January Outing: Remnant Brewing

Friday January 31, 2020 7:00 PM at Remnant Brewing, 2 Bow Market Way, Somerville, MA 02143

Hi beer friends,

Starting January, we will be organizing monthly hang-outs at local breweries. This will be a chance to socialize outside of the club meetings, as well as get to know some of the many great breweries in the greater Boston area.

Our first visit will be at Remnant Brewing, located at 2 Bow Market Way (Union Square) in Somerville. This is a relatively new brewery located in the hip food-and-artisan enclave of Bow St Market. Their frequently rotating taps include saisons, sour beers, IPAs, and the occasional barrel-aged beer.

Charlie will be giving us a talk about the brewery at 6:30p, so try to arrive by then. Otherwise we will just be hanging out and enjoying the brews! Hope to see you there.

Head brewer Charlie (3rd from left) with the Post Modern Brewers on the brewhouse floor of Remnant Brewing in Somerville, MA.

In between the many shops and food popups of Union Square’s Bow Market is Remnant Brewing. Remnant was founded in 2018 by brewers Charlie and Ryan, who set out on their own to make the beer they liked and believed would be fun for guests. Head brewer Charlie was kind enough to give us a tour of the brewery and answer our questions.

The name “Remnant” is meant to reflect from the building’s industrial past, and their logo features the moon, a remnant of the Earth. They made good use of the old space, dropping the floor to fit the brewing equipment and lining the walls with barrels for their aged beers. Among the barrels are two bars, plenty of seating, and an outdoor patio area for the warmer months. Charlie loves the space, though if he could he’d make a little more room in between the fermenters for easier temperature control.

Remnant keeps a variety of beer available on tap. There’s the usual IPA or two, their flagship oat pale ale Dream Pop, and a rotation of saisons, sours, and barrel-aged beers. All of their beers are unfiltered, naturally hazy and full of flavor. Brewing their usual two double batches a week (28 barrels total), they sell nearly all of their beer on site. Hungry guests can bring in food, often from the many popups next door.

As a club full of saison fans, with several members running a barrel-aging project of their own, we honed in on those styles in particular. The saisons and sours at Remnant use a blend of commercial yeasts to give them a special “house” character. The barrels lining the walls are all actively aging beer, and they are filled in place by pumping beer over from the tanks. And getting into barrel aging was an easy sell to their investors, who are all beer fans themselves. One of the co-founders even built the barrel racks themselves.

The next time you find yourself in Union Square, be sure to swing by Remnant Brewing in Bow Market for exciting new beers!