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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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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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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The death of seasonal beers.

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Well, the death of a Notch seasonal beer. Let me explain. Back in the day before modern refrigeration, brewers were forced into brewing cycles to coincide with the seasonal temperatures, and certain beers were released as a result. Many of these beers lined up quite nicely with the seasons (refreshing in the summer, bolder in [...]

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Valley Malt Event – GO!

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Beer events in Boston happen almost daily. Every week there seems to be new beer release, brewery event, special cask, etc, etc. And it’s all good. Especially good for the Boston area beer scene that for too long has been dominated by breweries from far away places. Finally, the local scene has been stealing the [...]

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BSA Harvest Ale

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Notch’s second limited release, our new BSA Harvest Ale, was previewed at the Gulu Gulu in Salem during North Shore Beer Week last Thursday, and we’ll do the same tonight, October 7th at Clover in Harvard Square at 8PM. So it’s time for a bit of background on our first beer with an acronym in [...]

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The Path to Grodziskie

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I had a few beers late last year with Todd and Jason Alstrom from Beer Advocate and talk turned to the Extreme Beer Fest (EBF). Todd spoke about Extreme Session Beer as the theme for 2011, where beers would be made with innovative /unique processes or ingredients AND be under 5% ABV.  Needless to say [...]

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