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Zen Arcade

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For the next Single Series beer, we bring you Zen Arcade. A hoppy American pale wheat beer that follows no stylistic guidelines whatsoever. It’s a departure from our norm, where we have brewed over 25 beers to date and almost all of them based on session styles from other beer brewing countries. Instead, Zen Arcade [...]

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Saison returns, in cans!

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It’s time to celebrate the coming warm weather (it’s coming, it really is) with a beer of refreshment and nourishment – a worker’s beer. Spring and summer are no time for a beer of kings or royalty, it’s time for a beer that slakes our thirst and reminds us that flavor is not a compromise [...]

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Infinite Jest

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Next up in the Single Series is Infinite Jest (1), a hoppy American Bitter with a whopping ABV of 4.0%. While the merriment may not last forever, the 4% ABV will certainly give you the ability to extend your good times. Or, you could have a beer at lunch, because that’s a pretty solid option [...]

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Rauchbier!

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Another lager from Notch! Our draft only Single Series continues with a smoky dark lager inspired by the beers of Bamberg. Rauchbier, German for Smoke Beer, gets its smoky aroma and flavor from a malting process where a fire of Beechwood is used to help dry the barley after germination. We toured Weyermann Malting in [...]

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IPL and other bits of info.

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IPL is back. 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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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 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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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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