First up is the new Boulevard Brewing Company’s Reboot White IPA. It is a re-release of 2011 Collaboration Series No. 2.
Birds and Brews will be held at the Boston Nature Center, 50 Walk Hill St., Mattapan, on Nov. 15 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
According to founder/brewer John Kimmich, The Alchemist, based in Waterbury, Vt., brews 9,000 barrels of Heady Topper, the number one ranked beer in the world according to Beer Advocate reviews, a year.
However, I did slide in a few, including a brand new to me Oktoberfest.
But first is the Straw-Barb Short Weisse, the newest in the Smuttynose Brewing Company’s Short Batch series. There were only 912 of these bottles available.
Berliner weisses, a tart, German-style [...]]]>
John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House in Shoppers World in Framingham is hosting an Oktoberfest Party on Oct. 13 (rain date Oct. 20) from noon to 6 p..
This outdoor event, which is family friendly, will take place outdoors on the patio and in [...]]]>
I will be on hand signing [...]]]>
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And, thanks to the new show, “Brew Dogs,” that debuted on Tuesday on the new Esquire Network, we can follow the founders of the Scottish BrewDog brewery around for their adventure.
The first episode features [...]]]>
I don't brew and I don't own a business, so I don't typically want to give business and brewing advice.
However, I do drink a lot of beer (research) and I feel I can objectively taste when a beer is good, or if there is something wrong with the beer. I typically know when a beer is something I just don't like compared to when something is wrong with a beer. [...]]]>
First up is the latest beer in the Harpoon Brewery’s 100 Barrel Series, the Saison Various.
The Saison Various is a collaboration of four different Harpoon brewers vision of a saison that are then blended together. One brewer used East Kent Goldings hops with coriander and white peppercorns while another used no spices at all. [...]]]>
On Tuesday, the Framingham Board of Selectmen approved Jack’s Abby’s Farmer Series Pouring permit, which will allow them to serve 16 ounce or less pours of beer in the tasting room.
The four course meal features all Massachusetts beers, and a tasty looking menu. The dinner costs $40 and the dinner runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130913/BLOGS/309139988/-1/blogs01
This is a little late, but Samuel Adams and the Beer Summit is hosting its annual Octoberfest celebration tonight and tomorrow at the Castle in Boston. Tickets are still available. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130910/BLOGS/309109926/-1/blogs01
But, this year, I had trouble doing that. Oktoberfests were scarce.
The two stores I went to were nearly devoid of Oktoberfests, my favorite style of seasonal beer. Sure, there were a couple, but some of my favorites – Spaten and Hofbrau and others – were no where to be found. [...]]]>
But recently, I tried something different, the Schöfferhofer Grapefruit [...]]]>
And, since a lot of beer geeks like to share their opinions, I’m looking for some advice.
The first pizza is called the White-on-White and it’s made with white asparagus, oil-packed artichoke hearts, lemon juice, grits, white bean puree, parmigiana-reggiano cheese and [...]]]>
Each year, several lucky people get the chance to head out to Chico, Calif., and brew beer with the brewers. And, each year, the best of those beers are released in the Best of Beer Camp mixed pack.
This year’s pack includes thee [...]]]>
Lately, it seems like a lot of new beer books are hitting store shelves. In this week’s column, I feature Joshua Bernstein’s latest, “The Complete Beer Course.”
And now, I have two [...]]]>
So, as my continued service to you, I tried several new beers (and a new cider) that you'll see on the shelves to help you decide if it's something you'll like.
First up this week is the new fall seasonal cider from Angry Orchard, the Cinnful Apple.
Liking this cider will really be dependant on whether [...]]]>
I’ve become a fan of her columns over the past couple of years. She did a fantastic job of covering local beer and the local beer scene. My favorite column of hers was a feature on the history of beer in Boston. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130820/BLOGS/308209950/-1/blogs01
After today, I have a new favorite beer name and it’s going to be tough for anyone to beat – the Marzen Scorsese Oktorberfest Lager from the Tap Brewing Company.
They don’t violate the Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law that prohibits anything but water, barley or hops, but none are commercially available in the U.S. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130809/BLOGS/308099972/-1/blogs01
First up is the Anchor Brewing Company’s California Lager, the first entry in Anchor’s new Zymaster Series. It was previously released as a limited only draft beer.
