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BOG IRON 2015 0.0K ROAD RACE DETAILS!!!

Ok, we have left folks in suspense long enough… and it’s getting to that time where we gotta get going on this. So… here we go:

When: Sunday, June 14, 2015 from Noon until 5:00pm
Where:  Trinity Bar & Restaurant, 184 W. Main St. Norton, Ma

 

What is this all about???

Last year we were looking for a fun event we could host and use the proceeds to donate to charity. We wanted to do a 5K road race but quickly realized that we just didn’t have the hours to handle the administration that came with such an event. We were kind of bummed out about it and thought, “uggg… it would be so much easier to plan if we could just get rid of the whole running part.”

BOOM!!!

The Bog Iron 0.0K Road Race was born.

We get an awesome DJ, Trinity opens up the patios, sets up grills, and does free burgers, dogs, etc etc… (“cookout stuff”). Bog Iron takes over a pile of taps and pours discounted pints. We get everyone “lined up” to start the race… “on your marks… get set…. GO”. And everyone is then expected to run absolutely nowhere. It’s tremendous.

Last year, folks set a blistering pace and the time will be tough to beat! Once we hit the finish line, the winner (ehh…everyone) gets a first place medal.

All proceeds from this year’s race will be going to the Joe Andruzzi Foundation which supports families fighting cancer. http://joeandruzzifoundation.org/the-foundation/ Please check out their story.

So what do you have to do to get in on this? You need to start thinking about who you want to have on your Team (folks can register as a team or individuals). Think of a team name and get everyone’s t-shirt sizes. Then, next Wednesday, April 15th, we’ll post the link to the online Race Registration page where you can sign up.

Folks can register up to six runners at once. “Full Runner Registration” is $40. Registration will include a runner’s t-shirt (we are thinking a bit retro 70’s style this year), an official racing bib, and the winners get medals. The cost (which was very reasonable last year) for the t-shirt, bib, and medals will come out of the registration fee and 100% of the remaining will go directly to charity.

There is a limit of 200 runners this year and we think, given last year’s success, we’ll sell out reasonably quickly. Registration will be open until May 15th and if we don’t sell out completely, we’ll open the event up to “Spectator Tickets” for $20. These tickets will not include the t-shirt, bib, or medal for the winner and the entire $20 will go directly to charity.

I know folks posted pictures a couple weeks ago of last year’s race, but feel free to post some more to this announcement so Zero rookies can get a feel for it.

Registration opens next Wednesday!!!

Cheers!

New Taproom is OPEN!

taproom

Well, the day has finally arrived. The new taproom is finally open and we couldn’t be happier! I guess we could be a little happier if we had a cooler full of beer to serve in it. Due to our current inventory, we’ll stick to the Wednesday night and Saturday hours, for now. We’ll be brewing like mad men and we’ll slowly start adding hours as we build up our beer supply. Ultimately we’re looking to get up to being open 4 or 5 days total.

We’re still filling/refilling bottles and doing free 2 oz. samples, but now we’ll be serving pints and flights (4 – 4 oz. pours) for $5. And if you happen to get hungry you can grab something from our friends and parking lot neighbors, The Dawg House or run across the street and get some wings from Wendell’s and bring them back to the taproom to enjoy.

Making Progress on New Tap Room

Well, we finally got our building permit for the new tap room about 6 weeks ago. Once completed, we’ll increase our tap room space from the existing 50 square feet to almost 500 square feet. There’ll be a nice bar in the new space, a few high top tables, lots of room to hang out and most excitingly, the ability to serve pints. We’re also working out the details with our good friends, The Dawg House to allow folks to order food have it delivered directly to the tap room, where they’ll be able to enjoy it with a flight of samples or a pint of Bog Iron goodness.

So far, we knocked down a bunch of walls, ripped down a bunch of sheetrock and various layers of paneling and got some nice new sheetrock installed and finished, thanks to Mike Donahoe. A fresh coat of paint got put on the new walls today. Next up is the flooring, which should go down shortly. Once that’s done, our good friend and official Bog Iron plumber Geoff O’Leary will be swinging through to install a few sinks and a dishwasher. After that, comes the new bar, a new ceiling, some new lighting and a bunch of other finishing touches. We hope to get everything in place by the end of April and hopefully debut the new taproom first thing in May. Can’t wait!!!

One Down

Phew, December was a crazy month and we’re just now picking our heads up and taking a breath.

First off, Bog Iron Brewing has officially turned 1!  One down and hopefully, many more to go.  While that’s an impressive accomplishment in and of itself, it would not have been possible without the support of all of our incredible fans and customers.  That’s right all of you should bask in the glory of Bog Iron’s first anniversary knowing that you helped, probably more than you know, to create what Bog Iron has become.  It’s our fans and customers that keep us going and have helped us build the brewery over the past year.  I think I speak for Brian and Frank when I say that we owe all of the people who have supported us over the past year a huge “thank you.”  So, thanks.  Kind of anticlimactic.

