Beer here! As the winter chill slowly dissipates, this phrase has to stir up some strong emotions for Bostonians. Spring brings sports, patio happy hours and the inevitable warm weather that make you crave an ice-cold beer.
So what could be better than your regular ice-cold beer? A new, craft beer, inspired by Boston’s very own Southie, brought to you from Castle Island Brewing Company.
“My first introduction to craft beer, I was at a barbecue shortly after I graduated college and a friend was drinking a beer with an odd looking label,” says Castle Island’s founder, Adam Romanow. “I asked to try it and was immediately blown away by how complex and interesting it was compared to the light adjunct lagers I was used to drinking in college.” Looking back, Romanow realizes this was the moment that inspired him to learn more about craft beers and eventually, inspire his own craft brewery.
Five years ago, Romanow began working on a beer to reflect the Boston mentality, “work hard, play hard.” Following this mantra, Romanow put pen to paper and established Castle Island Brewing Company. Through business plans, honing recipes and brand development, Romanow dedicated his time out of his office job to creating a quality product with real availability.
About two months ago, Romanow saw his vision become a reality when he released four beers under the Castle Island Brewery: Candlepin (Session IPA, 4.4% abv), Keeper (IPA, 6.5% abv), Causeway (Double IPA, 8.0% abv) and Hearthside (Winter Porter, 6.5% abv).
The Columbus and Citrus Hops of Candlepin make this brew the Company’s flagship beer, to be enjoyed year round, while the Keeper holds the label as the flagship IPA with Columbus and Cascade hops that give a traditional west coast hoppiness. From cans to draft, both brews are only available in the Greater Boston Area and can be bought at most liquor stores for an average of $10.99 per four pack of 16 oz. cans.
For a taste of the dark side, you’ll have to take a trip out to the Norwood brewery where the Causeway and Hearthside are only available as seasonal drafts. The limited availability of the hops used in the Causeway will keep this brew on rotating release, while the coffee, cinnamon and vanilla spices in Hearthside limit Castle Island’s heaviest beer to a winter porter; meant to be sipped by a roaring fire.
Tours and tastings are available at 31 Astor Ave, Norwood, Massachusetts, 02062 on Thursdays, 3pm-8pm; Fridays, 3pm-8pm; and Saturdays, noon-8pm.
Try this hoppy beer while it’s still under wraps because it won’t be long before this refreshing brew becomes a hit Boston icon.