Posts Tagged ‘IPA’

Beer Obsessed on the road: Cambridge Brewing Co. in Cambridge, MA

Friday, July 16th, 2010

cambridge brewing sign

If you are in Boston, you need to get your brewpub hit by taking the T (Boston subway) over to Cambridge and making the quick walk to Cambridge Brewing Co.
Butted up against M.I.T., you get a younger but respectful crowd in there. On this Thursday it was quite crowded but once again, since I was solo, I was able to sneak a seat up at the bar. The first thing that caught me off guard was the beer tube. Not sure what they actually call it there but is a clear tube that holds 100oz of beer. You order it and you receive this tall tube at your table with a tap at the bottom. It clearly makes sense as there were several groups that were six plus people and I don’t think that sized group is unusual here.cambridge brewing pale ale
I wanted to cross the beer menu and I started with the Pale which was very good. I mean real good. Could have stuck with it the rest of the night. Amber was next and that was good too but the pale is still the stand out. With dinner, I had the IPA not bad but the p-a-l-e a-l-e was still on my mind. Dessert was a barrel aged porter that had Brett in it. That was a real sipper.  Interesting beer and would love to try it again in a few months to see how it evolves.
Food is standard pub fare and I went for the fish and chips, heavy on the vinegar to help work with the IPA.
Again, a very worthy pub to hit while in Boston.

cambridge brewing brewsystem
Earlier in the day during the Boston trip, I thought it appropriate to swing by Cheers. I caught a photo of the exterior, which was used for the TV show. There were a few groups there getting pics of themselves next to the sign so catching a good angle was tough (see my photo at bottom of this post). I took a look inside but there isn’t much there to go with the TV show that many love. Just some memoribilia and a very crowded bar with a lot of Sam Adams on tap.

Other than that, the family and I are off to family camp this weekend for our traditional outing. I am packing some Odonata Saison, Nostrodamus Begian Brown, and some Racer 5. Funny enough, the Safeway in the nearest town has a pretty good beer selection so I won’t be hurting.
Cheers. Oh and more shots below. Clicky any pic for a full size view.

cambridge brewing amber

cambridge brewing fish and chips
cheers sign

pic of the week: Russian River Blind Pig

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Blind Pig is a fantastically hop rich IPA that I gravitate towards whenever I see it on a beer menu. I’m very happy that it is now in bottles and available in my hometown whenever I need it.

See at you all at the BN Winterfest tomorrow!

pic of the week: Lagunitas Pal Ale

Friday, October 30th, 2009

lagunitas pale aleLagunitas took their original dogtown pale ale and reformulated it into a very nice contemporary version. Meaning, more hops with less malt. Still well balanced but the hops are forward in aroma and taste and have great west coast citrus/fruity/floral-ness to them. The beer is also dry in the finish making the hops stand out more. I like to the call this one “IPA light” given the IPA characteristics but the ABV is fairly high on this at 6.4%. While it feels like you can session thorugh a few, be careful.
Highly recommended!

Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA….it’s worth checking out

Friday, February 27th, 2009

great aroma in this one!

I stumbled upon this beauty on a recent trip to our local liquor emporium, bevmo. I am not sure when Sierra Nevada released this but I’m sure it is pretty new.
I have grown accustomed to SN beers being very good and simple. Meaning the newer, smaller breweries will experiment a quite a bit with IPA and other styles, using a wide range of hops, hopping schedules, and a range of malts.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with what SN is doing. There line of beers all very respectable and drinkable. I sometimes hear flack from some of my up and coming beer friends about SN beers being boring. Not the case. I firmly remind them that they ought to sit down with a pint of SN pale ale and remember why this beer is so popular. Yeah, it deosn’t have bells and whistles but it is very well constucted, balanced, and uses a simple set of ingredients. 
My one thing about SN beers is I wished some of their beers had more/different hop aroma. One I have been pleased with is their southern hemisphere wet hop ale. I think the fresh hops carried well in the aroma. So when I grabber a sixer of Torpedo, I was pleasantly surprised by what I had. I’m happy to say that upon my first nose of Torpedo, I got a nice hit of “dank” surrounded by typical west coast hop. The great aroma leads you into a smooth body to back it up. The bitterness is high but very smooth and lingering. To me, Sierra Nevada got this one right. It has that contemporary small craft brew edginess to it….plenty of hops throughout the beer, full mouthfeel and alcohol to balance (7+% ABV), and that great lingering bitterness that will remind you for several minutes that you just tasted something special.
I recommend picking up a sixer for yourself and checking it out. If you know Sierra Nevada beers, and you like IPAs, you will be in for a pleasant surprise from Sierra Nevada.

Speakeasy White Lightning hits store shelves

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Last month when I was at Speakeasy, I noticed a few pallets of the imperial wheat beer, White Lightning. Interesting and very cool since this used to be a tap beer only. Earlier this week, I saw six packs in Bevmo.

If you don’t know about Speakeasy beer then you should put them on your list. Their current bottled selections include: Big Daddy IPA, Prohibition Amber, Untouchable Pale Ale, Double Daddy DIPA, and Old Godfather Barleywine. All of these are excellent beers.

If you do know about Speakeasy then you may know of a few extra they have on tap at their brewery and select bars around the bay. There is Bootlegger Black (schwarzbier-ish), Hunters Point porter (damn fine), and White lightning. I spoke with Forest Gray, President of Speakeasy, and he said we may be seeing other new offerings in bottles soon! I asked him what made his Imperial Wheat stand out. He mentioned a sour mash process where they take out the mash and let it sit for 24 hours (I think I have that right). Works for me. Besides bringing out more beers in bottles, Forest mentioned other improvements being made around the brewery: new bottling line coming (probably a hint there…) and some new folks on staff.

If you haven’t tried White Lightning, I highly recommend going out and getting a six pack for yourself…and keep an eye out for new offerings from Speakeasy!