Dark Side of the Maple Porter and truffles. (Credit: David Benthal)
Gone are the days when beer pairings were limited to Cracker Jack at the ballpark. Craft beer has evolved from old school, watery macro-lagers associated with tailgating to a new realm of complexity that has earned suds a rightful spot at the dinner table.(more…)
Saint James Brewery owners Rachel and Jamie Adams. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)
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A farm-to-pint mentality brews at Saint James Brewery in Holbrook. Husband and wife duo Jamie and Rachel Adams equate their beer-making process to that of a vintner or chef whose work is dictated by Mother Nature and the changing of the seasons. (more…)
The Hurricane IPA and Irish Eyes Cream Stout. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)
East End craft beer lovers can add a visit to Westhampton Beach Brewing Co. to their summer bucket list.
The tasting room opened in the Hampton Business District at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in late June with a selection of five beers on tap: the Westhampton Beach Blonde, Thom’s Elbow IPA, Copper Ale, Irish Eyes Cream Stout and Hurricane IPA. (more…)
A can of Moustache Brewing Co. Get Up On Outta Here. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)
As a wine geek who also enjoys beer — but who doesn’t work nearly as hard at beer drinking as I do wine tasting — it’s been fascinating to watch the evolution and revolution of the hoppy beers.
When I first started getting into India Pale Ales (IPAs) it was both the flavors (mostly dank and resinous in those days) as well as the bitterness that appealed to me. Now, there are so many different varieties of hops, each bringing different flavor profiles, that it’s harder to know what you’re getting if you just pick up any IPA off the shelf.
The most recent trendy iteration of IPA “New England-Style IPA” with its effusive tropical fruit character, unfiltered haze, creamy mouthfeel and lack bitter bite on the finish are easy to drink. Still, I miss the hop-born bitterness. It cuts through the fruity and creamy qualities and makes for a more balanced beer.(more…)