I recently saw a commercial on television that showed a guy trying to appreciate his beer by pulling out the different flavors and characteristics of it instead of slugging it down at a sub-freezing temperature. Suddenly he got a call from an apparently cooler, less meddlesome fellow who assured him that he should stop being fake and drink a reduced-calorie light pilsner brewed by a Belgian-Brazilian Multinational Beverage and Brewing Company (BBMB&BC).
I have two main issues with this commercial. One about what the BBMB&BC is trying to tell the viewer and one regarding the guy in the commercial who was trying to appreciate his beer. But first, the commercial:
You may have asked yourself, “what do I do with all these spent grains from my homebrew session?” I’ve asked myself that question before, but since my extract recipes occasionally called for a little amount specialty grains I often didn’t have enough poundage to get good use out them.
Things have recently changed and, in addition to my regular 5 gallon batches, I now have a Brooklyn Brew Shop kit which comes with a 1 gallon carboy. I’m excited to now brew 1 gallon batches because it allows me to experiment at a small scale (and smaller investment) and has introduced me to go all-grain!
Two events have recently converged in my life like a nor’easter to form a perfect situation that solves the question of what to do with all my spent grain. The first thing is that my wife and I are proud parents to a 10 month old puppy. Continue reading
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Friday, October 5th from 5-7pm
Whole Foods Market Legacy Place in Dedham, MA
Over 20 beers and food to sample
It’s the most wonderful time of year for beer and what better way to celebrate than a free beer tasting at Whole Foods Market in Dedham, MA? On Friday (that’s tomorrow) Whole Foods will be pouring over 20 beers from 5 – 7pm and food will also be available to sample including brats, pretzels, fondue, and more.
If you’re still following along here at Boston Brewings, then my best guess is that you are either a family member, close friend, or forgot to click unfollow. Let’s now take a moment to explain the extended absence and put this train back on the tracks.
If you look back in to recent posts, you’ll find a post to let you know that we’re still here and an auto-generated post from REI for a coat I purchased, which is a great coat and company if you’re curious. Before that post, you’ll find our 1st Annual 24 Days of Beermas and if you’re keeping score, that’s two posts in 2012 and one of which isn’t even related to homebrewing, hockey, or craft beer!
Yes, we’re still alive here. Thanks for hanging in there and I’m working on a blog post to get you all caught up. Stay tuned. ^MATT
Full Sail Brewing – Wassail
Brewer: Full Sail Brewing Co. (www.fullsailbrewing.com)
Location: Hood River, OR
Style: Winter Warmer
Fun Fact: Founded in 1987, Full Sail Brewing Co. was the first commercially successful craft brewery to bottle beer in the Pacific Northwest for retail sale, and one of Oregon’s early microbreweries. Full Sail is now the 9th largest craft brewery in the United States and employs 47 people.
Appearance: Brown, amber red
Taste: Sweetness, spices
Mouthfeel: Medium body
Notes: Warms my soul, easy to drink
23. Sankaty Light Lager
Cisco Brewers – Sankaty Light Lager
Brewer: Cisco Brewers (www.ciscobrewers.com)
Location: Nantucket, MA
Style: Light Lager
Fun Fact: Cisco Brewery started out as a winery on Nantucket Island and eventually grew to produce wine, beer, and spirits. As with a lot of breweries it seems, interest in brewing started with a homebrewing kit.
Appearance: Yellow/clear, white head, unfiltered
Smell: Straw, light hops
Taste: Crisp clean finish, apple
Mouthfeel: Light body
Notes: Refreshing, light, crisp
22. Winter Session Ale
Peak Organic Brewing Co. – Winter Session Ale
Brewer: Peak Organic Brewing Co. (www.peakbrewing.com)
Location: Portland, ME
Style: American Dark Wheat Ale
Fun Fact: In 2009, Peak Organic Brewing helped Maine farmers cultivate commercial hops, the first such harvest since 1880.
Appearance: Brownish, reddish
Smell: Hops!, pine hops, toffee, grapefruit
Taste: Pine hops, hop resin
Mouthfeel: Medium body, lingering finish
Notes: Really good
21. Flemish Sour Ale
Flemish Sour Ale
Brewer: Monk’s Cafe (www.monkscafe.com)
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Style: Flanders Oud Bruin
Fun Fact: Monk’s Cafe is a beer bar in Philadelphia, but does have their own private label beer available. It’s brewed by the family-owned Van Steenberge brewery, just outside Ghent, Belgium. As a beer bar, Monk’s Cafe has a tremendous selection of styles and is a must-see place when visiting Philly.
Appearance: Dark amber, red, brownish
Smell: Sour!, vinegar
Taste: Sour initially, crisp finish, fruity, bready, yeasty
Mouthfeel: Medium body, very carbonated
Notes: My first sour beer, really interesting, refreshing