Power Beer Fest Is Coming! Tickets Are Now On Sale!

More than 50 Massachusetts brewers are coming together to launch the first ever, “Power Beer Fest,” on Saturday, April 29 at the SoWa Power Station. The two-session festival -- 1 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m. -- will kick-off the season opening of the SoWa Open Market located at 540 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118. 

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at powerbeerfest.eventbrite.com

Proceeds of each sale will benefit the Massachusetts Brewers Guild, a nonprofit organization that protects and promotes the interests of craft brewers across the Commonwealth. Power Beer Fest is the only beer event in the state organized by Massachusetts Craft Brewers to raise funds to create educational and marketing programs for local breweries, as well as support its government affairs work at the legislative level.

Participating breweries include:
Three Beards Beer Company
Aeronaut Brewing Company
Amherst Brewing Co. 
Bad Martha
Battle Road Brewing Company
Bent Water Brewing Co.
Berkley Beer Company
Berkshire Brewing Company
Big Elm Brewing
Bog Iron Brewing
Bolton Beer Works
Boston Beer Works
Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer
Brew Practitioners LLC
Bright Ideas Brewing
Cambridge Brewing Company
Cape Ann Brewing Co.
Cape Cod Beer
Castle Island Brewing Co.
Cisco Brewers
Clown Shoes Beer
Cold Harbor Brewing Company
Devil’s Purse Brewing Co.
Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Co.
Flying Dreams Brewing Co.
Idle Hands Craft Ale
Independent Fermentations (IndieFerm)
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers
Lamplighter Brewing Co.
Lefty’s Brewing Co.
Lord Hobo Brewing Co.
Mass Bay Brewing Co.
Mayflower Brewing Company
Medford Brewing Company
Medusa Brewing Company
Merrimack Ales
Mighty Squirrel
Moon Hill Brewing Co.
New City Brewery
Newburyport Brewing Co.
Night Shift Brewing
Old Planters
Outlook Farm Brewery
Portico Brewing
River Styx Brewing
Riverwalk Brewing Co.
Salt Box Kitchen
Samuel Adams Boston Brewery
Somerville Brewing Company
Spencer Brewery
Start Line Brewing Company
The Tap Brewing Company
True West Brewery
Westfield River Brewing
Winter Hill Brewing Co.

The Massachusetts Craft beer scene is a power house industry with more than 122 breweries across the state. Breweries employ locals, drive traffic and tourism to the Commonwealth and pour world-class craft beer to thirsty locals and travelers. Massachusetts’ breweries are ranked among the best in the world, country and region, with accolades and awards being announced weekly.


For Beer Lovers: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas & Event Round-Up

No plans? No problem. Whether you are single and ready to mingle, on lock down, or just looking to hang out with friends, we’ve got you covered:

Gardner Ale House is hosting a “Be Our Valentine Dinner,” on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m., located at 74 Parker St. in Gardner MA. An elegant dinner for two for only $60 -- the menu boasts baked brie, a trio of steak medallions, shrimp cocktail, duck confit with risotto and much more. Reservations are encouraged. Check out the website, gardnerale.com, for the complete menu and details.

Night Shift Brewing in Everett is hosting Flight Night – a Valentine’s Day Cheese Tasting. Forget the chocolates and celebrate Valentine's Day with cheese and beer this year. Formaggio's Will Sissle will be onsite in the Annex on Tuesday, Feb. 14 for an evening of tasting and learning. Will is collaborating with the Night Shift team to put together a set of four amazing cheeses, expertly paired with 4 oz pours of Night Shift’s renowned beers. 5 p.m. session tickets are still available. For tickets, click here.

Not looking to get all sappy with the lovebirds this year? Head to Dorchester Brewing Co., and boycott the whole thing! Anti-Valentine’s Day Trivia starts at 7:30 p.m., entry is free. For more details, click here.

Roses are red, violets are blue, beer is cheaper than a dinner for two! Two local breweries have new releases on tap that will help set the mood and serve as the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day:

Cape Cod Beer is releasing its popular Vanilla Bean Porter for Valentine’s Day.

