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Discussion in 'New England' started by paulman1813, Aug 5, 2015.
Yes, we plan to pipe some CO2 for purging soon.
Stopped by last night and this place is already cranking and things seem to be going pretty smoothly. Great to see the guys who were usually pouring at Morton st moved up to running the place. Its amazing to see what this place become in just a few years. From free samples all the way to full blown restaurant. I live in town and already know Ill be at this place all to often
Agreed the progression has been very cool to see from the beginning. I remember the original Morton set up with the bar against the window to the brewery. You use to be able to grab the beers yourself. Back when Hoponious was in 500ml. The first time I visited inhad my doubts there was actually a brewery down that street. Congrats JA Crew!
Anyone try the two new sours? Any feedback?
The new website looks great!
Edit: Cool new labels too. I'm digging the new branding.
I absolutely hate the new labels. No big deal, but they look like completely unoriginal, where the old labels were quirky and fun.
The old labels were probably unsustainable, especially for small bottling runs. And the font was lousy--it's really hard to make a good script font that looks good out of the box. The result of these two things are labels that look like this:
That said, I think the old logo was superior, and I think the new labels need more contrast between the artwork and the beer name text. There are also at least 3 different fonts, which makes it look a bit haphazard. It also omits the graphical logo:
I think the way to go might have been to keep the old logo, but with the new logo's font. Then smack that beautiful logo on the bottles and skip the per-beer graphics and just go with colors and a beer name. Thought I suppose you then run into issues of a mostly-green logo on a variety of per-style label colors...
Really? The old logo looked way too Irish to me. Didn't match the brewery IMO. And the labels that didn't have an illustration looked like they were done in Word with clip art - hated that ugly yellow/red box for the name. The new artworks are an improvement - but not great. They should be simplified and have more continuity - when I see 4 different ones in a row it barely looks like they're all from the same brewery. Just the beer name as the differentiation among the beers would have been how I'd do it. That said, artwork doesn't really matter - back to beer Hope to pick up some of the sours tonight. I tried stopping in last night but couldn't find parking. Glad things are going well for them.
The main parking lot is on Bishop st, plenty of spots there.
It's nice to see Jack's get some love!! Food was great at the restaurant! Everyone that works for Jack's is great and very humble!! love these guys!!
Visited Friday night in between TH/Armsby and Boston. Nice place and dear lord there were a lot of draft options!! The ceramic tap handles were a little ill-advised (it appeared that at least two had already broken) but aside from that, seems like a fun and very social space. Very bright, too! Needed sunglasses after Armsby. Will be back.
Who cares what the labels look like. It's what's in the bottle that matters anyway.
If you are trying to get the new new and not just the people who know what's in the bottle, especially the fence sitters, the label is very important.
Popped in for an early dinner tonight, they reached capacity as soon as we were in. Found a table within mins and hunkered down for a couple hours of great beers and great food.
All in all the staff was great, a handful of kinks to work out but this should never be a destination of a quick pint a or meal ... plan on hanging out for a bit as there were so many options on tap.
Triple Dry Hopped Hoponiuos Union was outstanding. Wish it was on for growler fills.
Pizzas were spot on, I'll be back.
That should have said triple dry hopped Hoponiuos with Citra, wish that was on for growlers.
Agreed. My absolutely favorite non-Framinghammer beer I had today. The Simcoe and Calypso were really good too, but man, that Citra...
Earlier in the thread they said they'd rotate the 3x dry hopped HUs for fills. When I was in there today I didn't see which was on. It was Calypso last week.
Hmm, I had the 3x dry hopped with Calyptra this evening, got a 32 oz growler on the way out.
Pretty sure it was the Calypso still. Yeah, had to be... I'm sure it wasn't Simcoe, and it certainly wasn't Citra, as I have none in my glass right now.
I hope the 3X HU variants become a more regular thing. Really impressive stuff, up there with the heavy hitters.
Is the base beer the clincher? Or is it the dry hop war?
I tried the Nectarine Sour as part of my flight, and bought a bottle that I enjoyed at home Monday night. Absolutely delicious, and I can't wait to try more. The only downside is the price: $10 per bottle, which is a bit tough to stomach. All of Jack's Abby's sours so far have been phenomenal, however.
for sours, $10 is nothing. any ba framing variants left? or other stout / barley bottles?
Lagerness Monster, $12 a bottle and SOOOOO worth it.
nice. we get limited of that and bride maker near me. but I'd grab some if I go that way tom. it's 50:50. hoping for some pbj ba fram - but I may be s.o.l.
Eh, $10 a bottle can still get pricey for anything. When I was there this past weekend, still plenty of BA Framinghammer variants were left!
not for sours. many cost more to make and are in smaller batches. trust me. I drink lots of sours. they kill my wallet lol. thanks on the fram info. small limits ftw!
I am thinking about opening my Framinghammer soon to commemorate 3000 reviews on this site, I have loved pretty much everything I have tried from Jack's Abby so far.
What sours are available in bottles? I thought the new Cuvee was the only one in bottles right now...
The Cuvee is the newest release this week, but they also have a Nectarine Sour and a Cranberry Sour.
In addition to another coming out on the 20th.
Oh and triple dry-hopped Kiwi Rising could be fun...
Sooooo hyped on 3X dry hopped variants being a regular thing (maybe?) now.
Stopped into the new Beer Hall on Friday around 4pm (have to do early dinners with our 7 month old). The space is great, really spacious and can hold a lot of people, without feeling crowded. Very kid friendly as well.
The retail space is on the left as you walk in and they are starting to fill it out with tees, sweatshirts, thermals, glassware, hats, etc with the new branding. The bottles and growlers are done out of this section as well. Not all of the beers on tap at the bar are available for growler fills.
We ordered the fennel salami and coppa pizza and it was pretty awesome. The crust was great, a little chewier than Rail Trail, but still crispy - just goodness. The woodfired wings were really tasty as well.
The highlight for beers were the Cuvee sour and the 3x DH Hoponius with Citra. They also had 3x DH HU with Simcoe - but I usually pick up the onion from Simcoe - so not my favorite for DH.
We will be back and probably often.
I actually thought they did a great job with the showcase of Simcoe hops. Over using that hop can make the beer taste like cat piss or a piney/oniony mess. I actually have been impress with Jack's Abby Sours and dry hop series. Maybe the expansion wasn't bad after all. Either way, I'm happy for them and lucky to have them 15 minutes away.
Triple Dry Hopped Hoponious definitely competes with any Trillium that I have had (which is like 6 or 7 of their IPAs). And I agree, when I visited them last summer and when I bought any bottles from them, all of their stuff was super solid.
"We thought we’d switch things up in celebration of all the changes here at Jack’s Abby! No one is forgetting about the classics- Vanilla, Coffee, Cocoa-Nut, and PB&J- we’re just switching gears to bring you something fresh. These new flavors are inspired by some of your favorite barreled projects, some popular holiday treats, and even by the Italians working to help us build the new brewery. We’re not ready to announce all the exact combinations yet, but take a look at the gallery below and let your mouth water at the possibilities!"
Couple of questions @JacksAbbyBrewing ...
Can we still grab bottles on site at the new pizza place? If so, are they for open consumption?
I assume this place is totally kid-friendly?
It is kid friendly, high chairs and such. I'm almost positive you cannot drink the bottles on premise, but I could be wrong.