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.

Lagunitas Pint Night – The Sox season may be slowing down but the action at Scoozi in Kenmore Square certainly isn’t! Stop by Thursday night from 7-9 to enjoy Lagunitas IPA on draft, Lil Sumpin Sumpin and Daytime Session IPA in bottles.

Foundation Brewing Launch – As I mentioned last Friday, Foundation Brewing Company of Portland, Maine, will be entering the Boston market this week. On Thursday, Cambridge Common will be hosting Foundation crew from 6-8PM. 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.

FWGASHEast Coast vs. West Coast Battle of the Barrels – The final event of this week is a definite must attend. After your Zwanze celebrations at Lord Hobo make your way over to Meadhall for 6PM. They’ll be hosting Allagash and Firestone Walker for a battle of the barrels tap takeover. Pouring for Allagash will be: White, Saison, Curieux, James Bean, 2013 Interlude, Bourbon Barrel Black, Golden Brett, and Evora. Firestone Walker will be bringing DBA, DDBA, OAKtoberfest, Easy Jack, Wookey Jack, Velvet Merkin, Parabola, and Stickee Monkee. I know, what a lineup!

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

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.

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

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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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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