pair with the beer we made for/with them we will do what we always do and just pretend that they did because that's apparently how manners works.
Definitely the menu they are bringing and not a picture we borrowed from their Instagram.
(I can tell you we were promised nachos and meatballs and possibly meatball nachos.)
Anyway, also on Saturday we're havin' our dog party! We'll be settin' up shop "beer garden" style (i.e. out in the parking lot) and there's gonna be a dog costume contest (with prizes! But not trophies because it turns out those are pretty hard to get on short notice!) and PolkaDog Bakery will have treats and toys and Beast Coast Design will have treats and fun dog merch and Northeast Animal Shelter will be settin' up shop (they said they might bring dogs but we don't know if they'll be able to bring dogs) and we've got a dog-themed beer on tap (and on cask! Probably!) and it's gonna be a ton of fun and you should join us!
I mean, Lilly's gonna be there in her pineapple suit.
And then on Sunday we're mixin' things up a bit with Halloween Yoga! It's an all-levels class and you're encouraged to come in costume which sounds pretty rad albeit it might make yoga a bit more complicated if you're one of those people who dresses up as, like, post-transformation Violet Beauregarde or whatever, but also that would be very entertaining to watch so you should definitely do that! Anyway it'll be a fun time and tickets come with a flight or a full pour, so come get your yoga on!
Tickets are still available here: Halloween Yoga
Oh! And! One more thing! We are now offering cheese plates daily in our taproom! We’ll still host our monthly cheese and beer pairings, but we just can’t wait weeks in between Cheese Time anymore (and we know you can’t either), so we’ll have a featured cheese or two every month from a local farm served with some crackers and treats, and we’re kicking off this program with two wonderful cheeses from Couet Farm Dudley, MA - Evelina and Karolina. Ask for a plate next time you're in the taproom!
The snack menu embiggens!
* No, it doesn't mean "the aromas." Yes, we had to look it up to be sure.
Oh hey there, welcome back! We've been keepin' busy keepin' it real, and (more importantly) we've got a hell of a lot of tasty times and fun treats and fun times and tasty treats and all that good stuff, so read on!
Startin' that ol' Tasty Train off with a bang,* on Wednesday we've got cheese! More to the point, we've got four cheeses from Couët Farm in Dudley, MA and our Expert Cheese Team** has paired up all four with beers from our menu, and dang but it is delectable!
Movin' right on along, this week's trusty Thursday cask is another old favorite: Shut Up Kelly! And since this ol' cask is gettin' tapped during a particularly spooktacular time of year, we goosed it on up with some single-origin cocoa nibs! This time around we're usin' Haitian nibs and the tasting notes we've got are "vanilla, brown sugar, and raisins" which pretty much has "tasty" written all over it and we gon' drink some!
And if you wanna do some spooktacular thinkin' whilst you sup your cocoa cask, we're hosting Halloween-themed trivia on Thursday! That there's a pretty broad topic, so put on your thinkin' pants and then probably just write in "The Great Pumpkin" for every question you don't know the answer to, because it's gotta be right at least once.
Then on Friday we've got one heck of a treat for you, and that's a new art exhibit! We're bidding a fond farewell to Images From The Pit*** and welcoming in Mosh Monsters!**** It's a bit of an artistic change-up for that particular wall, but also it's pretty much completely in line with what we got goin' on around here (which is to say, a buncha rad-ass art), and also he drew us a Horatio monster and we're just so friggin' stoked and you should come check it out! The art's gonna be up for a little while, but we're makin' it a whole thing (as best we can, anyway), so come say hi and look at (or purchase) cool art and/or a coloring book!
And if you somehow needed more reason to swing through on Friday, we're also bringin' back an old favorite popup (who you may remember from possibly our first popup ever): Jaju! They'll be slingin' pierogis all evening and that means it'll smell like fried butter all up ins and there's gonna be tons of good tastes! Woo!
And speaking of good tastes and/or our favorite things, on Saturday we've got HotChix back in the house! They make a mean Hot Chicken and we aim to eat some and you probably should too!
