Local Gem Night Shift Brewing

On last count, the state of Massachusetts is home to over 110 breweries. From nationally-known brands like Harpoon and Samuel Adams, to award-winning craft breweries like Medusa Brewing in Hudson and Night Shift Brewing in Everett, the Bay State is quickly becoming a major destination for beer connoisseurs. And while the summer is nearing a close, there’s no better time to brewery hop than now! And if you’re looking for a little guidance on where to start (I mean, 110+ is a crazy number) look no further than Night Shift Brewing!

The Gem

Night Shift Brewing is the flagship of what is to become a brew and booze mecca in Everett. Located at 87 Santilli Highway, Night Shift is neighbors with Bone Up Brewing, Short Path Distillery, and opening later this year - Down The Road Brewery. As of right now, Night Shift is the most expansive of its Fermentation District neighbors, complete with a sizable taproom, large patio, weekend brewery tours and local food trucks. Be sure to get there early, because both the taproom and patio both fill up quickly.

The Vibe

To the Night Shift newbie, especially on a not-so-ideal weather day, you might be wondering if you’ve arrived at the correct place, as the brewery’s exterior blends into the surrounding vacant warehouses. But upon further glance, you’ll spot the front door that leads you into the reclaimed, vintage, industrial-styled taproom. The space is equipped with two large bars, high-top tables, cafeteria-like long tables, and ample standing room. Colorfully detailed chalkboards offer descriptions of the various rotating beers on tap, ranging from popular mainstays to small batch brews, totally around twenty different options.

What to Try

With so many options, I’d recommend ordering a flight of beer. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of IPAs so I decided to try the following:

  • Awake - coffee porter - 6.7% ABV

  • El Lechedor - horchata style milk stout - 9.3% ABV

  • Matisse - traditional saison - 6.5% ABV

  • Harborside - sour ale with coriander - 5.1% ABV

  • Cul-de-sac - cream ale - 5.4% ABV

  • Whirlpool - American pale ale - 4.5% ABV

  • Willow - Belgian white ale

Honestly, I loved them all. I ended up taking home a four-pack of Matisse and Willow to share with friends, but ended up drinking the majority of them myself - they’re just so good! No doubt will I visit Night Shift again. It really doesn’t get any better than this!

Faith Kelnhofer is a content contributor for JUGs! Learn more about her and the rest of our team on the 'about us' page.