May 18, 2024


From an unique Narragansett lager for the brand new Jap Normal in Fenway to getting Cape Cod beer off Cape.

Jap Normal has partnered with Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer to create ES Pilsner, a specialty “Bohemian” lager brewed completely for the restaurant.

A brand new Narragansett beer at a brand new Jap Normal

There was no higher feeling than getting a seat on the bar at Jap Normal in Kenmore Sq. proper after a Purple Sox sport.

Inside was an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the ballpark, an exit ramp from the mad rush to the T. And but right here additionally was a giant, vibrant room the place everybody was dressed higher than you had been and the steak frites had been good. Typically, when you requested on the precise evening, the bartender would pull a can of Heady Topper out of the low-rise fridge.

After closing in 2021, Jap Normal reopened at a brand new location within the Fenway on Oct. 12. And whereas there’s certain to be a lot fanfare in regards to the new area and new menu, we’re right here now in regards to the beer.

Jap Normal has partnered with Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer to create ES Pilsner, a specialty “Bohemian” lager brewed completely for the restaurant.

“Identified for his or her straw golden coloration and creamy thick head, Bohemian pilsners are delicate and easy-drinking beers whereas remaining extremely complicated,” says Narragansett head brewer Lee Lord.

The beer’s flavors (suppose biscuits and a contact of spice) and end (clear and crisp) make it a high quality match for dishes like shellfish and steak tartare. Even Gansett’s conventional lager has at all times performed up in upscale locations, says CEO Mark Hellendrung, citing its presence at institutions like Eventide in Portland, Maine, and Fortress Hill in Newport.

Jap Normal’s proprietor, Garrett Harker, highlighted some parts of the brand new area which are completely different from the outdated, together with two extra seats on the bar and a view of Fenway Park from the out of doors patio.

“We merged signature parts of the unique Jap Normal with the brand new to create an area that may stand the take a look at of time,” says Harker.

Narragansett’s new ES Pilsner is out there on the restaurant on draft, in addition to in cans to go.

Cape Cod Beer expands into Jap Mass.

Hyannis staple Cape Cod Beer has signed an settlement to distribute its beer past the Cape.

Cape Cod Beer will companion with Plymouth’s Mayflower Brewing Co. to convey beers like Cape Cod Blonde, Purple, and IPA to cities east of Worcester, from Massachusetts’ South Coast to the New Hampshire border. Beforehand, the almost 20-year-old Cape brewery solely self-distributed inside a 50-mile radius of Hyannis.

“Through the years, we’ve seen a rising demand for our beer off Cape from summertime guests and seasonal residents,” says Todd Marcus, Cape Cod’s brewmaster and president. “They arrive right here and fall in love with Cape Cod Blonde, or certainly one of our different beers, after which name dissatisfied once they can’t discover it close to their dwelling off Cape.”

Cape Cod beer is Mayflower’s first distribution companion. The bigger footprint means Cape Cod merchandise will likely be out there in Boston, Peabody, Newton, and extra.

New White Lion brewery in Amherst

White Lion Brewing has teamed up with former UMass basketball star Marcus Camby to open a second location in Amherst.

Now open from White Lion is a small pilot brewhouse, taproom, and kitchen to enrich the present Amherst Brewing Firm on the Hangar Pub and Grill. The brand new location is open from Wednesday to Saturday. White Lion will proceed to function its flagship Springfield location.