Grampus is one of the newest beers by Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project out of MA. This “hoppy golden double mash” beer packs quite the punch with tons of sweetness and tropical fruit notes (but don’t worry, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer). Their technique for brewing Grampus is quite interesting, you can check out their blog here explaining it all.


You can pick this beer up at one of my favorite craft beer stores, Craft Beer Cellar. Seriously, that place is a wonderland of labels and beer.

Bakke Hill Black Lager

Bakke Hill Black Lager is a Schwarzbier brewed by Fish Brewing Co. out of Olympia, WA. This beer is extremely smooth and rich but at the same time very mild. Subtle notes of chocolate and coffee from start to finish, this would be a great beer to introduce someone who is afraid of “dark” beers (and trust me, no light escapes this black hole of a beer!)


Special thanks to everyone who donated to my fundraiser for The Stratton Foundation!

Cane And Ebel

Cane and Ebel is a “hopped up red rye ale” brewed by Two Brothers Brewing in Warrenville, IL. This beer was a sweet hoppy surprise balanced with a touch of spicy rye. What type of hops you ask? Only “the wackiest new Hops we could lay our hands on” according to the bottle. Yum!


Barbapapa is a Russian Imperial Stout brewed by Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project in MA. According to the brewers, “Barbapapa is ‘Barbe a Papa’ as in the French name for cotton-candy: ‘Father’s Beard’. Our ‘father’ has an appropriately thick black beard adorned with mementos of Pretty Things past (and future?).” I love a label with meaning!


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. 

Pumpkin Lager

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

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!

Miracle IPA


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!

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