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Oct
18
5:00 PM17:00

Mystic v. Pohjala

This week we’re pitting the perfect, dainty, pale Belgian/American style beers of Chelsea’s own Mystic Brewery against the massive, so-dark-it-consumes-light brews of Estonia’s Pohjala! What’s that? You didn’t know that Estonian’s made beer and that it’s absolutely freaking amazing? Check us out on Thursday and get yourself educated!

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Oct
11
5:00 PM17:00

Bogedal and Alvinne Vintage Beer Tasting

Just got our hands on some beautiful old bottles from the great Bogedal and Alvinne and we're gonna open that shit up for y'all! Bogedal is Denmark's smallest brewery, producing only 3000 cases of beer per year from floor malted heritage grain their work themselves. Their beers have become some our all time favorites for their age-worthiness and deep complexity. Alvinne is one of Belgium's most interesting breweries, producing experimental beers from their house native yeast strain which they call Morpheus. All of their beers are built to last and show immense complexity. If you're a fan of massive barrel aged, old beers then you'll want to be here for this.

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Sep
27
5:00 PM17:00

Underground Zwanze Day

For the second year in a row we’re releasing Cantillon to the people! We’ll be drawing names and releasing bottles while going big on the tasting. We’ll be cracking open bottles from the likes of Drie Fonteinen, Cantillon, Hanssens, and Boon, while also featuring other spontaneous beers from around the globe plus some rarities from the cellar. When we go big, we go hard! You’d best not miss this!

And if you haven’t entered into our Cantillon raffle, you best get on this pronto.

Join us from 5- 7 pm.

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Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Oktoberfest Pre-Game!

Oktoberfest is almost here! This legendary beer holiday is the longest running, and largest, folk festival on earth and it’s responsible for more good beer, good times, and bad behavior than any other festival on earth. Strap on your lederhosen and get down! We’ll be pouring all the new Oktoberfest releases in the store and getting rowdy from 5-7!

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Beer Tasting Thursdays! Crooked Stave, Lamplighter, and Prairie Artisanal Ales
Sep
6
5:00 PM17:00

Beer Tasting Thursdays! Crooked Stave, Lamplighter, and Prairie Artisanal Ales

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You know the deal. We'll open up some of our favorite brews for you, because we like you, and we like great beer.we're cracking open local favorites Lamplighter Brewing, middle of the country beer wizards Prairie Artisinal Ales, and some of our favorite brewers out of the Rocky Mountains, C̶o̶o̶r̶s̶ Crooked Stave. 

Featured Brews:

Crooked Stave Von Pilsner

Crooked Stave Zest?!

Lamplighter Brewing Lawyers, Guns & Honey

Lamplighter Brewing Speedwagon Kolsch

Prairie Artisanal Ales Color Block

Prairie Artisanal Ales Phantasmagorica

 

Join us from 5-7 pm

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Notch Brewing Tasting
Jul
19
5:00 PM17:00

Notch Brewing Tasting

Our good friend Kylie will be in store to taste us on some delicious local craft brews from Notch Brewing

Notch started back in 2010 and has been a classic MA brewer ever since, headquartered in Salem, MA.   Fresh, easy summer brews is the name of the game, so be sure to keep the summer vibe going by stopping by from 5-7 pm. More details TBA

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Down the Road Beer Tasting!
Jul
12
5:00 PM17:00

Down the Road Beer Tasting!

 The Featured Brews: 

The Featured Brews: 

Our good friend Mark from Down the Road Beer Co. will be in store to taste out some of these delicious local brews. Refreshing, crisp and oh so easy to drink, these are perfect for the summertime.

Down the Road is fresh off winning Boston Magazine's Malt Master 2018 Tournament and  we've always loved their beer.  Come see what the goodness is all about from 5-7 pm Thursday!

 

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Killer Summer Beer Tasting
Jun
28
5:00 PM17:00

Killer Summer Beer Tasting

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Maine, Colorado, France, and China. What do these places all have in common? That's right, beer!

We're opening up these babies for a proper summer spin. How many times can you say you've had a good lager beer from China. Ok ok, probably at least a few, but at least you get to pair it off against Maine Beer Company and Saison Dupont. Join the party from 5-7 on Thursday!

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May
31
5:00 PM17:00

Best Cider Tasting Ever? Best Cider Tasting Ever!

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Cider, it's the adult beverage that brings us back to our childhood.  Sometimes it's too child-like- sweet with almost no distinctive character to speak of.  Truth is, cider has been a true alcoholic beverage for a very long time, and we've looked across the market to find some truly spectacular fermented apple beverages. 

These aren't just your local fare, we've got ciders from Maine to Spain, and a couple of places in between.  Stop by from 5-7 to see what the real deal is all about

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Attack of the Killer Saisons
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Attack of the Killer Saisons

 From left: Blackberry Farm 18 Month Brett Saison, Boundary Tree, Jester King Part & Parcel, Jolly Pumpkin Saison Z, Brasserie Fantôme Pissenlit

From left: Blackberry Farm 18 Month Brett Saison, Boundary Tree, Jester King Part & Parcel, Jolly Pumpkin Saison Z, Brasserie Fantôme Pissenlit

Saison- Literally the best beer ever made. We've got three of our favorite United States brewers and one of the best Saison brewers in the world, all in one great tasting.

