Night Shift Brewing

Discussion in 'New England' started by TheMattJones88, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. matthewp

    matthewp Aspirant (219) Feb 27, 2015 Massachusetts

    We aren't a very inclusive group, craft beer drinkers that is. Its nice to see breweries trying to expand into areas which aren't currently addressed by craft.
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  2. Manfrombelmonty

    Manfrombelmonty Aspirant (267) Sep 12, 2010 Massachusetts

    Anyone bought the ever weisse 4 pk yet?
  3. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (290) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I have a four pack in the fridge, will probably open one this weekend
  4. Davl22

    Davl22 Aspirant (281) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire
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    Yeah I cracked one tonight. It's ok. I know they're mixed ferm but it has a kettle sour tang that I'm not a fan of. I've always wished they'd throw in brett with their weisse's to amp the complexity up a bit.
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  5. Pudgemaster

    Pudgemaster Initiate (15) Jan 6, 2018 Massachusetts

    Just picked up a 4pk of the everweisse. As good as it had always been but now the price point is right. 4 16oz cans for 14 vs one big format bottle for 14.
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  6. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Zealot (555) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Trying the new Swell DIPA canned 3/29. Hazy? Check. OJ? Check. Nice beer for the style.

    I’m certainly not a haze-bro IPA expert, but maybe this beer belongs with TH & Trill (though I’m sure their fanboys will set me straight as to why not).
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  7. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (705) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    The only IPAs that I've enjoyed from them that were as good as Trillium's (for me personally), was the 7/1/16 Morph batch (I think), and I think the 2016 installment of Idaho 7.

    Since then they haven't really tasted great to me (any of their IPAs). There's this distinct flavor I get with all of them that I don't enjoy, but it doesn't show up in their non-hoppy offerings. House yeast used in their IPAs maybe?

    I've tasted it in a few other beers from other breweries too, but not many.
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  8. Rysk22

    Rysk22 Aspirant (238) Nov 12, 2014 Massachusetts
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    I've had more NEIPAs than I'd like to admit... both Swell and the 87 are great representations of the style. Awesome beers that are readily available. If you put them in a Tree House can you would definitely trick some folks
  9. JoeK89

    JoeK89 Aspirant (227) Mar 29, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Is Night Shift always a 50+ line outside the door on a Saturday evening? I was surprised when I showed up (and subsequently turned right around) to see this. Don't think there was a special event according to their IG. Google suggests these are the busiest hours but with so many other places to grab a beer in the area I can't comprehend waiting in that line. Am I missing something or is NS just a super popular spot on the weekend?
  10. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (388) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Sometimes, but usually the crowd runs a bit younger than that.
  11. JoeK89

    JoeK89 Aspirant (227) Mar 29, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Thanks, problem solved.
  12. meefmoff

    meefmoff Disciple (351) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts
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    For whatever it's worth I think I know exactly what you mean. I love IPAs and I love Nightshift but I generally don't love Nightshift's IPAs. I've never been able to quite put my finger on why. I feel like I've had a bit more luck with the OHTT's than with the Morph's or Santilli/87 if that means anything.

    Sorry Rob! :slight_smile:
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  13. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (705) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    For the most part there's a huge line. But it moves quickly. Then again, once you get inside it can be tough to find a seat, especially if you have a flight.

    I was also there Saturday (had to make a run to Best Buy). I walked over around 3:30ish and there was a line of about 30 people or so. So I headed home because I had other plans and just wanted to grab a quick flight to see what's new. If I didn't have other plans I would have stayed, because like I said, the line moves quick.

    It's not really a Nightshift thing though. Getting into Lamplighter or Aeronaut can be just as hard, maybe even harder on a Saturday afternoon/night. Heck, this past summer I strolled right into the Trillium beer garden and then struck out at Harpoon, the line was huge and was NOT budging.

    If it's a Saturday, I highly recommend Idle Hands. Wide variety of styles, a cozy tap room with seats outside too. No lines...busy, but you can easily snag a seat. Mystic is a decent bet too, but lately it's been fairly packed, barely an empty seat in the lines though. I've only been to Down the Road once, but it was a Saturday afternoon and it had more of an Idle Hands level crowd to it, albeit with a much larger space.

    I think I had a sip of someone's 87 recently (it's a new recipe I think), and it tasted good, for what "one sip" is worth.

