Dorchester Brewing

Boston

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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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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

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M&M BBQ NOW Officially Open – Hours and Menu

We are so excited to welcome M&M BBQ, now officially open at Dorchester Brewing Company for lunch and dinner daily. Along with your favorite ribs and sandwiches, their full menu is up for grabs with bar bites like Pretzels, Dumpster Fries along with salads, brats, golden fried chicken sammies and so much more. Based on our own experience (hey, we do need to try out everything on the menu, right?!), we are pretty positive you’ll be coming back to try out each and every one of their awesome menu items!

Come and get ’em! Full Menu and Hours below:

Savory Sweet BBQ Ribs by M&M BBQ Located at Dorchester Brewing Company.

M&M BBQ is NOW OPEN at DBco the following hours:

Sun-Mon: 11:30am-7:30pm

Tues-Thurs: 11:30am-9:30pm

Fri-Sat: 11:30am-10:30pm

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M&M BBQ Mac&Cheese at Dorchester Brewing Company.
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Dorchester Brewing Welcomes M&M BBQ, Coming Soon

Dorchester Brewing Company has seen some exciting changes over the last few months. In addition to our recent Tap Room expansion, over doubling the size of our Tap Room, we have also welcomed a new on-site restaurant partner, M&M BBQ. We are thrilled to be working with them to offer our customers the chance to taste their delicious, mouth-watering food alongside our fresh beer. Now, the next time you visit DBco. no need to order delivery or bring your own food!

M&M BBQ

Dorchester Brewing has partnered with Dorchester’s own, M&M BBQ! The kitchen occupies part of our expanded space so customers can order food and enjoy anywhere in the Tap Room with our beer.

Known locally for their juicy, fall-off-the-bone ribs, M&M BBQ was originally founded by Marion and Maurice Hill in 1982, and is now operated by their grandson, Geo Lambert, who took over the business ten years ago. The restaurant is Geo’s first brick and mortar location since his grandparents time who ran several restaurants in Dorchester.

As they lead up to their grand opening on January 20th with full menu and extended hours, M&M BBQ is currently open daily from 11:30am-7:30pm with a limited menu. Please visit our social media sites for daily updates.

Dorchester Brewing Company: Beer and BBQ for the win!

If you have yet to see the new expanded space or try M&M BBQ, swing on by today! In addition to now offering BBQ, we also are now serving wine and cider alongside our fresh craft beer! Need a private event space? Learn more here!

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Introducing the Dorchester Brewing Company Wine Series

We are very excited to announce a new wine series made in collaboration with La Cantina Winery in Franklin, MA.

To complement our local craft beer at Dorchester Brewing Company, we knew we wanted to add onto our beverage offerings as we expanded the Tap Room in order to serve our gluten free customers. We are so happy to announce that all of our wines are gluten free.

All the DBco wines are made through a collaboration with an artisanal, local winery in Franklin, Massachusetts dedicated to produce crushable, quality wines. La Cantina Winery has a family tradition of Italian winemaking beginning in the mid-1900’s in Italy. They moved to Massachusetts in 1963 where these traditions have been passed down, producing small batch wines. If you haven’t heard about them, definitely check them out and we’d certainly recommend visiting their Vineyards. www.lacantinawinery.com.

We will be serving the following wines by the glass:

Sauvignon Blanc: Light to medium body, peach, grapefruit, citrus, crisp. ABV 13.5%

Gamay Rose: Medium body, juicy, strawberry, rhubarb. ABV 12.5%

Primitivo: Light to medium body, cherry, blackberry, pepper. ABV 14%

Cabernet Sauvignon: Full body, cherry, mocha, cedar, spice, lush. ABV 14%

So, we invite you to stop by the brewery and check out our new offerings with our expansion ready to unveil with our 4-Season Rooftop Hopservatory and Deck, Restaurant, Game Room and so much more!

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Meet the Team: Nafi Fraiman, Cellarman

When it comes to the brewing process, most people focus on the beginning process that starts in the brewhouse as well as the last piece that packages up the final product in those beautiful can labels. However, there’s quite a lot that goes into the process between those two pieces. Today, we’re introducing you to Nafi Fraiman, a Cellarman on our team who works with our fermentation vessels to keep a close eye on the brewing process as the magic all happens. Born and raised in Boston while also growing up in Israel, you can find Nafi playing music or snowboarding on the weekends and during the week, he can be found hard at work supporting our team to get the freshest, high-quality beer directly to your glass! Read on to learn more about Nafi:

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

My background is in engineering, but after a few years in the field I felt I needed to do something different.  During my search for a new career path I got into homebrewing and fell in love with the beer making process. I got to know a lot of people in the homebrewing community, and by extension, got familiarized with professional brewers. I started volunteering at breweries to try to get my foot in the door and eventually got hired for a full time position.

What do you like best about the industry compared to other fields?

Every day I work with a product that I really enjoy and can connect with through my sense of smell and taste. I get excited about all the new products that go through our facility and the innovative processes we implement day to day to solve problems. I love the craft brewing work culture, where people are expected to work hard and to have fun!

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

Most of what I do includes handling the big 1800 gal fermentation vessels – preparing them to receive new batches of beer and adding hops, fruit or other ingredients as necessary. I also monitor the beer fermentation to ensure the process is going well, and when it’s done, I transfer the beer over to be packaged. Lastly, a huge part of the job is making sure anything that comes in contact with the beer is absolutely sanitary.

Favorite part of your job?

Overcoming problems with creative solutions, executing complex tasks…and then the reward of having that beer you worked so hard to make and sharing laughs with the people you made it with.

Favorite beer style

Anything that is balanced, especially if it is low ABV. My go-to styles are Pilsners, New England IPAs and kettle sours.

Favorite DBco beer

Currently it’s The Gateway Sour, a beer I designed for those who are not accustomed to tart beers but want to dabble with the style. Past beers I have really liked are Heavy Metal Grampa (A Dunkelweizen), Born to Be Mild and our annual Festbier.