Cisco Brewers and OCEARCH Release Shark Tracker Light Lager

shark tracker labelThe team at Cisco Brewers of Nantucket has teamed up with the researchers from OCEARCH to release a new beer called Shark Tracker Light Lager. When it comes to sharks, OCEARCH replaces the fear with fascination. They do this by enabling the leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data on the movement, biology, and health of sharks to protect their future while enhancing public safety and education. Cisco’s intention behind brewing their Shark Tracker Light Lager was not only to satisfy the palates of craft beer drinkers, but to further enhance OCEARCH’s educational reach on the lions of the sea: sharks.

This project got its legs just about a year ago as the OCEARCH team hosted a meet and greet at Cisco’s brewery on Nantucket Island. This is when the Cisco team realized how greatly the OCEARCH research resonated with the Nantucket locals.  Shortly after Cisco’s CEO, Jay Harman, and other brewery employees boarded the MV OCEARCH in hopes of tagging an Apex predator. Later that afternoon the scientists were able to tag the first great white of 2013’s Cape Cod Expedition, Betsy.

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Stoddard’s Pub to Host New Holland Brewing Boston Launch Celebration



To welcome the latest brewery into the Boston market, Stoddard’s Pub will be throwing a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” party Thursday June 19th for New Holland Brewing. Available on draft will be Dragon Milk, Mad Hatter, Paleooza, and a Mad Hatter Firkin. In addition to these craft beers, Stoddard’s will be showcasing selections from New Holland Artisan Spirits.

Now available at on and off premise locations in Boston will be the following beers: Mad Hatter, Monkey King, The Poet, Dragon’s Milk, and White Hatter, their summer seasonal. New Holland’s pumpkin beer, Ichabod, will be available in the fall. In addition to these beers a few one-offs and limited releases such as Imperial Hatter will be periodically offered. Hitting shelves in the beginning of 2015 will be New Holland’s Session Series.

Available from New Holland’s Artisan Spirits portfolio will be: Beer Barrel Bourbon, Bill’s Michigan Wheat Whiskey, Hatter Royale, Zeppelin Bend, Knickerbocker Gin, Michigan Amber Rum, and the brand new Clockwork Orange.

The whole New Holland team is very excited to finally have made it to the Northeast. “We’re looking forward to getting out there, meeting people and bringing some great flavors from the Midwest to our craft brothers and sisters in New England,” said New Holland’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Fred Bueltmann.

For more information on New Holland Brewing you can visit their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter. To stay up to date with the latest craft beer news, follow me on Twitter: @Tommy_Hops.



Welcome Back Warm Weather and Tröegs Sunshine Pils

sunshine 12pack2The second beer in Tröegs’ Hop Cycle Series, Sunshine Pils, is set to make its return to Boston this week. The timing couldn’t be better as the thermometer hit 80°F for the third consecutive day on Monday. This light, crisp, and refreshing Euro-style pils also packs an assertive hop character at 45 IBUs. For the first time this year you will be able to enjoy the ‘Crisp, Hoppy, Pilsner’ in 12 ounce cans! Patio and beach lovers rejoice.

To help celebrate the return of the warm weather, and of course Sunshine Pils, Tröegs will be holding two “Welcome Back, Sunshine” events on Wednesday May, 14th. Andy, Tim and a few others from Tröegs will be hanging out at The Independent in Somerville from 7-9PM. Along with Sunshine; DreamWeaver & 2 Scratch beers will be available. Going on simultaneously in the South End will be the Five Horses Tavern Sunshine kickoff with Jason Kidwell. On tap will be Sunshine, DreamWeaver, Pale Ale cask & 2 Scratch beers. Both locations will be offering up a complimentary Tröegs pint glass upon ordering your first beer (while supplies last).

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Alltech’s Lexington Brewing & Distilling Brings the Kentucky Derby to Cambridge


Since you can’t make it to Churchill Downs for “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports,” Alltech’s Lexington Brewing & Distilling is bringing the party to Cambridge. This Saturday, May 3rd the Commonwealth Cambridge will be hosting a Kentucky Derby party you sure won’t want to miss!

Chef Nookie will be preparing Island Creek oysters and traditional southern style BBQ to be washed down by derby cocktails featuring Town Branch Bourbon and Town Branch Rye. Also, available from Kentucky Ale with be their very popular Bourbon Barrel Ale and Bourbon Barrel Stout.

