Narragansett Donates for National Lager Day

toystotsAmber lager, pale lager, doppelbock, Vienna lager, rauchbier, Czech pilsner… I could go on and on listing the various styles of lagers. There are an endless number you could choose from to celebrate National Lager Day! Now I am not saying you only can choose one to celebrate with, I certainly plan on indulging in a few BUT, if I could only choose one to drink today, it would be Narragansett Lager.

No, it is not due to the fond memories of when we would pack six, sometimes seven deep into our buddy Ryan’s car and cruise down to Narragansett Beach for the summer. Then why, you ask? It is pretty simple. If you post a photo on social media of your ‘Gansett Lager, tag @GansettBeer, and use the hashtag #LagerDay, the brewery will donate $1 to Toys for Tots! This is what the holiday season is all about, neighbors helping neighbors; Hi-Neighbor!

Craft Beer Guild Distributing of New York has jumped in on the action as well. For every employee that posts a Narragansett picture tagging #CBGNY or #CraftNY they will match the $1 donation. Check out all of the pictures that have been tagged so far here.

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Craft Beer Gear Deals

Now that the dust, or snow, has finally settled on this post-Turkey Day weekend, many Americans have turned their focus towards Black Friday shopping. Fights over parking spots, waiting in serpentine lines from the fitting room to the cash register, and your typical cranky shoppers all add up to one wretched day. To tell you the truth, whenever I go out shopping in these situations, I get frustrated and end up buying stuff for myself. This is why this year I will be exclusively shopping online.

Yes, I could be spending my time focusing on this year’s electronics or the latest fashion trends, but I have my hard earned dollars set on something else; craft beer schawg! Shirts, bottle openers, blankets, hats, the possibilities are endless. Over the past two years, I have swapped out my Polo tees for brewery shirts. As I write this, I am sporting a Cisco Summer of Lager eco-tee with an Allagash zip-up hoodie. Now, my friends and family are beginning to ask for these wearables. I know, such a trendsetter. So, this Black Friday weekend I plan on picking up a few gifts all while adding to my own wardrobe. To get the maximum bang for your buck take advantage of these brewery deals:

abitaAbita: Get 20% off all merchandise with a purchase of $50 or more plus free shipping when you use coupon code FREE50.

mojoBoulder: Get a Mojo gas station hat for only $10 and save 50%.

Boulevard: All orders over $30 will receive free shipping through Monday

odellOdell: Free shipping on orders of $50 or more on December 1st.

Sierra Nevada: Take 20% off pullover hoodies until Monday. Use the code CELEBRATION for free US shipping.

victoryVictory: Enjoy free shipping on all order through Monday. Check out this great list of Victory gifts for any craft beer lover.

Woodstock: Get a $5 bonus for every $50 gift card.

Know of any other deals? Tweet them to me, @Tommy_Hops, or leave a comment below!

Craft Beer Returns to the TD Garden for the Bruins & Celtics 2015-2016 Season

craft beer garden5It’s that time of the year again as the Red Sox are teeing off on the back nine of the golf course, the Patriots look to be getting into full swing, and attention turns to the TD Garden for the start of the Bruins and Celtics regular season. As of late, all eyes have turned to hockey as the Celtics take a step backwards with a rebuilding period. Availability of craft beer in Boston’s major sports venues, however, has taken several strides forward. If you made your way out to Fenway this year to catch a Sox game, I hope you were able to find one of the craft beer stands. It is quite the experience sipping on a Wachusett Green Monsta while sitting on the Green Monster.

2015 menuNow that the Bruins upon the regular season it is time to refocus on ‘The Craft Beer Garden’ located inside the TD Garden. The ‘Craft Beer Garden’ presented by Greatbrewers.com can be found at the east end of the TD Garden on the balcony level between Sections 323 and 324. You are able to enjoy the same full flavored American craft beers inside The Garden that you are accustomed to ordering at the many pubs around the city. The craft breweries featured on tap are: Allagash, BrooklynCiscoIpswichLagunitasMagic HatDowneast CiderOskar BluesSierra NevadaSmuttynoseTroegs, and Wachusett. It is an awesome lineup to enjoy while cheering on the Celtics and Bruins.

