New England Brewing Co. exiting MA, for now

Discussion in 'New England' started by EDNOSE, Jul 25, 2012.

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    EDNOSE Aspirant (233) Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    Posted on their facebook page today.

    "to deal with growing pains in home market".

    Selfishly as a CT guy, this makes me happy to see them get one area right first but I feel for the MA folks among us.
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  2. bootdown21

    bootdown21 Devotee (424) May 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    Here is the full transcript via Facebook.

    Kyle Frenetteposted toNew England Brewing Co.

    5 hours ago near Boston, MA
    soooo, my trusty bottle shop just sent me an email that "New England Brewing pulling out of the Massachusetts market indefinitely". say it aint so!

    New England Brewing Co. There will be an unfortunate hiatus for distribution of our beers in mass so that we can better deal with some of our growing pains in our home market. We hope to have our beers back in mass early next year though.
  3. celticfutblclub

    celticfutblclub Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Massachusetts

    stinks but a hiatus i can deal with. when i originally read your thread title i didn't process the 'for now' part.. and that had me a little more bummed out
  4. FrankLloydMike

    FrankLloydMike Devotee (499) Aug 16, 2006 Massachusetts

    No! Sea Hag has been one of my standbys lately. I know they say they'll be coming back early next year, but that's 5 months away at the earliest and makes me nervous. All the more reason to visit the in-laws in Connecticut, though.
  5. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,076) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    hmm, maybe they should change their name to Connecticut Brewing Company.
  6. Massbmx

    Massbmx Devotee (415) Apr 5, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Sucks. Time to drive to CT sometimes I guess. MA only? Still going to RI?
  7. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,211) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Rats, I was hoping that NEBCO would eventually start distributing around here, just get to try it after trips to Conn. Can't say I blame you Conn. folks for drinking the tanks dry, though.
  8. davey101

    davey101 Meyvn (1,080) Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    Given the size of the brewery I was amazed they could even distribute outside of the new haven area. Sucks, but a wise decision for now.
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  9. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    I'm totally fine with this. We rarely got much of anything other than Sea Hag or Elm City cans anyway. Get your home market in order first, expand later when you can start rolling a decent amount of Gandhi Bot out.
  10. woosterbill

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,616) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    I'm kind of surprised they didn't do this sooner; I hang out at the brewery pretty frequently, and all they've been talking about for months now is how stressed out they are about not being able to fill orders, particularly in MA. Apparently Julio's alone would ask the distributor for more Gandhi-Bot than they could brew in an entire batch, and then of course Sea Hag has been absolutely blowing up (for good reason) here in New Haven.

    Hopefully they'll soon be able to put in a canning line (finally!), and then some new tanks. If they don't move into a bigger space, though (which they're on the fence about doing - tough to secure financing for that sort of thing), there's just no way that they'll be able to keep up with in-state demand.

    Oh, the problems that appear when you brew delicious beer!
  11. dennho

    dennho Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2006 New York

    I just asked my beer store to get me a 1/6 of the Bot. I guess I won't be getting it.
  12. smutty33

    smutty33 Zealot (585) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    Its ok MA. residents,NEBCo. will be back.

    In the meantime, if you don't wanna make a trip into CT. I can send ya NEBCo. treats
    in exchange for some Firestone Walker,Jacks Abby,Maine Brew. Co. ect.......:wink:

    Cheers All.........
  13. wtfdic

    wtfdic Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2012 Massachusetts

    Interesting news... Luckily I have a brother in CT.
  14. KBrennan1000

    KBrennan1000 Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2010 Massachusetts

    NEBCo stuff was ridiculously hard for us to get as it was (my guess is that the larger stores were buying it all and there wasn't any left for us) so in a sense this won't affect my shop all that much. I will definitely miss the sporadic Ghandi Bot case that we were able to get our hands on though.
  15. Trevdawg

    Trevdawg Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2012 New Hampshire

    Must rely on friends in CT now!
  16. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    Yeah - FW is having their own issues getting beer into MA as of late...
  17. smutty33

    smutty33 Zealot (585) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    Yeah,I have been monitoring that one...I want some and wookey jack !

