The only thing I like better than old trucks is old trucks and beer. Last summer, I spent the afternoon watching an Olde Tyme Base-Ball double-header, and drinking beer out of “Shag,” Ipswich Ale’s 1948 Dodge Route Van.
Ipswich Ale runs a fleet of four of these awesome trucks, and you can rent them for any occasion that happens to take place up that way. They’ll run taps of beer or their old-tyme soda pops, too.
Shag – 1948 Dodge Route Van
Apparently, Dodge only built 39 of these trucks in total, and this is the only one left. Glad to see it’s being put to good use pouring cold beer in the summer. The truck started out as a delivery truck for Tom’s Toasted Nuts. Today, it can run up to eight varieties.
Thing – 1965 Grumman Kurbside
This 1965 Grumman has a long history in the area. It started out as a Cornwall Tool delivery truck, but Ipswich Ale bought it way back in 1991. They used it as a beer delivery truck for more than a decade. It was converted to mobile tap use and features eight taps.
Big Red – 1951 Ford F-1
Big Red is the only one of these trucks that wasn’t some kind of professional work truck to begin with. It had been a private pickup for all its life, but it was converted to carry kegs and three taps back in 2007.
Wallace – 1951 Ford F-1 Panel Truck
The newest truck in the fleet is this ’51 Panel Truck that used to be part of a local Emergency Management fleet. In its retirement, it’s delivering up to four varieties through its exterior taps.
If you’re in the area and want to rent one, contact [email protected] or call the brewery at 978-356-3329.