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

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

Style profile: Stouts, powerful and pungent, aren’t for the faint of heart

Black as midnight in the Irish countryside on a moonless, cloudy night while you’re wearing sunglasses, stouts are to beer what a fine French roast coffee is to tea. Dark, powerful and pungent, the aroma and appearance of stouts often belie a smooth drinkability that typically puts at least one stout near the top of… Continue reading Style profile: Stouts, powerful and pungent, aren’t for the faint of heart

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

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

The benefits, and hazard, of canned beer

I write this column while enjoying the complex, yet easy-drinking Barstool American Golden Ale by the extremely promising Foolproof Brewing from Pawtucket. The beer is unusual not because they manage to squeeze so much flavor into a 4.5% sipper, but because the beer is poured from a can. That’s right, the can is making a comeback. Long-vilified in craft… Continue reading The benefits, and hazard, of canned beer

Ales and lagers – their differences and similarities

The terms “ale” and “lager” are often used interchangeably, but the two are, in fact opposite sides of the same beer coin. While they can both be light or dark, low-alcohol sippers (often called “session” beers) or boozy beasts, hop-forward or malty, they are not the same. So what makes them different? The yeast … those beautiful… Continue reading Ales and lagers – their differences and similarities

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