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

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

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

Yuengling returns to Massachusetts

The Yuenglings are coming! The Yuenglings are coming! Or so goes the refrain for fans of the much-beloved Pennsylvania brewery. For the first time in 20 years, Yuengling will be available in Massachusetts, starting on March 3. Yuengling, America’s oldest and now largest brewery (a position they trade regularly with Boston Beer, the makers of Sam Adams),… Continue reading Yuengling returns to Massachusetts

Style profile: IPAs keep pushing the envelope

India Pale Ales, or IPAs, are like your your quick-witted buddy from school who always has a sarcastic zinger AND your back in any battle – they keep you on your toes, and keep you coming back for more. Always hoppy, often bitter, usually sharp-tasting, and occasionally tongue-punching, IPAs are the current kings of American… Continue reading Style profile: IPAs keep pushing the envelope

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