Letter to Aeronaut employees in response to harassment and inequities in the industry.

Below is an excerpt from a recent letter written by Aeronaut management to employees… We’ve been paying close attention to the stories and messages that have been shared this past week by @ratmagnet, calling out sexism, workplace inequities and sexual assault in the craft beer industry. The widespread nature of these experiences has prompted us […]

Food & Beer Pairings 001: Frittatas

By Mark Bowers Beer and food have a natural partnership, and people have been consuming both together for millennia.  There are numerous historical accounts of celebrations where beer and food were nearly synonymous with the festivities themselves.  Even today, many people sit down to a meal and accompany refueling the body with a glass of […]

Backyard Birds and Beer

By Ronn Friedlander Aeronaut has had a strong connection to birds ever since we opened. Although this is partly because of my interest in them, it’s also because birds are the original “Aeronauts.” During our first few years, we released several beers with bird names, including “Lark and Linnet,” “Lyrebird Porter,” “Jackdaw,” and “Capercaillie.” Over […]

Yeast Shepherding Part 3: The taming of the brew

Yeast Shepherding

Welcome back for the thrilling conclusion of “Yeast Shepherding”. In parts 1 and 2, we’ve taken you on a philosophical journey explaining our impetus for and approach to collecting wild yeasts. Here, I’ll explain precisely how we get these yeasts and bend them to our will (or not).  This is the story of how we take […]

Yeast Shepherding Part 2: Beer from thin air

Lasso + Yeast

In our never-ending quest for interesting and new beers, we’ve set out on a path that takes us in a very biological direction, focusing on yeasts and other microbes that contribute to beer flavor. This is a path that we’re betting will lead us to a Shangri-La of beer, where new and untold sensations greet […]

Yeast Shepherding Part 1: Why we search for yeast


How many beer styles are there? Well, the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), which is widely considered to be the authority on beer style guidelines, lists around 114 subcategories for beer styles. To a neophyte craft beer enthusiast, this may seem like a lot to learn, but to any one of the 4000+ breweries in this […]

Aeronaut lets its beaker flag fly


Those of you who frequent the Aeronaut establishment will astutely notice (it is assumed that Aeronaut customers are both astute and highly sophisticated) the dynamic nature of the space–from the art on the walls that changes monthly, to the ever-changing beer menu. You’ve probably also noticed that we put up a new fermenter every few months. […]

Fermentation Fest 2015 Part 2: Fear and loathing at the fermentation festival

Fermentation Fest

A panoply of smells, at once full, fragrant and fetid filled the air. There was a general churning as attendees slipped to and fro past one another. It started off with the demonstrators setting up in the early Sunday morning hours and rather swiftly built to a climax at mid-day with thousands of individuals acting […]

Fermentation Fest 2015 Part 1: The appeal of the fermented

For those of you who aren’t in “the know”, the Third Annual Boston Fermentation Festival is happening this Sunday, October 4 (and it’s free!). Aeronaut will be there pouring beer samples, demonstrating sour beers and fermentation science in the “Science Corner”, and sharing knowledge at the “Fermentation Help Desk”. We are also excited to be […]

Autumn tidings from winter squash

Autumn Tidings Winter Squash

Is it just me, or was today shorter than yesterday? The first hints of an autumn zephyr are in the air. The leaves of the deciduous trees can no longer deny reality: their chlorophyll reserves are running low. Soon, we will be greeted with the smells and flavors of Fall–an old friend that can be […]

Sumac’s Back

The ‘nautiest among you will recall last year’s sumac beer, which featured freshly harvested sumac from the fields surrounding Four Star Farms. The beer, dubbed “Field Day”, turned out delightfully tart and refreshing. It has since become a subject of discussion among taproom patrons who often ask when we’ll have it again. As August draws […]

Building Aeronaut: Cold box-mounted draft lines

  To serve our beer in its freshest state, we decided to put our draft lines right into the side of our cold storage box. It ended up being a fun project for us, which we’ve now done twice–one for each set of draft lines. Here are some photos of the process.