PRESS RELEASE / May 20, 2024 (Boston, MA) – Night Shift Brewing and Life Alive, two urban Boston brands, have teamed up to collaborate on a new, limited release beer – The Optimist, Live Positive IPA. 

WHAT: The Optimist, Live Positive IPA is a juicy, hops-forward beer that delivers refreshing notes of watermelon, mango, toasted brown rice and chili-lime salt. Brewed on site at Night Shift’s Lovejoy Wharf location, The Optimist is Night Shift’s first beer made with organic ingredients.
The Optimist – Live Alive IPA will be available in cans and on draft starting on Tuesday, May 28. Available while supplies last.

$1 from every 4-pack will be donated to Gaining Ground, an organic, no-till farm in Concord, MA. For over 30 years, they have donated 100% of every crop to people experiencing food insecurity while prioritizing the health of the land, the staff and volunteers and all who receive their food.

To celebrate the launch of The Optimist, the chefs from Life Alive are joining the team in the Night Shift Lovejoy Wharf kitchen on Thursday, May 30. Guests can enjoy a collaborative three-course meal paired with one of the first pours of The Optimist or a Gin and (Green) Juice cocktail. The full menu includes:

— Aperitivo —

Gin & (Spicy Green) Tonic

Night Shift Gin with Life Alive’s organic cold-pressed spicy green tonic juice,

made with pineapple, jalapeño, mint, cilantro, green apple

— For The Table —

Life Alive Snack mix

fresh popcorn, smoked almonds, Japanese peanuts, wasabi peas, candied pecans

— Party Starters —


Super Fresh Spring Veg n’ Dip

hot harissa and basil green goddess dressing with local spring vegetables

Crispy Tofu Nugz

with hot honey mustard, maple miso bbq & sweet chili sauces

Hummus & Pita Plate

cucumber, kalamata, warm pita, tahini, crispy chickpeas

— The Main Event —


BBQ Pulled Mushroom Sliders

brioche, maple miso bbq sauce, jalapeño ranch, rainbow slaw, quick pickles

Eggplant Katsu Sandwich

spicy chili garlic sauce, cucumber, pickled onion

Watermelon Poke Salad

chili-lime watermelon, fresh mango, avocado & cucumber with brown rice,

cilantro & mint, rainbow radishes, frisée, peanut crumble & sesame ginger dressing

Life Alive Detroit Style Pizza

Life Alive’s signature ginger tamari sauce, roasted broccoli, kale, chili, garlic,

oyster mushrooms, vermont white cheddar and everything-bagel crust

— Something Sweet —

“The Elvis” Ice Cream Sandwich

chocolate chip cookies & vegan peanut butter gelato

Tickets are $75/person and reservations can be made online at:

WHERE:     Night Shift Brewing Lovejoy Wharf

           1 Lovejoy Wharf

            Boston MA, 02114


Night Shift Brewing Everett Taproom

87 Santilli Highway

Everett MA, 02149


About Night Shift Brewing

Night Shift Brewing has its roots in a small kitchen on Josephine Ave in Somerville, MA. In 2007, Co-Founders Rob, Mike, and Michael began homebrewing at night, making beers for friends and family that they hoped were more delicious than the commercial options on shelves. In 2012, the trio moved their hobby to a small Everett warehouse and launched the business. Today, Night Shift Brewing operates MA locations in Boston and Everett, and distributes beer throughout MA, CT, ME, NH, NY, PA, RI, VT, NJ, MD and DC. Night Shift’s mantra is “all styles welcome” – they exist to celebrate and welcome all beverages, all people, and all ideas. Anyone who wants a seat at their table has one. The brewery maintains a relentless focus on the three values: integrity, innovation, and inclusivity. For more information, please visit and follow along on Instagram @nightshiftbrewing, @nightshiftlovejoy, @nightshiftbeergardens.

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