Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer for students and parents, teachers, many vacationers and vacation spots, and, sadly, summer beers. The onslaught of “Octoberfests” and pumpkin ales that mark autumn brewing has already begun, so let’s hold off and enjoy one final weekend of lighter summer brews before the colors of our beers start to match the turning leaves. Continue reading
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
You may have heard rumors that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Rose growers and makers of chocolate, greeting cards, teddy bears, sexy underthings, and wine all love this time of year. The day may be a favorite of those who are into such things, but what about the beer geek on your list? Continue reading
In honor of Saint Nicholas, who happens to be the patron saint of brewers, I present ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Beer Edition. Have a beery merry Christmas, and a hoppy New Year! Continue reading
It’s time to talk turkey about beer. While wine is the standard Thanksgiving drink, beer has more variety and can actually pair better with certain dishes. Below are some excellent autumnal offerings that would be the hit of any turkey day celebration. Continue reading
It’s late-August and the fall beers have arrived in force. Until recently, autumn offerings focused almost exclusively on rich, amber, malty brews based on the traditional German Oktoberfest style. Nowadays, fall beers feature enough pumpkin ales that attempting to try all of them might actually lead to seeing Schroder’s Great Pumpkin. Continue reading