Drink Craft Beer
You know when you just want a beer but you don’t want to think about it? Rather you want to be able to be outside playing baggo or wiffleball? Or maybe you want to socialize with friends and family? Whatever the activity, if it’s a situation where beer is a second thought to what’s at hand, don’t reach for some mass market lager because I’ve found your what you want! I first had Victory Summer Love at a big family gathering, and downed quite a few straight from the bottle while keeping busy in the yard with my cousins. But don’t take my word for it, here’s the details.
Crystal clear, light and a wispy head that quickly fades? If you didn’t know better you’d think I was describing something that was much less appealing. Having had this quite a few times, though, I’ll tell you to ignore any worry as this is a great beer for socializing and playing wiffle ball!
I hate to say this, because we all know that beer is a super diverse drink, but this smells like beer. There’s a bit of malt in it, very little hops and the well known mark of yeast having caused fermentation. You can tell it’s an ale as there’s a bit of fruitiness to the nose but, other than that, it’s a fairly neutral beer.
So I told you this was a great beer that you didn’t have to think about. The carbonation is smooth and not overwhelming. The hops provide a bit of flavor, but there’s nothing challenging about them. The malt is a bit sweet, balancing the hops, and has a great biscuity flavor. Over all, this is one of those beers that’s a delicious social lubricant. Don’t worry too much about it, just enjoy it! Cheers!
Rob Leonard started making beer in his kitchen. 1992 saw him land a home brewers dream job at New Haven Brewing… cleaning kegs and packing cases. But his obvious passion for the brewing craft led him to the title assistant brewer and eventually head brewer in a short three years. Fast forward a few years: Rob has become the brewmaster and operations manager for New England Brewing. In 2001, when the owners wanted to get out of the brewery business, Rob immediately took the opportunity to acquire the name of the company and re-locate the whole business to Selden Street in Woodbridge, CT… just down the street from the kitchen where he first started making beer. It’s this location where he makes his assortment of canned beers, including Atlantic Amber, Sea Hag IPA, and Elm City Lager as well as his limited bottled offerings such as Imperial Stout Trooper. And now he talks to DrinkCraftBeer.com…
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 High Country Brewing Company and Farmington River Brewing Company, made by Mercury Brewing Company. High Country sends their Blowing Rock Ale and Blowing Rock Bock, while Farmington River has their Blonde Ale and Brown Ale. With that in mind, let's get to the beer!
High Country Blowing Rock Ale
Appearance: Light golden
Smell Biscuity light honey notes
Taste: This tatses more like a lager than an ale to us, but it's really nice. Light and hoppy with a light honey like finish. Really tasty beer.
For the very first time, New Hampshire's Smuttynose Brewing Company will be offering a subscription to get a case of each Big Beer they put out in 2009. The lineup is:
- Gravitation Belgian Quad (New Release) - early January, 2009
- Imperial Stout - mid February
- Maibock - late March
- Baltic Porter - Early May
- Farmhouse Ale - late June
- Big A IPA - early August
- Wheat Wine - mid September
- Barley Wine - early November
- S'Muttonator Double Bock - early December, 2009
This is one of the finest brewers on the East Coast, and each edition of their Big Beer Series is limited and often hard to get if you don't act right away... Their Big A has been known to sell out of stores within a week of release (and some stores sell out in a day). This subscription will ensure you get some of each one.
The downside? You have to buy a case of each and you have to pick it up at the Brewery. But, they will be having beer socials for the release of each brew. For all the details, check out the website here.
On Saturday, February 2, 2013 Taza Chocolate let us take over their factory store for the second time to benefit The Greater Boston Food Bank. We were completely floored by the response that we got from our wonderful community; many of you waited over an hour to get inside while temperatures outside dipped into the low twenties. With nearly 700 attendees coming through the door and proceeds from Roxy's Grilled Cheese's chocolate-covered bacon grilled cheese sandwiches we raised $3,600, doubling the proceeds from 2012! That's enough money for The Greater Boston Food Bank to provide 8,496 meals to those in need. Pretty epic!
With that in mind, we want to thank each and every one of you for coming out, for braving the cold and for being a part of this great event!
The line before the doors opened. You can't see it, but it went all the way to the
end of the block, turned the corner, then half way down the next block.
The line for Roxy's Grilled Cheese...luckily the line to get into the event was right in front of the truck!
Of course, we couldn't have done it without our wonderful event sponsors either, all of whom donated their time and products. So we'd like to give a special thanks to:
- Taza Chocolate - Our hosts, for donating their space and their chocolate.
- Advanced Protection Services - For donating security services for the event.
- Backlash Beer Company - For donating their Famine Tripel Ale.
- Ipswich Ale Brewery - For donating their Rye Porter.
- Narragansett Brewing Co. - For donating their Bock.
- Roxy's Grilled Cheese - For donating a dollar for every chocolate-covered bacon grilled cheese sold.
- Slumbrew - For donating their My Better Half Imperial Cream Ale (and some bonus Porter Square Porter).
Again, thanks to everyone involved, from the attendees to the event sponsors! We could not have done it without any of you! We look forward to seeing you all again!
The first attendees in the door finally get some beer and chocolate. They got here an hour before the event!
The end of the line: inside the Taza Chocolate Factory Store after trying all four pairings.