Everett, MAFollowing Rob Gronkowski’s bittersweet announcement that he is retiring from football, the Everett-based brewery Night Shift has dedicated a batch of their American Double IPA The 87 to the 29-year-old Patriots player.

Night Shift announced the dedication in an Instagram post, saying, “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. This next batch of The 87 is dedicated to the other "87" - Rob Gronkowski. Cheers to 9 amazing seasons for one incredible team.”

We second that emotion, and have selected The 87 to highlight for this week's What's on Tap feature here at Up To Boston. The 87 received a 4.18 from Beer Advocate. At 8.0% ABV, this double IPA is pretty strong, but you wouldn't know it from the hoppy, crisp sweetness, with notes of mango, papaya, and candied peaches. Pairs well with spicy noodle dishes, grilled fish, or curry.

Fun fact: The 87 was not actually named for Gronk. The beer's name references the brewery’s address at 87 Santilli Highway in Everett. Night Shift offers The 87 on tap year-round at their brewery in Everett and at their new location at Lovejoy Wharf in Boston. The latest batch will soon be in distribution.

I highly recommend a trip to the Everett location. In summer months, have your beer outside on the patio and bring your dog to the pet-friendly outdoor seating area. While there’s not a full kitchen, they do serve some bar snacks, and there are food trucks on site almost daily, so you won’t go hungry. Plus live music in the taproom on Thursdays and Fridays. Local musicians can contact the brewery if they are interested in playing a gig.

The Lovejoy Wharf location in Boston just opened on March 20th, and it looks like it’s going to be another fun spot! This location features a full menu with dishes under $15, a specialty coffee bar, seasonal waterfront seating, and an on-site brewery for small batch experimental beers.

Article Image Courtesy of Night Shift Brewing