Brews To Look Foward To In 2011: New England Edition

The new year has begun, and breweries throughout New England are continuing to come up with exciting-sounding beers.

Here is a list of some of the beers that are scheduled to debut in 2011 from New England breweries.

Cisco Brewers of Nantucket will continuing to expand The Wood series with three new beers coming out this year.

The first will be Winter Woods, which is described as an ale aged in French oak barrels.

Following that will be White Woods and Pechish Woods.

White Woods is a witbier, a Belgian white ale, aged in wine barrels.

Pechish Woods is an ale aged in oak barrels and fermented with fresh peaches.

Also from Cisco, for the first time, Sankaty Light will be available in cans.

Ipswich brewery Clown Shoes is expected to release its newest beer, Tramp Stamp, a Belgian-style IPA, within the next 10 days.

Also available later this year will be a new Russian imperial stout, tentatively named Blackorn Unidragon, expected later this year.

In addition, Clown Shoes hopes to create a couple of lower-alcohol beers, possibly a pale ale and a black India pale ale, which will be available in either cans or 12-ounce bottles. Currently, all Clown Shoes beers are available in 22-ounce bottles.

Next winter, Clown Shoes plans to debut its new barleywine: The Billionaire.

The brewery is also working with Boston restaurant Jacob Wirth’s to brew a house beer, which may be called Jake’s New Old Time Ale.

Gritty McDuff’s of Portland, Maine, has no new beers in the works for 2011, but they are changing the labels on some of the beers. Every single beer will have a new label designed by graphic designer Chris Hadden of Christopher Hadden Deisgn and illustrator Marty Braun.

The Harpoon Brewery of Boston has a busy year planned.

In the brewery’s 100 Barrel Series, Catamount Maple Wheat (made with Vermont maple syrup) is scheduled to be in stores this month.

Also in the 100 Barrel Series, Oyster Stout is scheduled to return in March. The Founders Ale (which will be brewed by the three founders) is scheduled for May, while the Czech Hop Harvest and Spruce Tips are tentatively scheduled to be released in August and November, respectively.

In Harpoon’s Leviathan series, the Quad is scheduled for February, the Super Maibock is scheduled for April, the Rye is scheduled for June, the Triticus is scheduled in August and the Barleywine is scheduled for November.

The Boston Beer Company is also busy in 2011.

The 2010 LongShot mixed pack is scheduled to be available in March. The pack features the Friar Hop Ale and Blackened Hops beer, which were both winners of the LongShot homebrewing contest.

In addition, Caitlin DeClercq, who won the Samuel Adams homebrewing contest, will have her Honey Bees Lavender Wheat beer in the LongShot mixed pack.

After thousands of votes in the Beer Lovers Choice Contest, the brand-new Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye will be part of the all-new Samuel Adams American Originals 12-pack.

The other beers in the American Originals pack will be the Boston Lager, Noble Pils, the Scotch Ale, Irish Red and the White Ale.

Also, in November or December, Samuel Adams Utopias will make their return.

The Shipyard Brewing Company of Portland, Maine, will debut its newest beer, the double Old Thumper, which is an imperial porter, in February.

In March, the newest entrant in Shipyard’s Pugsley’s Signature Series, the Smashed Blueberry, will make its debut.

The Smuttynose Brewing Company of Portsmouth, N.H., will release a series of Short Batch beers, with the first scheduled for release in May as part of the Big Beer Series. The brewery describes the beer as a Belgian-style IPA.

Smuttynose has several other Short Batch beers they hope to brew, but no plans have been finalized on them.

Finally, Wormtown Brewing Company of Worcester has several new beers planned for the early part of 2011.


The first is Joe Z’s Coconut Porter, which will be released on Jan. 11.

At the end of January, Wormtown’s Beer Goggles Barleywine will be available. Half of the beer is aged in wood barrels and the other half in steel tanks; then the two are blended.

Also at the end of January, Wormtown’s unnamed scotch ale will be available on draft throughout Worcester and some areas of Boston and MetroWest. And, a new cream ale will debut in the spring.

And, for the first time, Wormtown will begin bottling some of its beers. The first will be the Pro-Am Porter, which will hit shelves as early as March.

Also, in 2011, every one of Wormtown’s beers will contain at least one Massachusetts ingredient.


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