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Nik's Bitter
(But never Angry)
Ale at 4% ABV

An American Bitter. It is a combination of British Malt, a London Thames derived Ale yeast, and American Hops. We love Bitters; they are an everyday drinking beer, full of body and flavor, which sets them apart from American Craft Session Ales, which tend to be much lighter bodied. These are very refreshing, but we wanted to do something a bit different.  The malt and yeast provide a hearty sweet backbone, but rather than use British hops, which can be lackluster, we used a very American dose of Cascade to give it a good bitter bite, and a piney nose.

Toll Gate
INdia pale ale at 5.9% ABV

Our take on the New England IPA. Made with a higher amount of caramel malt than most NEIPAs, this darker color and sweetness helps accentuate the strong Passion Fruit aromas from the generous dose of dry hopping.

JP Porter
6.2% ABV

A full bodied, and full flavored Porter. Strong notes of chocolate and coffee, but without the strong roast trending to burnt notes of more traditional porter.  The secret is a Chocolate Rye Malt from Valley Malt in Hadley, MA. It gives color, spiciness, and a hint of sweet chocolate, and doesn't get too dark in the process.

Paler Ale at 5% ABV

As the name implies, this beer came about as a happy accident. While doing one of our first brews of Nik's Bitter, Nik misread his own handwriting, and added CaraPils malt rather than Caramel Pils malt.  You can see how he got messed up. The result was a paler than Pale Ale, but with a hearty hop aroma. We developed this beer further--simplified the malts, and upped the hopping--and Serendipitous is the result.  

All Ears Golden Ale
All Mass ingredients at 4.7% ABV

A perfect light bodied Ale, made with 100% Massachusetts ingredients. Our friends at Valley Malt make a fantastic Malted Corn, and once we heard about it, we had to give it a try. Corn has a bad rap in the craft brewing world, usually associated with watery, mass produced lagers. But it has a long standing place in the history of American Beer--before malted barley was regularly available in colonial Boston, brewers would have used any grain they could get their hands on, and corn was not only available, it was native! We jumped to use this New England grown and malted grain. It makes the beer particularly refreshing, without sacrificing sweetness and flavor.  

turtle swamp is more than beer,
it's history

Turtle Swamp was the colonial name for the lowlands between Forest Hills and Jackson Square, a “swamp” that was a perfect, natural filter for the waters that flowed through it. This crystal clear water was ideal for making beer, and many breweries flourished here. Today, Turtle Swamp Brewing opens its doors in the heart of Jamaica Plain, bringing beer back to the first true home of American brewing.  

The Beer of Jamaica Plain