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Meet Our Team: Sarah Pott, QA/QC Manager


Since we opened our doors in 2016, we have been proud to stand behind the quality control measures that we’ve put in place to produce the best end product that our customers enjoy drinking! We are happy to introduce a face behind the scenes who helps to create the fresh, clean flavors and taste of all of our partner and house craft beers, all which are made right here on-site in our Boston brewery. Thanks to her expertise and dedication, you get the benefit of enjoying all of the DBco beers that pass through our doors! So, today, let’s raise a glass to Sarah Pott, our QA/QC Manager at Dorchester Brewing Company.

How did you get into craft beer and join the brewing industry?

I grew up right outside of Portland, Maine where there is a plethora of amazing beer (and food). Living in such a small community, it wasn’t difficult to connect with people within the brewing industry. Right out of college I basically just volunteered at whatever brewery would have me. That’s how I got my foot in the door before participating in ABG’s brewing school.

Tell us a little bit about what you do at DBco on a day-to-day basis.

My job here at DBco involves a lot of quality oversight into many processes, including packaging, cellaring and brewing. Routinely, I am tracking and performing sensory analysis on all of the fermentations occurring in the tanks, and on a daily basis we can expect to have at least 18 different beers in the fermenters (no, I’m not drinking 18 beers everyday). I’m responsible for making sure we are producing beers that fall within our brewing partners standards, as well as our own. Along with that, the most important responsibility I have is tracking down any contaminants or beer spoilers that may be lurking in the brewery. By doing this, I plate the beer at multiple different stages of the process onto selective and differential growth media. I can then detect if we have any microbes that could spoil the beer, or if there is an issue in the process

What do you like best about the brewing industry?

THE PEOPLE! Most people in the brewing industry don’t just accidentally fall into it, they actively seek it out, which typically means these people are extremely passionate about what they do. They want to be here. I’ve met so many intelligent, creative and passionate people working in this industry, which makes it all worth it.

Favorite part of your job?

Contentedly walking into work everyday knowing I stuck with my passion and that I’m not sitting in an office somewhere.

Favorite beer style

Pilsners (everyone should make more pilsners)

Favorite DBco beer?

Clapp’s Cream Ale

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Meet Our Team: Colleen Rankin, Brewer

With International Women’s Day on the horizon, we are working to celebrate all women in the beer industry and females worldwide. Read more about our special collaboration beer release with proceeds supporting several institutions to empower women everywhere. With that in mind, we’d love to introduce you to an awesome member of our brewing staff, who works to bring you fresh, tasty beer weekly in the DBco Tap Room and beyond. Meet Colleen Rankin.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

I grew up in Akron, Ohio, where I lived through college. Since then, I have had stints living in Russia, Columbus, Baltimore, Washington state, Oregon, and Cleveland. I moved to Boston in July to work for Dorchester Brewing. When I’m not brewing, you can usually find me doing something outside  — biking, climbing, skiing, hiking, etc. — or reading a book, listening to music, or wandering around town looking for good cocktails, coffee, or beer.

How did you get into craft beer and become a brewer?

My fascination with craft beer began in my early 20s, when I had become bored of drinking Rolling Rock and Newcastle Brown Ale. Not too long after discovering craft beer, I started dabbling in home brewing. Looking for a more fulfilling career choice and dissatisfied with working for the man, I woke up one day and decided to become a production brewer. I was lucky enough to find a terrific brewer in Eugene, Oregon that felt that I had the stuff necessary to succeed in brewing, so he gave me an Assistant Brewer position with no production experience, which is quite a lucky thing in this industry. After working at Sam Bond’s Brewing in Eugene, I put in a good stint as an R&D brewer at Platform Beer Co. in Cleveland, Ohio, and now I’m here brewing up fantastic brews at DBco. Working hard to gain knowledge and experience, I hope to eventually open my own brewery.

What’s so special about the brewing industry?

I like brewing because it is both hands on and intellectually driven. An average day’s work allows me to work hard doing manual labor, which is really satisfying, and use my brain in the course of operating mechanical systems, trouble-shooting problems, or writing recipes. I have had successful jobs behind a desk and other, equally great jobs, working outdoors and in customer service; I find that brewing really feeds all facets of me as a human. It brings me good balance that keeps me feeling good about going to work every day.

What’s the favorite part of your job?

