Tag Archives: New England

• Cider Rules! Cider Fest Coming Up 9/19! Be there!

Cider Rules! Cider Fest Coming Up 9/19! Be there!

Ok, when you think of cider, what comes to mind? Sweet? Martinelli’s? Apple juice? What’s cider? Ok, you need an update. I had the same misconceptions which were mightily corrected when I had a kickass cider tasting with Mark McTavish, President of Half Pint Ciders and I had a personal epiphany. Cider rules! First thing […]

• Pro golfers want in on craft beer boom with new product line

Pro golfers want in on craft beer boom with new product line

A threesome of pro golfers have teamed up to create some new options for the 19th hole. With the help of Florida-based brewer The Brew Hub, PGA tour members Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson are teeing up a line of new craft beers targeting golfers. The three beers — G-Mac’s Celtic Style Pale […]

• Hard Cider Making A Comeback

Hard Cider Making A Comeback

Cider is making a major comeback — and I don’t mean the juice that comes in small boxes with a straw. I’m referring to the fermented type, which in the U.S. is always called “hard cider,” to distinguish it from the nonalcoholic juice. Believe it or not, up until the mid-19th century, cider was the […]

• When That ‘Local,’ ‘Craft’ Liquor You Pay Big Bucks for Is Neither

When That ‘Local,’ ‘Craft’ Liquor You Pay Big Bucks for Is Neither

Last winter I visited a small new distillery housed on the ground floor of a Dickensian industrial building in a run-down part of an American city—exactly which city doesn’t matter, because I guarantee there’s a building just like it near you. It was occupied by what my friend Karen Rush has dubbed YUTs, or “young […]

• Craft Beer Cellar Donates Funds to Victims of Boston Marathon Bombings

Craft Beer Cellar Donates Funds to Victims of Boston Marathon Bombings

BOSTON – In response to the tragic events of yesterday’s Boston Marathon, Craft Beer Cellar has decided to donate more than $1,700 to the victims and their families. During the last two weeks of March, Craft Beer Cellar raised contributions to launch their newest New England location, the Craft Beer Cellar New England Annex in […]

• Vermont Is Suddenly Awash In World-Class Beers

Vermont Is Suddenly Awash In World-Class Beers

Everyone expects Vermonters to wow the world with their maple syrup and cheeses. But lately the buzz has been about the brews. Not that the craft beer movement is anything new to this tiny New England state, which sports the highest number of brewers per capita — roughly 25,030 people per brewery. But lately the […]

• Top Cheap Beer :(

Top Cheap Beer :(

“By popular demand, our topic today is beer, cheap beer. Some of you may be wondering whether the subject under discussion might be better off beneath discussion. Such concerns are not to be pooh-poohed; most conversations about cheap beer employ the word “rank” strictly as an adjective. And yet the theme of cheap beer abounds […]

• Super Bowl 2012: Beer Lover’s Guide to the Giants and the Patriots

Super Bowl 2012: Beer Lover’s Guide to the Giants and the Patriots

The combatants are determined. The New York Giants and New England Patriots are set to square off in Super Bowl XLVI, a rematch of four years ago. From that game, 15 Giants players and eight Patriots remain on their respective teams, including starting quarterbacks Eli Manning and Tom Brady. With the season ending Sunday, I […]

• The 11th Plague? Why People Drink Sweet Wine on Passover

The 11th Plague? Why People Drink Sweet Wine on Passover

Wines like Manischewitz aren’t very good—but consumers love them anyway. The story of a uniquely American holiday tradition. “A seder without sweet Manischewitz,” the comedian Jackie Mason once said, “would be like horseradish without tears, like a cantor without a voice, like a shul without a complaint, like a yenta without a big mouth, like […]

• Beer becoming less regional, more national

Beer becoming less regional, more national

Travel posts are always hard. Most of my readership lives on the West Coast, so it matters little what amazing beer I drink when I’m in New England. Anyone who happens to have access to the beer I discuss, however, doesn’t need my Johnny-come-lately evaluation. So rather than just going through the beers, let’s put […]

• Ready to RUMble?

Ready to RUMble?

Hawaii has the sugar cane. This we know. And it would follow, Rum. But, those same folks who brought you the one crappy position for sex, have interfered with sugar’s natural progression. Apparently, the missionaries discouraged rum production on the islands for years, and the lucrative real estate market has discouraged it lately. The cost […]