Jay Harman from the Cisco Brewery at The Craft Beer Garden

Jay Harman from the Cisco Brewery at The Craft Beer Garden

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What’s On Tap, Boston? Sept 23rd-26th

What's On Tap sept 23Even though some fall seasonals have been available since July, this week marks the first week of autumn! Just because the busy summer festival season has come to an end, doesn’t mean that the craft beer events should come to a halt. This week alone there are over 15 events taking place in the Boston area! I am sure that you could find some sort excuse to make it out to one of these:

Tröegs Patio Party, Cask Night, & Tap Takeover – No matter if you are in the city or in Western Mass, there is a Tröegs event for you this week. Tuesday night Tröegs will be throwing a Patio Party at Galaxy in Easthampton. The party kicks off at 6PM with electric dishes paired with seasonal and limited beers. Going on at the same time in Malden’s Hugh O’Neills will be a five line tap takeover. They’ll be pouring Hop Knife, Dead Reckoning Porter, Troegenator, Perpetual IPA, and their Scratch 157 Octoberfest. The party continues Wednesday evening at Stoddard’s as Jamie taps one of the last casks of Tröegs’ new fall seasonal, Hop Knife. The Harvest Ale will also be available on draft.

coach trippin boston 2Lagunitas CouchTrippin Tour – The Lagunitas crew will be hauling their infamous couch to Cambridge Tuesday night for a one night only concert, party, and plenty of other shenanigans. The Middle East will play host to Black Joe Lewis, Low Cut Connie, circus freaks, and some amazing craft beer from Lagunitas. On draft will be Lagunitas IPA, Little Sumpin, DayTime, and Couch Trippin Fusion 24. The seven city tour kicked off last Friday in Portland, Oregon before headed to The Bay State. After Tuesday night the tour will continue on to San Diego, New York City, Detroit, and Ashville before finishing up in New Orleans. Admission is free, but I highly suggest arriving early before the venue fills up.

Downeast Cider Happy Hour – This week Downeast Cider will be headed out to three different bars for a cider happy hour. Wednesday their crew will be at the Crown Plaza Newton, Thursday they’ll be at Slate Bar and Grill, and Friday they’ll wrap up the work week at The Lincoln Bar and Grill in Brighton.

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What’s On Tap, Boston? Sept 16th-20th

What's On Tap sept 15The weather is dipping down into the 50s, the Pats have one in the win column, and new craft beer is hitting the shelves. Have you officially made the transition to fall seasonals, or are you still hanging onto those easy summer sippers? There is plenty to be excited about regardless of which season’s craft beer you are consuming; new breweries coming to the market, new seasonals, and plenty of events to back them up. Here is what’s going on this week:

Magic Hat screams + Jack White – This year Magic Hat has released a new fall seasonal that has craft beer fans screaming for, Wilhelm Scream. This beer is ripe with fall flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malts. Tuesday night from 8-10 it will be pouring at Tavern in the Square, Central Square. Wednesday night Jack White will be playing at Fenway Park. To get you ready for the show, the Magic Hat crew will be out at Sweet Caroline’s from 5-7PM.

Heavy Seas Cask Events – Terry from Heavy Seas has set up two great events for this week. First up on Tuesday he’ll be headed over to The Brewers Coalition in Newton for trivia night. Starting at 7PM they’ll tap a cask of Loose Cannon. Also, when you purchase a pint, you get to take the glass home with you On Wednesday evening, he’ll be heading over to The Asgard in Cambridge from 6-8 for another pint night.

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Portland’s Foundation Brewing Expands Distribution to Boston

logoOne of the newest breweries to come out of Portland, Maine’s craft brewery incubator, Foundation Brewing, will become available for the first time in Boston next week. The small, artisanal brewery is focused on creating world-class beers that pay homage to classic beers, but bring you something entirely new and exciting.

