This past year was a wash in beer. Sort of. Here are five of the best beer and brewery stories we poured out in 2015

1. Free beer in Boston is tricky business

Free beer!

It’s an enticing draw for potential customers and good times-seeking Bostonians, especially in a city where bar tabs are notoriously expensive. 

2. Pour-it-yourself beer taps: Is Boston next?

In a state whose role in beer culture is well established — birthplace of the iconic Sam Adams brand and home to new craft brewers and taprooms every year — one sudsy modern novelty has yet to take hold: self-serve brews.

3. Brewery brotherhood: Nightshift lends Idle Hands a helping hand after kicked out from casino

Things looked pretty grim for Idle Hands Craft Ales after the Everett Wynn Casino handed down a notice to vacate. They and about 20 other businesses in the industrial side of town were given the boot on June 30, and a death knell seemed imminent. 

But there is plenty of brotherhood on tap in the craft beer brewing community. Their old neighbors, Nightshift Brewery, were not going to let their kegs kick for the last time.

4. Sam Adams wants to trademark 'Boston 2024' 

As backers of Boston's embattled bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games struggle to overcome public opposition, the maker of the city's famous Sam Adams beer has jumped into the fray by applying for a "Boston 2024" beer trademark.

5. Bent Water Brewery hopes to put Lynn on the craft beer map

Boston's dirty water was not going to cut it for Bent Water Brewery. That's why its founders headed a few miles north to Lynn where the water is, apparently, fresher than its reputation. For Aaron Reames, pouring his heart into Bent Water Brewing Company is “a hobby on steroids.”