Dorchester Brewing Company, The first dedicated contract-brewing facility in Massachusetts

Discussion in 'New England' started by Jason, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,139) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    Very interesting to hear about this ... I guess we'll be seeing a lot more "beer companies" pop up of perhaps this will be filling a NE void for the gypsy brewers.

    Not a fan of the crowd funding, did they not want to or could not find investors?
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  2. yuppiescum

    yuppiescum Initiate (39) Jun 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Crowd funding works.
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  3. morebeergood

    morebeergood Poo-Bah (2,379) Aug 13, 2004 Massachusetts

    Filipe from Percival is a nice guy. I wish him the best of luck.
  4. dortenzio1991

    dortenzio1991 Initiate (106) Aug 12, 2011 Connecticut

    Two Roads already does this pretty well. They've been hosting Stillwater, Evil Twin and Lawson's as of late
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  5. hawkfarmorganic

    hawkfarmorganic Initiate (0) May 18, 2014 Maine

    Contract brew me 4-5 barrels of barrel aged beer for personal consumption. Thanks. Lol
  6. Jarhead

    Jarhead Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2012

    I spoke to Filipe and his team. They already have investors and banks lined up. The crowd funding piece is more of a gap filler and to promote the project. The project isn't dependent on the crowd funding piece.
  7. markdrinksbeer

    markdrinksbeer Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    Paper City brewing in Holyoke pretty much just hosts contract brewers now:

    brewmaster Jack
    3 Beards
    High & Mighty
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  8. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,139) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    Still not a fan of it, this whole crowd funding thing or breweries has peaked IMO ... the solicitations I get are at a ridiculous level now. Good for them if they can round up a bunch of suckers to empty their wallets. ;-)
  9. beergrrl

    beergrrl Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2003 New Hampshire

    south Dot water is awesome.
  10. jefffalcone

    jefffalcone Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2013 Massachusetts

    Dot water is awesome. It comes from the quabbin which is sparkling clean. If you had bad water in Dot it was from the shitty pipes in your building. Boston generally has very good water
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  11. jefffalcone

    jefffalcone Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2013 Massachusetts

    Just checking the location. That's one of the few neighborhoods in Boston that actually is pretty rough. Hope this project can help to change that
  12. beergrrl

    beergrrl Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2003 New Hampshire

    Shitty mains.
  13. jefffalcone

    jefffalcone Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2013 Massachusetts

    Shitty mains is a problem everywhere, and dorchester is no worse. The entire country's water system was built around the turn of the 20th century.
  14. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    Wonder if this effects Daniel Lanigan's plans for something similar in town
  15. GoOSU

    GoOSU Initiate (124) Oct 6, 2006 Massachusetts

  16. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (268) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

  17. rknrll

    rknrll Initiate (49) Jul 13, 2009 Massachusetts

    Well...he changed his plans since that post, or maybe even before that.
  18. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (268) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Oh how much has transpired in the last year.
  19. DeanGeorge

    DeanGeorge Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2013 Massachusetts

    Mercury does a lot too if you consider Notch, Slumbrew, CBC, Clown Shoes, and etc. I'm sure they brew so much Clown Shoes that I'm surprised it isn't the Clown Shoes Brewery.
  20. DeanGeorge

    DeanGeorge Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2013 Massachusetts

    Wait? High and Mighty still makes beer?
  21. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Devotee (490) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Beer of the Gods was always decent on a hot day. About as good a review as I can give them.

    Is Brewmaster jack all contract brewed?
  22. beergrrl

    beergrrl Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2003 New Hampshire

    Dot Water?
    [sez Ashmont Girl, St Gregs, 1978-1995] Shitty Watah, unless you're downtown
  23. emannths

    emannths Aspirant (223) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    The Fumata beers, especially Fumata Nera, were pretty darn good. The fact that you could get a giant pour for reasonable price at the Otherside made it that much tastier.

    Wow. Stories about drinking High & Mighty at the Otherside. I'm getting old.
  24. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,139) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    This is great to hear, I am sure they'll find the demand soon enough ... doubt most brewers are 100% happy with their contract situations in the NE currently.

    The real demand is more brewpubs, beer bars that are not gastro-pubs, and bars that think out-side of the box. Boston can always use more breweries.
  25. sjverla

    sjverla Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2008 Massachusetts

    As far as I know Brewmaster Jack is more of a gypsy brewer. I could be wrong, but I believe he does the brewing himself.
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  26. GiantCogs

    GiantCogs Initiate (102) Oct 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    This has been my day dream idea for a while.
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  27. SveNss0N

    SveNss0N Disciple (339) Feb 16, 2014 Massachusetts

    Crowdfunding worked well for Hopsters. It's a proven, successful model.
  28. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,139) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    Latest press release:

    Dorchester Brewing Company to Launch in Spring 2016 at 1246 Mass Ave to Support Local and Regional Brewers With State of the Art Facility and Unique Services

    DORCHESTER, MA (November 10, 2015) – Dorchester Brewing Company ( today announces their plans to open a dedicated 25,000 square foot contract brewing facility at 1246 Massachusetts Ave in Spring 2016. The brewery, which is currently under development, will fill an industry void by supporting regional craft brewers with beer production, packaging and marketing support in a state-of-the-art facility, which will also feature tours, a 2,000+ square foot tasting room and a collaborative workspace open to brewers and the local startup community.

