Beer, Local Brew Series 2012

Local Brew Series, Part 8: An Evening at John Harvard’s

No Comments 26 September 2012

A couple of weeks ago, we attended the Friends and Family preview event at John Harvard’s in Cambridge, which has recently undergone some renovations. The evening was a great opportunity to sample their new menu and taste some of their quality brews. We’re always eager to check out local restaurants and to support local business, so we were excited about the event!

The 3-course dinner featured a couple of “sharables” to start – appetizers brought to each table to sample before the real meal began. We tried both the Point Judith Calamari and the Spinach Artichoke Dip. The calamari was well cooked, with a perfectly crispy crust and a tasty tomato sauce that had a definite bite. The artichoke dip was heavy on the cheese, but very flavorful.

The first course included a couple of salad choices – including a Caesar Salad which was paired with their Tripel Bottom Line, and a Baby Lettuces salad which was paired with their Lacto Saison. We found these pairings – as well as the rest of the pairings throughout the meal – to be spot on. The salads were both good – the caesar perfectly dressed with ample shredded parmesan, and the baby greens very lightly dressed, but incredibly fresh. Continue Reading

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Local Brew Series, Part 7: Cambridge Brewing Co. and Notch Brewing

No Comments 12 September 2012

This week, we’re featuring two more local brewers in our Local Brew Series: Cambridge Brewing Co. (CBC) and Notch Brewing. We’re especially excited to speak a bit about CBC, since they’ve right here in our neck of the woods! As longstanding Cambridge residents, they are well known in the local area – not only are they the oldest of the breweries showcased in our series, founded in 1989, but they are also the oldest brewery-restaurant in all of Boston! They feature a variety of different types of beer, some made in new American beer styles, some inspired by classic world styles, and even some experimental beers. Their house beers, available year round, include the Cambridge Amber, Charles River Porter, Regatta Golden (an American Cream Ale) and the Tall Tale Pale Ale. Featured in this post is a summer seasonal, their Weekapaug Gruit — an unhopped, herbal beer that was refreshing and unique, definitely great for summer. We thoroughly enjoyed trying it!

Now that the fall season is coming (has already arrived?!), CBC has some new seasonal beers available, including the Great Pumpkin Ale, which just appeared on tap this week at the restaurant. The CBC is open for lunch Monday through Friday, and for dinner 7 days a week. You can see their complete list of hours here. We may be biased, as residents of Cambridge and all, but we’d highly recommend a trip for a casual meal and great brew sometime during this fall season!

You can see the Weekapaug Gruit below, photographed in a Schott Zwiesel Hurricane glass. The other beer photographed is the Notch Brewing Tafelbier, also showcased in a Schott Zwiesel glass, the Basic Beer Pilsner.

Now for our second feature today: Notch Brewing! Notch Brewing was founded by Chris Lohring, who has been brewing professionally since 1993. While Cambridge Brewing Co. has deep roots here in the city, Notch Brewing doesn’t have settled roots per se – in fact, the company doesn’t even have a brewery! Instead, Chris works as an independent brewer out of other established breweries, including Ipwish Ale Brewery and Kennebunkport Brewery, where he produces scrumptious low-alcohol beers. Notch Brewing takes pride in the fact that they produce flavorful and popular brews that are always 4.5% ABV or less. How’s that for a unique selling point? Continue Reading

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Local Brew Series, Part 5: Pretty Things and Idle Hands

No Comments 05 September 2012

This week we’re back with the local brew series, featuring two stunning pieces of Simon Pearce bar-ware and two more local brewers – Pretty Things and Idle Hands. The handled Simon Pearce Windsor Tankard is holding American Darling by Pretty Things, and the taller Simon Pearce Norwich Beaker is holding Pandora from Idle Hands.

Idle Things Craft Ales was founded by head brewer Christopher Tkach, an avid beer fan and beer professional. For over 15 years prior to starting Idle Hands, Chris was involved with local homebrew associations and even became a Certified Beer Judge through the Beer Judge Certification Program. Along with wife Grace – who handles marketing and the “people-related fun” of the business – they started Idle Hands, which focuses on Belgian inspired beers. As stated on their website, “We offer an array of Belgian beers to provide refreshment, compliment a meal, and most importantly, keep those idle hands from making the devil’s playground!” Continue Reading

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Local Brew Series, Part 4: Night Shift Brewing

No Comments 29 August 2012

Continuing on with our Local Brew Series, we’re highlighting one of the newer local brewing establishments today – Night Shift Brewing. A couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of visiting the brewery and meeting with two of the three founders – Mike and Michael. From the outside, it’s hard to tell there’s even a brewery in there, but lo and behold we found it, and I’m so glad we did!

Inside of their small warehouse space on a tiny back road in Everett, we found a well laid out brewery, complete a little corner bar dedicated to brewery visitors. My first reaction was – WOW, this is it?! – but upon further inspection I found it to be really well organized and highly efficient. They are able to run all brewery operations from their Everett location, which is pretty impressive when you consider the product they produce. Continue Reading

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