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The Clown Shoes Story

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.

December 2009

Clown Shoes Beer is formed and we sold our first beer – Hoppy Feet, black IPA.

2010

Clown Shoes’ line up expands with several new beers including Clementine, which continues to be part of our year round line up.

2011

Clown Shoes beers ship to Illinois, our first sales outside of Massachusetts.

2012

Angry Beast, a blended stout with 50% of it being barrel aged, launched our barrel aging program.

2013

We expanded our barrel program and launched Very Angry Beast as a 100% barrel aged blended stout.

2013

Selected as Rate Beer’s Top Brewery in Massachusetts

2014

We launched our State-Specific beer program with the launch of Ohio Unidragon to comply with the then ABV limits on beers in Ohio.

2014

Clown Shoes Beer launches Space Cake double IPA, which has become our number 1 beer.

2014

Exorcism at Sunset debuted in October, outside a small release of bottles, it was only available on draft at Sunset Grille in Allston, MA.

2014

One of Rate Beer’s Top 100 Breweries in the World

2015

As a continuation of the Exorcism at Sunset series, we produced Breakfast Exorcism, which reached #160 on Beer Advocate’s Top 250 beers.

2016

Clown Shoes’ export business expands with the award of two contracts to the Swedish Government Monopoly for our Belgian-style IPA and American Barleywine.

2017

Clown Shoes joins the Mass. Bay Brewing Company, makers of Harpoon and UFO. Production moves to Boston, MA and Windsor, VT.

2018

We expanded our specialty program with monthly special release beers and monthly barrel aged beers.

2019

Clown Shoes approaches our 10 year anniversary with a bunch of exciting new beers.

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