Practical Food Pairing: Sriracha Chicken Ramen Noodle and Frankenlager IPL

The Food: Top’s Chicken Flavored Ramen Noodles w/Sriracha hot sauce, sliced pepper, frozen chunks of chicken, sliced button mushrooms, and scallions The Beer: Frankenlager Smuttynose Brewing Company’s IPL The ramen was cooked with frozen bits of pre-cooked chicken, green peppers, onions, scallions, and button mushroom slices. All of this was blasted with a healthy punch of sriracha from a clogged bottle nozzle. On its own, … Continue reading Practical Food Pairing: Sriracha Chicken Ramen Noodle and Frankenlager IPL

Spencer Trappist Ale (Spencer Brewery)

Style: Belgian Pale Ale/ Trappist Patersbier/ Enkel 6.5% ABV Brewer’s Note: “America’s First Trappist Beer/ Our recipe was inspired by the traditional refectory ales known as patersbier (“fathers’ beer” in Flemish). These sessionable beers are brewed by the monks for their dinner table and are typically only available at the monastery. Spencer is a full-bodied, golden-hued ale with fruity accents, a dry finish and light … Continue reading Spencer Trappist Ale (Spencer Brewery)

Hennepin (Brewery Ommegang)

Style: Farmhouse Saison 7.7% ABV 24 IBU’s OG: 16.8º Plato FG: 2.6º Plato Malts: Pilsner, pale, corn Hops: Styrian Golding Yeast: Ommegang House yeast Spices Used: Grains of Paradise, Ginger, Coriander, and Sweet Orange Peel From: Cooperstown, NY Brewer’s Note: “When Father Hennepin set off for the new world, he couldn’t have known he’d be the first European to lay eyes on Niagara Falls.  Yet … Continue reading Hennepin (Brewery Ommegang)

Zwanze Day 2012 at Lord Hobo

So Zwanze Day has come and gone, and what a day it was.  My brother, girlfriend, and I all attended Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA for the day, and by golly am I glad we did.  Setting out, I had no idea what to expect for the event.  Every website was cryptic and very general, and no one was offering information on the individual events … Continue reading Zwanze Day 2012 at Lord Hobo

William Wallace (Earth Eagle Brewings)

Style: Scottish Gruit brewed with Sweet Juniper Berries and Heather Flowers/Tips 5.5% ABV The beer pours like murky swamp water, a gross yellowed brown, almost like cider.  A light white head forms and fizzes away, leaving a slight head/scrim behind.  The body is, as I have already said, murky and indiscernible.  Honestly, if this weren’t a gruit I would say it was an ugly beer, … Continue reading William Wallace (Earth Eagle Brewings)

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)