Beginning this summer, Night Shift Brewing will open two beer gardens on the Charles River. The first location will open in early August on Boston’s Esplanade, just steps away from the Hatch Shell. It will be the summer home for Night Shift’s newly built, state-of-the-art, 24-tap beer trailer.
The second location will also open in August at Brighton’s scenic Herter Park, alongside its 350-seat outdoor, riverside amphitheater. To implement both operations, the Everett-based brewery is partnering with the MA Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) and The Esplanade Association.
“We couldn’t be more excited to launch two Owl’s Nest beer gardens along the Charles this summer,” said Michael Oxton, Co-Founder of Night Shift. “You have greenery in every direction, the river flowing by, the city at your back, the sun on the horizon – what more could you need? A beer, of course.”
Oxton emphasized that while Night Shift Brewing’s award-winning beers will be prominently featured, the beer gardens will feature a wide variety of brands and products, ranging from other craft breweries, to wine, to a selection of non-alcoholic options.
“Our beverage focus is on high-quality craft,” said Oxton, whose other business, Night Shift Distributing, offers a growing portfolio of independent craft producers.
Beverages aside, Oxton says that Owl’s Nest experiences will also include plenty of comfortable seating, regular food trucks, occasional events and educational workshops, and a variety of on-site games for guests to enjoy on the expansive greens offered at both locations.
To support ongoing operations in state parks, Night Shift will contribute a portion of every beer and wine product sold to DCR. Similarly, Night Shift will also make a contribution to the Esplanade Association to further its efforts to revitalize and enhance the Esplanade.
The Owl’s Nest is expected to operate Wednesdays through Sundays at the Esplanade, and at least weekend hours at Herter Park, remaining open through October. Start dates, operating hours, and specific site locations are still TBD, subject to state and city permitting regulations.
Night Shift Brewing was founded in 2012 by a trio of friends with a shared passion for nocturnal homebrewing. Through culinary inspiration and determined innovation, they aim to create memorable craft beers that offer a wide array of unique, complex flavors.