Hey, everyone! It’s been a long time since the last episode. In the latter half of senior year, the stresses and duties of normal life have taken precedent over this fun project I’ve been pursuing, so I’ve had to put the podcast on the back burner. However, we definitely have a slate of a few episodes coming up. Including this one. I was joined for this episode by friends and neighbors, Matt and Ryan, who have joined me on my quest for delicious local beer this year. We recently visited Lamplighter and have plans to visit a few more breweries. We drank a fascinating, slightly confusing (at least for me) collaboration brew from Night Shift and The North Brewery. Night Shift is one of my favorite breweries and I was happy to taste this one-off release. We talked about our experiences through senior year and our thoughts on local beer.
Hey everyone and welcome to this week’s People & Pints & Podcasts episode! I was joined by husband and wife team, Jared and Liz Kiraly, of Bone Up Brewing Co. I had a little trouble finding an appropriate title for this episode; generally, I list my guests and the name of the beer we drink. However, Jared and Liz very generously shared beers that they had brewed for each other for their wedding reception. Liz brewed an English Pale Ale for Jared and Jared brewed a Double IPA for Liz. We get into more of the details of the beer on the podcast but they are never given names. So, I decided just leaving Bone Up Brewing Co. in the title would give you a sense of what we drank. Liz and Jared’s respective beers are not slated for larger scale production but the same quality, character and love will undoubtably be featured in their upcoming beers.
As mentioned on the show (and linked above), I had written a brief profile of Bone Up last week and we covered some of the things I had mentioned in my write-up. Still, we went more in depth in the process of selecting a home for Bone Up, their respective craft beer careers and the look and feel of the brewery.
Liz and Jared had brought out some cheese and crackers to balance out the delicious beer as we sampled their productions for the show. First, we drank the English Pale Ale which was dry-hopped with New Zealand hops and was a bit more sessionable at around 5% ABV. We approached Liz’s creation with the usual unpretentious review process of the show including the questions: what is a one word description, would you be best friends with this beer and what is this beer’s spirit animal? Ultimately, we got the sense that this beer was very approachable, friendly and comfortable. Afterwards we tasted Jared’s creation, which was a DIPA brewed with blackberries and hibiscus. I was very intrigued by this combination and the color certainly leaned more toward Jared’s description of the beer, “fruit punch.”Again, we picked a one word description of the beer and also decided where the ideal drinking location would be and for whom we would order the beer. You can listen for our in-depth answers but this complex, fruity DIPA was deemed most appropriate for a warm summer day.
After drinking the beer, paired with some delicious cheese, we continued chatting about Bone Up’s vision and its place in the craft beer community. Again, Liz and Jared confirmed that they feel Bone Up will be unique enough to cohabit the booming craft beer market in Boston and certainly hope to be a “destination brewery.” Their model, though it will include a few flagships and standards, will feature rotating, potentially single-release beers, which we all surmised would be a good way to draw in a crowd. To make the space even more comforting, Jared and Liz hope to bring some board games, books and hopefully even a couch.
Looking to the future, we agreed that having a food truck and possibly a cafe within the same building would make Bone Up feel even more like home. We also briefly talked about Bone Up’s neighbors Night Shift Brewing and Short Path Distillery.
Jared and Liz shared that they hope to be up and running in the next couple months. The earliest they could have beer available would potentially be June but they still have a few things to wait on. Liz and Jared certainly aren’t waiting around and will be ready to brew once they are able to.
I could have talked with Liz and Jared for much longer but it was getting late and the episode had already exceeded the show’s normal running time (a very good thing, I hope!). To wrap up, we chatted about a mutual appreciation for metal music and swapped some good bands. Jared and Liz checked out August Burns Red while I found a love for The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. We also shared laughs over two excellent shows, Bob’s Burgers and Archer.
Liz and Jared were delightful and very welcoming hosts. I, personally, am very excited for Bone Up Brewing Co. and look forward to its success. Recording this podcast episode served as another reminder of the friendly nature of the Boston craft beer community and I certainly left feeling like I had made friends and certainly had gotten to know some awesome people.
