to the beer: whether in the form of Jack D'or's snappy saison americain, Baby
Tree's knockout Belgian quad, or 1901 KK's scintillatingly delicious (and
historical) black ale, Pretty Things is a staple on tap pulls in our fair
city's best bars. Though it feels like those signature big bottles have always
been around, it turns out the company is fast-approaching it's third birthday,
which they'll be celebrating at Precinct on December 1.
started off really, really small, with no money," says head brewer Dann
Paquette, over the phone from Pretty Things headquarters. "We sold the first
batch of beer, and the money that came from that funded the next one, and it's
sort of been a big snowball since then. Now, we have 800 accounts in Massachusetts, so that's
result of becoming tenant brewers instead of full-timers, Pretty Things powerhouse
brewskies always seem to exude this homemade, giddy I-can't-believe-we-did-it-again-ness. In
a town with two major, top-notch breweries to contend with, the mom-and-pop
style business has made a significant impact on beer drinkers around here--a
major feat in a setting where Natty Ice is a top seller each weekend.
called it the Pretty Things Beer and Ale ‘Project,' because we assumed it would
go out of business, and we didn't want it to seem like a failure," says
Paquette, who describes the pair as nostalgic and cheeseball. "Or if we wanted
to move on, we could just say the project was over.
love where we are right now," he continues. "For us, it's more about the idea
of living in the present and having a good time. And quite frankly, we have so
much fun not being in debt."