Down the Road Brewing Status

Discussion in 'New England' started by ctsufer31, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. ctsufer31

    ctsufer31 Initiate (81) Jan 8, 2008 Massachusetts

    I was wondering if anyone knew if Down the Road Brewery is going to open or is it permanently closed? I know that the founder passed away in early August; but, there hasn't been any information on the status of the brewery. Thanks.
     
  2. jaygates

    jaygates Initiate (97) Apr 23, 2007 Massachusetts

  3. BostonBeers

    BostonBeers Initiate (45) Jul 2, 2014 Massachusetts

    The facility is in the process of being acquired by another local brewery.
     
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  4. Capt_Quint

    Capt_Quint Initiate (131) May 29, 2015 Massachusetts

    Gooooo oooonnnnn...
     
  5. redbill

    redbill Initiate (20) Nov 29, 2018 Massachusetts

    I'm sure we'll find out some more details . . . down the ro---

    nevermind
     
  6. oldbean

    oldbean Disciple (350) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    Favorite: Night Shift

    Dark Horse: Mystic
     
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  7. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,121) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Midnight Dark Horse: Notch
     
  8. j44thor

    j44thor Devotee (410) Feb 24, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Sad story, still sitting on two bottles of Welcome Respite.
     
  9. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (130) Nov 6, 2010 Monaco
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    New Oxbow location. I, for one, can't wait to see what wild yeasts that cool ship can pick up in the beautiful night air in Everett.
     
  10. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,121) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Gun powder from the range next door?
     
  11. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (130) Nov 6, 2010 Monaco
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    Native/Wildin' Out
     
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  12. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,121) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Huh?
     
  13. matthewp

    matthewp Initiate (190) Feb 27, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Trillium, since they've opened up taprooms or beer gardens virtually everywhere else now :wink: .

    I'd actually be most surprised if Night Shift was the acquirer. I'd love to see Mystic acquire them but agree that's a dark horse. Trying to think of who would be looking to expand and could use this spot geographically. It would be a great place for a proper Clown Shoes taproom. Jack's Abby could use a second tap room north of Boston and would be different enough from other nearby breweries.
     
  14. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,121) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Yeah Nightshift would be a surprise with the big Philly expansion on the horizon.

    Idle Hands?
     
  15. Sheppard

    Sheppard Meyvn (1,087) Mar 16, 2013 Virginia
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    I don't know if it makes sense for a brewery that is a town or two over. It's gotta be a brewery looking to expand its footprint within the Boston area (across?). I feel like a lot of established players have been mentioned, but it's likely not any of the ones mentioned so far.
     
  16. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Defender (634) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Tree House. 3 mile lines.
     
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  17. redbill

    redbill Initiate (20) Nov 29, 2018 Massachusetts

    Small Change just got picked up by Night Shift Distribution, could be looking for a space?
     
  18. oldbean

    oldbean Disciple (350) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    Night Shift is still contract brewing some of their stuff because they've maxed out their own production, right? I guess the DTR brewing facility probably isn't big enough to make a difference for them, but they do seem like they're in the empire business...

    I'd love it if Idle Hands was doing well enough to take on a second production facility, kinda doubt it though.
     
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  19. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,121) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Tell that to Nightshift and Trillium.

    My cousin and I joked about that.

    Can you imagine the traffic with the casino RIGHT there?
     
  20. sandsonik

    sandsonik Initiate (94) Nov 14, 2015 Rhode Island

    Mystic would be ideal. Excuse the thread drift, but anyone know what the crowds have been like at Mystic? Thinking of making the drive up today to pay my respects.
     
  21. Sheppard

    Sheppard Meyvn (1,087) Mar 16, 2013 Virginia
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    I just don't think that the location works for Trillium (not high profile enough) and it doesn't make sense for NS to open another brewery close to where they already are. At least LJ allowed them to get into the city proper and get by the Garden which is not the best bar scene in the city (you could certainly argue NS is out of place there). Brighton/Alston seems much more befitting of Notch. Mystic makes some sense but does moving down the road a little alleviate the problems that they currently have that has made it so they're not continuing?
     
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  22. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,121) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    I wasn’t really referring specifically to those two moving in that space.

    I was just responding to your comment that a brewery wouldn’t want to open another location close to their original, or just one town over.

    Because it’s seemed to work well for both Nightshift and Trillium.

    If it allows them to brew more beer it could.
     
  23. matthewp

    matthewp Initiate (190) Feb 27, 2015 Massachusetts
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    I think it depends on the situation for a brewery opening a second location fairly close by. For Night Shift it was a different type of venue, I don't think they are brewing that much at Love Joy. Love Joy is family friendly whereas the brewery is more of a bar atmosphere. They compliment each other. Trillium's new venues are mostly "beer gardens" right?

    The other option is not opening a second location but doing a full move. Someone like Idle Hands could do a complete move and then have another brewery move in to their space. Not sure how much brewing capacity their space has vs DTR's. That's what Jack's Abby did, Exhibit A moved into their old space.

    Mystic's original plans were to open the second location fairly close by, the original location's usage was a bit up in the air. They probably have enough growth to handle that much more capacity as well as it being somewhat optimal for them to have the original location dedicated to barrel aged or even getting back into sours. So I agree with you that a second location nearby isn't necessarily a bad thing depending on the situation.
     
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  24. dogdrule

    dogdrule Initiate (163) Jan 11, 2018 Massachusetts
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    If you're ever willing to part with/share one, I've been looking to tick that bottle for ages!