Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Calls it Quits
(Somerville, MA) – From Pretty Things – “For a beginning, there must be an end. You can wander off your path or you can leave it with purpose. The results may be no different, but forceful actions leave a sparkling trail.”
So thought the Fieldmouse as he set out and strayed into another world.
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project is drawing to a close.
Seven years ago we sold our first glass of beer at The Publick House in Brookline. We didn’t foresee then that our strange project would become such a part of our lives.
It has been a crazy fun time. We’ve dressed up in more costumes than a Bob Hope special. Amazing employees and friends have conspired with us along the way. Bocky, Anya, and John Funke have channeled our project almost better than we have done ourselves. And we found a rag tag group of like-minded creative brewers out there in the world as well.
Brewing our beers has been a great labor and a great joy. But best of all we shared it with so many great beer drinkers. It really feels like we met you all. We’ve stood in shops, bars, restaurants, on stages, in VFW halls. Sometimes you were already fans. Sometimes you spat out our beer. Sometimes you just fancied a chat. We always felt happy to meet you by the end. It was always fun, or funny, or we sold a beer, or learned something. Many of you became friends. We’ve loved drinking beers with you.
We hope our beers brought you joy and brought you closer together. There’s no greater goal for a batch of beer or a project like ours.
After seven years it’s time to draw the curtains and head off to a new adventure. A poorly drawn grain of barley called Jack D’Or made this whole thing possible. He’ll be coming with us.
Brewing these beers has (literally) been a privilege, because we don’t own a brewery. We are grateful to our hosts Bill & Daryl, the Russell family, Harry Smith and all of the brilliant employees down at Buzzard’s Bay in Westport (Garrett, Sam, Nate, Charlie and more over many years).
We also wholeheartedly thank Craft Brewers Guild, our distributor for 6 of our 7 years here in MA. We have the greatest respect for the reps who have pounded the street on our behalf. We are especially thankful to Craft for never questioning who we are and who we want to be.
We’d also like to thank Union beer in NY, and McLaughlin and Moran in RI.
Last and not least, we also thank the Shelton Brothers, who sort of got Pretty Things started, and continue to inspire us.
Our final batches of Pretty Things beers will ship over the next couple of weeks. Pretty Things beers will be available through at least January 2016.