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)

Red Poppy Ale (The Lost Abbey)

Style: Flanders Red Ale 5.5% ABV Classy bottles make lovely shelf decorations, and this bottle is very classy.  I love the Celtic cross and the simplistic red poppy graphic.  The text for the beer name and brewery name is superb and a perfect meshing of classy and simplistic.  The text that describes the beer is a little boring, though, and does take away from the … Continue reading Red Poppy Ale (The Lost Abbey)

Dean’s Beans Coffeehouse Porter (Berkshire Brewing Company)

Style: American Coffee Porter 6.2% ABV 36 IBU’s Bottle Type: 22 oz. Bombers Brewing Notes: Takes BBC’s popular Drayman’s Porter and adds Dean’s Beans organic coffee to the mix The bottle has a nice classic Berkshire look with a light milk chocolate color mixed with some golden toffee borders.  I feel similarly to this bottle as I did about the Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale—it … Continue reading Dean’s Beans Coffeehouse Porter (Berkshire Brewing Company)

Amber Road (Baxter Brewing Company)

Style: American Amber /Red Ale 5.5% ABV 35 IBU’s   I like the red, almost coca-cola-like color of this can, and the map of Russia on it is interesting and stylistically appeasing.  The fonts are all great, though the flowing script that describes the beer clashes slightly with the “Amber Road” font.  The can is a little cluttered with text, but overall fairly balanced, and … Continue reading Amber Road (Baxter Brewing Company)