German lagers – more than just Oktoberfest

Right now, one can’t enter a package store without tripping over an Oktoberfest beer. Nearly every brewer makes one, and they’re as ubiquitous in the fall months as leaves on the ground, but they’re only the tip of the proverbial German lager iceberg (what a mental image that is). Heck, Oktoberfest is just another name for Märzen, a… Continue reading German lagers – more than just Oktoberfest

The view from the other side of the table

Being behind the table at a beer tasting can be as much fun as being a taster. Perhaps the camels in the background at Roger Williams Zoo’s “Brew at the Zoo” were thirsting for a sample? B eer tastings. Most of us have, at the minimum, gone to a liquor store while someone is offering… Continue reading The view from the other side of the table

Fine brews will flow at New Bedford Oktoberfest

JENALINA SANTIAGO/Standard-Times Special file He may be known as The Whiskey Poet, but on Oct. 4, Craig DeMelo will be performing at a beer festival, the ninth annual New Bedford Oktoberfest. Don’t be surprised if you see lederhosen-wearing, bratwurst-gnawing people downtown next Saturday, when the New Bedford waterfront does its best Munich impression at the… Continue reading Fine brews will flow at New Bedford Oktoberfest

Don’t be a beer snob

Beer is the drink of the people. It’s relatively cheap, tastes great, acts as a social lubricant, and is good for the soul. Of course, beers differ in quality, but in the end all beer is good beer. As the expression goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.” Unfortunately, with the rise… Continue reading Don’t be a beer snob

Beautiful beers, beautiful Vermont

Sipping a tasty brew in Burlington, Vt., as the sun sets over Lake Champlain. The Vermont Brewer’s Festival is a must-attend event. Ah, Vermont! The rustic land of mountains, farms, villages, and friendly folk is famous for its maple syrup, cheese, and (recently) beer. Oodles and oodles of beer. Vermont has the most breweries per… Continue reading Beautiful beers, beautiful Vermont

Sessionable beers are perfect for a summer gathering

Americans love their beer on the Fourth of July. There’s something about barbecues, fireworks, and independence from England that makes us a thirsty lot. Beer is a fantastic companion to fireworks and barbecues, at least until the person manning the grill or the lighter has too many brews and Independence Day ends up being celebrated… Continue reading Sessionable beers are perfect for a summer gathering

A look at the ‘super-alcoholic’ beer market

Founders’ KBS Founders’ amazing KBS Look closely at the shelves of any better beer store and you’ll notice some monsters lurking. No, I don’t mean skunky beers or the latest fruit-flavored offerings posting as craft beers but brewed by the big boys, I’m talking about beers that fall into the “wine and above” level of… Continue reading A look at the ‘super-alcoholic’ beer market

Intriguing discoveries at the ACBF

The “East Coast’s largest celebration of craft beer” happened last weekend in Boston, when more than 140 breweries came to the 2014 American Craft Beer Fest (ACBF) to share their wares with thousands of thirsty beer geeks. It was a festival of fun, a mountain of malts, a harvest of hops, and a litany of… Continue reading Intriguing discoveries at the ACBF

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… Continue reading Spring/summer is here, time for beer