Craft Brewery Profile: Castle Island Brewing Company
Castle Island is the culmination of a dream for Adam Romanow, the founder of the Castle Island Brewery, who knew in 2011 that he wanted to open his own brewery. That dream took shape four years later, when he finally signed a lease on a 20,000-square-foot warehouse in Norwood, Massachusetts, which would become the Castle Island Brewery.
With the help of head brewer Matt Deluca, Adam finally brewed his first batch of beer, with the obvious name of TBD, in November of 2015. Castle Island Brewing Co. opened the next month. It reached its next stage of evolution in the summer of 2017, when it finally opened its taproom to the public, making now the perfect time to visit the Castle Island Brewing Co.
What’s on Tap?
Castle Island Brewing Co. likes to mix some traditional favorites with a bit of experimentation. For year-round brews, you’ll find options like the Candlepin, a hoppy session ale with Columbus and Citra hops; the Castle Island Lager, a light, crisp American lager with Magnum and Rakau hops; and their flagship IPA, the Keeper, appropriate for all levels of beer drinker.
Seasonal delights include the kettle-soured and lemony Jetty, the floral and nutty Festbier and the beer that started it all, the hop-forward stout known only as TBD. Some of the more daring limited options include Righteous Blackberry, a kettle-soured beer with blackberry puree flavors and flaked oats; Strange Arrangement, which feels like an IPA crossed with a lager; and Righteous GOALS, a Bavarian hopped beer whose proceeds benefit the Massachusetts ALS Association.
Make Sure to Catch …
… the newly opened taproom, open for beer sampling every day. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. the rest of the week. You can enjoy full pours, samples of some of your Castle Island favorites, and snacks like Mi Nina tortilla chips with Chica de Gallo Salsa, Kalahari Biltong jerky and Wicked Twisted pretzels. A rotating line of food trucks is always nearby if you’re looking for something a little more substantive with your beer selections.
- Double IPA 60 IBU 8.4%
- Hoppy Session Ale 32 IBU 4.4%
- India Pale Ale 48 IBU 6.5%
- Sour Ale 8 IBU 4.0%
- Colonial Gold
- Golden Ale 4.6 SRM 28 4.2%
- Marzen-Inspired Ale 20 IBU 4.6%
- Dank Sinatra
- Rye Double IPA 77 IBU 8.2%