Apprentice Series: Mabon (White Birch Brewing)

Style: Black Saison 6.7% ABV Bottled On: September 2012 From: Hooksett, New Hampshire (I’m adding in the location of the brewery now) Brewer’s Note: “Mabon, the Wiccan name for the autumnal equinox is a time when day and night are equal, and the harvest is winding down. It’s a time of reflection and balance. For his release, Andy brewed a Black Saison that is as … Continue reading Apprentice Series: Mabon (White Birch Brewing)

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)

Smoke & Dagger (Jack’s Abby Brewing)

Style: Rauchbier / Black Lager 5.8% ABV 25 IBU’s OG: 14.5 Plato Bronze Medal Winner for Best Smoked Beer at 2012 GABF   Brewer’s Notes: “Cloaked in mystery, this dark black beer skirts the line between a schwarzbier and smoked porter. The use of a small percentage of traditional Beechwood smoked malt adds complexity and balances the liberal use of chocolate malt. Notes of roasted … Continue reading Smoke & Dagger (Jack’s Abby Brewing)

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen (Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG)

Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen 6.0% ABV   The bottle has a little more going on in it than other ocktoberfest beer’s from Germany that I have reviewed, though it still has a slightly stuffy early 20th century feel to its design.  I like the monk’s head company logo and the marching beer wenches with arms full of steins.  The text is alright, nothing too exciting, though the … Continue reading Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen (Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG)

Snowed In Stout – 2012 Oatmeal Stout Beer Camp #45 (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: Double/Imperial Stout 9.0% ABV   This bottle and all the bottles from Beer Camp are nice.  As the color is the only difference in the bottles I will only be doing one visual review for the Beer Camp labels, but I will be reviewing all of the beers.  I like the woodsy, cut-paper feel of the label, and the scrolls with the beer title … Continue reading Snowed In Stout – 2012 Oatmeal Stout Beer Camp #45 (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

St. Botolph’s Town (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

Style: English Yorkshire Dark Brown Ale 5.9% ABV 38 IBU’s Brewer’s Notes: Hop Variety: if you can taste any let us know Malt Variety: all of the primary malts for this beer come from Thomas Fawcett & Son, Yorkshire Color: deep reddish brown in the light, brown to black on the bar   I love everything that Pretty Things does, so naturally I love this bottle.  The red and blue … Continue reading St. Botolph’s Town (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)