A very limited number of kegs will be available as early as Monday. To start, Foundation will be offering three brands: Blaze, Eddy, and Wanderlust. Blaze is a farmhouse IPA, brewed with their house yeast, resulting in a harmony of yeast and hop driven flavors. Eddy, a bright and lively saison is dry, light in body and color, but not in taste. Lastly, Wanderlust is a dry-hopped saison with juicy flavor highlighted by peach, mango and pine.

Foundation Brewing calls One Industrial Way, a multi bay warehouse, their home. Former tenants include Maine Beer Co, Rising Tide, and Bull Jagger. Currently, they share the facility with Bissell Brothers and Austin Street. Right across the street is the Portland brewery that paved the way for many small craft breweries, Allagash Brewing Company. It is truly a hot-bed for craft beer in the Northeast.

Two bars already have launch parties planned for late next week. On Thursday, Cambridge Common will be hosting Foundation crew from 6-8PM. On Friday, the party moves on to Brookline’s Abbey. I would assume once things are finished up at The Abbey, folks will venture on over to The Publick House.

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What’s On Tap, Boston? Sept 8th-13th

What's On TapWith a blink of an eye, the first week of September has already come and gone. Summer seasonals are beginning to dwindle off the shelves and out of your fridge to make room for new fall product. With mild weather inevitably on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy a few pints of craft beer at the following events taking place this week:

Magic Hat celebrates 9/9 Day – As the nines align on the calendar this Tuesday Magic Hat has planned two celebratory parties in honor of their not quite pale ale, #9. The first event will take place at the Jerry Remy’s Fenway location from 5-7PM. Later on that night from 8-10PM the Magic Hat Mass crew will be taking the party over to Allston’s Sunset Cantina. The Mass Ave Tavern will be celebrating with an all-day pint night promo. Order a #9 and you’ll be able to keep your pint glass (while supplies last). In addition to their 9/9 events, Magic Hat will be holding a promo at Penguin Pizza Thursday, September 11th from 6-8PM. 

Crispin takes over Cambridge Common – For a change of pace for your pallet, Crispin Hard Apple Cider will be stopping by Cambridge Common from 6-8 Wednesday evening. Their crisp and clean Original Cider along with Blackberry and Browns Lane will all be available.

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East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Brew Tour Invades Somerville

1507255_298221927023801_16568090562426287_oEast Coast versus West Coast, Biggie versus Tupac, Celtics versus Lakers, Smuttynose versus Lagunitas? That’s right it is the fourth annual East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Brew Tour! Tonight at The Independent in Somerville four breweries, two from the each and two from the west will battle on the taps while John Pegoraro and H.p. Taskmaster take over the ones and twos. From the East it will be Smuttynose and Sixpoint. Hailing from the West will be Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada. Punk, hardcore, metal, stoner music and craft beer; what’s not to love?

“A beer and music event, the ECvWCPRBT features a soundtrack of punk and hardcore paired with great craft brewed beer… Come on down and drink the finest American craft beers while moshing out to a soundtrack of punk and hardcore that will include bands from Scissor Fight to Bad Brains and from Black Flag to Suicidal Tendencies.”

Here is what will be available tonight at The Independent:

Smuttynose Brewery: Finestkind, Bouncy House, Vunderbar!, and Pumpkin Ale

Sixpoint Brewery: Bengali Tiger, Tesla IPL, Sweet Action, and The Crisp

Sierra Nevada: Hoptimum, Equionx, and Torpedo

Lagunitas: IPA, Pils, Dogtown Pale, Night Time, Little Sumpin’ Extra, and Sucks

Pretty Things will also be making a special appearance with Meadowlark, Jack D’Or, Fieldmouse’s Farewell, Harvest Saison, Fringe Pale Ale, and Baby Tree!

