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

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

Contract brewing: good for the brewer, good for the brewery

Go to any liquor store with a decent beer selection and you’ll find enough “bombers” (22-ounce bottles) to start a war. This proliferation of beers is due, at least in part, to the rise of contract brewing, or brewing your beer at someone else’s brewery. This relationship is mutually beneficial — it helps the physical… Continue reading Contract brewing: good for the brewer, good for the brewery

Green Beer is Local Beer

Many of us have been unfortunate enough to try a green beer on Saint Patrick’s Day, but why dye a beer green when you can make it truly green by drinking something more sustainable? Read on to find out more about how to make your St. Patty’s Day beer even greener than the meadows of… Continue reading Green Beer is Local Beer

Skip the Roses and Reach for Beer this Valentine’s Day

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? If your beer… Continue reading Skip the Roses and Reach for Beer this Valentine’s Day

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

Brewery tours: take a fun peek behind the curtain

One of the most interesting and enjoyable ways to sample beers is to tour the brewery. Mrs. Hunting and I always scout out breweries to tour when on vacation, and often gain all sorts of new brew wisdom on said tours. Beer enthusiasts who go on tours are usually interesting, friendly folks who become more… Continue reading Brewery tours: take a fun peek behind the curtain

Pairing beer and food

With breweries and beer choices multiplying like yeast cells in wort (beer before yeast transforms the sugary water into BEER), people are giving real thought to how to best pair beer with food. When the only brews available were choices of light lagers, pairing beer with food was simple – either beer worked with the… Continue reading Pairing beer and food