The California Lager is a recreation of a lager brewed in California in the late 1800s by a brewery named Boca. Back then, due [...]]]>
This past year has been a roller coaster of emotions. A lot of fantastic things happened. My book, "Beer Lover's New England" came out. Luckily, I got copies before my mother died so she got to see it. It made her happy when I read her this part of the acknowledgements, "First, I want to thank my mother, Donna Miller, who convinced me, despite her not liking that I drink beer, to write this book. [...]]]>
Intrigued, I wanted to find out if this is true, so I shot an email out to Sam Calagione. He said the planning is in the early stages, but did share a note he sent to the brewery staff about the show. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130807/BLOGS/308079975/-1/blogs01
Everyone may have to rethink that because Night Shift Brewing’s Snow is a stout like you've never seen before – a white stout that is the color of a pilsner.
Snow is a 3.5 percent alcohol by volume "white stout," brewed by [...]]]>
The Boulevard Brewing Company of Missouri announced Monday something that fixes that a little – beginning this month, all variety 12-packs will feature two beers that were previously brewery-only releases.
“Until now, the only way consumers [...]]]>
I still remember Mrs. Linez (the spelling may be off, I was 4-years-old the last time I saw her) cracking coconuts one day and giving everyone a little coconut milk.
That was more than 30 years ago, and the coconut obsession remains. I drink coconut water, coconut coffee and coconut soda, and coconut encrusted shrimp is a favorite of mine.
But, above all else, I'm [...]]]>
I find the Ringwood yeast Shipyard uses is overly noticeable, turning most of their beers into a buttery-flavored miss.
However, the Monkey Fist IPA, aged in Bourbon barrels is a true treat. The Bourbon hides the butter flavor from the yeast, and really lets the [...]]]>
However, the one beer I haven’t been a big fan of has been the Summer Swelter. The problem is I’ve a big fan of radlers and similar drinks, and the Swelter is not quite there as one of those, and two lemony for a traditional beer.
It’s not a bad beer, it’s light and easy to drink – something you could have many of at a cookout, but I rather [...]]]>
One of my favorites is the Fatty Bampkins’ Cider from Maine. This cider is made with seven different locally grown apple varieties, and is fermented Bourbon and rye barrels. I love the bourbon flavors, as well as the vanilla notes you get from the barrels. The best thing is, you don’t lose the [...]]]>
Every beer is named for a particular experience, where you should be, or what you should be doing, while drinking the beer.
Take, for example, the Backyahd, a 6 percent alcohol by volume IPA. This has become a recent favorite of mine. It’s meant to be enjoyed while http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130727/BLOGS/307279973/-1/blogs01
One of those breweries was Idle Hands Craft Ales, started by husband and wife team Chris and Grace Tkach, a brewery that specializes in Belgian-inspired ales.
Their flagship is Pandora, a Belgian pale ale that comes in at 6 percent alcohol by volume.
The Pandora combines a spicy/fruity character from the Belgiain yeast with the bitter, citrusy hop flavors. [...]]]>
We will be sampling beers from Backlash Brewing Company, Baxter Brewing Company, Fatty Bampkins Cider, Idle Hands Craft Ales, Otter Creek Brewing Company, Newburyport Brewing Company, Night Shift Brewery, Notch Brewing, Rising Tide Brewing Company, Shipyard Brewing Company, Slumbrew and Thomas Hooker Brewing Company.
The brewers will be coming around describing the various beers and we will be [...]]]>
Here are a few that I’ve had a chance to try as I continue to sacrifice my liver for the enjoyment of my liver.
IPAs seem to be the style played with the most – you can get Belgian IPAs, black IPAs, white IPAs, rye IPAs.
Now, one of the quintessential styles in American brewing history, the steam beer is getting a facelift thanks to Narragansett Beer.
They have announced the release of its newest installment in the Private [...]]]>
On Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Jack’s Abby Brewing will be at the British Beer Company in Framingham with a tap takeover. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130712/BLOGS/307129972/-1/blogs01
From noon to 3 p.m., Smuttynose's Director of Brewing Operations, David Yarrington, and Jess Rice, Smuttynose's Western New England field manager will be on hand, during the release. During the release, people will have a [...]]]>
However, this beer-related travel package seemed really cool, so I’m going to share it with you all.