Last year’s Boston event unfortunately took place the week of the Marathon Bombings. The craft beer community didn’t let this hold them back. Instead, they rallied together to collect many rare, precious, sought after beers to auction off. Some of the beers included Portsmouth Brewing Kate the Great, Russian River Consecration, Russian River Redemption, 2011 Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, 2005 Harpoon Triticus, Vintage Hair of the Dog Fred, Alchemist Heady Topper, Westvleteren XII, and much much more. Overall the auction raised over $1500 for The One Fund!

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

Magic Hat’s Dream Machine Van Tour Makes a Pit-Stop in Boston

Dream Machine PromoFive nights, eight bars, one trippy van and no, this is not a dream. It’s Magic Hat’s Dream Machine Van Tour and it will be stopping by eight Boston watering holes this week. To kick off their latest year-round beer, Dream Machine IPL, Magic Hat has sent its van on tour across more than a dozen states to spread the good word. The journey started in early April in Florida and has since worked its way up the coast. This funkadelic craft beer van comes equipped with a photobooth, speakers, and the mischievous Merry Pranksters.

The fun begins Tuesday night at Tavern in the Square, Central Square. Wednesday night the Dream Machine van will be stopping by Penguin Pizza and then Avenue Bar. On Thursday from 5-7PM Cambridge Common will be hosting the Magic Hat crew. Late night Friday you will be able to find the Pranksters at the Mass Ave Tavern. The Boston tour wraps up on Saturday with not one, not two, but three promos. First up is Sweet Caroline’s, then Coolidge Corner, and last but not least Stadium in Faneuil Hall.

I caught up with Magic Hat’s Boston Alebassador, Steve Miller, to find out more about the IPL. “Dream Machine IPL is the melding of an IPA with an amber lager. It’s bursting with hops on the nose and tip of the tongue, but it quickly gives way to a smooth, crisp finish. Dream Machine IPL is a clean lager with enough flavors to keep a hop-head happy.”

To follow the Dream Machine on the rest of its tour you can follow them on Twitter: @DreamMachineIPL. To keep up with the latest craft beer news and events going on in Boston be sure to follow me on Twitter: @Tommy_Hops!

PS: Be on the lookout for Magic Hat’s new fall seasonal, Wilhelm Scream!

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Hits Boston

 

BCAA Tap Takeover Schedule 8....If you were not able to venture up the coast to the beautiful city of Portland, Maine last weekend, don’t fret! Over the next few weeks Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across American will be hitting three bars in the Boston area. Each event will feature the 12 collaboration beers on draft from the BCAA 12-pack as well as the flagship beer from Sierra Nevada, Allagash, Ballast Point, Firestone Walker, Oskar Blues, and Victory. That’s right, 18 amazing craft beers, all on draft, for one night only!

Your first opportunity to take part in the celebration will be at the Sunset Grill in Allston on Thursday, August 14th. On the following Saturday, Christopher’s in Cambridge will play host to the 12 collaboration beers and the final opportunity to taste all 12 beers on draft will be Tuesday, August 26th at Redbones in Somerville. This event will also feature complimentary barbeque. I strongly suggest working at least one of these events into your schedule, especially if you were not able to snag one of the highly sought-after Beer Camp Across America 12-packs.

 

As if packing 12 different collaboration beers into a wasn’t crazy enough, Sierra pushed the boundaries even further when they departed for a seven city festival road trip. The largest celebration of craft beer kicked off July 19th at the Sierra Nevada Hop Fields in Chico, California. The Grossman’s and the rest of the crew then made their way east stopping in San Diego, Denver, Chicago, Portland, Maine, and Philadelphia before wrapping up the 4,800 mile tour at Sierra’s new brewery in Mills River, North Carolina. On a side note, the tour bus Sierra Nevada traveled from city to city in was the former tour bus for the painted-face rap duo ICP. But, let’s get back to the beer. Each fest hosted hundreds of breweries and thousands of craft beer drinkers. Every brewery in the country was invited to come out and take part in the celebration.

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