Harpoon Brewery’s parent company has acquired Clown Shoes Brewing.
The Mass Bay Brewing Company, the parent company for Harpoon Brewery, has acquired Ipswich, Massachusetts based Clown Shoes Beer. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Clown Shoes Brewing started in late 2009 by Gregg Berman. The business was started as a single beer project (specifically Hoppy Feet Black IPA) that “snowballed into a craft brand” according to the brewery. Since opening, Clown Shoes Brewing has expanded distribution to 28 states, plus five foreign countries, added 12 and 16-ounce cans, and state-specific small batches.
in 2017, the brewery’s annual production hovers at 13,000 barrels annually.
“Harpoon and Clown Shoes are both fiercely loyal to our brands, to independent craft brewing, and to our employees. I’ve been a fan of Harpoon for a long time and it’s very gratifying to me that our team will get to work alongside the expert brewers at Mass Bay Brewing to grow Clown Shoes and get our beer into the hands of more beer drinkers.” – Clown Shoes founder, Greg Berman
Harpoon Brewery was founded in 1996, being issued Brewing Permit #1 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. in August of 2014, the brewery became employee-owned.
Clown Shoes Whammy Bar cans have officially made their debut.
The Ipswich, Massachusetts brewery has officially released cans of this beer as a year-round offering. Clown Shoes Whammy Bar debuted on draft in December, 2016, described as:
West Coast style, dry hopped with Galaxy, Ella, Mosaic and Columbus hops, then balanced with song from a cast of characters that composes our orchestral team. We encourage those of you who drink this beer to listen to the music that you love most. 7.5% ABV.
Clown Shoes Whammy Bar is a 12 ounce can and draft offering. These are the first cans by the brewery, with more releases to be announced soon.
Hops: Ella, Galaxy, Mosaic, Columbus
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-round
Release: May/June, 2016
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Clown Shoes The Barista will be available in late January, 2016.
Think of the brewery’s labels like an on-going comic book. The characters reprise roles in other series (beers), or take on a new persona in a new beer. The latter is the case here. The brewery’s Brown Angel, a brown ale has taken on a new role in a coffee shop.
The brewery has created a breakfast brown ale by adding milk sugar (lactose), cold brewed espresso, and oatmeal to the brown ale base.
A Clown Shoes legend, Brown Angel, put away her dancing shoes to focus on extracting espresso, brewing coffee, and pouring latte art with zen-like focus. The Barista Breakfast Brown is crafted with Maris Otter malt, flaked oatmeal, cold brewed espresso, milk sugars and the spirit of angel wings.
Clown Shoes The Barista will be a 22 ounce bottle offering in late-January, 2016.
Clown Shoes American Monastic will replace the brewery’s Tramp Stamp offering in mid-January, 2016.
Both beers are a Belgian-style IPA. The brewery has not mentioned if Clown Shoes American Monastic is a new recipe or a re-brand.
Look for it in 12oz, 4 packs in Mid-January, 2016.
Style: Belgian IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: January, 2016
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