Usually, I’ve ended each episode with a rating for their beer that I share with my guest; but, because my guests had brewed the beer, they abstained from a rating. So I gave an 8 or 9 out of 10 to both beers. I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to offend my hosts but I had no reason to worry because they had both brewed genuinely delicious beer!
We hope you enjoyed the show! Keep up with Bone Up’s progress at their website here. Follow People & Pints on Twitter and Instagram and email in with any questions, tips or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Do you mind if I take pictures?”
“No, take as many as you want,” Jared responded energetically. “If you aren’t supposed to take a picture of something we’ll let you know after you take it.”
On Wednesday, April 6, I took the trek from Boston College to Everett, MA to get a behind the scenes look at Bone Up Brewing Co., a new craft brewery from husband and wife team Jared and Liz Kiraly. After switching between two Ts and walking along Revere Beach Parkway, I finally made it to Bone Up. The parking lot was flooded and it looked like the snow had interrupted some construction on the loading dock, but after a forceful knock on the outer door I was greeted by Liz. Liz and Jared showed me their softly lit and beautifully constructed taproom. Although narrow, I could imagine the space as a comfortable escape–certainly as on the gloomy day that I had visited.
I followed Liz and Jared beyond the taproom and into the main brewing area. Again, the space was small, and still a work in progress, but the work that had been completed already hinted at the exciting potential. The shiny equipment and newly named fermentors (Lemmy, Glenn, Rev and Buzzo), made Bone Up feel very real.
“Is it just you two working here,” I asked.
“Yupp, just us,” Liz admitted.
“Well we’ve had help from family and friends,” Jared qualified. Both of their fathers had chipped in with constructing the space and moving some of the equipment. I asked about the building and Jared showed me a picture of what the interior used to look like; the transformation is incredible. Liz and Jared explained how when they first examined the space they noticed a knife sticking out of the ceiling. “We tried to throw it out but somehow it turned up again…there must be some weird energy here,” Liz told me, laughing. Mystical cutlery aside, the energy is definitely screaming craft beer and community.
I had asked Liz and Jared if there had been anything specific about Everett that brought them here. “Available space,” Jared joked.
Finding available space was only one part of the puzzle. Bone Up Brewing Co. launched a couple years ago but it had been an idea for Jared for a long time. The process of actually opening a craft brewery is an expensive, time-consuming and arduous one. There are miles of red tape to get through and things can move very slowly. I got the sense that starting a brewery is really just waiting on someone else. Liz and Jared can essentially see the finish line but can’t give a hard date for when they’ll be open for business. The best I could get was a potential “3-4 months,” but even that is a tricky schedule. Nonetheless, the excitement hasn’t waned and Jared and Liz are itching to open.
Jared and Liz are originally from Connecticut but have been calling Boston home for some time. Jared has been homebrewing for about thirteen years, with a stint at Harpoon Brewery. Liz has been joining Jared in homebrewing for about three years but her area of expertise is in graphic art and design; she is responsible for building the brand and creating the awesome artwork. Still, the collaboration between both the brewing and the branding is obvious.
After chatting for a little bit we journeyed down the street to Bone Up’s neighbor for a beer: Night Shift Brewing Co. (Hey! We’ve had their beer on the podcast here and here). I was curious, perhaps a little cautious, about Bone Up being just down the street from Night Shift. The craft beer market, as it grows, becomes pretty competitive, but Liz and Jared didn’t seem too worried.
“We think we can coexist here.” Jared confirmed, “We’re doing things differently enough that it won’t be a problem.”
“And the nice thing about it is: if the line is too long at Night Shift, just grab a drink with us,” Liz added, quite accurately.
Jared even called the street a little alcoholic hub, “There’s a distillery between us and Night Shift! You should check them out.” (I later found out that the distillery is called Short Path and I certainly need to stop by on my next trip to Night Shift and/or Bone Up.)