THE RED LION INN DEBUTS BERKSHIRE BREW BEER PACKAGE
(Stockbridge, MA) Catering to craft beer aficionados, The Red Lion Inn is pleased to offer a new package that combines [...]]]>
Here’s all the news you need to know about their new distribution deal:
Battle Road Brewing Company Declares Independence
Signs New Distribution Agreement with Patriot Craft Alliance
Ipswich- In the spirit of July 4th, Battle [...]]]>
Bear Republic Brewing Company of California has announced that Cafe Racer 15, will be available in bottles this summer in several states, including Massachusetts.
Cafe Racer 15 is a double IPA, which took a silver medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.
The Cafe Racer 15 is brewed with Citra, [...]]]>
The Franklin Park Zoo is hosting its fourth annual Brew at the Zoo on Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The event will feature beer from many breweries, some cider and food from local events. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130625/BLOGS/306259978/-1/blogs01
So, dear reader, I will sacrifice my liver and try as many of these new beers as possible and let you know how they are
I’d like to be left alone for the day to grill meat, and drink good beer. However, I don’t see that happening. That whole having a family thing seems to interfere with my inner need to be a hermit.
I'll be there for New Hampshire [...]]]>
First up, the “Brooklyn Brewery Mash: Advenutres in Food, Film, Music, Books & Beer” is coming to Boston from July 9 – 14.
There will be tons of events in Boston throughout the week at such locations as Stoddards Food & Ale, 48 Temple Place; The Tip Tap Room, 138 Cambridge St., and Bear’s [...]]]>
If a brewery sends me beer, it’s not guaranteed I will review it. I review brand new to the market beers, but if its a beer that is released year in and year out, I’m not going to review it. I also typically only review beers that are available in Massachusetts.
Also just because a beer is sent to me and I decide to review it does not mean there [...]]]>
The fine folks of OnTap stepped up, sending me a sample package of its two beer enhancers, the American Ale and the Pale Ale.
So, armed with these little bottles of liquid [...]]]>
Among the beers available will be two new pilot beers, the Schwarz Bier and the Barrel-aged porter.
Also available will be several of the Leviathan series, including the Czemobog Russian Imperial Stout (the best of [...]]]>
Last night, I got an email that instantly irritated me – the Paulaner brewery of German is releasing its limited edition Oktoberfest Wiesn early this year – this month. June. Oktoberfest beers on the shelf in June.
I enjoy Oktoberfest beers. They’re probably my favorite [...]]]>
There is no longer a need to pay the extra money for your finely crafted beer. Now, I can buy an 18 pack of cheap beer and then buy an OnTap Liquid Beer Enhancer and you’re all set.
OK, maybe not.
The OnTap Liquid Beer Enhancer ads have been making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter today. It is basically a
The ties are [...]]]>
I like mangoes, and I actually think it’s a flavor that could translate well into the right beer. However, it includes an ingredient I can’t stand – habaneros. I don’t like any pepper – I don’t even use pepper on food.
But, Founders does a good job with [...]]]>
Each year I go, I always seek out new breweries that attend the fest and try at least one of their beers, while also checking out some of the special beers from some of my favorite breweries. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130530/BLOGS/305309994/-1/blogs01
The bar has announced that they will not sell Boston Lager or any other Boston beer during the NHL Conference Championships between the Penguins and the Bruins. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130528/BLOGS/305289976/-1/blogs01
Then, I have the podcast for you. (Spoiler alert, I take part in it).
Every Monday, live on Google Plus, the Seacoast Beverage Lab Podcast takes place beginning at 8 p.m. and goes for about an hour.
The podcast is [...]]]>
However, being a brewery is still a business. The people who own and work at the breweries must protect their interests and sometimes that involves lawyers.
The latest is Magic Hat Brewing Company’shttp://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130520/BLOGS/305209991/-1/blogs01
The Ales for ALS campaign is designed to raise money for ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, research.
