Idle Hands Craft Ales

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Idle Hands Craft Ales is an American brewery from Malden, Massachusetts.

Our Belgian-inspired ales are developed among some of the finest breweries and craft brewers in the country. You may have tried these styles through other brewers, but we’re sure you will find that little something extra in our offerings. Choose from our regular line up of year-round offerings or from our seasonal and specialty releases.

Why Belgian Inspired?

Belgian beer dates back to the Middle Ages when it was only produced in monasteries. Over 500 years and 500 beers later, the depth and breadth of Belgian beers is tremendous with most of the popular styles and brands still brewed in Belgium. Today, Belgian beers are frequently paired with a variety of food offerings to complement and enhance the flavors of both.

As the rise of the craft beer and locavore movements coincide, we hope that Idle Hands becomes a local favorite and mainstay. We offer an array of Belgian beers to provide refreshment, complement a meal, and most importantly, keep those idle hands from making the devil’s playground!





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Thanksgiving Week Hours

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Thanksgiving Week Hours

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family and friends over a great meal and hopefully some great beers too! Our Thanksgiving Week hours are as follows: Monday 11/19: 3-9pm Tuesday 11/20: 3-9pm (Kill Your Idles: Crantastic Release) Wednesday 11/21: Noon-9pm Thursday 11/22: CLOSED Friday 11/23: Noon-11pm (Funky Friday) Share: ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Klara

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Klara

I am beyond excited to see Klara return to the taps this Wednesday for a couple of reasons.  The first being that I absolutely love this beer for its combination of malt character and interesting, drying minerality that you don’t normally find in lagers. And second for the nostalgic feeling I get when I’m drinking ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Kill Your Idles: Undead Red

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Kill Your Idles: Undead Red

Tis’ the season for creativity, silliness, and mischief.  What better way to celebrate those than with our outside of the norm ale, the sweet, tart, fruity and vibrantly colored Kill Your Idles. This time we brewed a truly sinister (looking) beer.  Poured with a deep red hue from heavy amounts of black currant and tart ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Lupzilla with El Dorado

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Lupzilla with El Dorado

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I get more excited with each release from our Funky Town program.  It’s not just one beer but a year long project that challenges us to adapt a new house mixed culture and harness its full potential for experimental flavors and aromas.  This past week, we ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Change Up #14

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Change Up #14

First, I absolutely need to start off by sending out a HUGE thank you to everyone that came out to our 7th Anniversary Oktoberfest party last weekend.  The day was a huge success for us and the support we we’ve been shown from our friends, family and community over the years Idle Hands has been ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Wool (7th Anniversary Strong Lager)

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Wool (7th Anniversary Strong Lager)

Howdy folks, Assistant Brewer Xandre here with a quick word on our latest beer. Keeping with the theme of the annual gift list for anniversary beers, we present year 7: Wool! Given no one wants to drink wool, we thought about it in more abstract and geographical terms. Lucky enough, New Zealand has a hilariously ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Gateshead

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Gateshead

I’m very excited this week to finally be able to release our next offering from our mixed culture program.  This is a beer that we’ve shared sporadically at special events events like BeerAdvocate’s Belgian Beer Fest and at our most recent Brato Beer Dinner. Now we’re thrilled to put it out for everyone to enjoy. ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Barrel Aging

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Barrel Aging

Hey, all! I was thinking this week that I should bring you, our readers, up to speed on some of our more long term projects here at Idle Hands. Namely, some barrel-aged projects that have been sitting and developing in our production space for as little as a few months to nearly two years. While ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Swarm

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Swarm

Hey all. Another sweltering week here in the brewery to keep the beer churning out. (For those that have been over to Gillette Stadium recently, you might have noticed Four Seam has been a regular on tap! Let’s just say they’re asking for A LOT MORE kegs over the next few months that we have ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Forever Navigator

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Forever Navigator

Wow, what a great weekend.  I got to spend my Saturday watching my sister marry her best friend and I couldn’t have been more grateful for them to invite me to be a part of it.  So much so, that after some careful thought and a perfectly timed empty fermentor, I was fortunate enough to be able ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Kill Your Idles: Red Berry

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Kill Your Idles: Red Berry

Hey all! Hope you’ve been surviving the heat and humidity haha. It ain’t easy in our little warehouse brewery but the patio and access to more cold beer than a small army could drink helps. I wanted to take the time to shine our spotlight on the return of a staff favorite variant of our ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Change Up 13 – Ales for ALS

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Change Up 13 – Ales for ALS

It’s been a bit since we’ve talked beer.  Don’t worry, it certainly doesn’t mean we haven’t been hard at work in the mean time brewing fresh batches of beer and keeping the tanks filled.  Now that we’re all back with our game faces on to close out the summer, I wanted to shed our spotlight ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Mosiac

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Mosiac

It’s an exciting week here for us at Idle Hands with two of our best selling releases dropping into cans tomorrow (Along with having our neighbors at Dom’s grilling on the patio!!), rather than take the focus away from those beers, I’d like to shine the spotlight on one of the components that we focus on with ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Transmutation I

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Transmutation I

It’s been far too long since we’ve seen a product of our mixed culture program, Funky Town.  While I would normally be apologetic for delays, there is no rushing or scheduling when it comes to releasing quality mixed fermentation beers.  The beer will tell you when it’s ready.  With that said, I’m excited to announce ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Kill Your Idles: Pluot

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Kill Your Idles: Pluot

Hey all! What a great weekend that was! With all this great patio weather, I couldn’t help but notice that we blew through our stock of Kill Your Idles: Spring Flowers and the last kegs of P-Funk. With that it mind, our production team got into hustle mode and cranked out a fresh batch of ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Blanche de Grâce

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Blanche de Grâce

For this week’s Brewer’s Spotlight, we are shining the light on one of the original beers that we brewed at Idle Hands, Blanche de Grâce.  Blanche (as it is affectionately known) is our interpretation of the classic Belgian Wit or White ale. We added this beer to our lineup back in the Spring of 2012 ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Four Seam

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Four Seam

Hope everyone had a restful, reflective and fun long weekend! I wanted to take this week to shine our spotlight on a beer that doesn’t need an introduction but has recently been given a few new developments. While this beer is consistently a best seller for us since it was first brewed in the beginning ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Annika

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Annika

With the weather still on the chillier side for not much longer, I wanted to highlight our newest dark and warming offering in the Idle Hands Taproom, Annika. While we brew with a large breadth of styles, lagers are certainly a major focus for us. Last year we brewed our Russian Imperial Stout, Crossroader; this ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: First Pitch

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: First Pitch

First Pitch is a strange beer. There, I said it. That being said, I feel like it needs a bit of an explanation so everyone understands where we are coming from and why we brew it. To do so, you need to rewind the clock a bit, back to the fall of 2013 in fact ... Read More

Brewer’s Spotlight: Four Horsemen

Idle Hands Craft Ales: Brewer’s Spotlight: Four Horsemen

This week I wanted to put the spotlight on an annual release for us.  A bold beer that goes back to our roots as a Belgian inspired brewery; our Belgian-style Quadruple Ale brewed with spices, Four Horsemen.  This year’s release has particularly stood out to me.  While this beer to us has always been known ... Read More

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