After clarifying that the three alcohol vendors could happily cohabit the same street, I asked if there were any partnerships or collaborative ideas in the works. After thinking for a beat, Liz and Jared said there wasn’t anything definite, “but they’re definitely happy with us as a neighbor!”
“This is just an idea right now,” Jared said, “but I’d love if we could do some sort of block party with music, food trucks and alcohol.” I excitedly agreed that that would be an awesome event.
“So, where did you come up with Bone Up?” Liz and Jared explained that they had come up with the image of a skull some time ago and had originally settled on a different name, but found that it was being used.
“After some creative brainstorming,” Liz told me, “we came up with Bone Up. It means to really learn about something and we’re all about education and accessibility. We can talk for craft beer for hours!” So, we did!
After talking about Bone Up for some time, Liz and Jared asked about my own craft beer experience. I’m sure they were curious that someone so young had the gall to start a podcast. No, but they were curious about what led me here! So, I described my experience abroad in Amsterdam and how I’ve felt a strong connection to craft beer.
“I’m trying to find my place in the community at large,” I admitted, “and I think starting a podcast is a good place for now.”
“So is this just a hobby or do you think you can turn this into something,” Liz later asked.
“No, I want this to be something,” I answered with a laugh.
Liz and Jared shared some tips about breaking out of the insular, college community I’ve had on the podcast, thus far. They asked me how college students feel about craft beer and I said that there’s plenty of exposure, but not a lot of passion necessarily. Still, the fact that craft beer is essentially ubiquitous is a good sign. They also suggested incorporating more education into episodes. I expressed my difficulties in finding the right balance between craft beer nerds and the layman, a space that Liz and Jared agreed is useful to explore.
Towards the end of the night we started talking about a common ground: music. Jared and Liz, as their fermentors intimated, are big fans of metal and I think they were surprised to hear, as I was dressed in a pink oxford shirt, blue Brooks Brothers crewneck and corduroys, “I used to be really into metal!”
“Used to be?”
“Well, I still listen to it but not nearly as much.” As Liz and Jared began their listing bands and I listed mine, the age gap appeared; but, it faded in our mutual appreciation for metal and beer.
“Can I expect any live shows at Bone Up?”
Liz’s eyes lit up, “I would love to! I don’t think we’d have the space…”
After settling our tabs we wished each other a good night and I thanked them for the chance to chat. Suddenly a podcast that I host in my dorm room seemed like it could be doing something cool. I turned with a smile and realized that I’d have to walk about a mile back to the T stop. “We need a shuttle to get people from the T to here,” Jared had joked earlier. “Yes we do,” I thought as I trudged along Revere Beach Parkway. Still, I was giddy at the chance to have chatted with such cool people and look forward to the opening of Bone Up!
Hey everyone and welcome to a special midweek episode of People & Pints & Podcasts. I was joined on the show by Bill Lavelle, who was on our very first episode, as we chatted about our experience at Night Shift Brewing for its four year anniversary party! We also enjoyed a glass of Night Shift’s Belafonte Saison, which was delicious. So listen up and read on to learn about our trip to Night Shift Brewing in Everett, MA.
One of the first things we noticed upon arrival was the line. We hadn’t expected such an incredible turn-out but it only meant that we had to wait for something great. And it was great! After only about 20-30 minutes, we entered to find a gorgeous taproom filled with a variety of people. Bill had said that “we were the odd ones out” and in some ways that’s probably true. Most of the people there were “regulars,” as I said, or at least gave off the impression as such. However, we entered with wide eyes and eager bellies, excited to sample anything we could get our hands on.
By the end of our evening we had had at least a sip of nearly everything they were offering. Bill mentioned that some of his favorite beers were Furth, Awake and Morph. I enjoyed all of the beer but one that stuck out to me was Legion, the final beer I sampled. We also enjoyed food from Bonetown Burgers and Munch Mobile Kitchen. By the end of the evening, Bill and I walked away very satisfied and with Night Shift t-shirts in hand.
