Harpoon Brewing

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Harpoon Brewery acquires Clown Shoes Beer


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.


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Harpoon Citra Sea IPA

Harpoon Citra Sea IPA

Harpoon Citra Sea IPA

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Coffee meets vanilla: Harpoon UFO Winter Blonde Ale

Harpoon UFO Winter Blonde can

Harpoon UFO Winter Blonde Ale is the newest addition to the Boston, Massachusetts based brewery’s seasonal lineup.

A blonde ale serves as the base for this beer, nuanced with vanilla beans and fresh cold brew coffee. As for the flavor – that is exactly what you get. A ridiculously easy drinking unfiltered blonde ale that doesn’t overwhelm you with vanilla or coffee. The dessert-like beer is soft, smooth,  and very easy drinking.


Whether skiing the snowy trails or enjoying a jovial game night, there’s nothing like capping off your winter adventures with this delightfully refreshing winter treat.

Harpoon UFO Winter Blonde Ale is available now through December, 2016 in 12 ounce bottles, cans and draft.

Style: Blonde Ale (Vanilla Bean Cold Brew Coffee.)
12oz bottles and cans. Draft. Limited seasonal release.
Release: October, 2016

4.9% ABV

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Spotlight: Harpoon Flannel Friday, the brewery’s newest seasonal

Harpoon Flannel Friday can

Harpoon Flannel Friday has joined the Boston, Massachusetts based brewery’s lineup this month. Just slightly ahead of colder weather.

Replacing their early fall offering, Oktoberfest, Harpoon Flannel Friday is a hoppy amber ale. The hops of choice are Citra and Cascade.

A bright hop aroma from Cascade and Citra hop additions complements its strong and complex malt backbone. Amber hued, medium bodied, with hints of citrus and pine, Flannel Friday is meant for the crisp days of fall.

The beer got its name from the first day of chilly weather where everyone at the brewery shows up in flannel.

What you’ll taste: Fall was made for malty beers, and Flannel has it. Citra and Cascade are bold hops, bringing notes of citrus and pine into the mix. A great transition into cooler weather.

Harpoon Flannel Friday is a 12 ounce can and draft offering as a seasonal release. Incidentally, the first seasonal release since 1989.

Style: Amber Ale
Hops: Citra, Cascade

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: August, 2016

5.7% ABV, 35 IBUs

Ed note: Oktoberfest is apparently still available in September & October this year. 

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Harpoon Sweet Spot Golden Ale debuts year-round

Harpoon Sweet Spot Golden Ale is joining the brewery’s year-round lineup this month.

It’s warmer and headed toward hot, making now a great time to debut a golden ale. The beer is brewed with German noble hops, and finishes crisp and sweet. Harpoon chose this style targeting every kind of beer drinker. A beer that parties hard, and shares well.

This refreshing Golden Ale is light in body but full of flavor. Not too hoppy, not too malty, complex but easy drinking. Classic German noble hops provide a clean hop aroma while the malt combination adds depth. Smooth with a crisp, dry finish, this beer is a balancing act of the highest quality ingredients – the sweet spot of beer.

Harpoon Sweet Spot Golden Ale is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft, year-round.

Style: Golden Ale
Availablity: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Debut: 5/20/16

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