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    Merrimack Ales News

    Tap Room Open Saturday 7/25 with Sal’s Mobile Pizza Truck!

    Hello everyone, we have missed you all very much!

    The taproom is open this Saturday the 25th of July! We will be hosting Sal’s Mobile Pizza truck along with our cold, crisp, and refreshing brews. Be on the look out for Lowell Lager which will be sure to refresh any level of thirst.

    We are taking Covid-19 precautions and we look forward to you stopping by and safely having a beer and some fun!

    Exciting Announcement!!!

    We are excited to offer our home delivery service! Starting this week you will be able to start ordering online through our website at

    We are starting deliveries this Thursday and Friday. Next week, we plan to deliver Wed-Fri each week servicing specific regions on each day.

    ​Visit our website ( ) to access our new online store. You can place orders for pick up or delivery. All delivery orders must be placed at least 24 hours ahead and must include a food item. Pick up orders are placed on the table on our inner loading dock for a ‘zero contact’ experience.


    • Our new hours are: Mon -Tues: 8-5 PM, Wed – Fri: 8-7 PM, Sat: 12-4 PM
    • Delivery orders must be placed a day ahead
    • The cutoff time to place a delivery order is 7 PM the day prior
    • Delivery minimum is 192 oz. ( 3 4-packs equivalent, can include squealers)
    • A food item is required on your DELIVERY order
    • We are delivering to the following areas weekly:
      • Thursday: Westford, Tyngsboro, Lowell
      • Friday: Chelmsford, Billerica, Lowell
      • Wednesday (starts next week): Dracut, Tewksbury
    COVID-19 Update

    As you’re likely aware, a lot of changes have been taking place over the last few days in response to the spread of corona virus. This weekend our governor declared a 3 week shut down for bars and restaurants, making them ‘take out’ only. So our taproom will be closed through April 5. BUT, we are launching:

    Beer to Go! Announcing pre-ordering and curbside pick-up!

    There are many ways to stay mentally healthy during social distancing, including setting up virtual connects, going outside safely, thinking creatively about how to help others and now….pre-ordering cans, growler fills, squealers and gift cards from Merrimack Ales with curbside pick-up.

    Easy Order:

    1. Review our current beer selection pictured in this post

    2. Email us at adam@merrimackales or Facebook message us your order

    3. ORDER: For each beer type, please list # of cans, squealers (32oz) or growler fills (you provide a compliant growler) (64oz). If ordering gift cards, indicate quantity and denomination (e.g. I would like three $25 gift cards).

    4. CURBSIDE PICKUP: Swing by and pick up your beer at 92 Bolt Street. We are offering curb-side pickup! Let us know when you are coming and we will meet you at the loading dock.


    Mon-Tue: 8 – 5 PM

    Wed, Thu, Fri: 8 – 7 PM

    Sat: 12 – 4 PM

    Sun: CLOSED

    5. PAY: Payment via credit card only. You can either swipe your card at pick up or provide the info and we can enter it manually.

    Note: We are in the process of developing a mobile solution to make this process even easier!!

    This is a fluid situation and the safety of our staff, their families, and our guests remain our top priority. Please keep following us via social media and checking email for any additional updates. Meanwhile, we will keep producing exceptional beer and look forward to celebrating the successful containment and eradication of coronavirus with a pint or two! 

    Team Trivia Starts This Week!

    Get your pals together and come to the taproom for team trivia! Starting this Thursday at 7 PM. The winning team each week gets a $25 brewery gift card* and the second place team gets to choose a wildcard topic for the next week’s competition. As always, we’ll have a wide array of fresh beers to enjoy while you’re here.


    Use this door!

    There has been a lot of progress with the building construction since our last post. From today on, use this door to get to the brewery when you enter our building. You might be used to using the blue door when you come here, but now that won’t get you to the brewery! We will post a small sign on the blue door too.


    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.


    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!

    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!

    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



    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:

    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):

    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


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