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Hey all you craft beer drinkers! It's that time again! What time? New Beer of the Month from Amazing Clubs time! Yeah... we know, it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. But the beer... The beer tastes good. So let's get to it!

This month, we've got beer from Pennsylvania Brewing Company and the Stone Cat line from Mercury Brewing Company. Pennsylvania Brewing Co. sends their Penn Weizen and Penn Gold, while Mercury has their Stone Cat ESB and Stone Cat Blonde Ale. On a side note, Mercury Brewing Company is quite local to DrinkCraftBeer.com. They're just about a half hour away in Ipswich, MA. They brew some delicious beers, so we're stoked to get reacquainted with these local brews. With that in mind, let's get to the beer!

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Pennsylvania Brewing Company Penn Gold

Appearance: This beer pours with a white thick head and a straw pale, clear body.

Smell: Clean and crisp with a hint of biscuity malt.

Taste: This helles lager is clean and crisp, just as it should be. If Budweiser was done very well, it would taste like this. This is a perfect lawn mower beer for a hot summer day. Dry, crisp and refreshing. Penn Gold would be GREAT from a can. This is a good camping or boating beer. We would have rather been sent this beer in the summer, but it's still a mighty fine beer.

Hey all you craft beer drinkers! It's that time again! What time? New Beer of the Month from Gourmet Monthly Clubs time! Yeah... I know, it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. But the beer... The beer tastes good. So let's get to it!

This month, we got beer from Sand Creek Brewing Company and Lancaster Brewing Company. Sand Creek sends their English Style Special Ale and Woody's Wheat, while Lancaster has their Milk Stout (which we've tried before on a trip to Pennsylvania and loved) and Winter Warmer. With that in mind, let's get to the beer! (Also, please keep in mind that we were lacking correct glassware for this article, that is why everything is served in a goblet. The Sand Creek English Ale should be in a pint glass, the Woody's Wheat should be in a tulip, the Lancaster Milk Stout should be in a pint glass and the Winter Warmer should be in a tulip or pint glass. We accidentally left some of our glasses at a friend's house while doing a tasting for a party they had.)

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ImageSand Creek Brewing Company English Style Special Ale

Appearance: Dark amber to brown with a light brown head that pours about 1" thick and then recedes quickly. The beer is super clear, though.

Smell: Sweet, caramelly, toasty English malt.

Taste: This beer has a great mild toasty flavor, not too much hops or malt or anything. Just a great English session ale with a touch of smooth, round caramel to balance the light hoppiness. We both want more. We could drink this one all night! YUM! 

ImageSand Creek Brewing Company Woody's Wheat

Appearance: This beer has a light and super hazy straw color with a very white and whispy head. Not much head on this one, but it looks pretty.

Smell: Holy hefeweizen yeast! You smell wheat and banana right away. Smells a bit tart.

Taste: WOW! Surprising given the smell, no tartness. Just super light refreshing and crisp wheat beer. This is a great nod to German brewing traditions. A hint of lemon zest, so no need to add one yourself... scratch that, go for it if you're into that. We would say try it without first, though. We think the yeast shows off best this way.

Note: We've discovered that Sand Creek is a great brewery we had not tried anything from nor heard any hype about. We really want to try some more stuff from this brewery. Hey, Gourmet Monthly Clubs, take note! We've tried over 1,000 beers... Well over. We want to hear more about these guys! Definitely seek these out.

ImageLancaster Brewing Company Milk Stout

Appearance: Black beer with coffee with tons of cream head. The bubbles are huge... think a pancake when it's ready to be flipped.

Smell: Coffee... And a little sweetness. Basically, this smells like chocolate covered espresso beans.

Taste: Wow! Creamy, yet sharp. It starts out creamy from the lactose sugar, then ends up sharp from the malt bitterness (a result of the dark malts used). This is a tasty beer. We were glad to see it in the pack, because we've had it before from a trip to Pennsylvania and we were glad to have it again!

