Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Is Back… Kind Of
The quirky beer labels for Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project have been absent from store shelves for several sad, Jack D’Or-less months, following the company’s December announcement that they would cease production.
But now, co-owners Dann and Martha Paquette are back at it, albeit not in Boston. The couple updated their website today to detail a new, U.K.-only release, and to discuss what the future holds for them and their brewing company.
The Paquettes, one-time Medford residents who brewed Pretty Things out of Buzzards Bay Brewery in Westport, have been quiet about their future endeavors since saying goodbye at this winter. But recently, they began posting pictures on Twitter of their adventures around Europe and beyond, and today, they announced a new beer, brewed at Caledonian Brewery in Edinburgh, Scotland, exclusively for Wetherspoons, a chain of pubs in the U.K.
The new beer, aptly named Seasoned Traveller, is a 5 percent ABV “pale, golden, hoppy beer” that pays homage to Pretty Thing’s Fringe pale ale, according to the Paquettes. Part of Wetherspoons’ International Craft Brewers Showcase series, it hits draft lines at locations there in the coming weeks.
While the new beer is only available overseas, the Paquettes also took the opportunity to revamp their website, dormant since Pretty Things called it quits. Alongside a collage of their past beers and images of the two brewing at Caledonian, the couple also wrote a blog post on the homepage detailing their travels around the world, and what the future may hold for them and the Pretty Things legacy.
“As hundreds of you witnessed last December, we tucked Jack D’Or up in his coffin (his habitual sleeping place) and packed our bags, leaving Boston behind us at least for a while,” the Paquettes wrote. “We are traveling the world in pursuit of who-knows-what, but we will promise you this: We will always be dedicated to better beer, and better beer only.”
Does this mean Boston may yet again see Pretty Things beer on store shelves? Only time will tell, but at least we know the Paquettes are still brewing. Keep an eye on social media for updates.
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