Spring/summer is here, time for beer

Ah, spring in New England is a thing of wonder: full of promise, renewal, dandelions, and new seasonal brews! I’ll admit right up front that I’m not a huge fan of the fruit and wheat beers that dominate in the spring and summer (Sam’s Summer might be my least favorite of their seasonals), but I’ll do my best to share the best of the rest, and I’ll even include a fruit beer or two.

I was able to taste a bunch of new brews at last weekend’s 25-table tasting at Yankee Spirits in Swansea, so kudos to them for having a varied group of brewers and cideries there. Most of these reviews come from that tasting, where I was able to sample dozens of brews (with a focus on spring offerings by local brewers, of course), and I’ll begin with a trio of hoppy offerings. Continue reading

Drink Local, Especially When on the Road

Good beer is local beer, and local beer is fresh! The jingle is true for eggs AND beer. The thing is, drinking local applies when shopping or drinking at your favorite local store/bar/restaurant AND when traveling.

About to visit Allgash

About to visit Allgash

The last GBH column discussed beer trading and how each region, or even each city, has its own “only available locally” brews. Sure, you can always find a trading partner to send you rare local specialties, but just as effective a method is to seek out all the local brews when on vacation or traveling for work. Continue reading