ImageLancaster Brewing Company Winter Warmer

Appearance: Brownish ruby with light brown head that sticks around.

Smell: Little bit of sweetness. This almost smells Belgiany. We get a bit of dried dark fruit, like figs or prunes. It's a nice mild smell that's nice for winter.

Taste: WHOA! Way different than expected based on smell. It's got a very slick mouthfeel. This has a similar taste and mouthfeel of a good barrel aged rum... in a good way. The 9% alcohol is definitely noticeable, but not assaulting at all. It just adds a nice warming character to the beer. Some roastiness ends the flavors off. This is definitely one of the better and more interesting "winter warmers" we've had. Not over spiced, not pure alcohol... just warming and tasty dark beer.

So November is the month we've added a new section to the Beer of the Month Clubs reviews. We're now getting the Beer of the Month Club from Amazing Clubs, and we'll review it for you every month. This way, you Craft Beer Drinkers can see what kind of quality they're sending and make the most informed decision possible. We're really happy to be able to bring you this information on DrinkCraftBeer.com.

"The Frosted Mug," Amazing Club's monthly newsletter, give you a history of both breweries each monthly and some tasting notes on all four beers. You'll be able to find the answers to most of your questions about these beers here.

This month, Amazing Clubs sends us two local favorites (local for us, not necessarily for you!). Sherwood Forest our of Marlborough, MA and Shipyard from Portland, ME. We're quite familiar with both breweries, having been drinking both for a few years now. Sherwood is represented by their flagship Archer's Ale and the Maiden's Blueberry Ale. From Shipyard we're drinking their Prelude Special Ale and the Longfellow Winter Ale, both winter seasonals.

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ImageSherwood Forest Archer's Ale

Appearance: Red-amber with a bone white head.

Smell: Creamy malt with mild hops.

Taste: Nutty malt with some mild hops. A sessionable interpretation of an English Pale Ale. It's good, but not phenomenal.

Note: So Sherwood Forest is brewed right in our backyard, based in Marlborough, MA. It's definitely a nice beer to revisit. We've always enjoyed it as a good local session beer. We're very glad to see people outside the area getting a chance to try it!

ImageShipyard Longfellow Winter Ale

Appearance: Dark dark brown with red tinges at the sides. Light brown head.

Smell: Figs, chestnuts and spices. A good winter ale smell. Dark fruit in there.

Taste: Dark cherries with a light chocolatey finish and some roastiness. Light on the tongue, but finishes full. A very nice winter ale from Shipyard.

Note: Again, this is a beer brewed locally for us (Maine). It's nice to see some local breweries getting exposure all across the country in these clubs. That's why we love these things. There's enough "hype" beers out there. People need to see theres a lot of just good drinkable beers all over the country as well.

ImageSherwood Forest Maiden's Blueberry Ale

Appearance: Pale straw color with a white fluffy head.

Smell: Blueberry. You can smell it from several feet away. But authentic blueberry, not fake blueberry flavoring.

Taste: Tastes like heated blueberries (except it's cold)... meaning it tastes like the blueberries in pancakes or pie. Honestly, we went into this skeptical expecting not to like it. We opened one between five of us... and ended up immediately opening a second beer upon tasting it so we could each have more. Nice biscuit flavor backing up the blueberry. This isn't one we'd have a bunch of, but we're definitely enjoying this! Much more than we expected. And we don't normally like fruit beers. Check this one out. Also, be on the lookout for a waffle recipe involving this beer. We're currently perfecting the concept.

ImageShipyard Prelude Special Ale

Appearance: Red... Straight up deep garnet with a tan head.

Smell: Dates and raisins. Dried sugary fruit... Fruitcake.

Taste: Bold and robust malt with some biscuit and light roast. Mildly spiced in the back of your throat. We almost want to chew it... like a gingersnap cookie. There's some molasses in there. This is a very solid winter ale that will warm you up on a cold night!