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An East Cambridge Lord Hobo Brewpub Is Back on the Licensing Docket

A ruler of the Boston beer world looks to expand his empire.

2 Canal Park, Cambridge
2 Canal Park, Cambridge
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Fresh off the launch of a 47,000-square foot brewing facility in Woburn, Lord Hobo Brewing Co. is making moves to open a brewpub in Lechmere Square. Owner Daniel Lanigan is slated to appear before the Cambridge License Board next week for a wine and malt license.

This is the second time Lord Hobo Brewpub, LLC has been on a Cambridge licensing agenda. The company was scheduled for a common victualler's licensing hearing early in June, but commission director Elizabeth Lint said Lanigan missed that hearing. Perhaps he was gearing up to open the brewery, which debuted later that month, or perhaps he delayed the request until he could submit an alcohol application first. Tuesday's hearing is for a wine and malt restaurant license, which includes food, Lint said.

Lanigan owns and operates Lord Hobo outside Inman Square, one of the Boston area's highest-rated beer bars. He previously opened two locations of Alewife in Baltimore and New York City, as well as Moan and Dove in Amherst and the Dirty Truth in Northampton.

The proposed brewpub, a 160-seat establishment at 2 Canal Park, will likely be another outpost for Lanigan's brews. So far, Lord Hobo Brewing Co. has introduced four IPAs: Ball & Biscuit, Steal This Can, Consolation Prize, and the flagship Boom Sauce, a blend of the other three. The hoppy ales have been rolling out to restaurants, bars, and liquor stores around the state this summer, and they're also available at the tasting room and for retail purchase in Woburn. The brewery has sour and barrel-aged programs in the works for a 2016 debut, too.

Two Canal Park, a luxury development in East Cambridge, has two potential restaurant/retail spaces that feature "expansive window frontage along First Street, high ceilings and potential for activating outdoor areas."