Summer vacation may be over, but my beer vacation continues! I haven’t been to the beer store since we got back to Maryland, because I brought back so much good beer from New England (drank August 3-12). I’ll highlight a few brews here…
A few weeks ago I blogged about craft beer in a can. I mentioned that the 21st Amendment brew pub in San Francisco, California canned their beer, and I’ve been on the lookout for it. I found some at Colonial Spirits and bought six packs of:
- Brew Free! Or Die IPA, an excellent IPA checking in a 7.0% ABV and 70 IBU
- Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer, a refreshing ale that undergoes a secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon for a watermelon aroma and flavor
I wish more craft brewers canned their beer — I would have had room to bring back twice as much from vacation!
I also brought home Wachusett Brewing Company’s Box of Brew (Westminster, MA). This 12 pack mix includes:
- Blueberry Ale
- Country Ale, a Pale Ale
- Green Monsta Ale, a big Pale Ale just for Red Sox fans (7.3%)
- Ryde Beer, a Rye beer only available in the mix pack
All of these beers are decent, and I just love it when a brewery offers a 12 pack mix so you can get taste for several of their beers in the convenience of a 12-pack box. If only they were in cans…
The final tally from my New England Beer Vacation:
47 different beers tasted from 20 different breweries;
one brewery and two brewpubs visited.