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Sep 5

Written by: Ken
Saturday, September 05, 2009

 Anyway, I left Anchorage August 14 and arrived in Boston at 3:45 PM. Rented a car and hit the MA Turnpike (90) and headed west towards Springfield. I did some research for the trip along the way and found a place called Brew City Grill and Brewhouse. Well, with a name like "Brewhouse" my immediate thoughts were they make their own beer.  Wrong!! it was an alehouse like Humpy's. It had the same ambiance like Humpy's with friendly, beer speaking people, and good food to boot. Had a Long Trail IPA from Vermont to start my East Coast adventure. Was very tasty with the crab cakes and fries. Definitely has the English quality to it with the malty, Fuggles hops character. Next beer was the Ling Haul Blonde. Probably should have had this one first, but I'm a sucker for a good IPA. The blonde was very hoppy, more to the pale ale style, but had a good thirst quenching attribute. Seeings how it was 95 degrees with a 70% of humidity. 

Went the nearby Hampton Inn and got a room there and headed back to the Brew City for more beer, as, before I left I noticed they had some cask conditioned beers available. I figured I was going to be there for a while and decided I had better find a room and hang the car up for the evening. As I was walking back to Brew City, (about 6 blocks), I noticed a pub called 99 Restaurant and Pub. The saving grace for me to have a beer there was the knowledgeable and friendly staff. I had a Sam Adams Summer, which, that too was refreshing. The bartender was very polite when I told him I was from Alaska and was in search of good beer. He pointed me to the Brew City and complemented the staff there also. Cask conditioned beers started racing through my thoughts and had to down the last of the Summer and headed to Brew City.

I got there and sat at the end of the bar, where I like to sit and watch the locals drink. It is very interesting to see what beers they are most willing to try. Of course, there are the die-hard BMC people. but for the most part they were drinking the Wachusett Brewing Blueberry and Summer ales. I sampled the blueberry, but I'm not particularly fond of fruit beers. It was, though, a very good example of light bodied, mild fruitiness beer. I chose the Wachusett Summer. As refreshing as all the beers I tasted that day, that was probably the mildest beer i tasted. Not as full as the Sam Adams, but had a lingering hoppiness in the finish that was very pleasant. Not the harsh bitterness of hops, but a mild, subdued taste. If I knew hops as well as I should, I could tell you the variety. Ever so pleasant. But on to the cask conditioned.

The first was Shipyard Brewing Old Thumper. Let me briefly explain that beer. I had that beer in 1996 at the brewery, when Shauna and I were in Boston for a beer convention. It is an Extra Special Ale. It really doesn't fall in any categories for beer styles. Was created in 1979 by Peter Austin of Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire, England. Alan Pugsley, mentored under Peter Austin and founder of Shipyard, took this recipe and is solely brewed in the U.S. It has rich qualities and has an ABV of about 5.9%. And that is in the bottle. The cask version has much more complexity and depth, that it is hard to explain. There are vanilla qualities that are unmatched by any other beer I have tasted. I must just be a sucker for the cask beers, but I had 4 of these and am willing to make a special trip back to MA for this beer. it is not a beer they cask condition all the time. You just have to be at the right place at the right time........More tomorrow..

Later, 

Ken

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Sep 5

Written by: Ken
Saturday, September 05, 2009

 Anyway, I left Anchorage August 14 and arrived in Boston at 3:45 PM. Rented a car and hit the MA Turnpike (90) and headed west towards Springfield. I did some research for the trip along the way and found a place called Brew City Grill and Brewhouse. Well, with a name like "Brewhouse" my immediate thoughts were they make their own beer.  Wrong!! it was an alehouse like Humpy's. It had the same ambiance like Humpy's with friendly, beer speaking people, and good food to boot. Had a Long Trail IPA from Vermont to start my East Coast adventure. Was very tasty with the crab cakes and fries. Definitely has the English quality to it with the malty, Fuggles hops character. Next beer was the Ling Haul Blonde. Probably should have had this one first, but I'm a sucker for a good IPA. The blonde was very hoppy, more to the pale ale style, but had a good thirst quenching attribute. Seeings how it was 95 degrees with a 70% of humidity. 

Went the nearby Hampton Inn and got a room there and headed back to the Brew City for more beer, as, before I left I noticed they had some cask conditioned beers available. I figured I was going to be there for a while and decided I had better find a room and hang the car up for the evening. As I was walking back to Brew City, (about 6 blocks), I noticed a pub called 99 Restaurant and Pub. The saving grace for me to have a beer there was the knowledgeable and friendly staff. I had a Sam Adams Summer, which, that too was refreshing. The bartender was very polite when I told him I was from Alaska and was in search of good beer. He pointed me to the Brew City and complemented the staff there also. Cask conditioned beers started racing through my thoughts and had to down the last of the Summer and headed to Brew City.

I got there and sat at the end of the bar, where I like to sit and watch the locals drink. It is very interesting to see what beers they are most willing to try. Of course, there are the die-hard BMC people. but for the most part they were drinking the Wachusett Brewing Blueberry and Summer ales. I sampled the blueberry, but I'm not particularly fond of fruit beers. It was, though, a very good example of light bodied, mild fruitiness beer. I chose the Wachusett Summer. As refreshing as all the beers I tasted that day, that was probably the mildest beer i tasted. Not as full as the Sam Adams, but had a lingering hoppiness in the finish that was very pleasant. Not the harsh bitterness of hops, but a mild, subdued taste. If I knew hops as well as I should, I could tell you the variety. Ever so pleasant. But on to the cask conditioned.

The first was Shipyard Brewing Old Thumper. Let me briefly explain that beer. I had that beer in 1996 at the brewery, when Shauna and I were in Boston for a beer convention. It is an Extra Special Ale. It really doesn't fall in any categories for beer styles. Was created in 1979 by Peter Austin of Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire, England. Alan Pugsley, mentored under Peter Austin and founder of Shipyard, took this recipe and is solely brewed in the U.S. It has rich qualities and has an ABV of about 5.9%. And that is in the bottle. The cask version has much more complexity and depth, that it is hard to explain. There are vanilla qualities that are unmatched by any other beer I have tasted. I must just be a sucker for the cask beers, but I had 4 of these and am willing to make a special trip back to MA for this beer. it is not a beer they cask condition all the time. You just have to be at the right place at the right time........More tomorrow..

Later, 

Ken

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