Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Saison (Mystic Brewery)

Style: Barrel Fermented Saison 7.0% ABV 25 IBU’s OG: 14.5 Plato Batch #001 From: Chelsea, MA Brewer’s Note: “Our Barrel Program beers are entirely fermented and aged in wood barrels. For millenia wood was an essential part of the brewing process – long before the advent of stainless steel. This beer was fermented in barrels formerly used for chardonnay wines. As such, it expresses and … Continue reading Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Saison (Mystic Brewery)

Beer in the City: One of the Troubles with the Boston Beer Scene

Boston is an old beer city.  Check out this dated article from Beer Advocate if you have your doubts. In recent times, Boston has housed the Boston Beer Company and Harpoon Brewing Company, two of the largest and oldest craft breweries in the nation, but outside of those two stalwarts, the city’s brewery scene has struggled for a while.  After 2004, when Tremont Brewing Company … Continue reading Beer in the City: One of the Troubles with the Boston Beer Scene

Meadowlark IPA (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

Style: American IPA 7.0% ABV 85 IBU’s Hops: Galaxy, Bravo, Citra Malts: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Flaked Brewer’s Note: “Meadowlark IPA is a new juicy and floral hoppy, hoppy ale we brewed to celebrate the flavor and spirit of American craft brewing.  This 7% alcohol beer has a sunny orange-yellow colour, 85 International Bittering Units, a smooth mouthfeel and layer upon layer of soft flowery hops.  We wove … Continue reading Meadowlark IPA (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

Table Beer (Mystic Brewery)

Style: Table Saison 4.3% ABV From: Chelsea, MA Brewer’s Note: “Mystic Table Beer traces its roots back to a time when water was never an option at the dining table.  Beer, often as low as 1.5% ABV, was the only drink served to slake the thirst. At 4.3% ABV, Mystic Table Beer is a slightly more potent table beer, but it retains its namesakes’ eminent … Continue reading Table Beer (Mystic Brewery)

100 Barrel Series session 47: Saison Various (Harpoon Brewing Company)

Style: 4 Blended Saison 6.1% ABV 34 IBU’s Color: 14 EBC Brewed In: July 2013 From: Boston, MA Brewer’s Note: “In the spirit of collaboration, Ryan balanced East Kent Goldings hops with coriander and white peppercorns while Jamie stayed true to the farmhouse tradition of brewing without spices. Rich’s citrusy hops profile complemented Ethan’s American hops and a Trappist yeast strain. The combined result is … Continue reading 100 Barrel Series session 47: Saison Various (Harpoon Brewing Company)

Tripel Reserve (Night Shift Brewing)

Style: Belgian Style Tripel fermented with Pinot Gris grape juice and aged in white wine oak barrels 8.7% ABV Batch #1 Bottled On: 5/25/13 From: Everett, MA Brewer’s Note: “This elegant ale pours crystal clear and straw-colored, its aroma oaky with tropical hints of papaya and white grapes. It sips tannic and rich, profuse in tangerine, ripe apricot, and spiced banana flavors. It has a … Continue reading Tripel Reserve (Night Shift Brewing)

Somer Weisse (Night Shift Brewing)

Style: American Weisse brewed with lemongrass and ginger 5.5% ABV Batch #12 Bottled on: 7/8/13 From: Everett, MA Brewer’s Note: “Its name honoring our Somerville homebrewing roots, Somer Weisse began as our answer to a hot July without air conditioning. A few twists on the classic Berliner Weisse style led us to this quencher of thirst. Refreshing and tart, it sprinkles the tongue with the zesty … Continue reading Somer Weisse (Night Shift Brewing)