We also owe a huge thanks and an insurmountable debt of gratitude to our lovely and talented wives, who have spent most of the last year living as widows while we’ve been busy in the brew house making beer.  Courtney, Lisa and Mindy have been great and we couldn’t have possibly ended up here without their love, support, encouragement and understanding.  So, thanks.  Again with the anticlimaticism.  Yeah, that’s right, anticlimaticism.

To celebrate our first anniversary, we took over Trinity Restaurant and Bar in Norton, closed the place down and had a huge party on Friday, January 3rd.  Due to space constraints we couldn’t have as many people as we would have liked and so to make things as fair as possible we sold 200 tickets.  The tickets sold out faster than we ever expected, so if you wanted to go and didn’t get tickets we apologize.  In spite of the foot of snow that was dumped on the area on Thursday night, the party went off great.  The folks at Trinity were excellent, as always, and while there were some hiccups at the very beginning the beer did flow and everyone had a great time.  The bands, Hondo and Punch Drunk Monday, were better than great and they rocked the place until last call a little after 1am.  Whoa.  I think we’ll be doing that again.

Much to the delight of our regulars, our beer lineup is expanding and now includes Slap Happy (a hoppy rye amber), and One Down (our 1st Anniversary beer, a cherry wood smoked robust porter).  Da Honey Stank (a wild yeast fermented pale) will be joining the lineup around the middle of January.  We’ve got a few more beers in the works, so stay tuned.

One last bit of good news is that Bog Iron beer will soon be available at Flynn’s Irish Pub in Mansfield.  We’ll be delivering the first kegs to them shortly and we’ll be on tap there on an occasional basis starting very soon.  If you haven’t been there yet definitely check them out, they are located a 219 North Main St. in Mansfield.  They’ve got 46 craft beers on tap and the food is spot on as well.

That’s all for now.  Cheers!

It’s Been a While…

Sorry we haven’t updated the Bog Blog in a while. We’ve been out straight for the last couple months trying to keep up with the demand of our thirsty fans. We’ve got some things to report, most of it good.

First things first. We finally got our Pouring Permit!!! What’s that mean? Well, free beer of course. We are now legally allowed to give out 2 oz. samples of our beers at the brewery. While we’ll continue to describe our beers and answer any questions you have about them, you no longer have to take our word about what our beers tastes like. You can now find out for yourself.

On the next exciting front, we’re now using our new bigger 3 barrel (BBL) Mash Tun and Boil Kettle and our new 4.25 BBL fermenters. Because of that, we’re essentially going to be able to brew over 2 and a half times the beer we were brewing last week. In a few weeks we should be able to start adding on new accounts. We’ll methodically work our way down the list of local and not so local establishments that have approached us about carrying Bog Iron brews. Our goal all along has been to not disappoint our accounts. We won’t make any promises we can’t keep.

Speaking of upgrades, we’re still working out the details/permitting of the new space next door. Keep your eyes out for some announcements regarding this soon. We’ll likely be asking for help from our friends to get the new space cleaned out and fixed up.

On to the strange/funny/cool portion of this post. You might notice a new name for the beer formally known as Black $team. We’d like introduce our newly renamed beer, “Cease & Desist Black Lager.” We received a polite letter the other day from a law firm representing a certain brewery from San Francisco. This letter was filled with all kinds of lawyer words, like “cease and desist” and “irreparable harm to our trademark,” you know things like that. Don’t get me wrong, as I said, it was polite and non-threatening. There were even some pleases and thank you’s in there as well. Those folks are apparently very serious about their trademark on a certain word, spelled “S”,”T”, “E”, “A”, “M.” We know we’ve really hit the big time, now that lawyers that represent big breweries are taking the time to send us letters.

And finally, some of you might have been lucky enough to try out samples of some test batches that we’re working on. The samples of the Cherry Wood Smoked Strong Porter were well received and we brewed that beer yesterday. This will be available for release to commemorate our 1 year anniversary, coming the beginning of the new year. The samples of the Amber Rye and Hoppy American Wheat also went over well on Saturday. We’ll likely brew the Amber Rye soon, as we’re pretty happy with the latest version. We’ll be tweaking the Wheat a bit more and hope to release that as a summer seasonal.

That’s it for now. Cheers!

Some Exciting Announcements…

We feel it is finally safe to announce that Bog Iron is expanding! We have signed the lease for the space next to ours. This should triple our space and at least double our brewing capacity. We will still be a very tiny brewery, making our beers in the same way they have been made since we started, so the beers won’t be changing. They should, hopefully, just be easier to find!