This drinkable dark beer with a chocolatey malt character is infused with Madagascar Vanilla Beans. Madagascar Vanilla Beans are known for their superior flavor and aromatic qualities making them the most popular and sought after vanilla variety. The label features a lemur, the most well-known wildlife from Madagascar. The flavor is rich, dark and creamy with a sweet, buttery aroma, pairing perfectly with the delicious dark chocolate malt flavor in our Porter. This beer is exclusive to the brewery and available in 750 ml bottles only. It’s delicious paired with chocolate or with vanilla ice cream as a beer float.

Love makes the beer-go-round! Happy Sol Blood Orange Hef, Slumbrew's most popular beer, started out as Caitlin's Valentine's Day gift from her husband Jeff. Five years later this duo runs Somerville Brewing Company and are making plans to expand American Fresh Brewhouse locations. They are also launching a new release called My Better Half -  an Imperial Cream Ale blend of half ale and half lager. The beer is often requested by newly engaged couples to serve as their “wedding beer.” 

However you are celebrating (or not celebrating) we hope its with a good local beer! Cheers! 

Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion This Weekend!

This weekend the Mass Brewers Guild will host a table at the Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion. The event will showcase breweries from around New England and across the US.

We’ll be selling tickets to our spring beer festival at the SoWa Power Station at a discounted rate, and offering chances to win a Beer Lovers Prize Pack filled to the brim with beer, gift cards, glassware, hats, and t-shirts generously donated by local breweries: Wachusett Brewing Co., Start Line Brewing Co., Sam Adams, Medusa Brewing Co., Gardner Ale House, Slumbrew, and Night Shift Brewing Co.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Want $5 off entry? Use code MABREW. To purchase tickets, visit bostonglobetravelshow.com/beer


Massachusetts Brewers Guild Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Massachusetts Brewers Guild Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Mass Brewers Guild Board of Directors post with State Treasurer Deb Goldberg who delivered the afternoon's keynote address .

MBG Hires A full-time Executive Director and adds a New President and Directors to its Board

BOSTON, Mass. | The Massachusetts Brewer Guild (MBG), a nonprofit organization which works to promote and protect craft brewers across the Commonwealth, has undergone new structural changes to help amplify the mission and message of the organization with the public and industry professionals.

Founded in 2007, by a group of committed and passionate brewers, the organization has been instrumental in protecting the interests of Massachusetts state breweries and creating a community for brewers and enthusiasts alike. Founding members Gary Bogofffrom Berkshire Brewing Company, Drew Brosseau from Mayflower Brewing Company, Dan Kenary from Harpoon, Ned Lafortune from Wachusett Brewing Company, Rob Martinfrom Ipswich Ale Brewery and Michelle Sullivan from Boston Beer Co. remain the backbone of the MBG and helped to implement some big changes for 2017.

For the first time in its nine-year history the MBG has hired a fulltime executive director to create a bigger impact and more synergy between Massachusetts breweries. Katie Stinchonassumed the role of executive director this past October. She joins the team with more than a decade worth of experience in event planning, marketing and public relations specializing in nonprofit organizations. A former beer blogger and craft beer enthusiast, she brings her passion for the industry and expertise in storytelling and branding to the cause.

Other fresh faces to the organization include president, Rob Burns from Night Shift Brewing as well as new board members Ryan Daigle from Gardner Ale House, Sam Hendler from Jack’s Abby, Adam Romanow from Castle Island Brewing Co. and Keith Sullivan from Medusa Brewing Company. Steve Sanderson from RiverWalk Brewing Company was also re-elected to serve as the MBG’s vice president.

“The beer scene in Massachusetts is accelerating at such a rapid pace that it was critical for us to bring in a full time executive director on board to keep pace with all the growth,” says Rob Burns, president of the MBG. “This will allow the Massachusetts Brewers Guild to create exciting events for consumers while also supporting member breweries in their mission to produce world class beer, protect against a challenging landscape, and support the unique experience for craft beer lovers that they provide.”

In 2017 the MBG will focus on a rebranding effort with a new website and revitalization of its passport program to help drive traffic and tourism to MBG member tap rooms, brew pubs and breweries. The board will also focus on the creation of innovative beer festival with the goal of hosting 2,000 attendees and 150 breweries from across the Commonwealth while also continuing its work at the legislative level, fighting for license and franchise law reform, and serving as the voice of craft brewers on Beacon Hill.

For those Interested in learning more about the Massachusetts Brewers Guild, contact Katie Stinchon at (617) 640-6990 or mbg.executivedirector@gmail.com. For more information visit massbrewersguild.org.