Beer of the Week: Sam Adams Utopias

May 24th, 2011 | by Alicia

Overview: Sam Adams Utopias might be one of the most hyped products in the craft beer industry. Released on odd years since 2001 as a follow up to Sam Adams Millennium, this beer holds the title of one of the strongest naturally brewed beer in the world, coming in at about 27% ABV. This beer uses yeasts typical for champagne and wine, maple syrup, and for this year’s batch, the brew was aged in a variety of sherry and port casks. The bottle is handcrafted out of ceramic and individually numbered. You also get a redeem code for a free (plus shipping and handling) handmade glassware especially made for this beer. Only 53 barrels were used for this year’s batch, and many stores are already out of their supply, even though there was no major announcement when it became available. Did I mention that it’ll cost you $150, or often more?

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Beer of the Week: Dieu du Ciel Rosée d’hibiscus

May 17th, 2011 | by Sarah

About the beer:

Regular readers will know that I take a special interest in the tradition of using flowers, spices, and unusual ingredients in beer. Before the Reinheitsgebot and other regional regulations on beer production, this practice was fairly common. Brewers used a wide variety of ingredients as flavoring, bittering, and even fermentable agents – some that we might find unusual, even distasteful today.

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Beer, There, and Everywhere #2: The East Coast

May 12th, 2011 | by Sydney

As a Bostonian, I’ve grown accustomed to having a stellar craft beer selection and culture readily available.  So I was excited to see what the first leg of my trip, in which I visited New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, and Delaware, (spanning a decent portion of the Atlantic) would have in store.  All the breweries I visited are producing an interesting and well-executed selection of beers to their local communities and beyond.  What fascinated me the most was the realization that most breweries on this side of the country share a couple of common threads:

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Beer of the Week: The Notch Session Ale

May 10th, 2011 | by Ryan

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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Beer, There and Everywhere #1

May 5th, 2011 | by Sydney

As I began to explore the tremendous world of craft beer a couple of years ago, one thing became abundantly clear: every beer is like a person, possessing individual personalities, stories, and characteristics. The basic components are the same, but the variables that are present give craft beer immense potential to create insanely interesting, complex and delicious beers. I mean really, what could be more exciting?

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Beer of The Week: White Birch Brewing Tripel

May 3rd, 2011 | by Justin Kraft

About The BeerWhite Birch Brewing based out of Hooksett, NH is a small batch brewery concentrating on small batch beer. Their tripel is easily one of my favorites in the market. Tripels are a curious beer, high abv (White Birch’s clocks in at around 9.5%) without a huge alcohol bite it lends to aging nicely as well.

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Beer of The Week: Harpoon Island Creek Oyster Stout

April 26th, 2011 | by Carleton

About the Beer: Oyster stouts are a very rare style of beer, but they’re more than worth your while if you can get your hands on one. The dark, grainy texture of stouts are a perfect pairing with oysters and other shellfish so it was only natural to bring the two together in a beer. The Harpoon Brewery in Boston uses real oysters from nearby Island Creek oyster bar for their take on the style.

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Beer of the Week: Fade To Black Volume 2 – Smoked Baltic Porter

April 19th, 2011 | by Chris

Fade to black vol 2 2

About the beer:

Left Hand Brewing Company is located in Longmont, Colorado. The name Left Hand was chosen in honor of Chief Niwot, Niwot being the Araphoe word for “left hand.” The Araphoe tribe often wintered in the local area.  Fade to Black Volume 2 – Smoked Baltic Porter is a collaboration beer done with Nørrebro Bryghus in Denmark. The beer is categorized as Baltic Porter. If you are unfamiliar with the style, take a minute and check out our beer profile for Baltic Porters.

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Haven Spring Fling Event Recap

April 14th, 2011 | by Carleton

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 of the Week: The People’s Pint Slippery Slope

April 11th, 2011 | by Dan

About the beer: Longtime readers of Beeriety will recall that recently a friend and I brewed up a very unique style of beer called a braggot (pronounced “bracket”). This style of beer, which has its origins as a mead, comes from Wales, but is associated with the United Kingdom at large, as there are multiple takes on this ancient recipe across the British Isles. I had never tried a braggot before brewing one, and seldom thought I would ever get the chance. Imagine my surprise when perusing my new favorite craft beer store, the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA, I came upon the “Slippery Slope” by The People’s Pint, a small brewery located in Greenfield, MA.

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