Movin' right along to Sunday, we're doin' pumpkin carving! We got us some tools and some pumpkins and some makeshift tarps and a whole buncha spooktacular beer and we're gonna cut up some gourds! Unlike most of our events, this un's a ticketed 'un, and unlike most of our ticketed events, it's almost sold out! If you wanna get your knife on, I'd step on it: Patio Pumpkin Carving Tickets
Speaking of things that are a spooktacular good time, we're just about a week away from our dog costume contest! Thassright, next Saturday, October 26th, we're settin' up "beer garden" style (by which we mean "drinking in the parking lot") and we want you to get them pups all dressed up and trottin' around and hopefully not destroying their costumes, but probably destroying their costumes (let's be real here) and there's gonna be some dog-themed friends settin' up alongside us (PolkaDog Bakery will have treats and toys, and Beast Coast Design will have treats and fun dog merch!) and we've already got a dog-themed beer on tap and it's gonna be a ton of fun! We'll have tasty eats from T'ahpas 529 from 3-7pm, plus we're releasing a passionfruit farmhouse ale (which we just so happened to brew with T'ahpas). So... no reason to not come out and enjoy a lovely fall weekend?
And looking a bit further forward into the future, we've got something else on the ol' planner that's also gonna be a ton of fun: Pulpo Day! See, we look forward to the annual release of this tasty-ass chocolate orange stout, and we felt the need to celebrate (also, the Horatio Day menu was getting a bit overcrowded with barrel-aged and/or vintage Pulpo)! So what we're gonna do is we're gonna release El Pulpo and (probably) the barrel-aged version (on tap and in bottles) and we're gonna dig through the ol' beerchive and dig out vintage kegs of El Pulpo (including last year's barrel-aged variant), and we're gonna drink them and have a great time! Yaaaaaaaay!
Oh, and speaking of bottles, it's almost bottle time! Keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks, because we've got some "tricks" up our "sleeves" this year...
* That... that's how trains start, right?
** Liz, plus whoever else happens to be trying to get free cheese that day.
*** Which unfortunately overlapped a lot with a time of year when our side room saw little use, since people only want to drink on the patio in the warmer months.
**** I'll thank you in advance to keep your "Monster Mosh" jokes to yourself, however spooktacular you may think they are.
Howdy do, kids and squids! We got us a fun-filled, treat-filled week tasty things and fun times, so let's get on to it!
First up is the first of two new beers that we done got on tap right now: Mandarinazacca! It's been, like, two whole weeks with only one IPA on the menu* so we rectified that situation right up and jammed a buncha Mandarina Bavaria and Azacca into this beer that nobody will be able to pronounce! Come drink it anyway!
Speaking of things that need to make a triumphant comeback to our menu, we've got another dog beer on tap! This time around it's a tasty, toasty lil' brown ale named Rufus - so named for a beer lovin' lil' nugget who's gone but not forgotten - and it's on tap right now and of course we're doin' the Special Dog Glass thing again and you should come drink some!
For all the dogs out there who never let a half-finished beer suffer alone, this one's for you!
Movin' right along, we've got a special spooktacular treat for you on Wednesday (which is today): donuts! Speakeasy Donuts is comin' through with some spooktacular sweets, and our collective hump day will be all the better for it, so come getcha some fried 'n' frosted dough tonight!
It's a proven fact that a spike in blood sugar can reverse the effects of a zombie bite.
And while we're on about tasty treats, this week's Thursday cask is one we've been lookin' forward to for a right long while: Biere de Melons! And since we didn't want to hide all that melonny goodness behind some hops, we're servin' this sucker straight-up, just as the beer gods intended!
You best come try some before the staff drinks it all!
Also on Thursday we've got the spooktacular return of our Halloween-themed Simpsons trivia night: Brewhouse of Horror! If you're a fan of some spooky Simpsons and you wanna test that knowledge for the chance to win some weird crap that Jared bought on the internet, come on by!
Wind up eyeballs, anyone?
Then on Friday there's a new one (for us) on the schedule - we're hosting an immersive cyberpunk game in the taproom! We're as curious as you are to see how it all plays out, but it sounds like a cross between interactive theater and an escape room and more to the point it sounds like a good time so you should grab some tickets!
You will make some drama nerd's day!
Also on Friday we're bringin' back a longstanding favorite popup who's been missing from our taproom for way too long (because schedules are weird, man) - Matilda's! They'll be dishin' up some fried deliciousness and that's pretty much all you need to know!
Then for food on Saturday we're bringin' back Matilda's (because schedules are weird, man) and we're gonna eat the everlovin' heck outta a buncha pastelitos!
They are so good you guys!
Then on Sunday we're doin' another cheese pairing! This time around we're bringin' in cheeses from Couët Farms** and we got some right tasty pairings all paired up, so come get cheesy!
This might be our favorite menu yet!
* Oh, the horror! However will you get your IPA flight?
** We had to email them to ask how to pronounce their name. It's "koo-ay," like if a Canadian was telling you what sound a pigeon makes.
Jared and Jimbo will tell you some things, sometimes.