Thursday, March 16, 2017

Second Run of Prints

Greetings folks, here's a few photos from the second run of prints I did this weekend. I changed up the colors a little to a transparent gold and a teal blue. They're all slightly different because of the opacity/application of the rolled ink. Some of the gold is lighter/darker in each print. If you're interested in a print send me an email!  Click the link below to see some process pix from the day!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017 is Officially "HAFFENREFFER BREWERS DAY" in the City of Boston!

Mayor Martin J. Walsh has officially proclaimed that Thursday, March 2, 2017 is "HAFFENREFFER BREWERS DAY" in the city of Boston!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Special Treat: Lauren Clark's "Top 10 Fun Facts" About Haffenreffer

On Thursday, March 2, after the official unveiling / ribbon cutting celebration at Bella Luna, guests, including nearly twenty Haffenreffers from over New England gathered in the back room for a special "Top Ten Facts" about Haffenreffer read live by Lauren Clark, author of Crafty Bastards. She was kind enough to share the list here. Thanks Lauren!

From Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England from the Mayflower to Modern Day

by Lauren Clark (Union Park Press)

10. During its 100 years in the business, the Haffenreffer family were the most successful brewers in New England. They owned not only the Haffenreffer Brewery in Boston but the Old Colony Brewery in Fall River and the Narragansett Brewery in Cranston, Rhode Island.

9. The first lager beer – as opposed to ale – in Boston was brewed by German immigrants who settled in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury because of the purity of the Stonybrook Aquifer.

8. There were 24 breweries operating in JP and Roxbury in the late 1800s.

7. By 1900, Boston had the most breweries per capita of any American city.

6. Before he started the Haffenreffer Brewery in 1870, Rudolph Haffenreffer worked for the first-generation lager brewer Gottlieb Burkhardt. Haffenreffer even married Burkhardt’s niece, Catherine.

5. New England was once a hops-growing powerhouse. It exported hops to other states and to Europe. AND it was New Englanders who first planted hops in today’s primary growing region, the Pacific Northwest.

4. Rudolph Haffenreffer’s oldest son, Rudolph Jr, studied chemistry at the Boston Institute of Technology, which would later move to Cambridge and become MIT.

3. In the 1940s and 50s, Narragansett’s promotional artwork was done by Theodore Geisel – BEFORE he became better known as Dr. Seuss.

2. In 1955, the Haffenreffer family-owned Narragansett brewery had a 65% share of the New England beer market.

1. Because of its potency, Haffenreffer Private Stock Malt Liquor was nicknamed Green Death and Haffen-wrecker.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Read the Feature Article on THE HAFFENREFFER CHIMNEY RESTORATION PROJECT in The Boston Globe

Click here to view the on-line version.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony -- Featured in The Boston Globe's "Names" Section

This ran online on Friday, March 3, in the Boston Globe.
Click here to view the article online.

Here is a Photo of the Actual Proclamation Stating March 2, 2017 as HAFFENREFFER BREWERS DAY in Boston

This is a photo of the official proclamation, signed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, stating that Thursday, March 2, 2017 was HAFFENREFFER BREWERS DAY in the City of Boston.

About the Official Unveiling and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Thursday, March 2, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) held the official unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony for the HAFFENREFFER CHIMNEY RESTORATION PROJECT.

In attendance were Boston's Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who proclaimed Thursday, March 2, as HAFFENREFFER BREWERS DAY in the city of Boston, as well as Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley, Further, remarks were offered by Richard Thal (executive director of the JPNDC), Carl Nord (George B. Henderson Foundation/Historic New England), Margot Zurakowska (chair of Illustration, Massachusetts College of Art and Design), and the project's artist, Robert Maloney.

Many folks attended, including folks from JPNDC, the Brewery Complex, friends/family of Robert Maloney, and JP residents. But what was extra special, and not expected, was attendance of nearly two dozen Haffenreffer family members, some who traveled from all over New England to celebrate their family's legacy, including 93-years-young "Aunt Katie," the only living child of founder Rudolph Haffenreffer.

The reception followed at Bella Luna, where guests heard a "Top 10 Fun Facts" about Haffenreffer Brewers, read by Lauren Clark, author of CRAFTY BASTARDS, a book about the history of beer brewing in New England.

Then it turned into an open mic down memory lane, where Haffenreffer family members recounted various stories and memories from the "old days," which was a treat for all.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Watch the Time-lapse Video of THE HAFFENREFFER CHIMNEY RESTORATION PROJECT Installation...