What's On Tap:

Blackberry Farm 18 Month Brett Saison - Ale Aged 18 months with Brettanomyces in Red Wine Barrels 

Blackberry Farm Boundary Tree - A hop-forward Farmhouse Ale brewed with Hallertau Blanc and Citra hops.

 Fantôme Pissenlit - Saison brewed with Dandelions !!

Jester King Part & Parcel - All Texas ingredients 

Jolly Pumpkin Saison Z -Made with Michigan hops (Cascade and Chinook) with the addition of Sweet Orange Peel, Kumquats, Raw Sugar, & Chocolate.

Brewers:

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Blackberry Farm

Brasserie Fantôme

Jester King Brewery

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The Times, They Are A Changin' But Modern Times Is Still Great
May
3
5:00 PM17:00

The Times, They Are A Changin' But Modern Times Is Still Great

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Come gather 'round people, but not too close because it is darn hot in New England right now.  This brief summer tour makes us think those Coors Light ads with all that ice and watery beer look good. Never fear, we've got better. We're opening up fresh cans of Modern Times goodness. 

The San Diego brewers know a thing or two when it comes to breaking the heat, and we're psyched to have Ice - their very first pils, in stock along with Lomaland - their tasty saison, Orderville - that hazy to goodness Mosaic IPA, and Blazing World - their dank hoppy amber ale. 

These guys bring the good stuff, so don't miss out.

The Fine Deets:

Modern Times

Some People Do What They Like (Untapped):

Orderville

Lomaland

Ice

Blazing World

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Honest Weight, Oxbow, and TRVE Brewing Tasting
Apr
19
5:00 PM17:00

Honest Weight, Oxbow, and TRVE Brewing Tasting

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These beers are made for drinking, and we'd probably drink them all on our own if we didn't have to share.  We're pulling brews from MA, ME, and CO.  Honest Weight is making it's premiere in our store, and we're featuring A Pattern Language and Roman Mars.

Honest Weight Brewing is based out of Orange, MA. Yes, that is a real town, and they're dedicated to making great farmhouse beers. A Pattern Language  is a Sour Farmhouse Ale fermented with pureed plums and hopped with locally grown hops from Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA.  Roman Mars  is a "Bière de Mars", a subgroup of "Bière de Garde" (literally beer for keeping) that is brewed in the colder months of the year.  This is a red wine barrel aged beer conditioned with Brettanomyces.  Listen, if you don't buy this, I will, because it is delicious. 

Oxbow Brewing is based in Newcastle, ME, and they take their rural roots to heart, crafting beers that are true old world takes on the old world beer styles. We've had many of their fine beers on our shelves before, but this time around, we're opening Catalyst and Punch Brook. The first is a mixed fermentation farmhouse ale brewed with estate honey, and Punch Brook is a recent release, an unfiltered farmhouse refermented with mixed cultures and aged on raspberries in stainless steel tanks with their house lager Luppolo as the base beer.

Last, and certainly one of my favorite breweries in the store is TRVE Brewing. These heavy metal aficionados make fantastic farmhouse and mixed fermentation beers. This time around we're pouring Curseda mixed culture sour pale ale, and Life's Trade which is without a doubt one of my favorite beers of all time, a traditional farmhouse beer that has been fermented in wine puncheons.  

These fresh beers will have us singing, and we'll be pouring them from 5-7. Join us.

 

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Green Bench Beer Tasting
Apr
12
5:00 PM17:00

Green Bench Beer Tasting

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Based in a small house in St. Petersburg, Florida is not the lead-in we'd expect from such a quality beer producer, but nonetheless, Green Bench Brewing Company is fantastic, and we're thrilled to be opening up some fresh goods for tasting this week.  Featured beers will include their "bench-mark" Green Bench IPA, the Happy Hermit Pale Ale, and the Postcard Pils, made with USA grown Mount Hood hops.
 

We're also opening some of their specialty single beers like the Tiki Tack, Sauvage (pst it's not a beer) and Parallax, a super out there bourbon barrel aged sour brown ale.  Happy Drinking.!

Beers Featured:

  • Green Bench IPA
  • Happy Hermit Pale Ale
  • Postcard Pils
  • Sauvage
  • Tiki Tack
  • Parallax

More About Green Bench:

Green Bench Brewing Company

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Some Special Brews from Plan Bee Farm Brewing and Brasserie De La Senne
Mar
29
5:00 PM17:00

Some Special Brews from Plan Bee Farm Brewing and Brasserie De La Senne

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Nothing quite says Spring like bees, right? The prolific pollinators help the flowers bloom and give everybody a spring in their step, especially when they decide to sting.  Either way, we're super excited to have some great brews from Plan Bee Farm Brewing.  Located in Poughkeepsie, New York, Plan Bee is dedicated to making truly local beers, with locally sourced ingrediants sourced from their farm or from nearby neighbors. We'll be pouring their collaboration with Scratch Brewing, OsMotar, their classic 'Barn Beer', and their quince and currant wild ale, Zone 6.  

