Faces Brewing Co. in Malden

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  1. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,942) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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  2. BRYeleJR

    BRYeleJR Disciple (347) May 18, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Any firsthand experiences here yet? Going to try to grab Mystic Station takeout soon and want to know if I should grab crowlers there or beers across the street (if Faces is even open for that...)
     
  3. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (472) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    A friend of mine's in-laws run the place. They are related to the Martignetti liquor stores (now closed down.)
    I haven't had any of the beers yet, but I expect to at some point once things open back up and gatherings are re-authorized.
     
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  4. rhino88888888

    rhino88888888 Initiate (129) Dec 12, 2013 Massachusetts
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    According to their FB page, Faces will be opening their beer garden for on-site food and drink starting tomorrow (Wednesday). They recommend calling ahead for seating. Menu and taplist is up on their website - https://www.facesbrewing.com/menu/
     
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  5. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,942) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    According to the article they've been selling beer to go already.

    Also it's across the street from Hugh O'Neil's I think, not Mystic Station.
     
  6. podart

    podart Initiate (86) Jan 22, 2010 Massachusetts

    I picked up 3 four packs - the IPA was solid ($18/4 pk) and the cream ale was crisp and tasty ($15/4 pk). I added the coffee imperial white stout ($21/4 pk) but haven't tried it yet.

    The brewery is in an old bank and the space is really cool -- lots of marble and high ceilings. I didn't notice where the outdoor space would go - I think it must just be the sidewalk? I didn't see anything else, but wasn't really looking.

    The label artwork is excellent, too.
     
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  7. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (277) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    Not to be that guy, but man are we pricing ourselves out here? Brand new brewery. $18 for four IPA, $15 for four cream ales?

    An imperial coffee white stout? For $21?

    We're talking $54 for 12 beers from a new brewery. Is this not wild to anyone else? I'm all for new breweries -- and yay capitalism! -- but goodness gracious.
     
  8. podart

    podart Initiate (86) Jan 22, 2010 Massachusetts

    Yeah, I was a little surprised, so that's why I noted the prices. I was already there and wanted to support a new place so I went with it, but won't be a regular stop for to-go brews for me at that price point. (Also a little disappointed they wouldn't break up 4-packs)
     
  9. Dave_32

    Dave_32 Initiate (51) Apr 7, 2015 Massachusetts

    Pretty sure those prices are the "new normal" that I keep hearing about
     
  10. matthewp

    matthewp Aspirant (234) Feb 27, 2015 Massachusetts
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    The pictures on their website look like they've got a pretty decent place, the food menu looks good as well. The beer selection, so far, doesn't completely stand out but it does have a few options to attract more than only IPA fans. The cream ale, Mexican lager, and kettle sour are good choices for attracting more than just beer geeks. My first thought was why have another brewery in that area but they are a bit more into the suburbs (by a slight bit) than most of the other places. That and they aren't looking at food secondarily. If their beer is decent and they are planning to survive off self distribution and food sales then they seem like they've got a good shot.

    Now the big question, how many people here actually knew what the original Faces was or had been there? Certainly the old Faces building and sign were still up until recently but its an interesting connection to use. Perhaps next we'll see a brewery named "Goodtimes Emporium"?
     
  11. lansdowne24

    lansdowne24 Disciple (333) May 30, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Malden Center has been "up and coming" for quite a few years now. The city of Malden just ripped up their old city hall to replace it with a massive new complex that will house at least a dozen, if not more, new businesses. https://www.cityofmalden.org/684/Pleasant-Street-Development. It looks like it's going to start opening up shortly.

    Additionally, there is very easy T access to the Orange Line and a number of bus routes throughout the area. The craft beer scene has also been well represented through the offerings at Mystic Station and Hugh O'Neills. There's really only one other option in the immediate area (Idle Hands) and after living here for several years, it definitely feels like there is room for at least one more. Night Shift/Bone Up are geographically close, but doesn't feel like it is part of Malden at all. Makes sense why Mystic was looking at space over here as well...it's a great spot with much more affordable prices than nearby Somerville or (gulp) Cambridge and still feels like "the city".
     
  12. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,942) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    For some reason the ubiquity of kettle sours irritates me more than New England IPAs.

