Get Ready For Some…Charity!

Thanks to the generosity of the Alchemist Brewery in VT, I’m $250 closer to reaching my goal for raising money for The Stratton Foundation. Thank you!  I consider my board setup incomplete without my Heady Topper sticker and this wonderful donation encourages me to ride through the entire 24 hour race next weekend.


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


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. 

Count Orlok

This black pumpkin wheat ale is brewed by Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. out of St. Louis. I’ve only had this one beer by the brewery but it stood its own against 27 other beers in our blind pumpkin beer taste test this year. Plus, have you ever seen the 1922 silent film, “Nosferatu” that the label is based off of? It’s a damn creepy movie that holds up remarkably well to this day.



This citrusy and piney IPA is brewed by Straight to Ale in Huntsville, Alabama. I loved the hints of floral and grapefruit notes towards the end of this beer that left my tastebuds saying, “mmm delicious!” This was one of my top IPAs last month, I went through the 6-pack quickly! So thank you, brave primates, for space exploration and great tasting beers. Humankind wouldn’t be where we are today without your sacrifices. 

Twisted Helles

This beer is a simple but good summer time lager by Frankenmuth Brewery in Michigan. I was drawn to the nice and very clean can design and I think it reflects the beer’s mellow taste with a slight hint of lemon. Nuthin’ fancy here but it fits my summer mindset. They say it was inspired by Michigan summers but it seemed to wrap up my summer in Boston quite well. And with that said, I shall now brace myself for pumpkin beer season…!


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!

Raging Bitch


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.

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