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Chaos all around, but we’re here and open!

There is a lot of activity at 92 Bolt Street, and it will get busier over the next few weeks. The folks who own our building have begun construction and are transforming about 2/3 of the building. What does it mean for us? A few very good things. First, we get new restrooms! And they are located right outside our door. Speaking of doors, we’re also getting a new front door & entry, which is right across the loading bay from our brewery door. And after the construction crews bring in their structural steel, a wall will be built across our loading bay, effectively separating the building. For us, it means that when you walk through the outer door, it will be very easy to see where we are.

In the meantime, things will be a bit hectic. During the weekdays, the parking lot will be busy with cars and construction vehicles. If you visit us on a lunch break, please be aware and park in a safe spot. Evenings and weekends should be calmer, but again, be aware that you’ll be in an active construction area, so please be safe.

Once this stage of the construction is complete, we can move ahead with our plans to get our taproom opened up – something we are very much looking forward to!

Memorial Day weekend 2018

HI everyone!

Remembering everyone that has made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom is what this weekend is about. From the days of the revolutionary war, to right now, American men and women have given all and words alone cannot convey the respect we have.  Please take a moment over the next few days and reflect on what we have and how it has been won.

Because we also know this weekend has become a time for family and friends to get together and enjoy the unofficial start of summer. On that note, this year the weather might be mixed but we want you to be able to stock up so we are open Saturday 12-4 as usual, BUT ALSO OPEN SUNDAY 11-3!

The brewery will be CLOSED Monday.

Sláinte!

Saturday, April 28 2018

What a busy day! Our taproom will be CLOSED TODAY, as we will be at the MBG Power Beer Fest in Boston’s SOWA market today. Jimmy will be pouring later today at the Crosspoint building a part of the Watham Fire Department’s charity event. That is from 5-9.

Snow Day Hours & Malt Madness Update

We hope you’re all safe, sound and thirsty after shoveling this latest round of New England winter. Our taproon will be open 4-8 today for samples, 4-packs and growler refills, so stop in and say Howdy!

 

And… Thanks to your help and support, we have made it to Round 2 of Boston Magazine’s 2018 Malt Madness!!!!!! We now face off against Ipswich Brewing. You can support us by voting ( you can vote over and over…if ya want to) and help us win this!

https://www.bostonmagazine.com/malt-madness-2018/

It’s Malt Madness!!!

Boston Magazine has set the brackets for this year’s challenge: For you to pick your favorite MA brewery! Brewers are grouped by region (thanks to the Mass Brew Bros awesome map!) Click this link and vote for us!

https://www.bostonmagazine.com/malt-madness-2018/

Lowell Winterfest 2018!

It’s Winterfest time again! For the second year, we will be pouring drafts in the Winter Beer Garden within Lucy Larcom Park. The fest starts Friday, Feb 23 from 5 – 10:30 PM and Saturday, Feb 24 from 12 – 10:30 PM. We’ll have a solid selection of our beers ( Tinker Blonde, Maple Cream Porter, Alt Hypothesis, Rosie’s Coffee Stout, Honey CHAI, and MUCHO GUSTO).

Our tasting room will be CLOSED both Friday, 2/23 and Saturday 2/24, so come visit us at Winterfest and have a ball!

Update on Our Growler Policy

Since the MA ABCC issued their advisory in May, allowing MA breweries to fill blank growlers, we have watched how things have gone and we have paid attention to policy changes our fellow brewers have made. A few, Nightshift and Bog Iron both come to mind, have stopped filling growlers to maintain a high level of product quality – so you, the consumer, get the beer the way it’s supposed to be. We all know how beer can go flat if you don’t go through a growler all at once and that truly has a negative effect on the quality of the beer. And…with social media posts, UnTappd and other apps where beers get rated, bad ratings can effect whether someone buys or passes on your beer.

So what do we do?

We have current inventory of both 64 oz. growlers and 32 oz. squealers, and there are hundreds of each out in circulation. So we will continue to fill those, and blank 32 & 64 oz. growlers meeting the ABCC advisory, we just won’t be stocking any additional growlers/squealers. Lots of you like the look and ease of the growlers (Adam likes the aesthetic of the branded glassware) so keep coming back to get yours refilled.

But to push that high quality argument, we now have 4-packs of 16 oz. cans available (same amount as a growler) and we offer mixed 4-packs and single can purchases, so you can be sure to get our beer the way we intended it. Now that we have in-house canning capability, we will continue moving more of our beers to cans and you’ll have a wide selection available here at the brewery. Please let us know any questions you have when you visit, or at info@merrimackales.com.

