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American Craft Beer Fest

It’s been a while! In case you have forgotten my name is andy and this is a blog about beer and sausage.

Liz and I have just gotten back from the American Craft Beer Fest in Boston. We tried lots of great beers. This was our first beer festival to go to and I was not disappointed.

We woke up nice and early yesterday morning, grabbed some coffee, and hit the road. We were a little upset that the festival had to fall on this day because it was also NECI’s graduation for the classes above us and Alton Brown was the guest speaker. A few friends of ours got to have their pictures taken with him, lucky.

Anyway, I got stuck with driving while Liz slept so I got to see some pretty sights going through southern New Hampshire in I-89. This was both of ours first time in Boston and it was pretty cool. We didn’t get to check out any of the historical sites but we took some nice strolls through the city.

We arrived at the Seaport World Trade Center about 15 minutes before the event and found a nice long line. We got in fairly quickly, were handed our 2 ounce tasting cups and immediately saw hundreds of different beers for the taking. 45 different beers with an average of 7.4% alcohol and 3 1/2 hours later our first beer fest was over and we were more than satisfied. For a complete list of the breweries and beers that were at the event click here. Below is a list of everything we tried.

Anchor Brewing Co. – San Fransisco, CA

Anchor Porter – Porter 5.6%

Anchor Steam – California Common 4.9%

Atwater Block Brewery – Detroit, MI

Detroit Pale Ale – Altbier 6.2%

Teufel Bock – Weizenbock 10.9%

Brewery Ommegang – Cooperstown, NY

Hennepin – Saison 7.7%

Ommegang BPA – Belgian Pale Ale 6.2%

Cisco Brewers Inc. – Nantucket, MA

Pechish Woods – American Wild Ale 4.9%

Summer of Lager – Munich Helles 6.5%

Heavy Seas Beer – Baltimore, MD

Holy Sheet – Belgian Strong Dark Ale 9%

Marzen – 5.78%

DL Geary Brewing Co. – Portlan, ME

Hampshire Special Ale – English Strong Ale 7%

Summer Ale – Kolsch 6%

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery – Milton, DE

Robert Johnson’s Hellhound on My Ale – Imperial IPA 10%

World Wide Stout – Imperial Stout 18%

Lagunitas Brewing Co. – Petaluma, CA

Hop Stoopid – Imperial IPA 8%

WTF (the bartender said that this was a “surprise” beer and left it at that. brown, hoppy, and delicious)

Lawson’s Finest Liquids  – Warren, VT

Acer Quercus – Rye Beer 9%

Double Sunshine – Imperial IPA 8%(my favorite!)

Left Hand Brewing Co. – Longmont, CO

400 Pound Monkey – English IPA 6.7%

Left Hand Milk Stout – 5.2%

Matt Brewing Co. – Utica, NY

Sarnac Adirondack Lager – German Pilsener 5.5%

Sarnac Black Forest – Schwarzbier 5.5%

Narragansett Brewing Co. – Providence, RI

Narragansett Bock – Helles Bock 6.5%

Narragansett Lager – American Lager 5.1%

Odell Brewing Co. – Fort Collins, CO

Myrcenary Double IPA – Imperial IPA 9.3%

Odell 90 Shilling Ale – Scottish Ale 5.5%

Rogue Ales – Newport, OR

Chatoe Rogue First Growth OREgasmic Ale – American Pale Ale 6%

Dad’s Little Helper – Black IPA 5.2%

Shipyard Brewing Co. – Portland, ME

Double Old Thumper Ale – ESB 11.2%

Shipyard xxxx IPA – Imperial IPA 9.25

Shmaltz Brewing Co. – San Fransisco, CA

Human Blockhead – Doppelbock 10%

He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. – Imperial Rye IPA 10%

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Chico, CA

Kellerweis Hefeweiven – 4.8%

A California Common that was not on the list

Southern Tier Brewing Co. – Lakewood, NY

Mokah – Imperial Stout 11%

Raspberry Wheat Ale – 4.5%

Stone Brewing Co. – Escondido, CA

Highway 78 Scotch Ale – Wee Heavy 8.8%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout – Russian Imperial Stout 10.5%