Since I started brewing, my favorite thing to do is to hose out the whirlpool vessel. It is so satisfying to me to start with a massive mess of a hop pile and end with a shiny and clean tank. The process of transformation from mess to cleanliness is a really satisfying thing. It is so laughable, I know, but it is the little things in life. On a broader level, I love the process of creating a beer from start to finish — beginning with an idea, writing a recipe, brewing it, caring for it during the fermentation process, then pouring it into a glass that the masses (and I) get to enjoy. I think that is a really rad thing.

Favorite beers?

My favorite beer style generally changes with the seasons, but I love them all. Dark, light, Belgian, American, sour, IPA, or cask, I try not to get stuck in the rut of drinking one style more than the rest. Every style of beer has the prefect time and place for appreciation and enjoyment. To date, my favorite DBco. beer (that I wasn’t the mastermind behind) is Born to be Mild, an English Mild Ale that we released a batch of a while back. My favorite partner beer is probably Stupid Head by Stillwater Artisanal, a delicious double-dry hopped Hefeweizen style ale.
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Introducing Our New Reduced Gluten Beer

Since we opened our doors in 2016, we’d frequently have questions popping up around gluten-free and gluten reduced beers. We’ve been working on creating that for our customers and are excited to announce our newest collaboration beer with Stillwater Artisanal Beer, Test Sour, which is a gluten reduced Sour Ale.

In order to keep this beer full of body and flavor, we employed an enzyme that specifically breaks down proline rich gluten forming proteins without impacting the beer finish itself. From this, we sent a sample to an independent testing lab to confirm the exact levels of gluten. The lab analysis registered the beer’s gluten levels at the limit of detection which is < 10 parts per million. With that, we are able to identify the beer as gluten reduced per the FDA.

And now, we’re pleased to introduce Test Sour, which we think is a pretty tasty beer in and of itself whether you are looking for gluten reduced beer or just enjoy a nice sour ale.

 

Sweet notes of apricot and tangerine lead to a full-bodied juice blast of citrus and stone-fruit, finishing with a clean tartness that will leave you wanting more.  This beer is gluten reduced.  Lab analysis registers gluten at < 10PPM.  Please note that this beer Is NOT gluten free but may be acceptable for people with a gluten intolerance.  ABV 4.5%

We invite you down to our Tap Room to sample it for yourself. Cheers!

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Find Dorchester Brewing Co. Beer in Boston and Beyond

You asked. We answered!

We are so excited to announce our own Dorchester Brewing Co. beer available in cans for the very first time ever! We have 4-packs of our Clapp’s Cream Ale and V1 Double IPA available for purchase in the Tap Room  at 1250 Massachusetts Ave. in Boston for a limited time.

We’re also making these cans available to restaurants and retailers around the Boston area for a limited time. The full list of where you can find our beer can be found below.

224 Boston: 224 Boston Street, Dorchester, MA 02125

Abby Park: 550 Adams St, Milton, MA 02186

Ashmont Grill: 555 Talbot Ave. Boston MA 02124

 American Provisions: 613 E Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127

American Provisions Dorchester: 1971 Dorchester Ave. Boston MA 02124

Assembly: 425 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

Atlantic Market Liquors: 243 Atlantic St 247 Unit 1, Quincy, MA 02171

Bin Ends: 236 Wood Road,  Braintree, MA 021841310

Blend: Dorchester Ave, Dorchester MA, 02122

Boston Bowl: 820 William T Morrissey Blvd Boston, MA 02122 

Cape Verdean Liquors: 690 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02125

Craft and Cru: 25 Central Ave, Milton, MA 02186

Craft Beer Cellar – Fenway: 98 Van Ness Street, Boston, MA, 02215

Craft Beer Cellar – Fort Point: 34 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210

Craft Beer Cellar – Roslindale: 4228 Washington St. Roslindale, MA 02131

Dbar: 1236 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125

Five Star Liquors: 197 Worcester St. North Grafton, Ma 01536

Fruit Center: 10 Bassett St, Milton, MA 02186

The Gallows Boston: 1395 Washington Street, Boston MA 02118

Gaslight Brasserie: 50 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02118

Harborpoint Liquors; 45 William T. Morrissey Blvd. Dorchester MA, 02125

Home.stead Bakery & Cafe: 1448 Dorchester Ave Boston, MA 02122

Liquor Land: 1033 Massachusetts Ave. Boston, MA 02118

Lower Mills Tavern: 2269 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02124

Marina Bay Market: 532 Victory Rd, Quincy, MA 02171

Merchant’s Liquor Mart: 88 High St. Danvers, MA 01923

Novara: 556 Adams St, Milton, MA 02186

Reunion Tap and Table: 198 Worcester Street, North Grafton, Massachusetts 01536

Polish American Club: 82 Boston St.  Boston Ma, 02125

Savin Hill Wine & Spirits: 1051 Dorchester Ave Boston, MA 02151

Southside Tavern: 73 Liberty St Quincy, MA 02169

Tavolo: 1918 Dorchester Ave. Dorchester, Ma, 02124

The Adams Pub: 29 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

The Industry: 750 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02122

Victory Point, Bar & Grill: 332 Victory Rd, Quincy, MA 02171

 

To talk about getting our beer in your establishment, contact us today.

