It seems that the Big E is the place for local and regional craft beer this year and hopefully for a long time to come. They started this year with a New England Craft Beer Pub pouring brews from Maine to Vermont to Connecticut and Rhode Island and all the in between. I liked that they had one of my favorite local brewery Westfield River Brewing from my hometown with their Octoberfest. I had to do another favorite stop at the Vermont building where they had four breweries pouring from that state. Our last stop would be at the Opa Opa Saloon where we would have a big surprise at finding Courtney our favorite bartender from there but gone about a year and a half ago and moved to North Carolina and made a return trip just to help out for the duration of the fair.
IPA pours hazy golden with two finger head and lots of sticky lacing. Nose is citrus more grapefruit with a small pine note. Taste is somewhat mouth puckering with a bitter back bite but the malts smooth it out a little. Served in plastic glass Vermont building at Big E 9/13/13.
Oatmeal Stout pours black with short head and lots of lacing. Nose is all dark rich malt with some earthy aromas. Taste is same as smell with big dark malt flavor don’t know about oatmeal. Served in plastic glass New England Craft Beer Pub at Big E 9/13/13.
IPA. Pours light amber color with nice head and lots of sticky lacing. Nose of light malts and some citrus/pine notes in there. Taste of wheat malt that’s present at first, then hops kick in, with an even after bite. Nice hoppy bitter bite when cold, then gets smoother when it warms. Served in plastic glass Opa Opa Saloon at Big E 9/13/13.
Holly shit is all I can say for my visit to Smith’s Billiards for their Stone triple threat night on Thursday that started at 6pm, along with bike night and free concert at Stearns Square, there were motorcycles packed in for a good two block radius. Smith’s was almost packed but I found some room and ordered a four sampler of the three Stone brews along with a had to try stout by Ballast Point called Sea Monster, all for of my 4oz samples were excellent and Josh that bartends this night would give me a 4oz sample of the Bruery sour stout called Tart of Darkness which was the most sour and tart brew I have had so far. I would finish up the evening there with a pint of Founders Red’s Rye PA and check out the concert and motorcycles on my way home.
Enjoy by 9.13.13 pours golden with good head and sliding lacing. Nose of citrus and floral aromas. Taste is hop mouth bite and bitterness. 4oz sample at Smith’s Billiards on 9/5/13 9.4%.
R&R Coconut IPA pours golden with good head and loads of sticky lacing. Nose of coconut and floral aromas. Taste is all coconut with nice easy bitter mouth. 4oz sample at 7.7% at Smith’s Billiards on 9/5/13.
17th Anniversary Gotterdammerung pours golden with good head and sliding lacing. Nose is malt with pine/floral note to it. Taste is bitter with a malt back bone to it with nice after bite. 9.5% 4oz sample at Smith’s Billiards on 9/5/13.
Sea Monster pours black with good head and sliding lacing. Nose of sweet rich dark malt. Taste is big on equallyroasted malt with deep chocolate/espresso flavors along with a hint of alcohol. very good at 10% 4oz sample at Smith’s Billiards on 9/5/13.
Red’s Rye P.A. pours red with good head and loads of sticky lacing. Nose of a slight sweet malt note. Taste is full of malt flavor along with a big hop bitterness mouth to it. 6.6% served in pint glass at Smith’s Billiards on 9/5/13.
This week with good stuff pouring at Smith’s Billiards I would check it out and find that Thai would be couching a couple of gentle men on their foot ball picks with their laptops in hand. Emmy would split her cup cake with me soon after the wait staff ate their evening meal which was excellent and I thanked her big time. Sierra Nevada beer camps two of them where pouring and I had not had the #94 yet but that would be my second pick and the first was Green Flash Surf’s up IPA. I also learned that tomorrow night they would be doing a three tap that over of Stone Brewing at 6pm and vowed to be back for that.
Surf’s up Symposium IPA pours hazy golden with good head and sliding lacing. Nose is citrus and floral aromas that are most strong. Taste is up front mouth biting and an overall back bitterness that’s Badassbeer! Gets smoother when warm. Served in stem glass 14oz 7% at Smith’s Billiards 9/4/13.
Sleight of hand “Belgian-style Black IPA beer camp #94” pours black with good head and sliding lacing. Nose of sweet fruit and malt aroma along with a yeast presents. Taste is big on dark rich malt/porter flavors along with a hop bitterness and fruit back side. very good served in stem glass at 14oz 8.5% at Smith’s Billiards on 9/4/13.
This is Emmy!
Last weekend and this one our visit to Wandering Star would find Chris and Shannon on vacation to England, but in their stead was Brett and Leah which was a nice change even though only shortly. Our lunch stop on 8/24 would be the Old Forge I love their wings and the rotating taps. Now this holiday weekend in New England would be uncertain with the down pours from thunder storms then sun. We would cut the weekend short and head out on Sunday with a suggestion from the badassbeerwife that we go to Bennington Vermont for lunch to Madison brewing where we haven’t been to in a while. Lunch was excellent they had my favorite a Rachel sandwich along with a great Hopback IPA to wash it down, I would finish up with old 76 their strong ale and leave with my first German style growler full of the IPA. With it still being late afternoon/early evening I wanted to check out McLadden’s Pub in Northampton which was great with their 105 tap but we would only have one!
Rumble IPA pours amber with great head that stays on the way down with loads of sticky lacing. Nose of pine and resin notes some citrus to it. Taste is big on up front mouth bitterness with a nice malt back bone and a lingering after mouth. Very friggin good served in English pint glass at Olde Forge 7.1% on 8/24/13.
Hopback IPA pours amber with good head and loads of sticky lacing. Nose is citrus grapefruit with a nice malt aroma also. Taste is big on malt and hop bitter mouth that’s great. Served in pint glass at brewery on 9/1/13.
Old 76 pours dark red with good head and loads of sticky lacing. Nose is all malt with a sweetness and a small fruit aroma. Taste is big and full of rich malt goodness and also like the smell has a fruit like plum flavor? Served in pint glass at brewery on 9/1/13.
Steelhead Double IPA pours amber with good head and lots of lacing. Nose is semisweet of malt and a fruit aroma in there. Taste is big with an upfront mouth bite and an overall after bite as well which makes this a Badassbeer. served in snifter 8.6% 10oz at McLadden’s on 9/1/13.