- Boulevard 80 Acre Wheat
- Troeg's Dream Weaver
We love our Smokestack Series beers. A number of delectable year-round offerings satisfy our daily yearnings, while seasonal and one-off releases add variety and spice to our beer-centric lives. Innovation and flexibility are critical elements, allowing our brewers to push the flavor envelope and produce small batches with ingredients and processes so unique they can’t always be replicated.
Since we began experimenting with barrel aging, we’ve learned a tremendous amount… mostly about patience. Sometimes, when a release was supposed to be ready for bottling, the beer had a different agenda. And that brings us to Bourbon Barrel Quad, a popular limited release that, for the past three years, has come out in December. Unfortunately for 2012, BBQ has decided it’s not quite ready. As Orson Welles famously (almost) said, “We will sell no beer before it’s time,” and, unless you’ve got some stashed in your cellar, we must regretfully inform you that you won’t be able to again savor this robust ale until the fall of 2013.
To our barrel-aged beer fans, we say “fear not,” because we won’t leave you out in the cold. While you won’t be sipping a BBQ by the fire this winter, we’re pleased to announce that another round ofRye-on-Rye will be ready in time for the holidays. We hope you enjoy the unexpected appearance of this sought-after ale, aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels.
For 2013, we’re bringing back some favorites from the Smokestack Series seasonal and limited release lineups, and adding a few new brews we’re pretty sure you’ll enjoy. In the first few months of the New Year, you can look forward to a zesty black rye IPA and a distinctive coffee ale. Saison-Brett,Reverb Imperial Pilsner and Harvest Dance Wheat Wine will all make encore appearances, along with the aforementioned Bourbon Barrel Quad and the venerable Imperial Stout. We’re even working on a few collaborations with industry peers that should add a little excitement to the shelves.
- Port Brewing
- Southern tier
- Warm Welcome
- Lump of Coal
- Santa's Butt
- Bad Elf
- Criminally Bad Elf
- New arrivals every day! Come check us out!
Chimay releases Spéciale Cent Cinquante
Chimay Brewery ("Bières de Chimay") is a beer brewery in Chimay, southern Hainaut, Belgium. The brewery is located in the Scourmont Abbey, a Trappist monastery, and is one of the seven breweries worldwide that produce Trappist beer.Continue reading
Top 10 Reasons to Drink Craft Beer
In college, a 30-case of Natty Light cost about 20 bucks. So that’s what we got. Luckily, the local brew pub opened my mind to microbrewing and craft brewing. From then on, it was a match made in heaven. Yes, I know, craft is more expensive, but have you ever thought that you’re paying for a better product? Have you ever thought that that maybe you don’t have to chug and chug endless cans of beer if you would just get a case of some quality beer? Maybe the case would even last longer…well, probably not—but only because it’s that good! Still not convinced? Here are ten reasons to DRINK CRAFT BEER.
The other day we had to ban our first fan on Facebook. It wasn't something we were happy about.
A fellow fan made made mention of a beer he was looking for; we replied and explained how that particular beer isn't currently sold in MA. This user whom we banned chimed in and made mention that they worked for the distributor of this beer, and named a few stores that he claimed had this beer.
I contacted this distributor eagerly and excited because we hoped they were right and we would LOVE to carry the beer in question. Upon talking to the distributor not only didn't they carry the beer, but this person making the claim didn't even work there, further they had never heard of this person. We banned him. We didn't ban him for mentioning other stores, but for claiming to work for a distributor and giving our users false information about beer. Can you say party foul?
We don't like to ban people, but it really got us thinking to post our philosophy. Contrary to popular belief, we LOVE and promote other craft beer stores. What's this you say? Yes! We're a fan of craft beer and wine and we appreciate other craft stores and feel that we're not in competition, but we're on the same team. Think of it like this: many of your favorite craft breweries come together and do limited compilation brews, we too are here to come together and get you great brew.
Here's a list of some of our favorite local craft beer shops:
Ryan and Kasey's Location: 55 Main Street, Greenfield, MA has a GREAT annual beerfest.
Trubeer Location: 28 NORTHAMPTON STREET EASTHAMPTON MA 01027 If you like beer, this is a great place to stop in and check out.
Provisions Location: 30 Crafts Ave, Northampton, MA Has an awesome wine selection, clean upscale environment.
The explosion of craft beer in the US has given us close to 2,000 operating breweries and brewpubs. There are now dozens of breweries in states that, just a few short years ago, might have only had one or two. That fact, combined with my love of inane lists, inspired me to research one of the single most useless topics we’ve ever tackled at Aleheads (and that’s saying something). I wanted to know which beer was the “best” from each of the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia). That list is below.Continue reading
How can you enjoy a 12oz bottle of craft beer without a bottle opener? Trick questions, you can't! Because craft beer doesn't have twist off's. Its ok though, because if you come in, and ask, we'll hand you a custom The Beer Shop bottle opener. Want more? Grab a few pens, why not, they're free!!