Four Things to Know about Night Shift Brewing
Formed in 2012 by a trio of pals that frequently tinkered with homebrew recipes into the wee hours of the morning, Night Shift Brewing aims to create a memorable selection of complex and diverse craft brews. Read on to discover more about these hobbyists-turned-pros and their Everett brewery:
The brewery has grown exponentially since it started. The team began homebrewing in a Somerville kitchen before moving to a 3,000-square-foot spot on Charleton Street. However, Night Shift quickly outgrew the space and moved to its current 30,000-square-foot location on Santilli Highway in 2014.
Night Shift has a beer for just about everyone. Hopheads can opt for The 87, an American-style double IPA, or Morph, the brewery’s rotating series of IPAs. The year-round selection includes several Belgian-style beers, plus a rye ale brewed with agave nectar and habanero peppers. Seasonally, there are a wealth of sours to choose from.
The brewery has its own barrel society. Each year, the brewers offer their loyal customers their most unique offerings in the form a membership to this society. Previous brews include Elixir, a wheat-wine-style ale brewed with honey and aged in brandy barrels, and Quasar, a wild ale barrel aged with passionfruit.
Night Shift’s calendar lets you know when its beers are freshest. In addition to the canning dates for popular beers, the schedule includes open-mic and trivia nights, and informs visitors when food trucks will stop by.
Trillium Brewing Company: A User's Guide
Farmhouse-Style Brewery | Smooth, Balanced Ales | Growlers and Bottles Only | Crafted from Local Ingredients
Trillium Farmhouse Ale (ABV: 6.6%): a study in simplicity whose nose of spice and pepper slides smoothly into flavors of fruit and even more pepper
Pot & Kettle Oatmeal Porter (ABV: 7.5%): first debuted at the owners' wedding, this black elixir remains surprisingly light thanks to its roasted malts and charred fruit
Wake Robin Red Rye Ale (ABV: 7.4%): malt and fermentation-derived flavors evoke those of plum, apricot, and earthy spices
How It Works: There are no tables, no seats, no snacks, and no TVs. At least not yet. Although an expansion is in the works for Canton, right now the Fort Point location is the place to go to pick up your beer as straight from the vat as you can get it. Lines are available for bottles and for 64-oz. growlers.
When to Go: It hardly matters. Whenever you swing by, you're almost surely going to find a line. The beer is just that good.
While You Wait in Line: Check out the farmhouse-style details—a bar made from reclaimed wood, curtains made from painter's canvas drop cloths, wooden crates that were at the owners' wedding.
Be prepared to trust your instincts, as there are no samples.
If you visit on special bottle release days, you might be able to try the brewery's double IPA. Just be prepared for a longer line than usual.
Rants and Raves
"Trillium has quickly established itself as the best brewery in the state." – Boston Globe
One of the Best New Brewers – RateBeer
"Trillium is a reflection of this moment: of the community, of the native yeast and local grains, of the supporters who believed in the vision of a farmhouse-style brewery in Boston, and of the people who have willed a brewery to life." – Medium
Founded in 1992 by the Slesar Brothers, BEER WORKS is a staple among Boston’s local brewery-eateries. Born and bred in the heart of historic Fenway, BEER WORKS has a wealth of brewing history, knowledge, and skills steeped in New England culture. Since 1992, opening across from Fenway Park, it has grown to add locations in Boston, Salem, Lowell, Hingham, and Framingham. At each location, visitors can sip house-brewed beers, drink craft cocktails, and enjoy classic American fare.
Amid giant vats and tanks full of hops and fermenting elixirs, an undeniable magic permeates the air. Learn how beers such as the Harpoon IPA and the UFO White come to be, then visit the beer hall to challenge your palate with not-on-the-market experimental brews such as the velvety Harpoon Dark and rotating pilot beers.