    I'm definitely partial to more of their non-hoppy stuff myself...but hey, chicks dig IPAs. :wink: Gotta sell what sells!
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  14. matthewp

    matthewp Aspirant (219) Feb 27, 2015 Massachusetts

    Personally I find Night Shifts IPA's very variable. Not from a consistency perspective but from a flavor profile. Santilli is a very solid IPA to me for a widely available beer. I haven't had 87 since the recipe change but previously it was a decent IPA. OHTT depends on the particular hop used. Morph can be meh to very good. Morph at its best might compete with Trillium, maybe and even then at the low end of Trillium (which is still awesome). Morph at its worst and I wouldn't have two. The small batch IPA's are similar to Morph, from meh to very good. Now saying that I kind of like that their IPA's aren't too similar to each other.

    Really I'd say the same for all of their beers. Every style I've had from them isn't exactly the same. Their stouts aren't all variations on the same beer, they can be wildly different. Sometimes I don't care for them and sometimes I love them but again the variability is a nice change IMHO. Its a rare day that I don't have some Night Shift beer in my house to be honest. The Trillium's, Tree Houses, Lamplighters, Bissell Brothers, etc. come and go from my fridge but there's always a Night Shift beer next to them since they are IMHO one of the best easy to get beers.
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  15. Manfrombelmonty

    Manfrombelmonty Aspirant (267) Sep 12, 2010 Massachusetts

    Was down there last night. thought the Swell was terrible. tasted like buttery popcorn, similar to an experience I had with fluffy a couple of batches ago.

    Whirlpool was delicious, Manet is really nice and the hopped belgian ale Lordship was pretty good.

    As for the tap room being packed, well, it really is a great taproom. Two big spaces, nice outdoor area, big, bright, good food trucks, just a really great place to hang out and have a beer. Can't really think of another taproom i've been to that does as good a job on the usage of their space and has such a very good array of beer selections to boot.
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  16. matthewp

    matthewp Aspirant (219) Feb 27, 2015 Massachusetts

    I was going to go to Night Shift this past weekend for Saison day but realized the website states that children (outside of toddlers/infants) aren't allowed in on the weekends. I've gone before with my kids and never had a problem getting in on a Saturday afternoon. Does anyone know if this is a change or did we just slip by in the past? Personally I've always considered day time an ok time to bring kids to breweries depending on age. My kids are 12 and 14, we usually go for the food trucks or other stuff that might interest them. We usually taste a few beers and buy beer to go. While disappointing I can certainly see why breweries don't allow children at busy times so this isn't a complaint, not everyone wants kids in a brewery.
  17. Piels25

    Piels25 Aspirant (239) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I suspect it was related specifically to the event as they were probably expecting a large crowd. Per their website, "Infants and very young children are welcome whenever we're open as long as they are with their parents at all times during their visit."
  18. matthewp

    matthewp Aspirant (219) Feb 27, 2015 Massachusetts

    It wasn't related to the event, I asked them directly regarding their policy. I went to a previous event when they released their throwback beers with my kids. They basically mean infants and toddlers. There are likely two concerns, my 12 and 14 year olds take up effectively the space of an adult and during busy times it becomes difficult to police under age drinking for teens.
  19. emannths

    emannths Initiate (199) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    We got ourselves a psychic here. :wink:

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  20. lovindahops

    lovindahops Meyvn (1,002) Mar 26, 2010 New York
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    Was pumped to find some Night Shift at my local store in Syracuse, NY. Not sure if this will be an everyday thing so I grabbed what I could. Great stuff that I will always enjoy.
  21. rdecker679

    rdecker679 Initiate (26) Oct 8, 2015 Massachusetts
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    good for them...though I'm sure there's something in there about shark jumping and whatnot.
  22. meefmoff

    meefmoff Disciple (351) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Good for them (and probably bad for the Beer Works).

    And being so close to TD Garden is probably not going to be a negative for a beer like Nite Lite either.
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  23. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (705) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Probably the best thing about the second tap room is that it might make the Everett location less packed on weekends. Maybe.
  24. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Zealot (555) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    I’d like to think so, but I think they’ll draw different crowds. Boston will draw more pre/post Garden groups & city dwellers, some weekday after-work folks. Everett will have the usual diverse crowd of young families, bros, suburban beer geeks, travelers, the beer-curious, & bros (again).

    Good move for NS to open up this 2nd location. I think it will be a big success.
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