Boston’s Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project closes, on to next adventure

Dann Paquette and Martha Holley-Paquette of Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project // Photo via Pretty Things website

Dann Paquette and Martha Holley-Paquette of Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project // Photo via Pretty Things website

Dann Paquette and Martha Holley-Paquette, owners of Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, announced today in an open letter on their blog that they will cease operations and be moving on to a new project—though what that is remains to be seen. From the owners:

Brewing our beers has been a great labor and a great joy. But best of all we shared it with so many great beer drinkers. It really feels like we met you all. We’ve stood in shops, bars, restaurants, on stages, in VFW halls. Sometimes you were already fans. Sometimes you spat out our beer. Sometimes you just fancied a chat. We always felt happy to meet you by the end. It was always fun, or funny, or we sold a beer, or learned something. Many of you became friends. We’ve loved drinking beers with you.

We hope our beers brought you joy and brought you closer together. There’s no greater goal for a batch of beer or a project like ours.

After seven years it’s time to draw the curtains and head off to a new adventure. 

While the owners didn’t expand on what their next adventure would be, one line in the letter will certainly catch the attention of Pretty Things fans: “A poorly drawn grain of barley called Jack D’Or made this whole thing possible. He’ll be coming with us.” Whether they have plans for the actual beer or just the spirit behind it, the owners will likely find the support of a dedicated fanbase, drawn to the company’s uncompromising stance on beer with integrity.

Most notably, Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project made waves last year when it took Boston bars and restaurants to task over the illegal practice of selling tap lines to breweries and distributors.


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