Tagged: Beer

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A Taste of History and of Things to Come: Mystic Brewery

This past month, a small crew from Formaggio Kitchen was lucky enough to get a tour of Mystic Brewery from Brian Greenhagen, the founder and owner. At the time of our visit the Chelsea, MA facility was in preparations for a recently announced growth of their saisons and traditional wild ales program, in partnership with Continue Reading »

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Oktoberfestbier 2014!

Oktoberfest is here! With more than eight Oktoberfestbiers in stock, I decided to look into what exactly Oktoberfestbier is, and how they vary.

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Gluten Free Beer: Discovering the Options

Based on self-imposed elimination diets, I’ve learned that my body has difficulty processing gluten, among other things. Beer is one area where I’ve found some pretty good gluten-free options.

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Porter: The Most Misunderstood Style of Beer

If there was a contest for most misunderstood beer style the woebegone porter would probably win. IPA’s are perennial favorites, stouts are synonymous with winter, but porters are the forgotten little brother, constantly fighting for attention and respect.

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Links Worth a Look

Here are some posts and articles related to food and drink worth a read from various sources on the web.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen: Zum Wohl!

Paulaner Brauerei (Brewery) first opened its doors in 1634, the same year that the citizens of Boston purchased (for 30 pounds!) the land that became Boston Common. To me, their Oktoberfest beer is what I expect the festival to taste like, especially when you drink it with some roasted or grilled game meats. Balance means different things on different continents, and thus, the balance of this beer is between malt and grain, without much to offer in the way of hops, which is very true to the Märzen style.

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Peeping Tom? Nope. Peeper Ale!

The Maine Beer Co. is based out of Portland and is a very young company. It was started by two brothers who began their brewing career experimenting in a garage. Their goal: to make something they would be happy drinking themselves.

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1809 Berliner Weisse: A Wheat Beer Fit for Napoleon

Eric is stocking both Dr. Briem’s Grut Bier and his 1809 Berliner Weisse. The latter is a very historic beer-style indeed. The beer’s name, “1809,” was selected because Napoleon and his army toasted their Prussian victory in that year with Berliner Weisse. However, this style of beer dates back much further. It can be placed to at least the 1600s when it is mentioned in documents of French Huguenots who were passing through Berlin en route to Flanders. Berliner Weisse is a wheat beer that is top-fermented and bottle conditioned. These beers tend not to be very hoppy. Instead, they are on the sour side. In Germany, they are occasionally ordered with flavored syrups to counterbalance the tartness.