  18. Trevdawg

    Trevdawg Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2012 New Hampshire

    Should be in Mass stores today or tomorrow.
  19. sandman3479

    sandman3479 Devotee (411) Dec 8, 2006 Connecticut
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    I can get FW and Maine Beer regularly. Let me know if you want to trade/Bottleshare.
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  20. grotonmarketguy

    grotonmarketguy Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2005 Massachusetts

    Sadness. I was starting to love Sea Hag.
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  21. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,449) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    if you trade, put up "ISO: sea hag source, FT: hoponius union source" or "repeat" or whatever. i'd do it if i weren't a cheapskate and didn't often travel to boston.
  22. dennho

    dennho Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2006 New York

    A couple of cases of 668 on the shelves at Julios.
  23. DrewShal9

    DrewShal9 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Massachusetts

    No more sea hag ipa in my store and only four 4 packs of 668 mark of the beast left :slight_frown:
  24. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    Whatevs - plenty of beer on MA shelves that's actually dated.
  25. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,076) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Yeah I just took a chance of a sixer of sea hag because I hadn't tried it and heard good things. Blaaaaand. I assume it was very old.
  26. JaredKent

    JaredKent Initiate (0) May 11, 2011 Rhode Island

    I admit this is selfish, but for once it's cool to see RI with an awesome brewery that MA can't get. It's the other way around for soooo many. Still, I hope NEBCO finds itself back in MA fairly soon. I feel for you guys. It's been 3 years and we still have customers complaining about DFH pulling out of RI (it's a shame they dont have the same feelings towards the others that have left like Left Hand, Great Divide, etc.) We can relate though. Good luck Massachusetts. I'm sure you'll still manage to get your hands on some NEBCO. :slight_smile:
  27. Dat

    Dat Aspirant (258) Aug 5, 2007 Texas

    One of my first and favorite IPAs is Great Divide's Titan IPA. I also enjoy Left Hand's Milk Stout and never even knew they stopped distributing to RI. Guess I was spoiled for the longest time after moving here from Austin, TX.
  28. JaredKent

    JaredKent Initiate (0) May 11, 2011 Rhode Island

    Left Hand was one of the latest, they stopped distribution here around June. I hate to see all of these great breweries pulling out of RI. There's still plenty left, but it's always a shame to watch another pull out.
  29. Errto

    Errto Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2009 Connecticut

    I live four miles from the brewery and can't find NEBCo's specialty beers with much regularity. I'm glad they're doing so well, but they need a chance to ramp up production (assuming that's the plan); they're just too small right now. MA's a big-ass market (relatively speaking).
  30. Psychmusic

    Psychmusic Disciple (365) Jun 22, 2012 Connecticut
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    I strangely stumbled upon a bunch of 4 packs of Gandhi in RI. They hadn't been out at the store a week before, so they may have been fresh. Do they distribute to RI? I can't tell from their site.... Regardless, I've still got one left and it's way better than I expected
  31. JaredKent

    JaredKent Initiate (0) May 11, 2011 Rhode Island

    Yeah they distribute to RI. We have the 668, Gandhi-Bot, and Elm City in stock at my store in Barrington. We are trying to get our hands on some more Sea Hag. We've only been open for about 4 months now, so some of the highly sought after beer slips under the radar. Still have about (9) 4-packs of Gandhi-Bot.
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  32. Psychmusic

    Psychmusic Disciple (365) Jun 22, 2012 Connecticut
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    Well there goes my sympathy for anyone feeling sorry that they can't have any in Mass
  33. PenningtonNY10

    PenningtonNY10 Initiate (181) Nov 20, 2009 Connecticut

    This is actually kind of a relief as a CT beer drinker. When Gandhi Bot gets up to Hartford County it is off the shelves in days, if not sooner. But I am not THAT selfish. I hope they can comfortably distribute to more states soon.
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