As many of you know, we announced the need to close our facility on Charlton Street in Everett due to a displacement by the Everett Wynn Casino Project. We recognized this as a minor setback that would push us to pursue our next chapter sooner than we expected.

And now, we’re really excited for that next chapter as we just signed a lease to move to 89 Commercial Street in Malden, MA!

While our origins on Charlton Street will always resonate fond memories, our new home will offer us everything Charlton Street could not – namely accessibility, space and yes, real bathrooms.

There’s plenty of parking at 89 Commercial Street and we’re only a four minute walk away from the Malden Center stop on the Orange Line and commuter rail. We’ll also be within walking distance of several excellent bars that cater to craft beer lovers who have been carrying us on tap.

The Commercial Street location is infinitely larger than Charlton Street. No more cramming in front of a small bar to taste our beers. We’ll now have the space where you’ll want to stay for a while and will be able to comfortably hang out with your friends and talk with our staff. And if tastings weren’t already enough, our hope is to give you more reason to think of Idle Hands as not just a pass-through, but a destination.

One thing that won’t change is feeling like you’re part of the brewing process when you’re at Idle Hands. It’s very important to us that when you visit, you still feel like you’re at a brewery and not a bar. We commit to providing our guests with that intimate experience and don’t want to remove you from the brewing action and the design of the new space will reflect that.

There’s much we still need to do before resuming operations as normal. We have to move all of our equipment and product to the Commercial Street brewery before we can begin brewing. We also need to re-submit for state and federal licensing, a process that can take up to 120 days. Our goal is to be up and running in spring 2016.

To all who have supported us during this challenging time – thank you! We truly appreciate all of your support. The kind words you’ve shared with us at the Charlton Street location, on Facebook, on Twitter and elsewhere have meant the world to us and has kept us going. We’re very excited to begin serving you again.

In the meantime, we want to extend a special thank you to Michael, Mike, Rob and the whole team at Night Shift Brewing.  We’re grateful for the kindness they’ve shown in allowing us to brew out of Night Shift during this transition period. The Boston beer community is a close-knit group that we’re proud to be a part of. We hope we’re able to pay it forward someday and help someone else the way they’ve lent us a (not so idle) hand. You’ll continue to find Idle Hands on tap at NSB while we continue to brew there and we invite all of you to stop by and check out what we’ve been up to.

This is only the beginning of our new journey, and we hope you continue to join us for the ride (and share it with others). The first stop is Wednesday, September 23, from 6pm – 8pm at Ferry Street Food & Drink in Malden. Come out and have a beer to help us celebrate signing the lease to our new home and try our new Farmhouse IPA, Snake Eyes, and one or two Enlightenment Ales rarities that we’ve been saving. We’re excited about joining the Malden community and hope to see and speak with many of you Wednesday at Ferry Street!


Chris & Grace

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Closing of Charlton Street Facility in Everett

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closing of our Everett, MA facility on June 27, 2015.  We have been forced to close due to a sale of the building and land to the Wynn Everett Casino project.  You can read more about it in our press release.  Suffice it to say, […]

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