Enjoy summer beers while you can

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… Continue reading Enjoy summer beers while you can

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

T’was the Night Before Christmas, beer edition

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! ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseEveryone enjoyed craft beers, even my spouse;The bottles were arranged in the fridge with careIn… Continue reading T’was the Night Before Christmas, beer edition

Thanksgiving beers part two – Go for the stronger stuff

There are way too many leftovers from last column’s Thanksgiving beer feast, so I’d like to share more brews that would look great on your dining room table this coming holiday. Hopefully you’ll find these beers worthy of thanks as much as I do. While there are lots of great options out there, I’m going to… Continue reading Thanksgiving beers part two – Go for the stronger stuff

Thanksgiving beers part one – Pour a satisfying brew to complement the feast

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. The most obvious choice is also a most excellent one: Mayflower’s Thanksgiving Ale. Half-English… Continue reading Thanksgiving beers part one – Pour a satisfying brew to complement the feast

Autumn beers and their malty goodness

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. Quite a few locals… Continue reading Autumn beers and their malty goodness