One year ago, Mayor Marty Walsh cut the ceremonial ribbon outside of Dorchester Brewing Company. On Saturday, July 22, the brewery will double their normal capacity to share the fruits (or beers) of their labor with you by throwing an all day One Year Anniversary Bash, from 11:30 am to 11 pm. Festivities include a limited edition 1 year anniversary glass for the first 150 people in the door, a pig roast from the Bacon Truck, free soft Pretzels from Wicked Twisted, live music from Summer Beard, ‘80s dance party music from DJ Sprino, beer-infused cupcakes from D.J.’s European Deli & Market, a special release of a New England Style IPA with hints of pineapple called Captain Squib, and a special appearance from a particular bear that plays the keytar.
We checked in with Matt Malloy, Dorchester Brewing Company’s CEO and self-proclaimed chief keg washer, to reflect on the brewery’s inaugural year and chat about future developments. First, let’s get to the bottom of this keg washer title.
“Everybody does everything here.” Malloy said. ‘Nuff said.
A former marketing guru for Zipcar® and edX®, Malloy effuses passion for the concept of “sharing economy” or “peer economy,” and tries to foster growth for the 12 partnering craft breweries that make beer on site. From recipe experimentation to sourcing difficult items like 800 pounds of Vermont honey, to finding label designers and producers and beer distributors, Malloy and his team are there to lend a hand.
“It’s not about one brewer. It’s all very collaborative,” Malloy said. “No one is competition. We are all working together. We wanted this to be an incubator and it still is. We are thrilled when they (the brew partners) succeed.”
Dorchester Brewing Company’s partner brewing opportunities sold out within six months of opening. The team is now looking to expand into the 8,000 square foot space next door and augment their current brewing capacity of 18, 60-barrel containers, which can produce 26,000 barrels per year.
Dorchester Brewing Company opened last July with 10 employees between the brew floor and the tap room and now has a team of over 30 persons. “The majority of them bike or walk to work. We try to hire locally,” Malloy said.
Keeping things local is very important to Malloy – hence using local craftsmen to build the brewery, hiring employees that live in the area, and inviting guests to visit the tap room to savor the rotating selection of beers. Guests may also purchase 32-ounce “Crowlers” to take with them because Dorchester Brewing Company does not distribute any of their 36 styles of beer to package stores.
Malloy said Dorchester Brewing Company may bottle and distribute their beers “down the line, but it’s not in the immediate plans.”
For the full schedule of Dorchester Brewing Company’s One Year Anniversary Bash, visit www.dorchesterbrewing.com/events/event/1-year-anniversary-bash/. Dorchester Brewing Company is located at 1250 Massachusetts Avenue, in Dorchester.