Bully Boy Distillers and Hopsters Release Down Boy Imperial Stout

down boy imperial stoutBOSTON — To commemorate the repeal of Prohibition, Bully Boy Distillers, Boston’s first craft distillery, is partnering with Hopsters to release a limited run small-batch specialty beer. The exclusive barrel-aged Down Boy Imperial Stout is infused with the unique flavors and aromas of whiskey and oak that feature prominently in Bully Boy spirits.

The full-bodied stout aged in second-use Bully Boy Distillers whiskey barrels delivers a malty, opaque brew that includes subtle notes of raisin, oak, and the one-of-a-kind caramel and nutty finish of Bully Boy’s own American Straight Whiskey. Created during a collaborative brew session under the supervision of Hopsters’ head brewer Jeff Rowe, Bully Boy co-founder Will Willis assisted in hand-mashing, boiling and crafting the beer earlier this year. The stout was then aged for 90 days in two American Oak wood barrels that were previously used to mature Bully Boy’s handcrafted whiskey for the last three and a half years.

Inspired from the start by the Prohibition time period, Will and Dave Willis founded Bully Boy Distillers and began hand crafting artisanal spirits in 2010.

“A chance discovery of Prohibition-era bottled spirits left by our great-grandfather in our family farmhouse sparked our interest in distilling,” said Will Willis, co-founder of Bully Boy Distillers. “As the city’s first craft distillery, we pride ourselves on a legacy of creating innovative artisan products that exude the spirit of Boston, and we love partnering with other local businesses that share our ethos. The Down Boy Imperial Stout was fun to make with Hopsters and most importantly, it’s a damn good beer.”

Down Boy Imperial Stout will be available on draft at Hopsters starting on Repeal Day, December 5, until the limited edition brew runs out. Additionally, Down Boy Imperial Stout will be available for purchase in 750ml bottles at Hopsters, making a great gift for artisanal whiskey and craft beer fans alike. The beer is 9 percent Alcohol By Volume and 38 IBUs (International Bitterness Units).

For additional information about Bully Boy Distillers, visit http://www.bullyboydistillers.com/ and for information about Down Boy Imperial Stout and Hopsters, visit http://www.hopsters.net/.


Founded by brothers Will and Dave Willis, Bully Boy Distillers is Boston’s first craft distillery and is committed to crafting innovative and premium spirits. Utilizing a 750 gallon copper pot still, all Bully Boy products are handcrafted in small, limited-run batches, resulting in complex and unique spirits that celebrate New England’s rich history. The name Bully Boy pays homage to former U.S. president, Teddy Roosevelt. The Willis family named its favorite farm workhorse after the popular Roosevelt-coined term, “bully,” meaning superb or wonderful. Today the endearing spirit of Roosevelt lives on in Bully Boy Distillers.


Hopsters, Boston area’s first and only custom craft brewery, offers customers the ultimate beer adventure—the opportunity to create a signature hand-crafted beer from scratch. Guided by Hopsters expert staff, aspiring brewmasters have everything they need, from recipes and ingredients to small-batch brewing systems to bottling and storage, for the ultimate personal beer. In addition, Hopsters offers a convivial pub-house atmosphere, featuring charcuterie meats, artisanal cheeses, and a full bar menu featuring local microbreweries and Hopsters’ signature craft beer styles on tap, in addition to fine spirits.