Night Shift Brewing was founded in 2011 by Robert Burns, Michael O’Mara and Michael Oxton. The three of us share a very awkwardly built Somerville apartment by Davis Square, about ten driving minutes from our brewery in Everett. We launched in March 2012 and have joined the movement of local breweries and businesses taking root all over Greater Boston. Check our homepage for details about brewery tours & tastings!
Night Shift Brewing is not simply a brewery, or a business, or three friends who decided to start a company. It is all of those things, but more importantly, it is an ongoing story. It started with a group of friends who shared a deep interest in the world of craft beer. We began brewing with a 5-gallon pot, a Gatorade cooler, a basic homebrew kit, and little idea as to what we were doing. As Mark Twain once wrote, “All you need is ignorance and confidence, and success is sure.” The ignorance we had; the confidence came later.
While refining our brewing skills, we also organized weekly beer tastings in an attempt to sample every style, brand, and region possible. As time progressed and palates developed, our appreciation for beers, both our own and on the market, began to shift. We realized that while the making of a truly great beer is by no means common or easy, it is possible.
As importantly, however, was our growing opinion that a beer’s greatness was often very closely linked to its memorability. The market seemed flooded with a collection of very similar beers in very typical beer styles. When something unique AND great came along, we took notice, and we remembered it.
In our test kitchen, we applied these lessons learned. Because no one judged our beers but us, we experimented like mad scientists with unorthodox brewing ingredients, weird recipes and funky yeasts, attempting to create nearly every beer style imaginable. Years of testing and tweaking led to some especially horrible stuff, but also to some memorable, innovative, truly great beers. When everyone started demanding more Night Shift beer, we realized: brewing had become much more than a nighttime hobby.
The beers that we now offer to the Greater Boston community are the very best of all those years of fine-tuning – wholly unique brews with complex, interesting flavors. Everything is brewed, fermented, and bottled in-house at our Everett, MA nanobrewery, where we spend most of our night AND day shifts. We continue to learn as we grow and brew more, and are loving the entire journey (even if it means very little sleep).
We are more than happy to talk or meet up with anyone interested in hearing more, so get in touch and become a part of our ongoing story.