Widowmaker Brewing, Braintree, MA

Widowmaker Brewing is a fairly new brewery in Braintree, MA. They opened in September of 2017. We visited with Megan’s sister Sam and her fiancee Dustin, and our friends Nick and Sara, their first official Brew Wine Fun visit, wow!
Widowmaker Brewing is a 7 barrel brewhouse. They have a lot of room and we saw a lot of fermenters. They also have a huge tasting room, especially for a new brewery.

Big pictures so you can see the big tasting room

They serve half pours (6.5 oz), full pours (13 oz) and also serve flights of four 4 oz tasters. We all got flights so we could try as many beers as possible.

Bar area with designated ordering area

Donut Shop – coffee stout     6.5%
This beer is dominated by a bitter coffee flavor, Mark and Sam expected a sweeter or more chocolatey beer with name like donut shop, but if you ignore the name it is a pretty decent coffee stout.
Pure Hoppy – american ipa: citra     7.2%
Hazy, pretty juicy citra hop flavor, this was good, exactly what Mark was hoping for.
Greenbush – pale ale 6.8%
Not quite as good as Mark was hoping for, it is 80% Mosaic hops, lacking a little, maybe the ‘dry finish’, or just not as good as the Pure Hoppy: Citra in Mark’s opinion.
Nick didn’t like WMB Octoberfest that much, though it did grow on him as he drank it, Sam and Dustin did like it.
com-Rad – russian imperial stout     10.1%
We liked this beer, it is based on the Donut Shop stout recipe. It is slightly sweeter, definitely more chocolatey, with a strong coffee flavor.
Sarah Porter – classic porter     4.5%
Decent porter, bitter with mild caramel malt flavor.
Gowanus Canal Screw Job – american ipa     7.1%
Not very hazy, decently hoppy with a medium body or mouthfeel, minor tropical notes and a bit piney or ‘resiney’.
Old Oaken Farmhouse – saison     8.1%
Funky smell, which is a good sign. Strong peppery saison flavor up front with a nice mild finish. It’s hoppy which balances the saison flavor nicely. Described as a hybrid saison pale ale, and it tasted like it.
50-Year Storm – american dipa     7.8%
Hazy, really opaque. Good beer, has a super light malt bill with an oated body, hoppy and tasty with no hop bitterness.
Free snacks! Goldfish and Cheez-its with little trays to bring them back to your table.
They have Crowlers to go, and it says on their website they will have a limited runs of bomber bottles, but we don’t think that has started yet.

Swag area.

 Overall this was a good visit. They had beers that everyone liked, they have a nice, big space they can grow into. It should be interesting to watch what happens here.
 Current Hours
Thursday: 3:00 – 7:00
Friday: 3:00 – 10:00
Saturday: 12:00 – 10:00
Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00
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Untold Brewing, Scituate, MA

Untold Brewing is a new brewery in Scituate, MA, they just opened in 2017. We visited here with Megan’s sister Sam and her boyfriend Dustin.

 

Their tasting room is pretty unique, it is a renovated schoolhouse that was built in 1862. They built a large metal building behind the schoolhouse that houses the brewery. The entrance is between the 2 buildings on the side of the building.

 

Old schoolhouse tasting area

 

They hired Rustic Marlin to build them tables for the schoolhouse seating area, so it looks old and fits in with the building. It was too crowded to get a good picture of the tables (without people being weirded out).

 

 

They are pretty large for a new brewery, they definitely have some money behind them. This is a pretty good sized brewing system to open with.

 

They serve 5 oz and 10 oz pours, or a flight of four 5 oz pours for $11.

 

 

Rebecca – brown ale     5.6%
This was pretty dark in color for a brown ale, coffee and a dark malty, toffee flavor. A little interesting and slightly different for a brown ale.

 

Pale 143 – pale ale     5.6%
Crystal clear, but still a tasty pale, ha. Hoppy with citrus and mango flavors, Mark liked this beer.

