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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Notch Press!

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All, or most, Notch press assembled here for your curious mind. WBUR – Radio spot with John Hall on beer and food paring and a shout out to Notch. North Shore Magazine - Spot on Notch, and pic of Chris pretending to work! NPR On-Point – Radio spot with a shout our to Notch Session Ale [...]

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Left of the Dial IPA

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What does “IPA” mean? Really? Beyond the acronym for India Pale Ale, what does it stand for? And how has that changed over the last 10 years, or over the last 100? Beer styles evolve, change, disappear and then sometimes reappear. None are authentic, and at best some are traditional, but only if we know the [...]

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Session Beer Day Celebration!

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Session Beer Day was created last year by Lew Bryson, our Session Beer comrade. And this year on April 7th we are increasing our fun factor, because after all, Session Beer was built for fun. Our theme for Session Beer Day: small beer, big glasses, multiple rounds, two sessions. And a 5K fun run sponsored [...]

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Another year in session beer.

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Time for the year end blog (with pics at the end)! We won’t be listing all this year’s accomplishments, there were many, because only one really counts: we made it to another year. This could not have happened without tremendous support from our fans and from everyone who believed in session beer. So a big [...]

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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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Valley Malt BSA

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Valley Malt BSA hits the shelves this week, taps next week, and you can catch us at the release party at Clover in Inman Sq Cambridge on October 4th. You may have noticed the name of the beer has changed, but the foundation of this beer remains the same – supporting Massachusetts agriculture. The Brewer [...]

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JP Music Fest Beer!

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A quick blog hit about the Squirrel Brew that Notch brewed for the JP Music Fest, as you’ll start seeing it pop up at bars all over Jamaica Plain this weekend. The beer is a very short run of 13 lucky kegs that will be used for fundraising efforts for the fest. I cut my [...]

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