Cheers,

 

The Merrimack Ales crew

CLOSED Saturday, Sept 16

Our taproom will be closed this Saturday, since we and our taps will be pouring at the Mass Fermentional festival in Worcester. We’ll be back open on Monday as usual and look forward to seeing you here!

Merrimack Ales at the Mass Fermentational!

Hi folks,

We’re excited to be pouring at the annual Mass Fermentational event on Saturday, 9/16. You can check the website for details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-fermentational-tickets-35943787837

We’ll be there alongside over 50 of our fellow breweries, and sampling some of our newest brews, including our reminder to you all that it’s still summer, Blackberry Wheat, and a few beers that will help you transition from warm weather to cold.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday August 12

SATURDAY AUGUST 12: Our taproom is open 11:00 – 2:30 today and then we will be at Craft Beer Cellar – Westford for a tasting from 3 – 5 PM. Hope you can stop by the brewery or CBC!

Our New Growler Policy

The Mass ABCC issued an advisory this week, updating what’s allowed for growler fills here in Massachusetts. The link to that advisory is here (in case you dig reading that stuff):

http://www.mass.gov/abcc/pdf/2017Advisories/5-24-17AdvisoryRefillingGrowlers.pdf

With these changes, we’ve updated our growler policy to help make things easy & smooth so all y’all have a good experience when you visit us. So effective today, May 26, 2017, our growler policy is:

We will continue to sell and fill, or refill Merrimack Ales branded 64 oz. and 32 oz. growlers (squealers).

We will fill clean, dry, blank 64 oz. or 32 oz. growlers.

We reserve the right not to fill dirty or foul smelling glassware.

We will not peel labels off other growlers.

If your growler is a size other than 32 or 64 oz., we likely won’t fill it as we will not have price points for odd sizes.

Brewery News July 21, 2016

With the temps about to climb into the high 90’s, it’s a great week to get some fresh beer at the brewery. Hey, when isn’t it ?!

This week we’ve got just about everything available on tap – though only bottles of Horror Show IPA.

Stop in, sample some beers and pick up some bottles, a 6-pack or get a growler filled.

We have a TASTING EVENT this Friday, July 22, at Redstone Liquors in Andover from 4-7 PM. Stop by and check out their great selection.

 

Taproom Jue 20 2016

Brewery News July 13, 2016

 

We’re excited to have 4 new customers! West Concord Liquors, Kappy’s in Fitchburg, Mass Liquors in Worcester and the Olde Bedford Package Store – in Bedford, are all freshly stocked with an assortment of our beers. AND, they are the first customers to carry our new 6-packs!!! Go check them out and support local beer.

We will also have 6-packs of Alt Hypothesis, First Article, and Honey White available at the brewery. Yes, you can make a mixed 6 too!

Taproom Jue 20 2016six pack

 

Brewery News for the Week of June 27, 2016

We will have regular hours this Thursday in the taproom: 12 – 8 PM, for samples, growlers/squealers, and bottles.

We’ll be open this Saturday 12 – 4 PM so you can stock up for your 4th of July festivities.

 

Events this week:

Tasting Thursday at The Vin Bin in Southboro, 5-7 PM! (and rumor has it some fantastic cheeseburgers!)

Tasting Friday at Giles Wine & Spirits in Woburn, 5 – 7 PM!

Tasting Friday at Leary’s Fine Wines & Spirits in Newburyport,, 4 – 6 PM!

Tasting Saturday at Giles Wine & Spirits in Arlington, 1-3 PM!

 

And in the taproom…

Taproom Jue 20 2016

Brewery News for the Week of June 21, 2016

HOURS:

We are open today until 8 PM for samples, bottles and growler fills ( growler & squealers).

We’ll be open Friday until 5 PM

We will be CLOSED this Saturday.

 

EVENTS:

FRI 6/24:   We have a TASTING EVENT at Giles Wine & Spirits in Medford from 5-7 PM! Stop in & try some our beers.

SAT 6/25:  Nashua River Brewers Festival in Fitchburg from 1-6 PM. Get a ticket and spend the afternoon at one of the area’s best brew fests!

 

Taproom Jue 20 2016

What’s on tap 6/6/16

We’ve got a brand new, juicy IPA this week – “Horror Show” for you fans of ‘A Clockwork Orange’.  Stop in, stock up and have some samples!

 

Taproom June 6 2016

Lowell’s Growing Beer Scene

Check out this really great article in the Lowell Sun about the growing brew scene here.

Lowell Sun photo

On tap: A growing interest in microbreweries. http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_29953190