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A peek at new local beers to look out for in and around Boston  

PRETTY THINGS /YEASTIE BOYS: OUR TURN, YOUR TURN

WHEN: Late July/Early August
A 6.8% pale, tart, and refreshing wheat beer brewed with linden flowers, in collaboration with New Zealand’s Yeastie Boys.
Also look out for: The return of Meadowlark IPA, Pretty Thing‘s  “golden amber, dryish super hoppy American IPA” on August 4


TAP BREWING COMPANY:
HONING

WHEN: August
A Belgian-Style Honey Ale brewed with 50 pounds of orange blossom honey and a specialized honey malt to “carry the essence of that delicious nectar without being overly sweet,” says Tap Brewing Co.’s Justin Hoellrich.
Also look out for: Their Oktoberfest beer, Marzen Scorcese, in September and Pumpkin Eater in October, both debuting in 22-ounce bottles for the first time this year.

NOTCH BREWING: THE MULE

WHEN: Launches August 1, 8 p.m. at Clover HUB in Inman Square
A 4.2% American pale lager brewed with heritage corn from Massachusetts and dry hopped with US lager varieties
Also look out for: 12-pack cans of Notch Pils sometime in August and Valley Malt BSA Saison in late September


CLOWN SHOES BEER:
HAMMER OF THE HOLY

WHEN: October
Hammer of the Holy is Clown Shoes’ Imperial Stout, Vampire Slayer (brewed with smoked malts and holy water), aged in 40-year-old Appleton Estate rum barrels.
Also look out for: Bombay Berserker, an Indian-style Chocolate Stout, in August. Think flavors of Chai Tea: flavors of chai tea: ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and vanilla.

BATTLE ROAD BREWING: MIDNIGHT RIDER TAVERN PORTER

WHEN: Mid-to-late fall
A brown porter brewed with molasses and with a somewhat smoky flavor profile, with its name in homage to Paul Revere’s ride.
Also look out for: A Battle Road Brewing tasting at the Old State House on July 25 in honor of its 300th birthday.

MYSTIC BREWERY: SAISON HONEYBUSH

WHEN: Around the first week of August
A brewery-only Saison release. Brewed with a “gruit” (botanical blend) of Honeybush. “The beer represents another step back in time for us to the days when hops began to be blended with herbs (gruit) to flavor beer,” says founder Bryan Greenhagen.
Also look out for: Mystic’s beer in California. They are now distributed in the golden state via Shelton Brothers.

BACKLASH BEER: OUTBREAK

WHEN: Mid-August
The second in the Uprising! Double IPA series, Outbreak is an 8.5% DIPA using the same grain bill as Salute, but featuring the Mosaic hop.
Also look out for: The third in Backlash‘s Uprising! Series, Riot, in mid-September, and Citra Convergence (their year-round Saison with Citra hop additions) in late September.

JACK’S ABBY BREWING: SOUR TIME LAGER

WHEN: One keg will be released at Jack’s Abby‘s 2-year anniversary party on July 26 at Sunset Grill in Allston; bottles will be sold at the brewery only.
A 2012 batch of Leisure Time Lager aged one year in white wine barrels with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus. It’s “funky and tart, but also light and refreshing at the same time,” says Sam Hendler of Jack’s Abby.
Also look out for: In August: A Pro-Am Pilsner brewed with a local award-winning homebrewer, and expansion of the brewery that would increase production by 75 percent

HARPOON BREWERY: 100 BARREL SERIES SAISON VARIOUS

WHEN: Week of July 29
A blend of four different Saisons, each made by a different Harpoon brewer, resulting in a refreshing Saison with a bit of everything: a Trappist yeast strain, American and British hops, and spices.
Also look out for: Harpoon Black IPA in October

NIGHT SHIFT BREWING: SOMER WEISSE*

WHEN: July 17, 5pm-10pm, at the Somertime Brewery Party
Night Shift’s summer seasonal sour is a Berliner Weisse style sour ale brewed with lemongrass and ginger.
Also look out for: The Quad Reserve, brewed with Shiraz grape juice and aged in red wine barrels, sometime in fall (likely September/October).

CAMBRIDGE BREWING COMPANY: HEATHER ALE*

WHEN: August 19
“Brewed with local malts and hand-picked fresh heather flowers, lavender, sweet gale, and yarrow,” Heather Ale is an unhopped herbal beer that’s both floral and spicy.
Also look out for: CBC’s Bass Fest on July 27, their homage to the “mighty Atlantic sea bass.”

SLUMBREW: SITTIN ON HOP OF THE WORLD*

WHEN: July
White IPA brewed with wheat malts and fermented with fresh peach puree, uniting peach flavors and hoppy goodness.
Also look out for: A Slumbrew beer dinner at Cambridge Common on July 30, and the return of Attic and Eaves Brown Ale in November.

ENLIGHTENMENT ALES: “AMERICANIZED” DAY TRIP

WHEN: Likely August
Enlightenment‘s Day Trip, an extra hoppy Golden Ale, brewed with Citra and Amarillo hops in the kettle and used in dry hopping.
Also look out for: a 3.5% American bitter brewed with juicy American hops on draft and cask only in two weeks and a hoppy Brett beer called Transcendence in September.

SAMUEL ADAMS TETRAVIS*

WHEN: Nationwide in August
Sam Adam‘s rich and complex Belgian-style Quad with a molasses sweetness and notes of dark fruits, like raisins and figs, and tart spice and fruitiness from the Belgian yeast and Kosmic Mother Funk, a special barrel-aged ale.

WATCH CITY BREWING: TOASTED AH AH HAWAIIAN PALE ALE

WHEN
: August 15
Watch City‘s Toasted Ah Ah is an American pale ale brewed with toasted coconut and hibiscus. It’s brewer Kelly McKnight’s first recipe from 2011; the inspiration comes from tropical fruits during summers spent on Kauai.
Also look out for: MonkeyMonk Saison on July 19

BREWMASTER JACK: SINGLE HOP SERIES

WHEN: September
Starting in September, Brewmaster Jack, headed up by Tyler Guilmette, will be releasing a new beer every month that features hops from all over the world, including some brand new varieties from Germany. He also plans on changing the malt bill and/or style of beer to complement the specific hop variety.
Also look out for: A “6.5% ABV, moderately hoppy, and super dry” Soleil coming out on August 20

IDLE HANDS CRAFT ALES: CHARLTON ROUGE

WHEN: 
July
The second batch of Idle Hands‘ Flanders Red aged in a red wine barrel for 8 months is out now; they  plan to release it every 6 months.
Also look out for: Their recent expansion to a five-barrel brewhouse (read: more beer soon), and a 2-year anniversary party in August.

 

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