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)

The Cambridge Brewing Company

Last night I had the distinct pleasure of taking my beautiful girlfriend out on a date, and because she is so awesome, she said we should go to the Cambridge Brewing Company, so we did.  The CBC is tucked away in a lovely little building on Kendall Square, and it does take a little intuition to find the place, but the rustic brick interior, the … Continue reading The Cambridge Brewing Company

The Salem Beer Works

      I had the pleasure of dinning at the Salem Beer Works the other night and I can’t help but let you folks know about it.  Beer Works is a chain of restaurants in the North Shore/Greater Boston area which brews its own beer on location, and also provides a vast menu of food items to choose from.  Truthfully, I could not gush enough … Continue reading The Salem Beer Works

A Visit to the Portsmouth Brewery

So I visited the Portsmouth Brewery (New Hampshire) for Craft Beer Week, but was unable to do any reviews because I was enjoying the brewery a bit too much…  What I can tell you is you should go check out the place.  Portsmouth is a great town, and the Brewery is simply amazing.  I went there for a cheese and beer tasting which went splendidly … Continue reading A Visit to the Portsmouth Brewery