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We continually rotate our yearly rotational offerings of American Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Double IPA, and Milk Stout.
Scroll below for descriptions on our rotational and popular limited batch offerings.
Our "Limited Batch" ales are specialty ales brewed depending on the season or brewers inspirations. They include but are not limited too; Altbier, Barelywine, Belgian's, Black Pepper Porter, Blonde Ale, Brown Ale, Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Coffee Porter, Dampfbier, Double Porter, ESB, Heather Ale, Holiday Ale, Gose, Gruit Ale, Kottbusser, Oatmeal Stout, Porter, Russian Imperial Stout, RyePA, Sasion/Farmhouse, Smoked Gose, Springline, Summer Ale, Winter Warmer, and Wheatwine to name a few.
Our newest project the "Uncharted Series" ales is a variation of American Pale Ale's, India Pale Ale's, and Double IPA's.
The possibilities are endless!
The brewery is located at 122 Western Ave in Lowell, MA. The taproom is open for bottle sales, growler fills and merchandise sales on Thursday's 4PM - 9PM & The 1st Saturday of every month during open studios. For the latest information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or check out our RELEASE UPDATES page.
Planning a visit to the brewery? If so, you can find us directly under the large "Western Ave Studios" sign... you can't miss it. Upon entering the brewery you'll be greeted by someone from our team. A team member will offer you a sample, then take you on the 2 minute tour. We invite all to hangout, sample our beers and chat with us and our other guests. We love meeting new people and seeing familiar faces. All are welcome however you must be 21 years of age to sample the beer. The taproom is pooch friendly as long as your pooch plays well with others.
GPS Directions: Intersection of School St & Western Ave
Our handcrafted ales may also be found at these fine establishments and occasionally others. We suggest calling in advance to check what's on tap. If you would like to see our handcrafted ales on tap at your favorite craft beer bar or restaurant feel free to send us an email and we'll do our best to make it happen.
Owen and Ollie's
91 Mill Street
19 Merrimack Street
112 Middle Street
434 Main Street
Our beer can be purchased at the brewery during operating hours. If you can't make it when we are open check in with these local outlets. We recommend calling in advance for current stock.
It all began in the mid 90’s when Bob received a home-brew kit for father’s day. Bob had caught the “brewer bug” and the dream of one day brewing on a larger scale began. It wasn’t long before Bob started entering & winning regional home-brewer’s awards and later went on to win national awards, including 9 ribbons for various styles and a gold medal for an authentic German Rauchbier. Receiving encouragement from family & friends, Bob and his son in-law PJ set out to make the dream a reality. Together Bob & PJ co-found Navigation Brewing Co. After a lengthy two years of searching, planning and waiting, Navigation Brewing Co. came to fruition. Bob & PJ began brewing small 1.5bbl batches of handcrafted ales in a 1100 sq.ft. industrial space in Lowell, MA.
Navigation Brewing Co. accomplished so much and exceeded our expectations thanks to the huge support received from family, friends, the community and most of all our customers. Its never easy, juggling family life, real jobs (which we continue to keep), brewing new batches, attending events, and growing a business. But it’s a labor of love thing and we wouldn’t change it for anything. During the summer of 2014 the Navigation Team began filling growlers, growing local tap accounts and retail accounts around the Merrimack Valley. During this time a few upgrades were made in the fermenting room with the purchase of 3 new 3bbl fermenters. In January of 2015 the search for a new home began and by late October we began building our new brewery located at Western Ave Studios in Lowell, MA. The new location facilitated our plans to expand the operation and build a new taproom. The brewery is now back in operation pushing out as much beer as we can. The taproom is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016. To be continued….
Bob Johnson, Head Brewer/CEO
Bob loves brewing. He spends a great deal of time researching and constructing new recipes as well as redefining and resurrecting long lost styles. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, his Buddy Dudes “aka” grandkids, his daughters, family and friends by the backyard pool or on the beach in Maine.
PJ Mercier, Brewery Laborer/CMO
If PJ isn't at the brewery, he is hanging out with his wife and their four children or lost in the woods. He also enjoys skiing, the outdoors, and the pioneer ways of life.
The Navigation Brewing Co. Crew
Our crew is made up of an awesome and helpful group of volunteers that do everything from attend events, assist with production and man the taproom.