Remnant Brewing Crowned Best New Business

Remnant BrewingRemnant Brewing. Photo by Irina M. / IM Creative Photography.

Best New Business
2 Bow Market Way
(617) 764-0641

This year’s best new business is at once a brewery, a coffee shop, and an event space.

Remnant Brewing is Bow Market’s largest tenant, a 15-barrel brewery complete with a beer garden. Head Brewer Charlie Cummings says he likes to brew the types of beer that he’d most like to drink. That means beers made with local ingredients—he’s even grown some hops himself—and lots of saisons and sours.

“I’ve got to say Dream Pop,” Cummings answers as to his favorite beer he’s brewed at Remnant. “It’s an oat pale ale—oats give beers a really silk, smooth feel—[which is dry hopped with] juicy hops.”

“Charlie’s worked at many different breweries, he’s really fantastic at making this product,” Assistant General Manager Lindsay Donovan explains. “So part of opening up this brewery was to really let him run the show and pick the styles he wants to make, pick the types of beers he wants to make, so I think letting people know it’s very experienced, very informed styles of brewing that are going to happen here. Twists on traditional styles that are made a little bit more modern or a little bit crazy can and have driven people in here.”

In the morning, people can grab a coffee and do work in the space while watching Cummings make beer. Remnant stocks a variety of coffee blends from Barrington Coffee, located in the Berkshires, tea from MEM Tea, and cafe snacks like croissants from Iggy’s Bread.

Customers are welcome to bring food from elsewhere in the complex into the brewery, which is part of Remnant’s push for visitors to engage with the entire complex, co-founder Dave Kushner explains. Another way Remnant is encouraging that is to have events in the brewery and beer garden, many with other tenants from the market. Remnant hosted a succulent arranging night with the Happy Cactus, Hooked set up an oyster bar on the beer garden patio, and the Comedy Studio has had numerous shows in the space.

This story originally appeared in the 2018 Scout’s Honored issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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