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“If there's one thing brewers are good at,” Jimmy says, “it's adapting and adjusting -- as well as making beer, I guess."

Beer Name is Eminently Drinkable

“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

The Scottish Bard Robert Burns penned that line about a bazillion years ago, and it certainly applies to Beer Name Ale.

You see, we were — and still are — ridiculously excited about this beer. It was something we’d been wanting to do for a while — an eminently drinkable Triple IPA using a new-to-us Kveik yeast and a new strain of hops — and we had the perfect opportunity to debut it at Extreme Beer Fest in Boston last month.

Then, the government shutdown happened and, like the mice that we are, our best-laid plans went awry.

However, we didn’t let that slow us down.

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#BarleywineIsLife

Captain Badass Barleywine

Can you hear that? Off…. In the distance….

A trumpet calls: Triumphant. Exultant. Jubilant.

It heralds an arrival.

You see, our long, national nightmare is finally over.

Sawyer’s Swap, our American Barleywine, is back.

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Le meme profil qu'une Focal mais avec plus de fruité en final et un poil plus grasse. Tres surpris.

Coastal Evacuation in Review

Our flagship double IPA, Coastal Evacuation, has been pleasing palates since its inception back in 2014, bringing home awards and leading the pack in double IPAs.

Packed with Centennial, Citra, and Simcoe, our flagship double IPA is big and bold, tremendously fragrant, with notes of orange citrus and honeydew. It’s as dangerous as hurricane season itself.

Here’s a look at what people are saying about it.

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“It’s kinda like it should be Class-A drug level shit, but it’s beer.” -- Massive Beer Reviews

Snag & Drop Reviews

Snag & Drop is one of our favorite beers around here, and for good reason. What started life as an offering in our Employee Series has withstood the test of time to become one of our most popular offerings, both around the brewery and with our fans.

“It’s just an explosion of hops, basically,” says Brewer Andrew Ewing, who created the recipe. You’d expect as much from a Triple IPA, and Snag & Drop doesn’t disappoint.

Be careful, though: Snag & Drop is dangerous. It’s 10% and drinks as smooth as a 4-percenter. A lupulin-laden beast, Snag & Drop lulls you into a false sense of security, then pulls the carpet out from under you, knocking you into your mother’s curio cabinet and destroying all of her precious Hummel figurines.

Don’t do that. Be better than that.

Anyway, read up on what people are saying about Snag & Drop. It was even reviewed on YouTube by Massive Beer Reviews — you can check out their video at the end.

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It was all about layering on this one.

Last Hurrah and New Year’s Resolution

List of things that you will likely hear over New Year’s:

  1. “Woo hoo!”
  2. “Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to miiiiind! Should… all.. Merf-merf-merf mahhh merf merf… iiiinnn days of.. merf-merf-merrrrrrf….”
  3. “Ugh. I’m never drinking again.”

It’s a yearly cycle: we party it up on New Year’s Eve, then resolve to cut back in the following year. Sometimes, our resolve even lasts a week. Each year, you look forward to the previous year’s Last Hurrah followed by a New Year’s Resolution.

This year, as we bid a fond farewell to 2018 and accept 2019 into our hearts and minds, at CMBC you can get your Last Hurrah and your New Year’s Resolution in a can: a big, boozy Imperial stout called Last Hurrah, and a recalcitrant Brut pilsner called New Year’s Resolution.

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“We really let the hops and Brett shine,” Lauren says, “and the bit of oats give the whole thing a pillowy mouthfeel. It finishes really dry, but to start off, it’s very fluffy, you might say.”

Aiding & A’bretting

Over the past several months, we’ve tasked the folks in production to devise recipes as departments. The cellarmen gave us Maize Haze, the guys in packaging gave us Baddest Cat in the Whole Damn Town, and now the lab has had the chance to devise Aiding & A’bretting.

It should come as a surprise to exactly no one that Lauren and Matt in the lab used their science background to their greatest advantage in devising their brew. It’s not exactly out-of-the-ordinary to do a 100% Brettanomyces-fermented brew — we have Crusty Barnacle in our lineup, but that’s one that if you don’t catch while it’s here, you’ll miss it.

“It came and left in, like, a week-and-a-half,” Lauren says.

So, with a record like that around here, another 100% Brett beer was certainly a welcome addition.

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The white grape attributes of these hops really lend to the champagne-ness of this brew.

Fizz the Season

Here are a few questions for you: Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne?

Yeah. We have no idea what these words mean, either. The great Scotsman Rabbie Burns penned them back in 1788, and, while we might ask Jack Wright — publisher of Exit Zero and a real, live Scotsman — for a translation at the next Burns Supper, it’s not going to help us around midnight on New Year’s Eve.

What will be helping us around that time is our latest release, Fizz the Season — a Brut IPA that mimics the experience of Champagne — perfect for ringing in the New Year.

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The character of the barrels really shows through in each version.

Boughs of Barley Returns!

The best things come to those who wait.

You’ve heard that a million times — from your mom, from your teachers, from that Heinz ketchup commercial in the 80s starring Joey from Friends — but it’s the truth.

It’s the building of anticipation. It’s the hope that greater things lie in store. It’s the knowledge that, in time, there can be a greater version of yourself.

The guys in the brewery know a thing or two about waiting, particularly when it comes to barrel aging. This is one thing you simply can’t rush. If you’re looking for perfection, you have to sit back and wait.

For months.

But, for this year, at least, the wait is over. Boughs of Barley 2018 releases on Black Friday!

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Are people interested in an imperial shandy? Is too much of a good thing too much? Are people going to get wasted on Thanksgiving and start telling off their entire family? Let’s find out!

Get Me Some of That Cranberry Good Good

Regardless of what they say, you can never have too much of a good thing. It’s a good thing. The more the better.

That’s why, when someone said, “Hey. You know what would be awesome? If we brewed The Bog but bumped up the ABV to, like, Imperial levels,” we all responded with, “Well, damn. Why didn’t we think of this sooner?”

Well, wait no more. A limited run of That Cranberry Good Good drops on Saturday.

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Slowly all the vendors -- every single vendor -- lined up.

Friends Giving Collaboration

The best-kept secret around the brewery is that Chris Henke is one of the most generous individuals here. Hank’s our moral center. He’d give you the shirt off his back and then say, “Hey. Would you like a brewery, too?”

That’s why, when Double Nickel came up with the idea of a collaboration between four area breweries to raise money for needy families during the holidays, for Hank, “it was an easy yes.”

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