It all started when Gregg Berman, Founder and CEO of the brand, brewed a small batch of “Hoppy Feet” Black IPA with Ipswich Ale Brewing, also located in Massachusetts. The offering was well received around Boston, prompting Berman to collaborate with Head Brewer Dan Lipke to develop and trial additional beers, with innovative takes on existing styles – such as Clown Shoes’ Josh the Guava King, a Double IPA brewed with guava puree. Clown Shoes more than doubled its production from 700 barrels to 1,500 in its second year and continued to grow each year, nearing 17,000 last year. In 2011, we began distribution outside of Massachusetts, carefully selecting craft-oriented wholesalers. Michael Axt, our artist and label designer, joined the team in 2013 and has been drawing our eye-catching labels ever since.
In late 2017, Clown Shoes joined Mass. Bay Brewing Company, makers of Harpoon and UFO. With the greater resources and capabilities, we have expanded our special release and barrel aging programs with over 25 one-off beers in 2018 alone. Clown Shoes continues to grow and innovate, while keeping our own personality and style to bring you interesting and unique beers.
Clown Shoes Beer is formed and we sold our first beer – Hoppy Feet, black IPA.
Clown Shoes’ line up expands with several new beers including Clementine, which continues to be part of our year round line up.
Clown Shoes beers ship to Illinois, our first sales outside of Massachusetts.
Angry Beast, a blended stout with 50% of it being barrel aged, launched our barrel aging program.
We expanded our barrel program and launched Very Angry Beast as a 100% barrel aged blended stout.
Selected as Rate Beer’s Top Brewery in Massachusetts
We launched our State-Specific beer program with the launch of Ohio Unidragon to comply with the then ABV limits on beers in Ohio.
We released Space Cake double IPA, which has become our number 1 beer.
Exorcism at Sunset debuted in October, outside a small release of bottles, it was only available on draft at Sunset Grille in Allston, MA.
One of Rate Beer’s Top 100 Breweries in the World
As a continuation of the Exorcism at Sunset series, we produced Breakfast Exorcism, which reached #160 on Beer Advocate’s Top 250 beers.
Clown Shoes’ export business expands with the award of two contracts to the Swedish Government Monopoly for our Belgian-style IPA and American Barleywine.
Clown Shoes joins the Mass. Bay Brewing Company, makers of Harpoon and UFO. Production moves to Boston, MA and Windsor, VT.
We expanded our specialty program with monthly special release beers and monthly barrel aged beers.
Clown Shoes approaches our 10 year anniversary with a bunch of exciting new beers.