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While we encourage drinking as much local beer as possible, the Belgians have been brewing classic beers for far longer, and because we love you, we're opening up the Bruxellensis Reserva and Jester King collaboration Jester-Zinne from Brasserie De La Senne.  These beers are worth waiting for, and thankfully, the wait is almost over. 

Further Reading:

Plan Bee Farm Brewing

Scratch Brewing

Brasserie De La Senne

Jester King

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Drinkin' La Cerveza Local
Mar
15
5:00 PM17:00

Drinkin' La Cerveza Local

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We're celebrating this quick respite from the snow with a great little local tasting of hop libations.   We'll be showcasing Apollo Sunshine (Super Fresh Pilsner), Barley Smalls (Perfect little Vienna Lager), Bunnies (Double Dry Hopped IPA with Nelson Sauvin and Azaca Hops), and So Much For Subtlety(Rotating Double IPA with Ella Hops) beccause we love making mixed metaphors. We have Apollo Sunshine and Barley Smalls for those fresher, full spring kind of days, and those hoppy full IPAs for the...more wintery ones. A++ stuff. Join us from 5-7

More about the Brewery:

Lamplighter Brewing Co.

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Oh, Canada, Your Beers Are Glorious
Mar
8
5:00 PM17:00

Oh, Canada, Your Beers Are Glorious

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Oh, Canada, it's more than just the home of The Barenaked Ladies and Labatt Blue and yes, curling, but I think we won that medal, so it's ours now. So we're showing a little more of what they have to offer in the hops department with brews from Le Trou Du DiableBrasserie Dieu du Ciel!Les Trois Mousquetaires, and Collective Arts Brewing

So get your practice curling technique down with some shoveling and then come by for some of their excellent beers. This is a true mix of hazy, tart, and fresh beer styles that are not to be missed. Boire de la bonne bière!

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Million Dollar Beer Baby
Mar
1
5:00 PM17:00

Million Dollar Beer Baby

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Tonight we're thinking about pulling the old velvet rope out of the closet because we're doing a highfalutin classic and modern tasting of some great brews from Finback, Upland Brewing Company, and  Brouwerij Huyghe, beers so fine that I had half a mind to keep them all to myself, but my doctor said that was probably a bad idea. 

It's rare in these parts to have so many Finback beers in one place, but since we're great people like that, we're opening them up. We'll have Zero Point, a coconut flavored gose, Vermillion, another hit in their long line of great IPAs, Telephone Lines, a freakishly good Pilsner, and Chromoscope, a DDH IPA. Still thirsty? We're pouring Champagne Velvet, the beer with the million dollar flavor, and finishing it off with the quintessential Belgian Beer, Delirium Tremens. It's going to be one heck of a lineup.

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A Few of Our Favorite Okies
Feb
22
5:00 PM17:00

A Few of Our Favorite Okies

 From left: Prairie Noir, Prairie Bomb!, Pirate Bomb!, Vanilla Noir

From left: Prairie Noir, Prairie Bomb!, Pirate Bomb!, Vanilla Noir

The Goods:

Prairie Artisan Ales was founded by Chase and Colin Healey in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Yes, Oklahoma, it's not just that pan-handle state that people fly over.  Prairie Bomb was the first stout to fall into our hands (and hearts) with its sublime combination of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and chilies.  We've ramped it up this week with the Pirate Bomb (aged in rum barrels), Prairie Noir (aged in whiskey barrels), and Prairie Vanilla Noir ( aged in whiskey barrels with vanilla barrels). The good news, aside from having some great stouts for a snowy Thursday, is that I can finally spell Prairie without thinking about it.

Come join us on Thursday from 5-7 to try a little bit of the good kind of dark and stormy.

Further Information:

Prairie Artisan Ales Website

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Burial and Half Acre Beer Tasting
Feb
15
5:00 PM17:00

Burial and Half Acre Beer Tasting

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We've been focusing on the local beers the last couple weeks but that changes today with a jaunt over to Half Acre Brewing in Chicago and Burial Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. This is the first time that Burial has made it up the East Coast to our store, in no small part due to the Extreme Beer Fest that happened two weeks ago.  We'll be pouring The Prayer, a Belgian Blonde beer, and Griddle, which is an Imperial Stout made with espresso from a roastery down in Asheville.  

Half Acre makes its way to us every once in a blue moon, and it's always a welcome addition, especially in terms of bang for your buck. We'll be featuring their more hoppy driven stuff, with Daisy Cutter, their great Pale Ale, and Gone Away IPA, which is, as you might have guessed, a rock solid IPA.  The pours will be flowing from 5-7, so don't miss it.

 

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