Artist Robert Maloney captured the installation of the Haffenreffer chimney restoration via time-lapse, including the stainless steel cage arriving on site at the Brewery Complex in Jamaica Plain, rigging it up, the cranes hoisting it into the air, and then the technicians affixing it to the actual current chimney.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


THE HAFFENREFFER Chimney Restoration Project Narrative
By Robert Maloney

For 30 years the signage on the bricks of the former Haffenreffer Brewery chimney had been missing the first three letters of their name (HAF). The top of the chimney was removed and rebuilt in a process to repair the damaged structure over the course of several restoration projects. Living less than a block away from the brewery, I’ve seen the _ _ _ FENREFFER typographical error on a daily basis. Over the years, I’ve considered various ways to repair the signage to honor the history of the building, while also transforming the structure in a simple way into the 21st century.

Monday, February 27, 2017

This Thursday, March 2, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) will hold an official unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the HAFFENREFFER BREWERS CHIMNEY RESTORATION PROJECT. The installation of the stainless steel crown was complete on December 28, 2016.

4-6pm -- reception, Bella Luna (284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain)
4:30pm -- ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks, patio, Bella Luna

At the reception there will be a special reading by Lauren Clarke, author of CRAFTY BASTARDS, about Haffenreffer Brewers.

The brand new limited edition wood-cut prints by artist Robert Maloney will be on display and available for sale.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Haffenreffer Brewers Chimney Looks Handsome in the Jamaica Plain Skyline...

Check out this great photo taken randomly by Andrea Shea. Looks just lovely against the fluffy, puffy skyline in Jamaica Plain.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Robert Maloney's interview with Kelly Ransom at JPNDC

Click here to read the interview

Read About the History of The Haffenreffer Brewery

Read about the history of The Haffenreffer Brewery on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation's (JPNDC) website.

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Get Your Limited Edition HAFFENREFFER CHIMNEY RESTORATION PROJECT Wood Block Print by Robert Maloney

Starting on March 2, 2017, limited edition wood block prints of The Haffenreffer Chimney Restoration Project will be available for sale by artist Robert Maloney. The prints measure 12" x 16" and are printed on Stonehenge paper.

Email Robert to purchase your limited edition prints.

Here's some process photos of the print run!

Read about CRAFTY BASTARDS, a History of Beer Making in New England by Lauren Clark

The book CRAFTY BASTARDS (Union Park Press) covers the 400-year history of beer making in New England, including a section on Haffenreffer Brewers, written by Robert's friend Lauren Clark!

Click here to learn more about and buy the book.

Read the excerpt below from Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England from the Mayflower to Modern Day,
by Lauren Clark (Union Park Press)

The most successful New England brewers of the [post-Prohibition] era, or of any era since, were the Haffenreffers. During its hundred years in the brewing business, the family owned not only Haffenreffer & Co. in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood but Old Colony/Enterprise Brewing in Fall River, Massachusetts and the Narragansett Brewing Co. in Cranston, Rhode Island--the most successful New England-based brewery ever.

The man who started it all was Rudolph Haffenreffer, who immigrated to America from W├╝rttemburg, Germany in 1868. Already an experienced brewer at age twenty-one, he began working at Gottlieb F. Burkhardt's in Roxbury, one of Boston's first lager breweries. Pure water from the Stonybrook aquifer, along with cheap land, made Roxbury and Jamaica Plain a magnet for brewers, and that area became a hub of New England's small German immigrant population. Rudolph quickly worked his way up to brewmaster and married Catherine Burkhardt, Gottlieb's seventeen-year-old niece.

In 1870, he started the Boylston Brewery on Bismarck and Germania streets in Jamaica Plain, though it was soon thereafter known as Haffenreffer & Co. At first, he brewed only lagers, but in 1901--this being New England, after all--ales and porters joined the portfolio. At that point, the plant had expanded from a modest wooden brewhouse to a mostly brick complex of fourteen buildings including refrigerated storehouses, a stable for horse-drawn delivery wagons, and, according to legend, a beer-dispensing spigot on one outdoor wall.

The Daily Free Press Feature

Read about the Haffenreffer Chimney Restoration Project in the Daily Free Press!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Video footage of Ladder Removal for the Haffenreffer Chimney Restoration Project

I happened to catch the removal of the ladders as the install team dismantled the scaffolding (unveiling the HAF crown for the first time on Jan 6, 2017!). Another day at the office for those guys!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Learn About the George B. Henderson Foundation, Who Helped Fund the Project

The George B. Henderson Foundation is solely devoted to the enhancement of the physical appearance of the city of Boston and immensely contributes to an effort of preserving the local cultural and historic values. Communities and organizations of all origins have been granted funds for restorations of historic properties, park preservations, art installations and other projects focused on enhancing the physical appearance of the city. The generosity of George B. Henderson has and still is improving the visual environment of numerous neighborhoods and enhancing the lives of their residents and visitors.

Click here to learn more about the George B. Henderson Foundation.