The Norton Board of Selectmen recently approved our Pourer’s Permit and we are optimistic the state will approve and issue it soon. Once we have that, we’ll be able to provide samples and do tastings out of the brewery! Should be soon.

It’s a little late but… We do have a new style available, our Dunkelweizen. It is a darker, slightly sweeter and maltier German wheat beer. Try some, you’ll like it. We are also currently doing test batches and refining our next style and hope to announce that one shortly.

Lastly… A quick and huge THANK YOU to our old and new friends in the area. The support we have gotten from everyone (from big fans of the beers to folks simply stopping in and saying hi), has been somewhat overwhelming and greatly appreciated. If it wasn’t for all of you, we wouldn’t be making too many fun announcements these days!!

Thanks again!

ACBF

Bog Iron @ ACBF

We had a fantastic time at the 2013 American Craft Beer Fest. We tapped into 17 kegs and by our calculations, poured somewhere between 4000 and 5000 samples and made lots of new friends. We also got a chance to meet and talk to a bunch of other brewers and industry folks, it was a great opportunity for us.

For all of those who stopped by to try our beers and for all those who gave us their feedback, THANK YOU, we really appreciate it. Can’t wait for next year!

Growler/Bottle Fills!!!!

UPDATED 4/23/2013

Wednesday night (4/24) from 6 PM to 8 PM and Saturday (4/27) from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, we will be open for Growler/Bottle fills at the brewery again. If you came down last Saturday, I’ll bet you’ve got some empty bottles, clean them out and stop by to refill them.

We will have a limited supply of Burly Blonde, Black Steam and Campout Mild available for sale. Sorry no Stinger available.

Due to the limited supply and so that we can make it available to more people, we won’t be selling actual 64 ounce growlers. We will instead, be selling and filling 1 liter (33.8 OZ) and 500 ml (16.9 OZ) flip top bottles, like this:
1 Liter Fliptop Bottle

We are not able to pour samples yet, so if you haven’t tried our beers, you can also visit Trinity Bar and Restaurant in Norton or Kinsale Irish Pub in Boston for a pint or two.

The Brewery is located at 33 West Main St.Unit F in Norton, MA (although 27 W. Main St, works better for GPS/Google maps, etc.) We are in the back of the Aubuchon Hardware building, directly across the street from Wendell’s. We share the parking lot with the Dawg House hotdog stand.

Boston Beer Week Wrap-up…

With our first Boston Beer Week officially over, we thought it was time for a quick update for those who couldn’t make it to the events.

stoddards

On Tuesday, March 12th, we were at Stoddard’s Fine Foods and Ales for the Beer Bloggers’ Tap Takeover to benefit Pints for Prostates.  We brought a sixtel of the Stinger with us and it stuck around for a mere 30-minutes.  Pretty cool.  We had a great night raising some money for a good cause, meeting some of the beer connoisseurs from the Boston area, like Mike Loconto (@neighbeers), Matt Osgood (ReviewBrews.com), and Heather Vandenengel (@heathervandy, @honest_pint) as well as catching up with some brewing friends from Tree House Brewing Co. and making some new ones from Riverwalk Brewing Co. and Wormtown Brewery.

stoddards_crew

On Friday, we were hosted by the Kinsale Irish Pub and Restaurant for their Local Tap Takeover featuring Backlash Beer Co., Portico Brewing Co.High & Mighty Beer, and yours truly.  During the evening Slumbrew and Pretty Things joined the party.  We brought a few kegs of our Stinger and Black Steam to share with the thirsty patrons.  All in all it was a great Boston Beer Week with 2 successful events.

Boston Beer Week…

Boston Beer Week starts tonight and we’ve got a couple events going on next week and if you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ you’ve undoubtedly heard about these already, but for those of you who haven’t here’s what we have on tap (see what I did there?):

3/12/2013 – 6:00 – 9:00pm: Beer Bloggers’ Tap Takeover at Stoddard’s Fine Food and Ale in Downtown Crossing, Boston raising money for Pints for Prostates.  We’ll be have the Stinger IPA on tap and be joined by Tree House Brewing Co., Riverwalk Brewing Co., and Wormtown Brewery, so come on out and hoist a few pints and raise money for a good cause.

3/15/2013 – 7:00 – 10:00pm: Local Craft Beer Tap Takeover at The Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant in Boston.  We’ll have the Stinger IPA, Burly Blonde and Black Steam on tap and we’ll be joined by Backlash Beer Co., High and Mighty Beer Co., and Portico Brewing Co., so come out for a fun Friday night full of beer week shenanigans.