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IPL and other bits of info.

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Long Play IPL. It’s back, our session strength India pale lager (IPL), showcasing all the new wave, cool kid hops. Every year we’ll brew this one-off draft to explore new hop varieties just for fun. It also helps to keep our house lager yeast healthy and active in between Polotmavy and Cerne brews, but we [...]

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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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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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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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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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Corn, Myths and the Mule.

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Corn, the most vilified grain in all of American brewing, also happens to be one of the more traditional and historically important. How did this grain get its reputation? It’s all a bit of myth making by the Brewers Association and its members, who feel corn delineates craft and non-craft breweries. And it’s all bunk. [...]

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Beer updates!

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Some quick hits on what’s happening with Notch beer releases. It’s been a struggle to slot in anything new, as demand for our year round beers keeps us remarkably busy, and the priority is to keep all year round beers in stock. That being said, there are some new beers headed your way. The New-ish [...]

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The little lager that could.

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We had our three year anniversary back in March, and it was somewhat overshadowed by our now legendary (in our minds anyway, so just go with it) session beer day event. It  was more fun than is usually allowed in Boston, but we pulled it off. So April started off on a high note for [...]

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