Fully Embracing Feb-Brew-Ary

February has been wild – we’ve seen both blizzard conditions and a taste of Spring all in a matter of weeks – snowing us in one day, while letting this year’s Boston Marathoners get out in shorts for their "long runs" the next.

Meanwhile, the Boston craft beer scene has been a whirlwind as well. Despite the worst of this month’s weather, nearly all of Boston’s breweries were open and operating throughout the storms – from tap rooms to local beer sellers, the snow did little to limit imbibing and production.

Events were in full force as well – February kicked off with Extreme Beer Fest in the Seaport, showcasing 250 beers from over 70 brewers during the event, and inspired a number of local events, such as the Other Half Brewing and Trillium tap takeover at Row 34. The annual Boston Globe Travel Show also featured a Craft Beer Pavilion, showcasing several regional offerings, including Aeronaut, Bantam, Bent Water, and more.

After the smashing success of the limited release #ThanksObama in January, Slumbrew made waves with the return of “My Better Half Imperial Cream Ale” and the announcement of their newest location - the American Fresh Brewhouse at Assembly Row.

In Everett, Bone Up released nearly a half-dozen new brews, including Chance – a dark, sweet Milk Stout with a smooth taste and a slight “zip” from chipotle and black peppercorns.

Speaking of Everett and Milk Stouts, Night Shift powered through the snowstorms this month with an crowded tap room thanks in part to the release of “Cow Tipper”, a sweet, smooth stout brewed with Chocolate and Lactose. At 6.0%, “Cow Tipper” is an especially drinkable Milk Stout perfect for a winter evening by the fireplace or as an "anytime" dessert beer.

With March around the corner, keep your eyes open for the inevitable St. Patrick's Day events across the city, plus the New England Real Ale eXhibitions (specializing in cask-conditioned ale) beginning on March 29th.

With new releases announced almost weekly, there’s never a bad time to jump on a tour with Hops and Stops to see what’s new on tap at Boston’s breweries and cider houses.