Plenty of Kentucky Ale and Town Branch swag will be up for grabs in various contests and games. There will also be a ‘best dressed’ contest, so bust out the seersucker suits, sundresses, and big hats!

The party for the first leg of the Triple Crown kicks off at 3PM and will finish up around 7PM. Before heading home I suggest stopping by their neighbors, Cambridge Spirits, to pick up a bottle of Town Branch or 4-pack of Kentucky Ale so that you can bring the Louisville vibes home with you.

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Allagash Paints the Town Orange with the Official Boston Launch of Saison


One of the most anticipated releases of the year has finally arrived in Boston with its bright orange packaging and tap handles. That’s right, Allagash Saison is now available everywhere! I don’t know if it’s just me, but I absolutely love orange branding. Whether I am walking into a bar checking out the tap handles or if I am browsing the shelves of my local packie; the bright orange just grabs me. And then there is the liquid. When you take your first sip, you become hooked. The citrus and peppery spice dominates the overall flavor while making way for a pleasing malt character.

To celebrate the release of Allagash Saison I am giving away Saison t-shirts to some lucky craft beer fans. For a chance to win all you have to do is take a selfie with an Allagash Saison and upload it to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #SaisonSelfie! I look forward to picking out some of my favorites. Here are a few great examples:

In late March, 10 events were held around the state for ‘Saison Day,’ giving the city a sampling of what was to come. Finally, the time has come for a full release. On Wednesday April 23 Allagash will be taking over The Asgard in Cambridge from 5-8 launching their newest year-round release. Also available on tap will be James Bean, Odyssey, Ginger Wit, and White!

A fellow employee sent out these step-by-step directions earlier today; I highly suggest you follow suit:

Step 1: Get yourself to The Asgard any time after 5 PM tonight

Step 2: Exchange cursory pleasantries with Allagash representatives

Step 3: Accept their offer to fill your glass with delicious beer from Portland Maine

Step 4: Thank them profusely for the opportunity to partake of the magical liquid

Step 5: Take a #SaisonSelfie & share on Twitter or Instagram

Step 6: (repeat steps 3 through 5)

While you are sending out your #SaisonSelfie don’t forget to give me a follow on Twitter: @Tommy_Hops & @CraftMass. Also, don’t forget to give Allagash Matt a follow as well: @AllagashMatt!

Spring is in the Air with Back Bay Social Club’s Beer Dinner Series

back bay beer dinnersThroughout the month of April the Back Bay Social Club will be teaming up with three different craft breweries for their Beer Dinner Spring Series. For the low price of $40 you’ll be able to enjoy a four course pairing with beers from Lagunitas, Brooklyn, and Cisco. The kitchen at BBSC has specially crafted three menus paired up with some amazing craft beers.

The Spring Series will kick off Thursday April 10th with Lagunitas. Up first will be some passed apps paired with their Czech Style Pils. The second course comprising of housemade sausage will be paired with Lagunitas IPA. Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown Ale is paired up with a braised lamb shank for course number three. For dessert, maple cinnamon ice cream and bacon waffle is washed down with a Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout.

On April 16th the Brooklyn Brewery will be warming things up on Boylston Street. You’ll be offered a Brooklyn Summer Ale with passed apps upon arriving at the Back Bay Social Club. Up next is Brooklyn Local 2 with duck meatballs. Brooklyn’s newest beer, Blast! Ale will be paired with a spiced lamb porterhouse with goat cheese and eggplant puree, crispy eggplant chips and fried spinach. The crowd favorite Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is of course paired with the dessert. The chefs have prepared a chocolate mousse with crispy potato chips and huckleberry whipped cream.

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Wachusett & WAAF Collaborate on New Craft Beer; Revered Red

Revered Red AleA new brew from the Wachusett Brewing Company will be rocking its way onto the shelves in Boston this week. The Westminster, Massachusetts brewery has collaborated with Boston’s Rock Station, WAAF, to create Revered Red. This very easy sipping red ale was brewed with specialty malts, Wachusett’s northwest yeast and Belgium candy sugar. The sugar adds a touch of sweetness to the 5.0% ABV, 27 IBUs, red ale.

