Archive for the ‘Night Shift Brewing’ Category

Wedding planning has been fun and stressful. I never knew that so many decisions would have to be made from colors to musicians to dresses. One of the good things is that the decisions that are a big deal to Val are usually ones that I don’t feel strongly about, like music and having a good DJ. You’ll hear more about that in future posts, now, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 7.1%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Oatmeal stout brewed with dutch-processed cocoa and maple syrup.”

Random: You can get married at Night Shift brewing. We looked into it but it was way too far.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, light brown head. It hung around for awhile and left generous lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with chocolate and cocoa powder with some maple syrup. Roasted malts and coffee came through next. The taste was bordering on decadent. There were large amounts of dark chocolate and cocoa powder with roasted malts first. Maple syrup and nuttiness came through next. There was a touch of smoke along with this. The body was on the thicker side with just enough carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with maple syrup and dark chocolate. I have no idea what the price on this beer was since I received it as a gift, but I would happily pay to get my hands on this beer again. This one is highly recommended.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


Night Shift is getting increased distribution in this area. I picked up a four pack of these cans in Philly and was ridiculously excited to see it without making a drive up north. I first got to give their beers a shot when my parents brought some home for me from an antiquing trip in Massachusetts. They had no idea what they were bringing home for me, but they have fared pretty well in the blog.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Named after a Bavarian city, this globally enjoyable hefeweizen sips with soft, fruity notes of banana, wheat, clove, and orange rind.”

Random: We just started watching the movie version of “Into The Woods” and Christine Baranski is in it. This makes me happy.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was shockingly clear for the style and straw yellow in color. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of bubble gum and banana. Wheat came through as well. The taste started with banana and bubble gum, but had a slightly metallic taste that was unpleasant. There was some mild clove spice as well. The body was thick for the style with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with clove and bubble gum. I don’t remember how much I paid for this one, but I did like that it came in sixteen ounce pounder cans. This wasn’t a bad beer by any means, just not the best one that I’ve ever had. I don’t feel the need to revisit it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Night Shift beers are in high demand and when my parents were antiquing in Massachusetts, they offered to pick me up some beer. After I asked if the store had Trillium beers, Night Shift was my next choice. They also have really cute can art (Val and I have an affinity for woodland animals). This beer specifically also uses Counter Culture coffee, which I’ve heard is very good, although I’ve never had the chance to try it.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Coffee porter aged with Counter Culture coffee. Notes of fresh roasted coffee and baker’s chocolate.”

Random: The place that we buy coffee from didn’t have as good of a sale this Black Friday. We may need to find another place to order from.

The beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. It only left a small amount of lacing on the glass. It did leave a slight crown on top of the dark brown body. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the color of the beer. The nose had deep espresso with bitter chocolate and a touch of sweetness at the end. The taste had a lot of espresso, vanilla and roasted malts. The same bitter chocolate came through as well. All of the flavors were well-integrated. The body was thick and heavy with light carbonation, making this a perfect winter beer. It had a lengthy finish with coffee and roasted malts. I’m not sure how much the beer was since I received it as a gift, but whatever it costs, it’s worth it. This was an excellent beer and I would search it out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Hot tubs gross me out. I’m watching a commercial with people in a hot tub and they just make me think of a tub of bacteria. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.


ABV: 7%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Belgian-style pale ale aged with vanilla beans & fermented with three Trappist yeast strains; zesty hops, gentle malts, and a clean, smooth profile.”

Random: I love the can art from Night Shift. I also like owls, so that helps. If a brewery used an otter on their labels, I would have to buy that.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a golden-copper color with moderate carbonation. On the nose, I picked up golden raisins, Belgian yeast, spice and a touch of alcohol. I didn’t get any of the vanilla bean that was advertised on the can. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. There was some vanilla up front, along with the same golden raisins that were in the nose. There was also Belgian yeast, coriander and a touch of apricot at the end. It had a thick body with a lot of carbonation, which made this insanely drinkable. The finish was quick with coriander and yeast. The flavors in the beer were well-balanced and the addition of vanilla was unique and interesting. Since this was a gift, I’m not sure how much it was, but I would get this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0