The Mule Returns

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Pale hoppy lagers are my absolute favorite beer category. There is no second place. If I could make Notch work financially on brewing pale hoppy lagers, I’d do it in a heartbeat. And I’m not talking IPLs or traditional lagers with new wave hops. Give me Kellerbier, Pilsner, Helles, etc. – beers with finesse and [...]

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Hootenanny Berliner Weisse

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“We was playin’ for the Lumber Workers’ Union. We was singin’ around in the shingle mills. There was a lady out West out there in the lumber camp and her name was Annie and so every time they’d have a songfest Annie would outshout all of them. So people got to call her Hootin’ Annie [...]

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Left of the Dial returns!

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Jon Langford has been my rock hero for as long as I can remember. For those who don’t know him, which is most of you, he’s had a prolific career as a musician and artist. Since starting the Mekons in the late 70’s he’s amassed a catalog of work that has always been engaging, challenging, [...]

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12 Questions – Jamie Walsh

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A new year, a new 12 Questions! Our man on the street Zac Antczak sat down with downtown’s man of the people, Stoddard’s Jamie Walsh. He’s a long time Notch supporter, but even better, a vocal supporter of all things local. 1) Name?  James Michael Walsh, hometown Dorchester, MA from Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale 2)  Favorite [...]

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The year ahead.

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Notch celebrates our four year anniversary in March, something that was a bit of a long shot back in 2010 when we released our first draft only batches. Preaching the gospel of session beer in 2010 took thick skin, and it still does, but we have many more allies today. So here we are again [...]

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Černé Pivo!

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Černe Pivo is back! Our Czech-style black lager is here to help you through the long, cold, cruel Massachusetts winter. Our blog post from last year pretty much covers all the basics, but we’ve added a few new pictures and edited out the bombast (well, not really). Call this a living blog post, or us being [...]

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LP India Pale Lager

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LP? As in Long Play, or a record, an album, or vinyl – if LP still has you scratching your head, go ask your dad, or someone with a beard. LPs are old school, like buying beer in rounds or dropping a needle on the first side of Double Nickels on the Dime with nothing to [...]

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Valley Malt BSA 2013

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Valley Malt BSA returns for our third year (that counts as a tradition, right?) and we’ll celebrate in good fashion at our release party at Clover in Harvard Square on October 10th. For those new to the beer, it’s the most rewarding beer we’ll brew all year. Why? It supports Massachusetts agriculture in a way [...]

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12 Questions – Nate Brown

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We are back at it this week with 12 Questions! We got a bit busy with the can release, but once again we have our man in the street Zac Antczak throwing down questions, and this week it is Nate Brown of Middlesex Lounge fame, a Cape Cod native and fan of session beer! We [...]

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Yes, you can.

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It took us three years, but we are finally putting Notch in cans, as it’s the number one request of Notch fans. Look for Notch Session Pils cans in Massachusetts sometime the last week of August. And just as exciting, they come in the consumer friendly 12 pack (the second biggest request from Notch fans). [...]

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12 QUESTIONS – Dan Venskus

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This week’s 12 Questions (for the record, a big hit in its debut last week) has Notch’s Zac Antczak throwing down questions to Dan Venskus of Lord Hobo and the Other Side (RIP) fame. Even with a broken digit, Dan was up to the task. Take it away Zac: 1) First Gig? Ever? Dan: I [...]

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