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Raise a pint to Somerville duo brewing up craft beers

Posted by Matt Byrne  November 2, 2011 10:04 AM

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Slumbrew founders Jeff Leiter and Caitlin Jewell.

Beer afficionados, take note: Somerville has a new craft brewer.

The Somerville Brewing Company last month shipped the first bottles under its Slumbrew brand, a culmination of two years of preparation by founders Caitlin Jewell and Jeff Leiter.

The duo, based in Teele Square, are gypsy brewers, the vagabonds of the modern beer industry, renting time at local breweries to concoct and bottle their brand.

FlagRaiser.pngSlumbrew's first release will include Flagraiser IPA, a hoppy India Pale Ale dedicated to the raising of the Grand Union Flag on Prospect Hill; Happy Sol, a hefeweizen made with coriander, orange peel, local honey, and 1,000 blood oranges; and a Porter Square Porter, a malty, chocolate porter made with cocoa from Taza Chocolate.

The strategy saves money and has emerged as a middle road between nano breweries and the huge costs of building a dedicated facility.

The brewers say that their company name is a "snarky throwback" to the term "Slummerville."

"As with the relationship between craft beer and large macro beers of the last century, the modern city of Somerville is nothing like its former days," the brewers said in a statement.

"The best way to put the old term behind us as a community is to juxtapose its historical sense with the exciting new future of Somerville," Leiter said. "For us, the name Slumbrew embodies a forward-thinking enterprise to make exceptional beer with roots in a storied past."

A release party for the beers is planned for Friday night (Nov. 4) at the Independent restaurant and pub in Union Square, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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