New England Red (Trillium Brewing Company)

Style: American Flanders-Style Red 7.2% ABV From: Boston, MA Brewer’s Note: “New England style Flemish Red aged in sherry casks.” The beer pours, like high grade maple syrup, a light, pale amber, and sits with a nice ruby tint to it. The beer forms a thin head of tiny, sand-dune white bubbles above the beer. The body is clean and clear, but with a nice … Continue reading New England Red (Trillium Brewing Company)

Darkness Prevails (Idle Hands Craft Ales)

Style: Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Wild Belgian Stout 8.0% ABV 36 IBU’s OG: 1.072 Malts: Pale, Munich, CaraMunich, Chocolate, Black, Roasted Barley, Unmalted Wheat & Oats, Candi Syrup Hops: Nugget, EKG, Aurora, Sterling Aged in Bourbon Barrels with Brettanomyces Batch 1 January 8, 2013 From: Everett, MA The beer’s label is little simple and boring, but it does have some nice elements.  I love the Idle Hands logo; it is awesome … Continue reading Darkness Prevails (Idle Hands Craft Ales)

Salute (Backlash Brewing Company)

Style: Double/Imperial IPA 8.5% ABV 85 IBU’s From: Holyoke, MA Brewer’s Note: “People pay homage in many ways. Some build statues or create holidays to commemorate those who they respect greatly. We don’t have that sort of pull with the international calendar federation, plus we’re low on cement so we made a beer.  Salute is our way of tipping our caps to Samuel Adamsand their … Continue reading Salute (Backlash Brewing Company)

Mary of the Gæl (Mystic Brewery)

Style: American Saison 6.7% ABV 21 IBU’s OG: 14.2° Plato Fermented in square fermenters using Mystic’s house-cultivated cultures. Unfiltered, Unpasturized and Bottle-Conditioned. Batch 001 From: Chelsea, MA Brewer’s Note: “St. Brigid’s Day (AKA Mary of the Gael) is celebrated in Ireland at the time of imbolic, a once pagan celebration of “Summer in the Belly of Winter.”  This release in our series of seasonal saisons … Continue reading Mary of the Gæl (Mystic Brewery)

Auerbach’s Rauchbier (Mystic Brewing Company)

Style: Rauchbier 5.3% ABV From: Chelsea The growler’s label is cool.  I love the Mystic Brewery label, it’s complex yet simple.  Elegant and medieval.  It is a brilliant shout-out to brewing’s past and an inviting possibility of things yet to come. The beer pours a dark, orangey brown with a browning white head.  The beer’s body is dark and hazy with a proper murk.  The … Continue reading Auerbach’s Rauchbier (Mystic Brewing Company)

Wigglesworth Traditional Ale Series: Lord Falconer Oatmeal Stout (Mystic Brewers)

Style: Oatmeal Stout 5.4% ABV From: Chelsea, MA Brewer’s Note: “The Wigglesworth Traditional Ale Series is a special line of bottle conditioned English Ales from Mystic Brewery.  The Wigglesworth family settled in the Mystic Valley in 1631 and went on to become prominent Boston based East India Traders in the 1800’s.  The series is a special project by our resident Englishmen and master brewer. Alstair … Continue reading Wigglesworth Traditional Ale Series: Lord Falconer Oatmeal Stout (Mystic Brewers)

Harpoon IPA (Harpoon Brewery)

Style: English IPA 5.9% ABV 42 IBU’s Color: 17 EBC Brewer’s Notes:  “Since its introduction, Harpoon IPA has remained unique in its ability to balance hop bitterness with a strong malt backbone. Dry-hopped with Cascade hops, it has a floral hop aroma and a finish that is bitter (it is an IPA after all!) without being harsh or astringent. Combined with a malty sweetness and the fruity … Continue reading Harpoon IPA (Harpoon Brewery)

Merry Mischief (Boston Beer Company)

Style: Spiced Stout 9% ABV 25 IBU’s OG: 21.5° Plato Color: 200 SRM 300 calories/12 Oz. Malts: Samuel Adams two row pale malt blend, wheat, Special B, Paul’s roasted barley, and flaked oats Hop Varieties: East Kent Goldings and Fuggles Yeast Strain: Samuel Adams ale yeast Special Ingredients: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, & ginger Batch #1 Brewer’s Note: “This rich dark gingerbread stout entices with the aromas of … Continue reading Merry Mischief (Boston Beer Company)

Babayaga (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

Style: Foreign Export Stout 7. % ABV 48.4 IBU’s Hop Variety: Bramling Cross, Perle Malt Variety: Pale, Roasted Malts, Rye Color: Very Dark Brown Brewer’s Notes: “We smoke some malt with rosemary, and we add a few other eerie embellishments… We ferment with a mix of English and Belgian yeast strains.” Brew Poem (from the brewers): Dark beer: keeper of secrets. Here lie truths that cannot be … Continue reading Babayaga (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

The Sunset Grill & Tap (Allston, MA)

Last night, my girlfriend, my roommate, his girlfriend, and I headed into Boston for a concert, and of course we had to stop at a fine establishment first for drinks and food.  We chose the Sunset Grill & Tap, which is just barely outside of Boston in the town of Allston.  The Sunset Grill & Tap’s real claim to fame comes from their humongous selection … Continue reading The Sunset Grill & Tap (Allston, MA)