Ron Valeri, WAAF’s Program Director, and the whole station’s team couldn’t be happier with how the beer turned out. “All of us at WAAF are honored to be partnering with Ned and his innovative team at Wachusett Brewing Company.  We were counting on them to help us create a craft beer that our listeners would love and that we’d be proud to put our name on.  Their alchemical approach to transforming natural ingredients into unique and tasty liquids is truly impressive.  Wachusett has come through with another delicious brew!”

Check out the video below of WAAF’s on air talent and executives visiting Wachusett for the very first canning run of Revered Red Ale.

For the latest Boston craft beer news follow me on Twitter: @Tommy_Hops and @CraftMass.



Wachusett Opening Day Starting Lineup


Here is Wachusett’s Opening Day starting line up:

1.) Sweet Caroline’s- Blueberry Draft, Green Monsta IPA cans (6 in a bucket)…..table setter

2.) The Baseball Tavern- Green Monsta IPA draft.

3.) Jerry Remy’s- Green Monsta IPA draft.

4.) Yardhouse- Blueberry Ale draft, Green Monsta IPA draft, LITE IPA draft.

5.) UNOs (Kenmore Sq)- Blueberry Ale draft, Green Monsta IPA draft.

6.) Cornwalls- Green Monsta IPA draft.

7.) The Cask n Flagon- Blueberry Ale draft.

8.) Game On- Green Monsta IPA bottles

9.) Bleacher Bar- Green Monsta IPA bottles

Off the bench….The Landsowne Pub-Green Monsta IPA and Blueberry Ale bottles.


- John DeMarco

Craft Beer Returns to Fenway for the 2014 Red Sox Season

wachusett fenwayAfter a very short off season, the bearded Boston Red Sox look to repeat the magic of what was the 2013 campaign. No one could have pictured last year’s remarkable run; going from worst-to-first in what seemed to be a “rebuilding” season was unthinkable. From the heroic efforts of Koji Uehara to the emergence of unlikely heroes like Jonny Gomes, it goes to show that anything is possible over the course of a 162 game schedule.

One thing that you’ll be able to hang your caps on while the Sox are playing at home is that there will be plenty of craft beer flowing in and around the Fenway Park area.

Here are the locations where you’ll be able to purchase a cold pint of craft beer at Fenway:

Under Section 3 – Wachusett Green Monsta

Gate D – Wachusett Green Monsta

Gate A – Wachusett Green Monsta, Smuttynose IPA, Cisco Whales Tale, Magic Hat #9

Yawkey Way – Wachusett Green Monsta

All Package Locations – Wachusett Green Monsta & Blueberry cans

Throughout the season check back in with me on Twitter as I update you on the latest craft beer and sports news around Boston: @Tommy_Hops & @CraftMass.

Ommegang Game of Thrones Fire & Blood to Be Released March 31st

packagingBrewery Ommegang will be bringing the heat Monday March 31st as they release the third installment of their Game of Thrones collaboration series; Fire & Blood Ale. Product will be hitting the shelves just in time for the highly anticipated season four premiere of Game of Thrones on April 6th. Fire & Blood Ale was named after the motto of House Targaryen and was inspired by the mother of dragons, Daenerys Targaryen. Just like Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout, Fire & Blood Ale will be available in 750ML bottles as well as a limited amount logs. Each case will feature three collectible labels depicting Daenerys’ three dragons: Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion.

On Monday March 31st Brewery Ommegang and Pintley will be holding a launch party at the East End Grille in Somerville. Starting at 7:00 PM Fire & Blood Ale, Take the Black Stout, Hop House, Wild at Heart, Duvel Tripel Hop, and Ommegang’s new spring saison, Glimmerglass, will be available on draft. The first 50 customers to purchase a beer will receive a Game of Thrones pint glass while the first 100 will receive a custom metal Game of Thrones Coaster. Season 3 DVDs plus more will also be given away throughout the night. To RSVP for this event you can click here.

In other exciting news Brewery Ommegang recently announced that it’s Hop Chef competition will be making a return to Boston on May 21st. This was one of my favorite events of 2013, I can’t wait to taste what this year’s competition whips up!

To keep up with the latest craft beer news and events going on in Boston be sure to follow me on Twitter: @Tommy_Hops!