What's On Tap - July 25, 2017

Caw Caw: Two of our favorite beers make their return to the taproom this Friday. Flying in first is Birds Of A Feather, an IPA brewed with Mosaic, Columbus, and Citra hops. Tasting notes for this New England-style beaut include spruce, blueberry, peach, and lemongrass. 6.8% ABV.

Then, put your lighters up for Lit, our double Belgian-Style Witbier brewed with coriander, orange peel, peppercorn, and lavender. Wheat and soft spice flavors are the stars here, as this beer is creamy, citrusy, and finishes with a wave of Belgian zest. 6.8% ABV.

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What's On Tap - 7/18/17

There’s A Storm A-Brewin’: Stardust touches down at the taproom this Wednesday! With the help of Idaho 7, Sorachi Ace, and Calypso hops, this IPA spins flavors of lemongrass, pine, and citrus zest into one quaffable treat. Think pink-flavored Starburst. 6.2% ABV.

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What's On Tap - July 11th, 2017

Grace & Virtue: Please welcome Lady Knox to our roster! This American pale ale is a reliable summer sipper, with flavors of pink grapefruit and honeydew, and a sessionable 5% ABV. The name pays homage to Lucy Knox, an intelligent and resolute heroine of the American Revolution.

Lady Knox is a draft-only release, so come kick it with us at the taproom and enjoy a few of ‘em over trivia tonight, or cheese boards tomorrow.

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What's On Tap - July 5th, 2017

Double Trouble: Fresh Rabbit Rabbit hits the taproom today! Tangy, orange-y, and super hoppy, this double IPA is one juicy sipper. Or pounder, we won’t judge. 8.5% ABV.

We’re also excited to debut Sound & Vision v3, brewed with passion fruit this time! The newest release in our fruited sour series is light and fruity, with a tart finish reminiscent of grapefruit pith. Pairs well with 80 degree weather and patios. 4.7% ABV.

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What's On Tap - June 27th, 2017

Blast Off: We’re excited to welcome back Lucid Nonsense, an oat IPA hopped up on El Dorado and Idaho 7. This is a fresh take on one of our earlier IPAs, and we’re excited to be able to offer it in cans, as well as on draft. Expect notes of orange, citrus zest, and a hint of prickly resin, 7.1% ABV.

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What's On Tap - June 20, 2017

Bottled Up: We’ve been fortunate to can so many beers through Iron Heart Canning over the past few months, but we’ve also wanted to package things from the wild side of our catalog. Unfortunately, Iron Heart isn’t able to can beers with Brett (short for Brettanomyces) in them, so we decided to purchase our own bottling line and make it happen!  

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What's On Tap - June 13th, 2017

Cans on Cans: Fresh Birds Of A Feather cans are flocking to the taproom on Friday! This New England IPA is smooth and hazy, with flavors of spruce, mango, and blueberry.

Also making its proud return is Pressure Drop, our hoppy pale ale. Given the sweltering weather outside, it couldn’t have come at a better time: This ale is crisp and easy-drinking, with apricot and melon notes from the hops. Both beers will be available on draft and in cans this Friday, June 16, at 5 p.m. 

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What's On Tap - June 6th, 2017

Hey everyone! Alex again, here to update you on what’s happening at the taproom this week:

New ’Ish: We’re releasing two new beers today! Say hello to Chief Hopper, a hoppy saison named after our favorite Hawkins, Indiana trooper. This beer features Azacca hops, which add flavors of honeysuckle and citrus to the beer’s Belgian spicy vigor.

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Community Donations

As our whole team has stressed before, thank you. We’ve done our best to express gratitude for the pints and flights shared since opening, but have been searching for a way to *really* give back. A way to actively engage with our neighborhood, our city, and, most importantly, you cool cats. We’ve received a ton of requests to do just that, but haven’t been able to meet demand without stretching ourselves thin.

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Updates on Updates

Oh boy. According to the calendar it’s March, and that means the last few months just absolutely disappeared. And accordingly to our blog, my last post was in November. Whoops. Hello again!

