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Love Beer at the 5th Annual American Craft Beer Festival

June 5, 2012

Jaime and Matt working the Harpoon Brewery booth at ACBF!

We definitely loved American craft beer this weekend during the 5th annual American Craft Beer Festival (ACBF) here in Boston at the World Trade Center.  There were 120 breweries pouring 550 beers for 14,000 craft beer fans,  which made this event a tremendous success!

Session A on Friday night kicked off the festival the right way, and thousands of eager craft beer drinkers came streaming in to try new beers and talk to brewers from their favorite breweries.

We were really excited to have the chance to brew the official beer of ACBF – 5th Anniversary ACBF Beer – with the Alström Brothers! It was delicious, if I do say so myself.

On Saturday, ACBF hosted two sold out sessions, where 10,000 trekked through the gloomy weather to try some great beers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more enthusiastic crowd waiting in line outside of the World Trade Center in rainy weather.

It was hard not to be in a great mood, knowing that there were so many rare and delicious beers that were just waiting to be sampled!

We hope you had a great time and we are looking forward to seeing you next year!

Love Craft Beer. Love Life. Harpoon.

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Best of #HarpoonFest

May 22, 2012

We had a great weekend at HarpoonFest! The weather was perfect, the Harpoon Summer Beer was cold and the bands got the crowd dancing and singing along to what will become the soundtrack to a great summer.

You might have noticed that we had two 60 inch screens flanking both stages… that’s where we got to show off what you were saying about HarpoonFest! We had a Twitter feed again and we loved seeing what you guys had to say. Thank you to Jeff Lawrence and the Weekly Dig team that helped make this all possible!

From people being excited to seeing their tweet up on the board, to a question of whether or not to wear earplugs, to what might happen the next day, there was never a shortage of entertaining Tweets streaming through #HarpoonFest.

We got some great tweets, so below I present to you the Top Tweets from #HarpoonFest… enjoy!

  1. RenegadePumpkin
    #HarpoonFest for a second day in a row. If this night ends up like last, I left bail money next to the fridge.
    Sat, May 19 2012 17:14:13
  2. BostonTweet
    More beer, more sun, and a round of Keg Bowling at #HarpoonFest. http://twitpic.com/9mxvjq
    Sat, May 19 2012 17:11:18
  3. Smonasky
    Loving today. Beer, friends, good music. Heart #HarpoonFest
    Sat, May 19 2012 18:10:58
  4. cleopatra132
    Attn. people wearing earplugs at the #HarpoonFest why are you here if you don’t want to hear the music? #FAIL
    Sat, May 19 2012 18:36:59
  5. willdailey
    @cleopatra132 why are you hear here at all if you don’t want to hear music forever #harpoonfest
    Sat, May 19 2012 18:38:50
  6. LauraClickbooth
    Found my backup city. These people can drink as good as Cincinnatians. Fact. #harpoonfest
    Sat, May 19 2012 18:48:59
  7. ACreveling
    One of my tweets showed up on NBC Nightly News. Big deal, the rest show up on the #harpoonfest tweet board.
    Sat, May 19 2012 19:05:00
  8. allyallycondo
    #HarpoonFest was amazing! Awesome Beer and great bands, a Saturday well spent!
    Sat, May 19 2012 20:59:12

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at HarpoonFest

May 17, 2012

This week is American Craft Beer Week and we’re excited to raise a toast in celebration of this great nation of craft beer.  The US is arguably the best place in the world to drink beer, and we’re proud to have been at the forefront of the craft beer movement. When Harpoon Ale was released in 1987, people weren’t quite sure what to make of the full-flavored beer.  Now, there are thousands of craft breweries across the nation brewing flavorful, interesting beers…  it’s amazing.

This week, all over the country, craft brewers large and small are celebrating in their own special way.  Here at Harpoon, we’re throwing a big bash at our brewery in Boston, HarpoonFest, with our closest friends (you, hopefully!), and plenty of fresh Harpoon beer.

 American Craft Beer Week started in 2006 and the yearly celebration has been growing at an incredible rate – tracking the craft beer industry as a whole. It didn’t always used to be that way, so grab a Harpoon IPA and read how American Craft Beer Week came to be!

Before 2006, the Brewers Association used to host an American Beer month in July. In May 2006, they decided to focus on just one week in May – right before the busy summer season. With the passage of House Resolution 753, American Craft Beer Week was official.

