About Us

The Clown Shoes Story

It all started in 2009 when our Founder and CEO Gregg Berman brewed a small batch of “Hoppy Feet” Black IPA with Ipswich Ale Brewing. The offering was well received around Boston, prompting Berman to collaborate with our Head Brewer Dan Lipke to develop and trial additional beers, with innovative takes on existing styles.

We more than doubled our production from 700 barrels to 1,500 in our second year and have continued to grow each year. In 2011, we began distribution outside of Massachusetts, carefully selecting craft-oriented wholesalers.

In late 2017, we joined employee-owned Mass. Bay Brewing Company, brewers of Harpoon and UFO. With greater resources and capabilities, we have expanded our special release and barrel aging programs. We continue to grow and innovate, while keeping our own personality and style to bring you interesting and unique beers.

About the Beer

Since our founding in 2009, we have focused on putting our spin on beer styles. We always look for complex flavor profiles and experimentation in ingredients, techniques, or interpretation.

Whether in our barrel aged beers, our use of fruit purees, or our techniques in using hops, we are always in search of new beers with a full palate of flavors.

Behind the Label

One of the most unique things about us is definitely our can artwork. Michael Axt, our artist and label designer, joined the team in 2013 and has been drawing our eye-catching labels ever since.

What We're Up To