Bog Iron Brewing in Norton offers Belgian, German, IPA and sour beer.
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories taking a peek inside some of the small craft breweries that have sprung up in the Brockton area in recent years, where art and the science of brewing meet and the mantra is the cooler the better. From sleek taprooms to old-school casual, traditional hardcore to wild concoctions like jalapeño cream ale and Ultra Violet Squeeze – there’s something for everyone and plenty of reasons to delight a beer lover.
NORTON – “Sometimes we get a reputation for being the cranky old man,” Brian Shurtleff, co-owner of Bog Iron Brewing, said of his Norton brewery.
He’s not completely kidding. Located at 33 W. Main St., the brewery is known for its unadorned quality of brewing traditional Belgian and German beers.
In fact, one of their most popular beers – a Season called Off My Lawn – was inspired by Shurtleff and his reluctance to bow to the IPA craze of the past decade.
Which is not to say that the brewery does not make IPA. Their “milkshake” IPA called Sweetest Heathen and West Coast style Jump Back IPA are both popular.
But in general, the brewers of Bog Iron are passionate about doing justice to styles such as triples and acids.
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The brewery started in 2011 after co-owners Shurtleff, Matt Menard and Frank White, who were longtime home brewers, got together to start a business.
“There were three of us who were just stupid enough to actually start the brewery,” Shurtleff said jokingly. “Everyone’s talking about it. We were stupid enough to do it.”
On January 1, 2013, Bog Iron brewed their first beer – their Burly Blonde ale, which was a house recipe from Shurtleff.
The brewery got its name by looking at old photographs of the area and found one of a local iron foundry on the road to their location which made traditional bog iron.
Shurtleff said he had always hated the name because so few people today know about bog iron, but it was outvoted.
Over the years, the brewery grew to be able to brew more and more beers and began canning and distributing to local restaurants and liquor stores.
Shurtleff said they planned to move because they were legally unable to accommodate many people in the reception hall, but thanks to recent infrastructure improvements in the area they will now be able to accommodate dozens of people. additional.
Now, said Shurtleff, Menard has retired from the brewery and they are working on upgrading their current tap room. They have just installed a new bar and a new dishwasher.
Visitors to the brewery will be able to sample a variety of beers, from sour to pale ales.
“We want people to experience craft beer the same way we do, or at least open their eyes and palates to all the different beers out there,” Shurtleff said.
And even those who don’t like craft beer will be interested in trying Bog Iron’s tough seltzer and enjoying the community atmosphere.
“Our goal is really to be the living room for the community,” said Shurtleff.
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