This acclaimed local brewery is opening a brewpub across from the TD Garden

Downtown Boston is beginning to get crowded with craft beer.

Night Shift's Whirlpool beer on their patio.
Night Shift's Whirlpool beer on their patio in Everett. –Tim Oxton / Night Shift Brewing

More local beer is coming to downtown Boston.

Night Shift Brewing, the Everett brewery that’s won national awards for its hazy IPAs and flavorful saisons, is opening its second location later this year on Lovejoy Wharf, just a stone’s throw from the TD Garden and North Station. Following reports of the plans, the brewery confirmed the opening Friday afternoon.

Michael Oxton, who co-founded Night Shift in 2012, told Boston Business Journal they hope to have the new brewpub open by the end of 2018.

The 12,000-square-foot, 10-barrel space underneath the Converse headquarters will reportedly have a taproom and an in-house kitchen. Oxton told BBJ that the expanding company has been seeking a location in the actual city of Boston for two years.

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“Our interest in being in Boston is really we want to have better access and closer access to the people who live and work in Boston,” he said.

Indeed, the new location is far more accessible by public transit than Night Shift’s brewery on Santilli Highway in Everett. Oxton told Boston magazine that the “goal is to offer unique beers at both locations,” but that brewery’s most popular beers will be available at each of them.

The expected opening is the latest in a run of good news for craft beer fans who live or work in downtown Boston.

Night Shift’s announcement follows the news earlier this month that Boston Beer Company is also planning to open a Samuel Adams taproom “just steps from the Old State House, Government Center, and Faneuil Hall.” Norwood-based Castle Island Brewery announced earlier this April it was opening a seasonal beer garden at Ink Block. And the highly touted Trillium Brewing has opened two seasonal beer gardens in the city of Boston within the last year.