Things have been absolutely amazing and crazy and wonderful and stressful these last few months since opening. We are completely flattered by the turnout to the taproom, and absolutely amazed every time we talk to someone who has had our beer on tap, purchased our cans, or trekked to the taproom in the snow just to get a growler.

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#TBT

Whether you've followed this project from the start (hi mom!), or just picked up on it a few weeks ago, you've probably gathered that our timeline is always way too optimistic, and we've been delayed more times than would be appropriate to count. However, the construction is just about over, and I can confidently say that the taproom will open soon. Like very very soon. 

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The Life of a Brewery

Holy hops - what an amazing last month it's been!

First of all, a huge thank you to everybody who has come to the growler counter, visited our booth at a festival, or sat at a bar and ordered a pint of Lamplighter - it's the most amazing feeling in the world to have the opportunity to (finally!) share our beer with the neighborhood and beyond, and we cannot say enough thank you's to everyone who has supported us so far.

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Lamplighter Beer

It's certainly been a whirlwind few weeks, complete with many late nights brewing, cleaning, painting, and eagerly awaiting that first time we can share kegs and growlers. The space is starting to look spiffy (yes - it's still a construction site - but we're getting there!), and we're happy to have six beers crashed, carbed, and raring to go (and more beer on the way). Here's the official line-up that you can expect to see on tap around Cambridge and at our growler counter when we open!

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That Moment When You Become a Brewery, and Not Just a Construction Project

This has been a three year roller coaster ride of good fortune, ridiculous road bumps (I’m looking at you underground oil tanks), and a lot of time spent waiting on some sort of license, some sort of variance, or some sort of inspection. We’ve had a laundry list of odd side jobs to keep the bills paid, quite a few moments where we wondered if this would ever actually happen, and quite a few more where we thought we were on track and then something screwed our timeline.

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Quickie Updates

Construction marches on as we enter the final stretch of brewery side renovations! Here's the status (with some very precise percentages to mark completion): Steam: 50% (boiler install is in progress - should be done early next week), Ingredients: 50% (orders for malt, hops, and yeast are all lined up - we just have to pull the trigger and apologize to our credit card), Walls: 55% (framing is up, sheetrock and drywall goes up this week), Glycol: 62.3% (piping is in the works, chiller is awaiting its move to the roof)

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Things Are Happening! Seriously!

After our first few months of demo and renovations at 284 Broadway, we thought construction was destined to be a very slow and painful process, and we had resigned ourselves to opening someday, but probably not any point soon. However, the last few weeks have proved that very serious and very quick construction progress is actually possible for a brewery (and here we give a big shout out to the fantastic plumbers, framers, electricians, HVAC guys, masons, and welders who have been busting their butts to help us open), and we are shockingly not too far away from firing up the pilot system. 

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Caffeine Gets Added to the Mix

What’s the only beverage that may be as good as beer? This isn’t a trick question. Clearly it’s coffee.

And what’s the best way to enjoy coffee? Again, not a trick. Clearly it’s in a brewery taproom, while munching a pastry and deciding what beer you’re going to order when the clock strikes noon.

See where I’m going with this? A few months ago, our friend Alisha approached us with a business idea – she wanted to open a coffee and pastry shop, and she wanted to do it in the Lamplighter taproom. Obviously we said yes.

Progress Report

Things continue to press forward at 284 Broadway, and, after five months of demo, ceiling repair, and under-slab work, we are now ready to start building walls, hooking up tanks, and making the final steps towards brewing!

Though I hesitate to toss out the word "timeline" and "projected date" based on our inaccurate track record, I just can't resist.  Our last big equipment delivery arrives Friday, and our floors will be sealed next Wednesday, so we are a hop, skip, and a jump away from standing the equipment upright, passivating the tanks, and doing some real, honest to goodness brewing

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Hiccups, Hurdles, and Headaches - What We've Run Into While Building a Brewery

Just about everyone we’ve talked to, emailed, called, Skyped, Facebook messaged, tweeted, etc. etc. has asked us what in the world is taking so long. We’re asking the same question. You’re preaching to the choir folks, preaching to the choir. 

So for full transparency, I’ve decided to dedicate this blog post to the hiccups, the woes, the hurdles, the speed bumps, and the overall ridiculousness that has been this brewery construction. 

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