Porkslap Pale Ale is brewed by Butternuts in Garrattsville, NY. I first had this beer back in 2007 at a NYC beer festival. I hadn’t heard of the brewery back then and I loved it so much that the man at the table let me sneak a couple unopened cans home with me. I’d say it still holds up to this day as an easy drinking session beer (4.3% ABV) with a tiny hint of spice to it.
This pumpkin brew comes from Blue Hills Brewery in Canton, MA and I instantly fell in love with the spooky label. The beer tastes more like pure pumpkin than other pumpkin beers out there, so don’t go looking for a Pumking type beer or you’ll be sorely disappointed. It paired perfectly with our squash soup at dinner, one of the best beer/food pairings I’ve ever tasted.
Abbey Ale is a great Dubbel ale brewed by Ommegang Brewery out of Cooperstown, New York. Lots of dark fruit, raisins and spices come through at the beginning and then ultimately mix and conclude in a deep sweet aftertaste. One sip of this complex beer and you’ll know why these monks are dancing.
Cahoots is a Double Rye IPA and is part of the Crooked Line by Uinta Brewing Company out of Salt Lake City, Utah. I absolutely love their Detour IPA so when I saw this new beer on the shelf I thought, “who wouldn’t want to drink beer with a couple owls?” I’m glad to say that it didn’t disappoint!
Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Brewing Co. makes some terrific beers and you can’t go wrong with this imperial stout. A lot of times I find imperial stouts to be too strong but this one is so bold and silky smooth. Careful though, it’s still an imperial!
I think it’s awesome when breweries give back to the community and one of my favorite breweries, Clown Shoes, does just that with this brew. Miracle IPA is a surprisingly delicious beer and a percentage of the profits is used “to help real people (and maybe a puppy or two)”. You can watch a video where they recently donated $1,000 to Buddy Dog Humane Society in Framingham, MA. Good stuff!
60 Minute IPA
60 Minute IPA brewed by Dogfish Head is the best of their IPAs in my opinion. Deliciously balanced in all the right ways.
Raging Bitch is a Belgian-Style IPA brewed by Flying Dog Brewery out of Maryland. I’m a huge fan of IPAs and this beer is a great. I love when styles converge.
Private Rye Bière De Garde
Private Rye Bière De Garde by Jack’s Abby Brewing is a farmhouse style lager. Starts sweet and ends dry with a hint of rye and hops throughout. This beer turned into one of my favorite spring-time brews. It’s out of season now but I still find it in many stores around the Boston area.