Even if you haven’t made the trip out to this Everett brewery, you probably recognize its sketched owl logo. That symbol—an homage to Night Shift’s beginnings, when the founders worked day jobs and brewed nocturnally—graces the 16-ounce cans that are now ubiquitous throughout town, from the ultra-crushable, refreshing Whirlpool, to the roasty, Counter Culture coffee-spiked Awake porter.
While you can find these staples all over the place, it’s well worth heading to the source, where up to 20 varieties are offered from Night Shift’s rotating taps. At $8 for four 4-ounce samples, beer flights are a no-brainer. Sporadic live music, trivia, yoga classes, tours, and a friendly BYOF policy make this gem much more than a place to pick up a four-pack. In warmer months, the patio is the place to while away a weekend afternoons sipping on suds and snacking from a food truck—or head an “Owl’s Nest,” one of Night Shift’s two seasonal popup beer gardens on the banks of the Charles River (one is on the Esplanade; the other is at Herter Park).