Beer of the Week: The Notch Session Ale

Posted on May 10th, 2011

Notch American Session Ale 6 Pack

About the beer:

Craft beer is all about options. With the rise in popularity of higher alcohol craft beers some are turning their interests towards other options in the form of an up and coming category in the craft beer community – session beer. Awareness over the session style of brewing has risen over the last two years with many American breweries creating some tremendous crafted ales, all of which carrying significantly lower ABVs than the stereotypical craft ale.

The term “session” finds it’s origins in the UK and refers to the allowable drinking periods that were imposed on production workers during World War I. The licensed sessions were 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. Workers would find a beer that they could adequately quench their thirst with during these restrictive “sessions” that were imposed by the government without getting legally drunk.

With this groundswell of awareness and rich history to live up to, enter Notch Session Ale, an independently brewed ale which is the brain child of Notch brewer and founder Chris Lohring. In collaboration with his friends at Ipswich Ale Brewery of Ipswich, MA, Chris is brewing low-gravity American style session beers that pack immense amounts of robustness and flavor without heavy alcohol content.

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Haven Spring Fling Event Recap

Posted on April 14th, 2011

On Tuesday the Beeriety team joined some great folks for a lovely evening at The Haven, Boston’s premiere Scottish Pub. It was a fun evening with great beer and great conversation and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. The highlight of the night was the Haven’s own Special 70 session ale brewed by Notch brewery, which debuted just last week. It’s another great brew by the folks over at Notch, who’ve yet to produce a beer I haven’t enjoyed. The Special 70 was featured in a flight of four ales that folks were able to buy during the event-

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Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Fest

Posted on March 15th, 2011

Today’s post come courtesy of our newest contributor Justin!

Last weekend Beer Advocate hosted their annual Extreme Beer Festival in Boston. This is easily one of the most popular beer festivals in New England, with both days selling out within hours of being on sale. They showcased over 150 different beers from brewers all over the country.

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Beer of the Week: Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA

Posted on March 8th, 2011

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA

About the beer:

Released in early 2010, the Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA is a unique IPA brewed with a blend of hops from German, English, and American growing regions located close to the 48th latitude, widely considered the the “hop belt” of the Northern Hemisphere. While the Sam Adams gang has tip-toed around the American IPA style, this new release by the brewery, who have previously only brewed one other now-discontinued IPA, jumps right into the conversation with a 6% ABV and hoppy authority. Originally available in the 2010 Sam Adams summer styles mix pack, the Latitude 48 IPA now comes in six pack and draft offerings where available.

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Women & Beer: For the Love of Beer

Posted on March 3rd, 2011

Here at Beeriety, we’re very interested in the role of women within the craft beer community – as brewers, drinkers, and (in my case) writers. That’s why we’re so excited about a forthcoming project entitled For the Love of Beer, a documentary that highlights the female members of the thriving Pacific Northwest beer community as they make their mark within a largely male-dominated field.

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