Happy Brew Year

Happy 2013!!!

As some of you know, last summer we moved from New Orleans to New England. So here we are.  Surprisingly, there are quite a few breweries in these here parts. Tons from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.

 

I still have yet to taste what many claim as one of the best beers in the world (no, NOT Westvleteren…though that is also one of the best in the world!): The Alchemist’s Heady Topper

 It is from Vermont, so I will get it one day…..

For now, I’m sampling what I’ve got access to locally. The other day, while a friend was visiting, we visited Worcester, MA.  So of course I researched beer stores and found Mass Liquors. Here’s what I picked up:

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Had any of these? They are ALL new to me, except the first one on the top left, which I was lucky enough to be given by Polly Watts of The Avenue Pub in New Orleans (Thank you, Polly!!).

Guess what my friend from Long Island brought me?

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That winter ale is pretty high alcohol, but quite tasty! Thanks, Bill!

On another note…..our basement is finished and I still have to do my “beer” decor. Here are a bunch of coasters I’ve collected. Maybe I’ll put them in a book. What about bottle caps? I was thinking of a piece of sheet metal with magnets attached to the backs of the caps. Also once scanned in a ton of beer labels. Thoughts?

Coasters:

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All the best in 2013, folks….

Cheers!

T.

 

Welcome to New England!

We recently moved from New Orleans to New England. And so now I am drinking my way through the various regional brews. There are so many new ones I’d never even heard of….isn’t that great?

Here are just a few I’ve had. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

These include the following breweries:

Wachusett Brewing

Cambridge Brewing

Berkshire Brewing

Lefty’s

Smuttynose

Cape Ann Brewing

Shipyard

Offshore Ale Co.

Somerville Brewing

High and Mighty

Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project

Thomas Hooker Brewing 

Opa-Opa Brewery

The People’s Pint Brewery

Nectar Ales (Firestone Brewing)

 

 

 

(that watermelon ale was pretty disgusting I must admit)

 

 

And there you have it….my first exploration of beers of New England. Feel free to suggest some more!!

I did notice something a bit strange about the beers up here in general. They are often mislabeled. Or perhaps it’s just not what I’m used to drinking. A Kolsch is not a Kolsch. A wheat is not really a wheat. A nut brown ale is more like a stout or a porter, and a Belgian is not quite as Belgian as I’d like it to be. Have you noticed that too?

Cheers!

T.

 

 

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