As part of the program, brewers received a special blend of “experimental hops” donated by B.T. Loftus Ranches and Hopunion. With the [...]]]>
The library, 786 Washington St., is hosting a “Book & Brew” event to raise money for the library. Admission is $10.
There will be beer sampling form 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and then I’ll talk at 8, and then there will be more sampling. I will also be signing copies ofhttp://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130515/BLOGS/305159965/-1/blogs01
I wrote a column about this new brewery, and why I’m excited about them coming here, a few weeks ago. Click here to read it.
Here’s the info from Foolproof:
Foolproof Brewing Company Launches in Massachusetts
PAWTUCKET, Rhode Island, May [...]]]>
Here’s a look at several upcoming events that all look like a lot of fun. I’m hoping to get to most, if not all of these.
First up is Julio’s Liquor’s 11th Annual Spring Beer Fest. The free festival will be on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rte. 9 liquor store. [...]]]>
Described as a “crisp, distinctive European-style cider made with apples hand-picked from wine growing regions,” the cider will be available in four packs of 12-ounce bottles and 24-ounce single bottles.
“Stella Artios Cidre is designed to be savored and is very different from http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130508/BLOGS/305089972/-1/blogs01
I’ve been a fan of Boulevard Brewing Company since before they started distributing in Massachusetts, and I’m a constant drinker of the beers from Sierra Nevada and have been ever since I started drinking beer.
What does this mean? It means I’m excited as heck to try the new Terra Incognita when [...]]]>
For the most part, I’m against them. I look at them sometimes as beer hoarders taking advantage of other people, jacking up the price for beers for those who truly want to it to enjoy.
I advocate beer trading – that way both people benefit.
However, I have a somewhat different opinion when its a true auction house such as Skinner
Samuel Adams spent billions of dollars (OK, reportedly $1 million) designing the new can, which is designed to “provide a drinking experience that is closer to the taste and comfort of drinking beer from a glass.”
The can’s special design is supposed to enhance the flavor in such ways as http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130427/BLOGS/304279995/-1/blogs01
The first one, which I had the extreme pleasure of trying last night, is the Boulevard Brewing Company’s Love Child No. 3.
The Love Child series is a set of wild ales that are barrel aged with wild yeasts.
If you’re a fan of funky sour beers, Love Child No. 3 is for you. There is a pleasant [...]]]>
Here are all the details, as well as a photo of an early version of the IPA bottle/six pack:
20 Years of Harpoon IPA
The brewery celebrates with favorite stories
Boston, MA (April 24, 2013) – Twenty years ago in Boston, Harpoon IPA was brewed for the first time. Harpoon [...]]]>
Here is a look at a few beers that you may (or may not) want to try.
First up is the latest in Full Sail Brewing’s Pub Series, the ESB, which had previously only been available in the Oregon brewery’s tasting room. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130422/BLOGS/304229971/-1/blogs01
Here are all the details about how sales of beer and pretzels at the Harpoon Beer Hall will help those in need:
Brewed For Boston Nights" at Harpoon
Like most in and around Boston, Harpoon employees immediately felt compelled to "do something" after the tragic events of Marathon Monday in Boston. So for the next three [...]]]>
I’m also the cops and courts reporter for the MetroWest Daily News here in Framingham. For the past 12 years, I spend my days writing about bad things. I’ve written about some truly unspeakable acts over the years – husbands killing wives, fathers killing children and women being kidnapped off the street and rape.
Writing about beer has been an escape for [...]]]>
From reading posts on Twitter, shower beers are sometimes described as the most relaxing beer in the world. Other times, it is described as an epic experience that you need to experience.
But, I just never had one. I shower in the morning, and usually I’m not in the mood for a beer at 7 a.m.
Luckily, two things combined the other day [...]]]>
I’ll start with the best. The new Bantam Cider Company La Grande is absolutely world-class. I’ve had a lot of ciders, and this one stands out among them all.
La Grande is made with French heirloom apples, and aged for four months in both Bourbon and rum barrels. The combination of those flavors give this cider a [...]]]>
Sean’s Brew is a “spring-inspired special beer” that will be brewed and sold at all of John Harvard locations (including Union Station in Rhode Island). The http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130403/BLOGS/304039968/-1/blogs01