    The brewery will feature a full suite of services where craft beer brands, large and small, can produce, package (bottling, kegging, and canning), barrel age, market and store their beers and materials. Head Brewmaster, Todd Charbonneau, former Head Brewer of Harpoon Brewery for ten years, will oversee production on multiple brewing systems and ensure premium quality control measures, guaranteed brewing and packaging times and overall product consistency. The brewery will offer the public the opportunity to experience the process of craft beer brewing firsthand through tours and tastings in their 20-line tap system. In addition to uniquely supporting the brewing community, the facility will also act as a collaborative workspace for local organizations, residents and small businesses.

    “As the regional craft beer industry continues to expand, we’re excited to be offering a superior, cost effective, predictable solution and suite of services to brands to brew their beer and grow their businesses,” says Dorchester Brewing Company CEO and Co-founder, Matt Malloy. “In addition to removing many burdens faced by brewers today, we look to create a highly collaborative environment and help level the playing field for the brewers that dedicate their lives to making great beer.”

    The Dorchester Brewing team is comprised of several seasoned founders from the business and brewing community who came together to create a better option for brewers while helping to revitalize an up and coming Dorchester neighborhood. As a premier contract and partner brewing facility, similar to Zipcar, Uber and Airbnb, Dorchester Brewing Company looks to provide shared access to high-quality equipment and services that most brewery startups, along with small and medium-sized brewers, simply can’t afford or choose not to invest in.

    More information available at:

    About Dorchester Brewing Company
    Established in 2014, by Travis Lee, Matt Malloy, Todd Charbonneau and Holly Irgens, Dorchester Brewing Company is a 25,000 square foot contract and partner brewing facility at 1246 Massachusetts Avenue, Dorchester, MA. Dorchester Brewing Company provides commercial brewers of all size, ability and scale, a turnkey opportunity to produce, package (bottling, kegging and canning) barrel age, market and store their beers in a well-located Dorchester, Boston facility. Dorchester Brewing Company is about helping brewers make the best beer they can while providing guidance and services to grow their businesses.
  29. DZachariah

    DZachariah Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2014 Massachusetts

    Tyler's (BMJ) brewing out of a new space, as there were quality control issues when he was at Paper City. I'm also pretty sure that High & Mighty closed up shop about a year ago.
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  30. Brewmaster_Jack

    Brewmaster_Jack Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2014 Massachusetts

    Tyler from Brewmaster Jack here. That is correct; our new host facility is Brewmaster's Tavern in Williamsburg, MA. We moved there about 6 weeks ago. Dennis and the rest of the crew out there have been great. I highly recommend stopping by if you're ever in the area. Cheers
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  31. Shyla987

    Shyla987 Initiate (85) Jul 18, 2013 Connecticut

    Will be interesting to see if this affects Two Roads at all. They are the biggest contractor in New England right now.
  32. GoOSU

    GoOSU Initiate (124) Oct 6, 2006 Massachusetts

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  33. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,139) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

  34. GoOSU

    GoOSU Initiate (124) Oct 6, 2006 Massachusetts

    No mention of what they'll have on tap. I'm interested to see what the quality and style of brews they'll be putting out.
  35. jbart

    jbart Initiate (148) Oct 2, 2004 Massachusetts

    It's posted now on social media and their Website.

    Cream Ale, IPA, DIPA, Stout, Hefe, Rotating Nitro
  36. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,139) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

  37. ljkeats

    ljkeats Zealot (532) Jun 27, 2007 Massachusetts

    HA! Did you go to Dorchester and get the Clapp?
  38. GoOSU

    GoOSU Initiate (124) Oct 6, 2006 Massachusetts

    Hoping to make it over this weekend. Space looks nice, how are the beers?
  39. Piels25

    Piels25 Initiate (169) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts

    It's a really nice space with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Lots of board games to share, as well as a cornhole set outside.

    I thought most of the beers were solid. The IIPA was my favorite of the bunch, but there were none I would not have a second time.
  40. morebeergood

    morebeergood Poo-Bah (2,379) Aug 13, 2004 Massachusetts

    I stopped by on Thursday night. Packed house. The space is really cool, and the beers were great. Definitely will be heading back.