According to House Resolution 753:

“American Craft Beer Week [is established] as a celebration to the contributions that American craft brewers have made to the Nation’s communities, economy and history;… and commends educating Americans about the history and culture of beer while promoting the responsible consumption of beer as a beverage of moderation.”

That first year, it became the largest national effort that focused solely on craft brewers, with 124 breweries participating in American Craft Beer Week.

Last year marked the largest American Craft Beer Week to date, with 1,521 events officially held to celebrate.

So this year, let’s make American Craft Beer Week the best that it can be. We’ll be celebrating here on the South Boston Waterfront at our HarpoonFest on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19. With 15 local bands, plenty of fresh Harpoon beer, we invite you and your friends to celebrate craft beer (and summer) with us! You know what goes great with this perfect 70 degree weather we are having in Boston? A cold pint of Harpoon Summer Beer.

So come on down this weekend and raise a pint of your favorite Harpoon beer to celebrate craft beer and summer!

The Autumn Hollow Band – Boston’s Roots Rock Band

May 16, 2012

We’re really excited for our upcoming festival – HarpoonFest- and we hope you are too! We celebrate everything that is great about summer, live music, hanging out with friends and of course delicious Harpoon beer. We have 15 awesome local bands playing over two days, and we’ll be featuring a few of these bands here on our blog. Check out the music sampler that we’ve created for you, where you can enjoy some tunes from the original acts that will be performing! Enjoy! Love Beer. Love Music. Harpoon.


Since 2007, The Autumn Hollow Band has been showing Boston how to rock. The four member band, is currently recording their second album and we are really excited to be having them play HarpoonFest this weekend.

The roots driven band, also draws influences from folk, country and classic rock in order to create music that seems to have been written to be part of a summertime soundtrack.

Their first album, “Love Letters and Ransom Notes,” was released in 2010 and they describe it as a conversation with their fans, through music that merges the sounds of classic rock and harmonious vocals.

With Brendan Murphy as the lead vocalist, Todd Sampson on drums, Mike Burke on lead guitar and Scott Marucci on bass, The Autumn Hollow Band is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

“The Autumn Hollow Band is a band that sounds like The Band,” according to Daykamp music. “They have one foot in rock, one foot in folk and one in country. They are the three legged monster of Americana.”

They will be taking the stage on Saturday from 7:25 PM until 8:15 PM, so  make sure you get a great group of friends together, and a pint of UFO White,  and come out to listen to some great music.

We’ll see you there!

Three Day Threshold Mixes Bluegrass & Rock

May 11, 2012

We’re really excited for our upcoming festival – HarpoonFest- and we hope you are too! We celebrate everything that is great about summer, live music, hanging out with friends and of course delicious Harpoon beer. We have 15 awesome local bands playing over two days, and we’ll be featuring a few of these bands here on our blog. Check out the music sampler that we’ve created for you, where you can enjoy some tunes from the original acts that will be performing! Enjoy! Love Beer. Love Music. Harpoon.

Three Day Threshold

How do you describe Three Day Threshold? Well, it would be part country, part bluegrass, with a dash of blues and rock and a generous helping of energy!

Boston’s Three Day Threshold (or 3DT, as their fans call them) has been redefining what Americana music can be, by blending traditional bluegrass styles with good old rock’n’roll.

Fronted by Kier Byrnes, this group has been taking the Boston music scene by storm since they started in 1998.

In 2000, they cemented their place in the Boston music arena when they were recognized as “Boston’s Best Live Band,” by Noise Magazine.

They’ve traveled around the world, playing everywhere from Italy to touring the US Caribbean Military Bases. Yet, they have kept their Boston roots and continue to show New England how to rock.

“Boston’s Three Day Threshold has a felicitously orginal sound,” states The Boston Herald. “Combining the best of the Rolling Stones, The Pogues, Little Feat and Jonny Cash, Three Day Threshold gets juiced up… [Their] songs are energetic, loud and crafted with terrific hooks.”

Three Day Threshold will be taking the HarpoonFest stage on Saturday, May 19th, from 6:20 PM until 7:05 PM. So make sure you grab a pint of delicious Harpoon Summer Beer and get ready to kick off the summer the right way!

