Bad Martha Beer to Transition From Bottles to 16 oz. Cans

MARTHA’s VINEYARD, Mass. — Boston Magazine has announced that fans across the State voted Bad Martha Beer the Top 2 brewery in Massachusetts in the publication’s inaugural Malt Madness Tournament.  Down The Road Beer Co. bested Bad Martha Beer by landing first place, but voting was close.

“We congratulate Down The Road for being selected as the top brewery, and are honored Bad Martha Beer was selected as runner up,” said Jonathan Blum, CEO and Co-Founder of Bad Martha Brewing Company.  “Given the many outstanding breweries across the State, this is a huge honor and we’re thrilled we made it to the Top 2.  Our goal is to produce delicious quality beers, using local ingredients and giving back to the community,” said Blum.

Bad Martha Brewing Company’s flagship beer is the award-winning Martha’s Vineyard Ale, an English Special Bitters, while it also produces 508 IPA, Vineyard Summer Ale, MV Honey Helles, Wicked Coffee Porter and Twin Sirens (a double IPA).  Since 2014, Bad Martha has won eleven awards at the International Beer Festival, beating out many of the world’s best-selling beers.  Blum co-founded Bad Martha Beer with fellow island resident Peter Rosbeck in 2013.

At Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery & Tasting Room in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, which opened in 2014, Jacobi Reid, Master Brewer, produces over 25 different styles of beer using island grown or produced ingredients such as: organic honey, hops, strawberries, blueberries, beach plums, chocolate, oysters, jalapeños, roasted coffee beans, plus Bay State cranberries.

Additionally, all Bad Martha Beer is made with one very special ingredient no one else uses – grape leaves handpicked right on Martha’s Vineyard.  The Tap Room provides a fun, relaxing environment for everyone, opening Memorial Day through Columbus Day and weekends in November and December.  “We welcome everyone to come visit us at our Tasting Room on Martha’s Vineyard, or to ask for us at your local bar, restaurant or package store,” said Blum.

“We would like to thank our friends, customers and supporters for naming Bad Martha Beer the Top 2 brewery in Massachusetts in Boston Magazine’s Malt Madness.”   Bad Martha plans to introduce a number of exciting new beers this year at the Tasting Room, and if they are successful there, they will be commercially produced for others to enjoy.

For more information about Boston Magazine’s Malt Madness Tournament visit

16-Ounce Cans Coming Soon

Bad Martha also announced that it will be switching from bottles to 16-ounce cans beginning this Spring, and all beer will now be available in 4-packs.   The move is based on the great success selling Vineyard Summer Ale in cans for the last two summers and because cans are better for beer freshness and are more environmentally friendly than bottles.

Bad Martha Brewing Earns Eleven Beer Industry Awards

Gold for Martha’s Vineyard Ale (ESB Category) 2014

Gold for Martha’s Vineyard Export Lager (Dortmunder Category) 2014

Gold for Martha’s Vineyard Pumpkin Pie Bock (Fruit & Spice Lager Category) 2014

Silver for Cucumber Jalapeno Kolsch (Fruit & Spice Lager Category) 2016

Silver for Bad Martha’s Vineyard Summer Ale (Light Ale-Golden Category) 2015

Bronze for Martha’s Vineyard White IPA (Belgian Witbier Category) 2014

Bronze for Martha’s Vineyard, Tim’s Beach Plum Ale (Fruit & Spice Belgian Category) 2014

Bronze for Martha’s Vineyard, Roscoe’s Brown Ale (Brown-Porter Category) 2015

Bronze for Martha’s Vineyard Belgian Blonde (Belgian-Saison Category) 2015

Bronze for Pumpkin Pie Bock (Fruit & Spice Belgian Category) 2016

Bronze for Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Ale (Old Ale/Strong Ale Category) 2016

About Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery & Tasting Room on Martha’s Vineyard 

Surrounded by beautiful landscaping, flowers and native plants, the Farmer’s Brewery & Tasting Room is a bucolic setting for craft beer fans. The post and beam barn was built by the Amish in Pennsylvania and erected onsite in a 5-day barn raising in 2014.  Visitors can enjoy free samples of award-winning beer including seasonal varieties, purchase brew by the glass or a flight paddle, enjoy farm-local cheese, vegetable and charcuterie platters, outdoor patio, games, live music and take home a growler.

The Farmer’s Brewery is located at 270 Upper Main Street, Edgartown, MA 02539. (508)-939-4415.  The Farmer’s Brewery & Tasting Room in Edgartown is open between Memorial Day and Columbus Day, and on weekends in November and December.

About Bad Martha’s Lore

In 1602, mischievous winds drove Bartholomew Gosnold’s ship to Martha’s Vineyard.  As legend has it, he scoured the Island for ingredients to brew ale for his crew.  Alas, he found none…and he fell asleep on the shore one evening.  Under the light of the moon, he awoke to a sensuous mermaid with jet black hair and a devilish grin.  Sitting at water’s edge, she beckoned to Gosnold.  The closer he got, the further she swam away – tempting him to follow.  So he did.  Finally, he found himself in a field brimming with lush Island grapes.  These would be perfect for wine, he thought.  But nay, he was a good Englishman, so these grapes became the secret ingredient for a robust, refreshing beer.  Gosnold never saw the mermaid again.  He went to his grave wondering if he ever saw her at all.  Today, we brew every handcrafted beer as Gosnold did, with grape leaves harvested on the Vineyard and a splash of mermaid mischief.  Naturally, we had no choice but to name our beer after the elusive siren who started it all.  Bad Martha.  Bad Martha.  Good Beer.

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