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Meet our Team: Brendan MacDermott, Packaging Line/Sales

Here at DBco, we love that our staff members are so passionate about what they do and love to see them grow as individuals and in their career. So when Brendan joined the Packaging Line and showed his chops at as a team player, he was an obvious choice to support our sales growth when we started to dip our toes into the wholesale beer game. In the last year and a half, we went from canning our first 4-packs and only selling them in-house to offering 8 different varieties of 4-packs, which are sold at over 60 locations throughout retail and restaurants in the Boston area. (Check out our map to see all of the locations!) Read on to learn more about Brendan, our Packaging Line team member who also supports sales.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve been in the Boston area my whole life, I grew up on the South Shore and I live in Quincy now, less than 5 miles from the brewery. Along with being active and lots of sports, I love any activity that includes drinking beer, like Cornhole at a backyard BBQ, golfing, or just spending a day at the beach. I also love to travel and visit other breweries, especially in New England.  

How did you get into craft beer industry and end up at DBco?

I actually have a background in wine. I graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Wine Business Management. But here in Boston there aren’t many opportunities to grow in the wine industry and I jumped at the chance to be a part of the growing craft beer scene. When I saw a job opening at DBco, I quickly grabbed up that opportunity and hopped on the packaging line. Since then, I’ve continued to package up the beer while also growing into a sales role as DBco started to ramp up their wholesale business.

What are your dual roles at DBco and what you do day-to-day.

I start early in the morning at the brewery on the packaging line.  I assist in preparing and sanitizing our packaging line and getting a batch of beer ready to be filled in either cans or kegs or both.  During a packaging “run” the line is very quick with plenty of moving pieces, so I help maintain quality control and efficiency. After our first packaging run, I begin my second part of the day as an account manager for the wholesale team. I’m part of our sales team that handles Dorchester, Quincy and the South Shore.  

What do you like best about the beer industry?

It’s craft as well as an art. I feel like I’m a collaborator and seller of these fantastic pieces of art. Whether it’s a keg of Cream Ale or a can of V1 Double IPA, you have something to see, hold, taste, and appreciate. But, yes, also part of quality control is tasting beer. I mean, part of my job requires me to taste beer before 8am! There aren’t many industries or jobs that mix art, science, and drinking beer in the morning.

Favorite part of your job?

I absolutely love being able to see the DBco brand on the shelves of retail stores, bars and restaurants. There’s so much that goes into that can of beer and I know it’s rewarding to everybody that works in the brewery from ownership, bartenders, brewers, to packaging line personnel to see their beer in the market being enjoyed by thousands of people.

Favorite beer style?

I enjoy so many styles of beer because I’m exposed to and have the opportunity to try so many styles Typically, my favorite beer style would correlate to what I was doing, eating, or the season. If I’m spending the day in the backyard playing Cornhole my choice would be an ice cold lager. I’d probably choose a heavy stout if I’m on the mountain taking a break from skiing!

Favorite DBco beer?

Cream Ale, it’s my Gatorade.

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Our New To-Go Beer Order Form is Here!

To get through this tough time, and to ensure the health and safety of everyone, we’ve enabled online beer ordering. Your order will be ready when you arrive – for pickup or we’ll bring it to your car.

Per state mandates, our Tap Room is only open for to-go beer and food for the foreseeable future. Dorchester Brewing Company and M&M BBQ will be offering to-go orders daily from 11:30am-7:30pm.

Ordering is easy. Just…
Step 1: Add desired 4-packs and crowlers to you shopping cart. 
Steps 2: Pay for your order and on the next page you can select a time you would like to pick it up. 
3: When it’s your time, simply come in, show us your receipt and we will give you your package or call us and we will bring it right to your car. 

All tips go to the bartenders and all to-go beer sales goes towards paying DBco employees.

Thanks for supporting your local small business! 

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Stuck at Home? Stock up on Beer & Food!

 To help get you through this tough time hunkering down at home, we want to do our best to keep you well fed and with enough fresh craft beer to keep you satisfied, while ensuring the health and safety of our community, staff and customers. In response to the COVID-19 health crisis and state mandates, our Tap Room is only open for to-go beer and food for the foreseeable future. Dorchester Brewing Company and M&M BBQ will be offering to-go orders daily from 11:30am-7:30pm.

You can also call in your order to 617-514-0900 and let us know what type of sweet ride you are driving and we’ll bring it right out when you arrive!

Enjoy our Crowlers & 4-Packs with one of M&M BBQ’s delicious meals as takeout to bring home! Get the full menu of what’s on tap here.


You can also support us by buying Merch and Gift Cards in the Tap Room, or grab online Gift Cards here.


Your support means so much to us at this time, as two small businesses working hard to get through this difficult time. 

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March 2020 COVID-19 Update

Hi Friends,

Our top priority is the health and safety of our community, customers and employees. Until further notice, we are open for to-go sales daily 11:30am-7:30pm only and we are not allowing any gathering or food/beer consumption on-site (please don’t ask us for an exception, we won’t allow it).

Along with to-go beer, you can also order to-go food from M&M BBQ and bring it home. We also offer gift cards available for purchase in the Tap Room and online here.

We’ll continue to update the public as things unfold. As two local small businesses, we fully appreciate your support during this difficult time.


Please stay tuned for updates.

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BBQ and Beer Guide: Pair M&M BBQ with the perfect DBCO. Beers!

Dorchester Brewing Company has recently expanded its operation to include one of Dorchester’s finest BBQ establishments, M&M BBQ. As a Dorchester staple, it was an easy decision to make room for a kitchen and welcome the M&M BBQ staff in order to provide our beer drinkers exceptional dining options while at the brewery. 