Otis Grove brings “Runk” to Boston

May 9, 2012

We’re really excited for our upcoming festival – HarpoonFest- and we hope you are too! We celebrate everything that is great about summer, live music, hanging out with friends and of course delicious Harpoon beer. We have 15 awesome local bands playing over two days, and we’ll be featuring a few of these bands here on our blog. Check out the music sampler that we’ve created for you, where you can enjoy some tunes from the original acts that will be performing! Enjoy! Love Beer. Love Music. Harpoon.

Rock and Funk both have some great history here in Boston, from Wally’s Café in the South End to that dingy apartment on Commonwealth Ave that brought Aerosmith together for the first time. Now – the real question is what happens when the lines between Rock and Funk bleed together?

You get “Runk”.

Otis Grove, the Allston-based band, has been pushing the limits of the music scene here in Boston since they started 6 years ago. With Sam Gilman on the Hammond organ, Tyler Wayne Drabick on guitar and Blake Goedde on the drums, these local mucicianss have been shaking up New England. And we mean it when we say the floor shakes – it really does!

Their one-of-a-kind sound can be attributed to the band’s diverse musical knowledge and experience.

Sam works as a piano technician at Berklee School of Music, so he keeps the things sounding fresh by always being the first to hear about new playing techniques and musical approaches. Tyler’s gritty and distorted guitar playing is influenced by everyone from Jimmie Paige to Mississippi John Hurt. Tyler, who also owns an organ repair shop in Somerville, Boss Organ, customized the organ and Leslie speaker that Sam plays for more overdrive and gain – a sound that has become synonymous with Otis Grove. Blake, who has been playing the drums for as long as he can remember, studied with James Brown’s drummer, Kenwood Dennard, and has developed his own style based on jazz, funk, reggae and hip hop influences.

The result? Performer Magazine’s Sam Merrick describes their sound as “a monstrous funk groove that probably would have sent Godzilla running had he been in the neighborhood.”

When Blake isn’t raging his drum kit, you can find him here at Harpoon Brewery in Boston – he’s our Warehouse Manager! He is responsible for every case of beer or keg that leaves the Boston brewery, so the next time you enjoy a Harpoon beer at your local bar, you’ll know who made that happen. Cheers to that!

Otis Grove is no stranger to playing at Harpoon Brewery festivals, and will kick off Saturday afternoon, on Stage 1 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.  Can’t wait that long to hear them? That’s OK – download the free HarpoonFest Sampler and listen to “Monarch”, one of their songs from their latest album called “The Runk”.

So get your dancing shoes ready and raise a pint of Harpoon IPA to Otis Grove… it’s their favorite beer, after all. Get ready to enjoy summer the way it was meant to be – with close friends, live music and fresh beer.  Cheers!

Final Day: Gulpener Brewery, Bavaria Brewery, Holland Malt

April 28, 2012

So, Maastrich turned out to be a rowdy night for most of the group.  Rounds were bought, dinners were had, rare beers were consumed, dance clubs were taken over, and people got lost.  But despite some dehabilitating hangovers, our crew moved on into the final stretch like champions.

We left Maastricht for the Gulpener Brewery in the small town of Gulpener which served one of the better pilsners I had all week.  The brewery was really unique in the sense that it was tucked right into the town’s center, surrounded by homes and small shops.  Going from the brewhouse to the cellar to the packaging line all required some outdoor travel, so the brewery sort of took on the feel of an abbey.

All of Gulpener’s products are locally produced in the nearby region and the brewery really pushes local awareness and community involvement, most notably a hop harvest weekend that takes place in September that allows members of the public to engage in the harvesting of hops for the brewery.

After piling up on some Gulpener, we made the trek to the enormous Bavaria compound in Lieshout.  Bavariais huge.  Just getting around the place was an effort.  Here we were treated to lunch, which was excellent, and then took a tour of the original brewhouse which now is no longer in operation (just like Heineken). Then we were shown the current brewhouse, which was enormous to say the least.

And although time was running short, we managed to sneak in a tour of the Holland Malt facility that operates in conjunction with Bavaria.  This was really cool to see as a brewer, for malt is a very important ingredient.  Holland Malt delivers their product all over the world, and the size of the facility proved that.

And finally, from Bavaria we headed back ‘home’ to Amsterdam where our group had longed to get back to.  I can get into the details of what went down during our last night in ‘the Dam’ but that would be for a another type of blog.  We had a fantastic time in Holland…

Thanks for reading-

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