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2018 Boston Tap Room Holiday Events and Hours

Holiday season is upon us! Besides planning some awesome events, we wanted to share our updated business hours during the holidays, so that you can plan accordingly!
Holiday Hours
  • Christmas Eve: 12/24/18- 11:30am-5:30pm
  • Christmas Day: 12/25/18- CLOSED
  • Vacation Week: Regular Business Hours 12/26-12/29/18: 11:30am-11pm; 12/30/18: 11:30am-9pm
  • New Year’s Eve: 12/31/18- 11:30am-11pm* Extended business hours for New Years Eve Pre-Game Party!
  • New Year’s Day: Open Regular Business Hours 11:30am-11pm
Upcoming Holiday Events
  • Mondays in December: Holiday Movie Nights in the Tap Room
    • Monday, December 3rd: Die Hard
      Monday, December 10th: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
      Monday, December 17th: Home Alone
  • Saturday, December 22nd: Festivus for the Rest of Us 
    • Melt Food Truck
    • Air your grievances
    • Beer Release
  • Saturday, December 31st: New Years Eve Pre-Game Party
    • Fat Boyfriend Food Pop Up
    • Resident DJ, Dialogues
    • Beer Release

Holiday Shopping Made Easy

Give the gift of beer! We are offering up Gift Cards for sale in our Tap Room and for purchase online. Through 12/24/18, we are offering you a BONUS $10 when you buy $50 worth of gift cards, you get an extra $10. Buy a $60 DBco gift card for just $50. SO, if you buy $100, you get a $20 BONUS. Shop now!

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Meet the Team: Levi Berggren, Assistant Tap Room Manager

You probably recognize so many of the friendly faces behind our Tap Room bar and if you’re lucky, even spent quite a lot of time chatting about all things beer and what we do here at the brewery. If you haven’t been so lucky to get close and personal with our amazing staff, we are happy to share some fun facts in our “Meet the Team” blog series. If you want to check out more of our awesome team, find the blog posts here.

Today we are happy to introduce you to one of our Assistant Tap Room Managers, Levi, who helps the whole Tap Room run smoothly and make sure you are having a great experience drinking and learning about our beer! He is a perfect person to ask about all things craft beer and brewing thanks to his beer-centric background, as you’ll soon learn.

Levi grew up hunting, fishing, camping, skiing, and mountain biking after living all over the Midwest and East Coast, ultimately landing in Wisconsin, which was where he was introduced to the craft beer scene and culture in college by his dad.  “Wisconsin has an amazing beer culture. Wisconsin never lost the tiny micro brews,” said Levi. “There were and still are small breweries around my moms in Madison. My college had a bar on campus and was in walking distance was Fox Tails Brew Pub. Fitgerz Brewery by my dads opened 1884 and is still cranking out beer.”

On top of just drinking the good stuff, Levi was lucky enough to have an Uncle who home brewed and whenever possible Levi would pop in and help, which quickly turned from hobby into passion. After moving out East and entering the restaurant scene, Levi decided that he wanted to hone his skills to become a better and more education bartender and brewer. “I started working on my cicerone certification. I’ve scene passed my level one and am studying for my level two,” said Levi. “With each level, I want to use the knowledge not only for my own personal gain, but to help guests who come in to be able to find the beer they love. Or if they have questions on a style I am able to accurately inform them.”

Today Levi enjoys working in an industry focused on brewing and serving up fresh suds. His favorite thing about his job and the industry itself? “I love the fact that we’ve taken the rule book for brewing and thrown it out the window. We respect the old styles but we aren’t afraid to push the boundaries,” said Levi. “Also, I love the smells of brewing. The sweet smell of mash steeping, the bitter hop aromas, and the whiff of fruit from the yeast.”

So, what can you find Levi drinking these days? “I’m really into Pilsners and slightly hoppy lagers. Salmon Pants by Warpigs is a favorite of mine,” said Levi. “The DBco Clapp’s Cream Ale is very light and refreshing. Definitely my desert island beer.”