Tag Archives: hoppy IPAs

What’s Brewin’ – Night Shift Whirlpool

Three friends who shared a love of home brewing opened Night Shift Brewing in 2012 in a very small space in Somerville, MA out of a desire to create, as they put it, an “energetic, inspired, world-class culture.” The three ‘desk workers” described their initial endeavors as “the night shift,” and it became far more than that. They sampled their beers against commercial brews, comparing them by style, brand and region.

Today, in their two-year-old 30,000 sq. ft. brewery which they built in  Everett, MA, they’ve come a long way, working today with restaurant partners and others and hoping to sell their beers in other states by next year. Whirlpool is 4.5% ABV American pale ale with notes of ripe fruits – think citrus and peach, creating a hoppy experience for buyers.

We liked Whirlpool for it’s creativity and look forward to doing a tour of the brewery one day this Spring. Tours are offered in the afternoon and Night Shift requests you bring a non-perishable food item or dollar donation to be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank.

What’s Brewin’ – Innis & Gunn® Toasted Oak India Pale Ale

Innis & Gunn is a Scottish brewer known for aging beer in oak to yield unique flavor profiles. This lively Toasted Oak India Pale Ale is full bodied with zesty hops and is 5.6% ABV,
The hops are aged three times during the brewing process to create more layers of flavor and aroma. This IPA offers scents of mown grass and grapefruit, while the oak barrels give it hints of vanilla. The beer is finished over toasted oak to provide richness and roundness. The end result is a full bodied brew with zest and crispness.