After spending an afternoon “penned in like farm animals” in the sunny parking lot of Night Shift, Bill and I got a sense of the foundational, community atmosphere present in the Night Shift taproom. As young professionals and older couples mingled, with children happily enjoying ice cream or a game of Connect Four, it was clear that Night Shift facilitated a sense of community. I personally, and I think Bill agreed, really enjoyed this personal facet of the brewery.
We also embarked on a brief tour of the brewing facility, examining the new improvements to the brewing process. As mentioned on the podcast, my biggest take away was “expansion;” it seemed that Night Shift is expanding its reach on the New England market and making its beer known. We also were told the origin story for the brewery and the meaning of the name Night Shift, which comes from the founders’ late night home-brewing.
We ultimately didn’t give a definitive rating to Belafonte, but I said in the wrap-up that I would rate it 8.5 out of 10. Bill noted the “summer-y” aspects highlighting the strong notes of orange. I called it “punchy” and would be more than happy to pay $15 dollars for a 750 ml bottle.
Janine from Night Shift was gracious enough to respond to my email and informed me about some upcoming releases for Night shift:
- “Barrel’d Sun – the second release in our new collaboration series, Barrel’d Sun was brewed with our friends from Florida’s 7venth Sun Brewery. It’s a mixed fermentation saison that was aged in white wine barrels with lemon and lime zest. Sips citrusy, pretty, and bright and will be released on draft and in bottles on Sunday, April 10th at noon.
- Year 4 DIPA will hopefully be released next week. If you’ve seen any of our social media posts, then you may already know that it hadn’t quite met our standards to be released on time for the Year 4 Party. Tons of hops in this brew, featuring Galaxy, Motueka, Idaho 7, and El Dorado hops.
- One Hop This Time (OHTT) – our rotating single-hopped series will see another iteration in a couple of weeks, this time featuring Vic Secret hops. There will be another version following closely after that will feature Citra hops and will be the first batch of this series to hit 16oz cans.
- Pfaffenheck, our German-style pilsner, is also slated to hit cans by the end of April.”
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People & Pints & Podcasts 2: Electric Boogaloo. For the second episode of the podcast I went the easy route and invited my roommate, and very good friend, Caz Novak to join me. Ultimately, I think it was an excellent decision and we had a great time chatting and sampling some delicious beer. We were a little nervous but I think we found a rhythm and had a really fun conversation.
Caz is a fellow Junior at Boston College from St. Cloud, Minnesota. He and I met through our great friend Danny Pimpinelli, who is studying in Australia currently. Caz is a fantastic friend, whom I was thrilled to have on the podcast.
Caz is a German major (as well as International Studies) and he studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany so I fittingly picked out Fürth, a German style Hefeweizen from Night Shift Brewing, for the episode. Fürth is named after the eponymous city in Bavaria and proved to be a delicious choice with lots of flavor. I dubbed it a “party” of flavors while Caz was reminded of an umbrella (he later admitted he meant a parachute but umbrella works too). The beer reminded Caz of fuchsia and “me, yellow.” By the end we gave the beer some high marks and agreed we’d both go for a second!
Aside from the beer, Caz and I chatted about his Spring Break plans which are comprised of a service trip to Virginia as a part of the Appalachia immersion program facilitated by Boston College. We also reminisced about time abroad and described our visits to each other’s respective host city (my visit to Heidelberg is documented here).
I had mentioned last time that Bill would be joining me as frequently as possible but he is very busy over the course of the next few weeks so he might be unavailable for the upcoming episodes. Still, he will join when he can and, who knows, maybe Caz will come back as well! Look out for Episode 3 in a week and we hope you enjoyed our conversation!
As always big shoutout to Tyler Coyne and Starving of Thirst for the intro/outro music (their mash-up of Shut Up and Take Me Home Tonight can be found here).