Smuttlabs Ol’Grundy Humper (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: Pale Barleywine aged on Oak Chips 10.8% ABV Bottled On: 1/13/15 From: Portsmouth, NH The beer pours a brilliant, pumpkin-orange color. It forms a nice, rockier head of off-white and tanning bubbles, which form sheets of frothy, slick lacing when splashed over the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is clear of particles, and fairly cloudy from oak and protein and such. … Continue reading Smuttlabs Ol’Grundy Humper (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

New England Brewery Series: From the Barrel Brewing Company (Londonderry, NH)

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I had a lovely experience in Londonderry the other day, and wanted to spread the word about this awesome new nano, so I figured I would resurrect the series. From the Barrel is located in an industrial park, maybe a thousand feet down from Moonlight Meadery, and right off of I-93 in Londonderry, NH. The … Continue reading New England Brewery Series: From the Barrel Brewing Company (Londonderry, NH)

Celtic New Year (Blue Lobster Brewing Company)

Style: Wee Heavy Scotch Ale Aged in Port Barrels 10% ABV Brewer’s Note: “Celtic New Year is a Gaelic festival held at the beginning of November to celebrate Samhain, the end of the harvest season. To honor this event, we have taken our traditional Scotch wee Heavy and aged it in an Arrington Port Wine Oak Barrel. This is the first beer in our Barrel … Continue reading Celtic New Year (Blue Lobster Brewing Company)

Spicy Bohemian (Throwback Brewery)

Style: Bohemian Pilsner with Jalapeno Peppers Added 4.8% ABV 40 IBU’s OG: 1.049 Brewer’s Note: “Spicy Bohemian is a crisp and refreshing Bohemian Pilsner dry-hopped with roasted New Hampshire jalapenos.  The result is a well-balanced beer with an inviting pepper aroma.  This beer pairs extremely well with any type of Mexican food, sushi, and many types of hard cheese. Note: the beer’s spiciness can vary … Continue reading Spicy Bohemian (Throwback Brewery)

First Sparrow (White Birch Brewing Company)

Style: Grodziskie (Smoked Wheat Ale) 3.8% ABV Bottle in Spring 2013 From: Hooksett, NH Brewer’s Note: From the weird and wild world of nearly forgotten beer styles, we bring you First Sparrow, a Grodziskie of mild but notable stature.  The Grodziskie, or Gratzer, was one of those wonderfully peculiar beers that seemed bound for extinction, wacky dodo bird that somehow managed to survive on the … Continue reading First Sparrow (White Birch Brewing Company)

Resonation Pale Ale (Great Rhythms Brewing Company)

5.2% ABV From: Portsmouth, NH Bottled On: 6/03/13 Brewer’s Note: “Inspired by our love of music and love for hops, Great Rhythm Brewing Company’s Resonation Pale Ale is our dry-hopped American Pale Ale; balanced, hoppy, full of flavor and aromas highlighting the complex citrus, pine, and floral character of American hops. We use two row barley malt and select crystal malts to lay down a smooth … Continue reading Resonation Pale Ale (Great Rhythms Brewing Company)

English ESB Ale (The Portsmouth Brewery)

Style: Extra Special Bitters (ESB) 6.0% ABV Brewer’s Note: “Our ESB is a bolder, hoppier pale ale.” The beer’s label is the Portsmouth Brewery’s label, which is nice and quirky.  The labels coloring is eye catching and the fonts, while a little mundane, are interesting enough to catch the eye.  My biggest complaint with the labels is the background color, which is a pale tan … Continue reading English ESB Ale (The Portsmouth Brewery)