OPB aka Other People’s Bottles, is a very small batch brewery that ferments the type of real beers Faerie & Gnome Kings and Queens alike would clamor over one another for one more sip.

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Summer 2019 to bring you up to speed here.

After Sierra Brookline batch #1 I performed acts worthy of alchemical distinction.

I became a Certified Cicerone®!!  Go check out my beer educator tab on this site to know more.

-A hoppy wheat ale with ElDorado, Galaxy and Lemon Drop hops.  This was 6.3% abv.

-Sierra Brookline batch #2 with Cascade, wild hops cones from Boston’s Fenway and Nugget.  This was 7.3% abv.

-American Pale Ale with Willamette, Summer and Idaho-7 hops.  This was almost another Sierra Nevada clone but it’s SRM was deeper almost red.  It was because of the Vienna and Cara Vienna I used in this batch.  This was 5.2%abv.

-American Pale Ale with Willammette, Medusa and Cashmere hops.  I used all European grains and paired them with American yeast and hops.  This was 5.4% abv.

-A Belle Saison with French Strisselspalt hops is on the schedule for the Summer of 2019!

Okay, now you are all caught up to Summer 2019.

Spring 2018, Sierra Brookline has 90% Brookline, MA. grown hops hand picked by moi (Centennial, Cascade and Nugget).  This is a slight clone of Sierra Nevada’s pale ale recipe.  I used the yeast and some of the grain bill.  The rest is magic.

Fall 2017,  Farms’on Farmhouse ale is on the ferment.  I used Target (bitter), El Dorado (Flavor), Idaho-7 Mosaic Crypto (flavor) and on flame out Idaho-7 and Mosaic (aroma).  Pilsen, wheat and Red X malts ABV to be determined.  By Halloween it should be ready.

Spring 2017, it rains today and the flowers are not far away.

An experimental beer has been brewed and  bottle conditioned (on a full moon) and is ready for a “club” competition that I am and other liquid alchemists are members of.  5 teams of 4; each group has 2 grains and 2 hops to use as a base recipe the yeast strain and other extras are up to the individual.

Here is the artwork for mine. It consisted of Vienna, Coffee and Pale German grains, Galena and Tettnang hops some K-97 saccharomyces and some extra magic sprinkles, it is 9.7% ABV

artwork Natural Line studio

OPB Full Moon Havoc

My final beer for brew season 2015-2016 is a Single Malt Single Hop ale. I used some American 2 row grain, a native hop from the N. American Southwest named NeoMexicanus and the Nottingham strain of saccharomyces.  This one has a very unique light tan color and a stone juicy pineapple bouquet with a nice assertive bitterness.  7.1%ABV.

Nott2Neo Mark W. Slater

Artwork for SMASH ale beer Nott2Neo

Winter nearly Spring 2017, I have three concoctions that have come out of the Magical Alchemical Closet (M.A.C.) in the last few moon cycles.  The first one is an Imperial Brown Ale; dubbed Charlie’s Brown this one fermented much better than calculated and ended up being 8.4% ABV, French Strisselspalt is the hop in this, the second is a classical take on the Belgian Wit style also with French Strisselspalt, clocking in at a very sessionable 3.5% ABV and lastly is my first Mead, this took months to ferment and was worth the wait.  It came in at 12.6% ABV and is in the categories of Semi-Sweet, standard and still as per BJCP mead and cider 2015 guidelines.

On the ferment right now is a mystery elixir that is for a competition in my local Alchemists’ club.Vienna, Pilsner, coffee malt, Galena and Tettnang hops with some German ale yest.

November 2016, English and American Pale and Bitter styles collide for GabriAle; with UK Target and El Dorado hops, UK Golden promise and German Pale malts with a little bit of Hudson valley honey to help the fermentation and Nottingham yeast.  5% ABV


OPB GabriAle

Brew Season 2016-2017 has officially started for OPB!  Saison Pumpkin batch #2 has been bottled and is now waiting for two weeks to let nature to take its course on the conditioning (that means making bubbles and “beer head”) of this custom concoction.  Liberty and El Dorado hops with some Hudson Valley wildflowers honey was fermented to an ABV of 6.66%.

