Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of People & Pints. I finally made the trek out to Malden, MA to visit a brewery that I am very fond of: Idle Hands. As I tried to make clear on the podcast, I’ve enjoyed Idle Hands for quite some time and tried to stay updated on their progress before and during the move from Everett to Malden. Despite an expensive uber (I only late learned there is a T stop nearby) and a dark, cool evening, I felt warm and welcome in the Malden taproom. I spoke with Chris about the growth of Idle Hands and what he tries to impart in his beers. It was a really nice, revelatory chat and we hope you get the chance to fill your idle hands with some delicious beer.
Chris helped shed some light on the origin stories of Idle Hands, saying that his relationship with breweries like Night Shift and others has been “collegial.” A lot of his inspiration and the impetus for Idle Hands, aside from Chris’ homebrewing experience, began with a visit to Maine Beer Co.
On the podcast, we had Idle Hands Brunhilda, a Munich-Style Dark Lager, in steins. It was dark and delicious, a little less full-bodied than I was expecting but certainly a good beer. Chris informed me that it was their first lager and it had the importance and mystique of nostalgia.
We talked for a long time about the way they brew their beer and what Chris likes to focus on. They do some really interesting stuff with yeast but have also added some great IPAs to their lineup.
This was a really fun conversation and I would highly recommend making the trek out to Idle Hands for a visit. Also, the big news that was announced was that Idle Hands will be canning their beers. Thanks everyone for listening and check back soon.