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Brewing in Mass.: Jack’s Abby and Night Shift

Hoponius Union, made by Jack’s Abby Brewing, has become my first-choice beer when I’m out at a pub. So imagine how happy the Framingham brewer made me when it recently began bottling this fine beverage.

It’s an innovative beer. Jack’s Abby, a three-brother operation that launched last year and has carved a niche by focusing on lagers, calls Hoponius Union an “India pale lager.” Indeed, it tastes more like an India pale ale than a pale lager, which is what it is. And that’s because it’s intensely hopped — this beer measures 65 IBUs, bitter even by IPA standards.

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