 

 

East By Northwest – ipa     6.8%
Fairly clear in appearance. Pine hops flavors dominate this beer, with some bitterness. Mark liked it more as he drank the sample. Mark liked the Pale better with citrus and mango flavors, East By Northwest was good but the strong pine flavors are not Mark’s favorite.

 

Time Shall Unfold – ipa     6.2%
This ipa is dominated by citrus hop flavors, but comes with a bit more bitterness. Pale was still Mark’s favorite overall.

 

 

Mr. Scratch – oatmeal stout      6.9%
Pretty good, chocolatey and smooth, no dark bitterness to it which was nice. Mark, Sam and Dustin all liked this, Megan liked the Rebecca Brown Ale better, which surprised her.

 

Melon Patch – ipa     6.2%
Sam and Dustin got this in their flight, hazy in appearance, hoppy and melony smooth.

 

 

Harvest Ale – amber ale     5.1%
Dustin said the harvest ale was just ok.

 

 

 

 

They give snacks out for free! They also have
beer  to go in growlers and crowlers, and have started
to do limited runs of 16 oz cans..

Mark liked the beers, lot’s of ipa’s, we’ll probably
stop in again when we are in the area.

Plenty of swag

 

Hours

Thursday – 3:00 – 8:00
Friday and Saturday – 12:00 – 10:00
Sunday – 12:00 – 7:00

Ancient Fire Mead and Cider, Manchester, NH

We went to the pre-opening weekend for Ancient Fire Mead and Cider. The grand opening is March 15th, tomorrow!

We weren’t sure what we were getting into besides what they had posted on facebook, but expected the regular type of meads. We were surprised, and pleased, that they have started with what they are calling ‘crushable mead’.

 

 

Mead is technically a wine that is made from honey. Usually sold in a small wine bottles, 375ml, with a typical wine abv of about 11% – 16%. Ancient Fire’s ‘crushable meads’ are around 7% so you could actually sit down and have a pint of them.

 

They do samples sizes and pints, we started with a flight of all 6 meads.

Fire Pomme – 7.5%
Session mead with apple and cinnamon
Smells of cinnamon, taste like cinnamon, too. There is a subtle apple flavor but cinnamon dominates this one.

 

Cruising Elm – 7%
Session mead with concord grapes
Clear, but with a very purple-red tint. A dry mead with grape flavor, not sweet which is nice, we both really liked this one.

 

 

Maker’s Legacy – 7%
Traditional session mead
Definitely on the more traditional side, as noted in the name, and very clear. Strong honey flavor, not sugary sweet, but a flavorful mead.

 

Leaping Off the Ledge – 7%
Session mead with lemon and hops
Smells like lemon as well as hops. Mark thought it had a strong lemon flavor, as well as honey, with a pretty mild hop character. Megan thought the lemon was strong but thought the hops were more present than Mark did; Mark likes hoppy beers and Megan does not.

 

 

Rogue Flywheel – 7%
Session mead with pineapple and chilies
Pretty much taste like pineapple and chilies. The pineapple was a little subtle followed by a nice spice from the chilies.

 

Pint for Mark

 

Feeling the Love – 7%
Session mead with passion fruit and hops
This was a hazy, lime green color. Smells fruity, and tastes like juice. A strong passion fruit flavor that was complemented by some fruity hops. Megan really liked this one, she got a pint of it.

 

Pint for Megan

 

They have a limited food menu as well, snacks, soup, sandwiches, and we ordered the meat and cheese plate, which was good. There were three different cheeses, two meats, dried cranberries and pistachios as well as three types of crackers.

 

 

They have about 6 or so tables with the classic brewery stools. They also have a bar with a dozen stools along it as well. There is other open space/ standing room.

 

 

Swag corner

 

We can’t wait to see what they do next. The mead was all delicious. None of it was overly sweet, it was well balanced with the flavors they were using.

They had a list of coming attractions, including three Cysers and three Standard Meads. They all sound great, we’ve already sent messages to family to plan our next trip there!