We wanted to provide the readers of our blog an article on some of the best ways to pair our beers with the great menu M&M BBQ has to offer.

*Since the beers we have on tap are always in rotation, this blog while feature beer ‘styles’ as opposed to specific brands brewed in house. Ask your server about the style of beers we have on tap while ordering for the best paring. DBco. Employees have become top customers of M&M BBQ, so they will know! 

Smoked Chicken

Smoked chicken is a BBQ classic. A lighter, leaner meat than pork ribs or pulled shoulder, considering lighter beers or libations tends to bode well for pairings. We recommend light pilsners, blonde ales, and even light ciders, which are now available at Dorchester Brewing. These pairings hold true regardless of additional sauce you may order on top off or on the side of your smokey, delicious chicken.

If you are drinking a pilsner, blonde ale, or light cider consider ordering the ‘Dot Special’ (Chicken Wings), New Market Square Sandwich (Fried Chicken Sandwich) , or the BBQ Chicken platter!

Ribs & Pulled Pork

With Ribs and Pulled pork, one needs to consider the sauce to which will be applied. If you order the ribs dry, IPA’s, Brown Ales, Pilsner, and even Blonde ales will pair nicely with the smokey meat flavor. M&M BBQ offers a traditional BBQ sauce, which we think pairs the best with brown ales, pilsners, and even blonde ales.

If you are drinking a Brown Ale, Pilsner, or Blonde Ale consider order M&M’s Bone-In BBQ Platter(1/2 rack of pork ribs, 1/2 smoked chicken and cornbread) , The Smokers Club Platter(Pulled pork, beef brisket and beer braised brats over sauerkraut with butter pickles, coleslaw and cornbread), or the Columbia Road Sandwich (Smoked pulled pork topped with sweet pickled red cabbage)! 

Sausages

When ordering a beer with sausage, one has to consider a number of variables. Sausages are part of numerous cultures, so the beer you would pair with a German Bratwurst Sausage would most likely differ from a Cajun Andouille Sausage, for example. M&M BBQ offers bratwurst sausage which complements the BBQ sauce M&M makes in house. Sours, IPA’s and even Rauchbier’s tends to accentuate the spices and smokiness found in both the sausage and the sauce. Like the smoked chicken, we also recommend lighter hard ciders as they are crisp and refreshing!

The ‘Mass Ave’

If you are drinking a Sour, IPA, or Rauchbier consider ordering the ‘Mass Ave’ (Bratwurst & sauerkraut braised in DBco’s V1 Double IPA, served with honey BBQ mustard) or the Smokers Club Platter (Pulled pork, beef brisket and beer braised brats over sauerkraut with butter pickles, coleslaw and cornbread)

Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is an M&M BBQ favorite and for a good reason. Owners Geo Lambert has been refining and perfecting M&M’s fried chicken recipe since taking over in 2009 to the point Bostonians from all over travel to Dorchester to purchase an order. Fried Chicken is salted to perfection, which calls for something to quench one’s thirst. Pilsners, IPA’s, and Blonde Ales are all styles we would recommend to go with M&M’s fried chicken which can be ordered over salad or as the New Market Sandwich. 

M&M BBQ at Dorchester Brewing Company

If it has been a few months since your last visit to Dorchester Brewing, you need to come and see our recent renovations! Not only are we now home to Dorchester’s favorite BBQ spot, but we have also expanded our taproom and built a one-of-a-kind rooftop patio & 4-season, rooftop ‘Hopservatory’. Visit for a beer, a bite to eat, and enjoy our newly renovated space. We look forward to your next visit!

Cheers | Proost | Salute | Sláinte | Kanpai | Zum Wohl

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Meet Our Team: Associate General Manager, Cody Grabowski

When we were opening up our expanded space and moving the Tap Room from about 2,000 square feet to over 9,000 square feet, we knew we’d need to call in the big guns. For us, that included expanding our current staff and bringing in an Associate General Manager to oversee the entire Tap Room. With that, we are beyond excited to have Cody Grabowski join our team and take helm a few months back to officially open our new space. If you’ve spent any time in the Tap Room recently, you’ve probably met him already, but today we’re officially introducing you to Cody. Read on to learn more:

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. I have never moved out of the state, but I have moved around a lot and have resided in Dorchester for the past 12 years. I love it here! I am so happy to be a part of Boston. It just feels like home. I like to do a lot of things which include dining out, watching movies, taking care of my dog Quinn, and traveling whenever possible. When it comes to the weekends, you will find me at work. That is one thing that I like about this industry, on my end. My “weekends” fall  into the middle of the week, which I find to be a bit more relaxing.

How did you get into craft beer and bartending/managing?

I have a passion for knowledge when it comes to food and beverages. I try to put myself out there to try new things and learn as much as I can. I was working recently down the street where we were trying to bring in a lot more craft beers. We were carrying Dorchester Brewing Company’s V1 Double IPA and Clapp’s Cream Ale already, but I was able to start to try to more beer as time went on, as our beer list was in constant rotation. It got me excited about tasting different beers I have not had before.

What do you like best about the industry and working in a brewery?

I have always worked in the hospitality industry, from serving to bartending, to managing. I love people. I love to make sure that people have a great experience and really enjoy themselves. When an opportunity opened up at Dorchester Brewing Company, I immediately thought that this could be such a great new adventure, and I am very happy that I have been able to be apart of such a great team!  

Favorite part of your job?

The team! Being able to work together makes having a super fast paced job easier, because you know that everyone has your back. 

Favorite beer style?

I’d say I have a couple. I love a good porter and when I want something completely different, I’ll take a good sour.

Favorite DBco beer?

Stove by a Whale

Favorite M&M BBQ item?

The Columbia Road