The first thing that strikes you when you walk into Night Shift Brewing in Everett, Massachusetts is just how much is going on at-play in the front-of-house. There is simply a lot going on in the space.
There’s a lengthy bar in an expansive room, decorated with stunning photography and various odds and ends, little keepsakes that one would assume have been accumulated over time as the brewery has been open and as its evolved. There is another room, with another bar, with a contrasting color scheme and thematic design—a more modernized conceptual space, a self-contained Night Shift tasting room 2.0, if you will.
There is an open and inviting patio area with a spot for a food truck to pull up and serve eats, a space to enjoy a beer outside. You can quickly tell that this outdoor area starts bumping when Night Shift gets busy in the warmer months. People there to throw back pints of some of there more crushable beers, like Nite Lite (a “craft” America Macro-Lite Lager) and Whirlpool (a New England Style Pale Ale, perhaps my favorite).
The back-of-house seems to have nearly as much going on there too. A cavernous warehouse with various rooms and sections that serve to house barrels, store empty cans and dry goods, provide cold storage of finished beer, house the brewhouse, the canning lines (two of them!), foudres, and so on and so on.
Even though this joint may have started as a lean operation, a crew of beer loving people brewing on the night shift, with all that’s currently going on (and a new, new location in the works in Boston at 1 Lovejoy in the Converse World Headquarters) it’s clearly much, much more.