• January 23, 2018

Dorchester Brewing Company

You could say that Dorchester Brewing Co. was co-founded by the dream team. Matt Malloy boasts more than 26 years of operations and sales experience (including a stint as a VP at Zipcar), Travis Lee worked in project management for more than a decade, marketing expert Holly Irgens has helped a slew of Boston-area small businesses and startups grow their brands, and Todd Charbonneau happens to be Harpoon’s former head brewer and the founder of Banner Beer Company.

DBco officially opened doors to its 25,000-square-foot facility in July 2016 with a dual objective: Not only to brew crave-worthy suds in-house, but also to give other local craft brands lacking a large-scale brewery a place to thrive. While Down the Road Beer Co. was in the process of building out its Everett space, for example, the company found a temporary home at DBco.

The tasting room features a 20-line tap system featuring six to eight of DBco’s own beers plus a slew of others from its partners. Experimentation is the name of the game here—The company never shies away from pushing the envelope. Case in point: The 11 percent ABV Barrel Aged Quad is aged in red wine barrels, giving it an oaky finish and a flavor profile bursting with dried fruit and warm spices. ESB (Extra Special Bitter) features plentiful malt followed by a subtle smack of fruity East Kent Goldings hops—contrary to what the name suggests, it isn’t intensely bitter.

A unique nitro tap line injects tiny bubbles into unexpected beer styles like the Nitro Savin Stout, which is bittered with Chinook hops for a distinctly smoky, herbal twist. Lenore, also on nitro, is a kettle-soured dry stout with just enough of a tart edge to offset the rich, roasty coffee and cocoa notes.

Clapp’s Cream Ale, one of the company’s inaugural beers, is a warm-fermented cream ale carbonated with nitrogen, making for a velvety smooth finish. The V1 Double IPA, which was also in DBco’s debut set, is dangerously drinkable with just a hint of clean bitterness despite the 8.3 percent ABV and a hefty dose of juicy Mosaic hops.

As DBco doesn’t distribute, you’ll have to swing by the brewery itself to try their suds fresh from the taps. Sidle right up to either of the taproom bars to sample several varieties in a flight or enjoy a full pour, and then snag a 32-ounce growler of your favorite to take home. While DBco doesn’t have a full food menu, you can order grub from occasional food truck pop-ups or a handful of local Dorchester area restaurants that deliver. And with 40-plus board games on hand, it’s unlikely you’ll ever get bored while nursing a brew.

Itching to learn more about DBco’s history, brewing process, and craft beer partnerships? Hit up one of the complimentary tours, which run every Saturday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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