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May 20th 2016, Dubbel Trubel won 1st place for the Trappist style category in the Rhode Island Ocean State home brew competition in April!  Woooohooooo

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Dubbel Trubel screen shot

The last beer of my brew season Dampf Marzen will be ready to drink in a few weeks.  I used Bavaria Mandarina hops and the commonly known as yeast “California Common” for this beer.

A classic beer with an American yeast.

April 11, 2016;  Please welcome Belgian Donker Blonde Ale to the OPB family made with Spalt and Hersbrucker hops.

master Donker

Our newest addition!!!

The TBD caramel colored beer falls into the SRM (standard reference method) wheel color range of 10-17 for an American Amber.  So I dub thee, AmAm batch #2! This one clocks in at an ABV% of 6.5.  Polaris and Chinook hops are in this beer!!  I have entered this and the Tripel Dipel (that is now named Dubbel Trubel) into the Ocean State Home Brew competition.  Dubbel Trubel has also been entered into the AHA 2016 competition as well.  Judging results should be in by late April 2016.  Fingers crossed for some positive outcomes on both of  the competitions.?.

March 2nd,

Lots of things going on other than mystical brews and brewing.  An as of yet TBD caramel colored beer is on the 2nd ferment right now and will be ready to drink on March 17th.  I used the new German Polaris hop and a good standard PacNorWest grown Chinook for the hops on this one.  So yeah I have that going for me.

 February 2016

American Amber coming up

January 2016

Please welcome two new Ale styles to the OPB fam.

Golden Apollo SMASH ale and the Belgian strong ale Tripel Dipel.

The Tripel will be bottled in about 9 days and then will be ready for consumption on the January 28th (@7pm)

Braukline Homebrew club meeting at Boston Homebrew Supply.

The SMASH will be ready on February 6th or so.  Until then keep thinking of fermented thoughts.

Tripel apollo labelsThe others in the family:

Family of beers

December 9th, 2015.  COE3 Imp. Porter is bottled and 7 more days until drink date.   Op262719 taste good but not blow your mind!  Next batch is going to be a Belgian Triple and that will be brewed in a few days it should be ready in January.  WEIRD fact…Op was 7%, COE3 was 8% and Belg Triple should be 9%…see a pattern here? 7,8,9.  Take care and have a great holidays!

November 3rd, Competition results for “Bye-Bye” cream ale were a 29.5 out of 50, three categories are above and two below the “good” level, I’ll take good.   NEW BEER UPDATE!! Hoppy Ale “Operation:262719” is on the first ferment as of today and will be second fermented tomorrow. This one should be a strong one 7% or so?  Simcoe, Rakau, and Amarillo hops mmm mmm good.!  As well my Session Saison Pumpkin is now being drunk.  Belle Saison yeast, Massachusetts grown in Watertown Chinook hops, inverted sugar, molasses and some 2 row NY malt.  It is very subtle considering it has 12 lbs. of pumpkin meat in the 4.5 gal batch that I made.  This beer was dry-oaked for the last two weeks of conditioning, ABV% 4.2

September 24th, 2015, I have entered the Bye-Bye into a beer contest held on October 9th.  I’ll let you know what happened when I do.

September 2015, “Bye-bye” Cream Ale will be ready for drinking on the 15th.  It is not your ordinary cream Ale.

June 2015

This month I collaborated with a larger facility to make my Father’s Day Flight Oktoberfest Ale.  I will be bottling this one in a week.  Here is the label art for your enticement.


May 2015

The Kalesch is exquisite.  The late addition of the Utah Centennial hops gives it this nice and spicy aroma as the beer warms up from fridge temperatures.  The color is nice and golden clear!

21 on 21 looks nothing like a Heffy and tastes just barely like it too.  It has more of a brown look to it.  The saving German grace is that I used the Munich yeast variety and the Tettnang hops helps hold onto its German roots. Other than that drink it down my Faerie and Gnome friends and have another on the house.

February-April 2015

Jailboyd Kalesch batch #3 bottled, two more weeks…21 it quite a subtle sip on the tongue…Munchin’ Comets is going to a contest on Thursday!
21 on 21 bottled, Jailboyd Kalesch on the ferment and now enjoying Munchin’comets, which is exactly that!
21 on 21 hefeweizen is in fermentation
Munchin’ Comets SMASH almost ready to be bottled.
Drinking Nor’EasterOcalypse IPA mmmm mmmm good. Quite a head on this one.