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Welcome to Idle Hands Craft Ales!

If you’ve found your way to our website, congratulations…we’re happy you’ve found us!  We know that means you are an aficionado of fine craft beer.  Given that, we invite you to peruse our website and learn a little more about Idle Hands and our beers.  Come visit the brewery for tastings, growler fills, merchandise or even an impromptu tour.  Check out our sightings page to find out where else you can locate our beers.  Or even sign up for our volunteer bottling program!

Based in Everett, Massachusetts, Idle Hands Craft Ales is the Boston area’s first “nanobrewery”.  We started our operations in August 2011 by brewing a mere 1 1/2 barrels at a time.  That amount translates to about 20 cases of 12 x 750 ml bottles…so ultimately, not a lot of beer!  In August 2013, we just completed an expansion of over five-fold to a 5 barrel system with much larger fermenters. That ultimately means = MORE BEER!

As still one of smallest commercial breweries in the Commonwealth, we aim to serve the local Boston market.  If you are outside the Boston area, you will not find us at your favorite watering hole, restaurant or beverage store YET –  but hang tight, with your support, we hope to grow into your local craft beer market soon.

Idle Hands takes great care in handcrafting our small batch beer with a nod towards belgian styles mixed with new world ideas.  We think of ourselves a bit as purists and don’t believe in adding a lot of “extras” into our beers.  Our Belgian house yeast, selection of malts, hops and traditional Belgian ingredients are often enough to yield subtle yet complex flavors for your palette.

We’re still at the beginning of this endeavor and as we navigate our growth in the Boston craft beer market and beyond, we encourage you to join us on our journey by signing up for our newsletter or following us on Facebook  or Twitter.

 1.5 BBL Brewhouse


Left:  Photo of our original brewhouse, a mere 1.5 barrels!