    Faces is a lot older than Goodtimes though right?

    I remember my dad going to Goodtimes to watch the Pats 1994 Superbowl.

    There's also Dom's Sausage and Boda Borg. And in terms of beer, Ball Square is opening a third location in Malden as well (might be open already).

    It's my favorite liquor store in the Camberville area.
     
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  13. lansdowne24

    lansdowne24 Disciple (333) May 30, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Dom's is one of my favorite things about Malden. Best steak tips ever. I didn't know about Ball Square, that's exciting!

    In anticipation of the reopening of things, my friends and I have dubbed hitting Boda Borg and Faces in one outing as "Boda Both".
     
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  14. matthewp

    matthewp Aspirant (234) Feb 27, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Its funny how a mile or two makes all the difference. Like you said geographically Night Shift isn't far off but it feels like a different world and Mystic was only down the road from NS (Down the Road Brewery as well, no pun intended). Mystic and Down the Road both seemed much more like the city than Night Shift but Idle Hands and Faces seems so much more suburban than Night Shift.
     
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  15. mgp

    mgp Initiate (34) Jan 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    Bit Bar is also (supposedly?) opening in Malden Center: I think it's in the same development as the Ball Square / Malden Center Fine Wines.

    Back to Faces: what an unfortunate time to open a new brewery/brew pub. Hopefully the Martignetti money gives them enough flexibility to weather the storm.
     
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  16. matthewp

    matthewp Aspirant (234) Feb 27, 2015 Massachusetts
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    I agree, I'm not a fan of kettle sours for many reasons. They really aren't true "sours" they are just sour beers. To each their own but kettle sours tend to give me stomach aches so I avoid them.

    Faces was around at least in the 80's, I know my sister went there when she was in High School and then I went there once or twice when I was in high school (she graduated in 1984 and me in 1990). I only remember going to Good Times in the 90's to play pool. I actually ended up living a few blocks away from Good Times in the early 2000's, but never went there when I lived there.
     
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  17. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,942) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Ha, I've actually never been to Dom's, I just hear everyone rave about it. Been everywhere else in Malden though that we've mentioned (except Faces).

    Unfortunately I can't see something like Boda Borg opening for a REALLY long time...
     
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  18. redbill

    redbill Initiate (24) Nov 29, 2018 Massachusetts

    lold, I had forgotten about Good Times. Wasn't there a huge riot there one time during an international soccer game?
     
  19. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,942) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Probably.

    I imagine there wasn’t just “one time” there was a huge riot there.
     
  20. lansdowne24

    lansdowne24 Disciple (333) May 30, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Ran by Faces yesterday around 6:30pm to see what opening night at the outdoor patio looked like. Lots of wooden picnic-style tables, well separated and all occupied. A few people standing in line six feet apart waiting to get in. I would be comfortable sitting at one and enjoying a beer or two.
     
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  21. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (472) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    I'm holding out for the Rathskellar brewery...
    but it would have to be more cobbled together than the old Watch City was, allegedly, and it'd have to be filthy, inside and out.
     
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  22. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,942) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Speaking of old Somerville haunts...did anyone ever go to "Barnaby's"?

    You can still see that name faded with an Irish Clover next to it on the Redbones sign.
     
  23. BRYeleJR

    BRYeleJR Disciple (347) May 18, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I'll be in Malden tomorrow early evening most likely. Any way to do takeaway cans at Faces? Their social media doesn't indicate if that's a thing...
     
  24. Piels25

    Piels25 Aspirant (237) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts
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    From their webpage:

    "We were busy brewing and then we got busy canning. Our first four styles arrived in cans on May 30th. Come on by and grab some cans to-go."

    Might be worth a quick call to see what's available to go.
     
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  25. yuppiescum

    yuppiescum Initiate (47) Jun 4, 2009 Massachusetts

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  26. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,942) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    While it certainly wasn't "Slummahvul", that was right around the time things started to dramatically change in the area. That was the recession year and I looked at a couple different 3 bed apartments to buy which were in the $180K - 200 range.

    The next year I decided to move out there, but rent. Property value sky rocketed shortly after (not because of me, haha).

    You're lucky if you can buy a New England IPA in a tulip glass at a bar for that price these days.
     
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