Three Heads Brewing – Rochester, NY

Blimey English-Style Pale Ale – ESB 6%

Java Sutra Coffee Porter – American Porter 6.5%

Tullycross Tavern and Micro Brewery – Manchester, CT

Silk City Stout – Irish Dry Stout 4.2%

TCT  Pale Ale – English Pale Ale 5%

Uinta Brewing Co. – Salt Lake City, UT

Cockeyed Cooper – American Barleywine 11.1%

Tilted Smile – Imperial Pilsner 9%

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. – Easton, PA

Fourteen Ale – Wheatwine 11.8%

Thirteen – Imperial Stout 13.6%

Randal the Enamel Animal at the Dogfish Head booth full of coffee beans with the World Wide Stout running through it.

Me and the Alstrom Brothers

Getting a Stone brew

That lady ruined my shot

Patiently waiting for some Left Hand

Allagash booth


In the can ay?



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Home Brewed IPA and Beer of the Day: Curieux

I LOVE MAKING BEER! Me and Liz just made our first all-grain brew at home a few days ago. Well, we made one at beer club at school but with this one we were allowed to do it how we wanted. This beer is an IPA(India Pale Ale). IPA’s were made to be very hoppy and higher in alcohol than its cousin the Pale Ale so that it could make the long journey from England to India to get to the troops back in the 17th or 18th century. Hops are a wonderful preservative so most beers that are pretty well hopped will last a while with the hop flavor mellowing out over time. So say you bought two Imperial IPA’s and drank one today and the other one a year from now you would notice that the hops in the brew would be a little less bitter and a little more malty.

For this beer we mashed our grains at a temp of 155*F for an hour. We then boiled our wort for an hour using 2 ounces of two different hop varieties. We have it in primary fermentation right now and we will leave it there for 10 days and then we will rack it to secondary a week from today with the addition of some toasted oak chips to give it that oak barrel flavor and leave it there for probably another week, maybe two.

Here is our recipe for our “Oaked” IPA

9 lbs Marris Otter Pale Malt

1 lb Medium Crystal Malt

1 oz Pilgrim Hop Pellets (11%) 60 minute boil

1 oz First Gold Hop Pellets (7.5%) 5 minute boil

1Packet of Fermentis US-05

1/2 oz Toasted Oak Wood Chips


I will keep you updated on how things are going! Now for the Beer of the Day.


Allagash Brewing Company

Portland, ME

Belgian Tripel ( Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels)


Curieux is a Belgian Tripel Ale Brewed in Portland Maine. This was my first brew to drink from Allagash and probably in my top 3 favorite brews. I even gave two of these as a gift to my Chef and Sous Chef at my internship. The story of this brew is that Allagash had a fermentation tank full of their Tripel Ale and their shipments of bottles were late. Well needing to do something with this beer fast they stored it in some Jim Beam barrels they had gotten a few weeks before and there is the birth of Curieux. I have a bottle of this back home at my parents house in Mississippi I plan on leaving there for a long time. The bottle that I reviewed was bottled June 10, 2010 and I reviewed it on January 23 2011 so this is a 7 month old brew. They had this brew at Three Penny on tap but honestly I think it is MUCH better from the bottle. Cheers!

Appearance – Nice golden and clear. Foamy white head that goes away kinda quickly. Decent lacing.

Aroma – Nutty, sunflower seed. Roasty, slightly malty. You can sort of smell the alcohol. a hint of citrus and vanilla.

Taste – Vanilla and coconut from the barrel, even a little hint of the bourbon. Toasted grains, really nutty.

Mouth Feel – Medium – heavy bodied brew. Stings in the mouth but doesn’t stay long.

Drinkability – Awesome brew. Definitely meant to be held on to for a while and not gulped straight down. At 7 months old this beer isn’t even close to being finished, give it 2 years.


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