My brewery visits are relatively limited right now, between the demanding job, house stuff and two young kids I don’t often have a free hour to kill sitting down at a brewery. Most of my visits are very brief, I happen to be in a specific area for something else and I am able to run into a brewery and grab some beers to go. I was listening to an episode of the Brew Roots podcast about Bone Up Brewing Company in Everett last month and realized that I had been by the brewery but never written an article or beer review. I knew I had a trip to the area in the works so I was able to quickly sneak into the brewery and grab a few crowlers to take home and sample. While I am very anti-growler and avoid them if I can I am always on board for a crowler, big cans of beer are great. Included in the beers I grabbed were On On, a grisette dry-hopped with Galena hops and Unholy Alliance, a pale ale brewed for the wedding of two friends of the brewery. Outside of a few staples, most beers brewed by Bone Up are single batches or occasional brews, so grab these before they are gone.
Bone Up On On pours hazy deep yellow with a solid white head. The aroma is mostly the Belgian style yeast, fruity and funky. The yeast also leads the flavor, notes of peppercorn, pear, and bubblegum. There is also some hop flavor, hints of cut grass, lemon, and melon. Some light malts round out the flavor with hints of whole grain bread and cereal. On On is light bodied and refreshing, nearly a session beer at 5.1% ABV. The finish is crisp and dry with some lingering yeasty esters. This is a flavorful and easy drinking grisette, perfect for the warm days ahead. Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
Bone Up Unholy Alliance pours hazy light orange with a massive white head. The aroma features a bit of floral and fruity hops. The flavor is balanced with the hops leading slightly, notes of mango, berry, and passion fruit along with a soft but noticeable bitterness. The hop flavors are complemented by some hints of bread crust and crackers from the malts. Unholy Alliance is light and easy drinking, not too boozy at 5.4% ABV. The finish is crisp with some lingering hop flavors. I can see why this beer was brewed for a wedding, it would be a crowd pleaser and not too heavy. Hoppy Boston score: 4.0/5.