When this two-story taproom opened in 2017 in a revamped auto garage, it was Jamaica Plain’s first new brewery in nearly three decades. But the neighborhood didn’t always have a suds shortage; at one time at least 24 brewers operated along the banks of the Stony Brook, drawing water from nearby Turtle Swamp, a low-lying wetland that naturally filtered the H20.
In keeping with that nod to the neighborhood, Turtle Swamp crafts local takes on classic styles. The light-bodied All Ears Dry Hopped Golden Ale stands out for its 100-percent Massachusetts ingredients, including malted corn from Valley Malt in Hadley. The sweet and spicy JP Porter features strong coffee and chocolate notes (thanks to locally sourced chocolate rye malt). And the name of Turtle Swamp’s flagship take on the juicy New England IPA, with its triple dose of dry Citra hops, doubles as directions to the brewery: the Orange Line IPA. Head that way on a weekday afternoon if you just want to fill a growler or buy some cans; on weekends and weekday evenings, you can stick around for pints, board games, and—weather permitting—picnic tables and food trucks.