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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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Antique shops and Beer of the Day: Theobroma

Me and Liz made our way to the antique shop in Montpelier today. A few months ago I made a post mentioning some steins they had and that I would post pictures soon, well, better late than never.

This stein is decorated with an inscription that read “Endet einst mein Lebenslauf”. According to one of Liz’s friends who speaks German, the person who wrote this is pretty much saying this is the best beer he has ever drank.

This is basically just a picture of a German fella having a good ol time.

This seems to depict a group of folks sitting by a table while one of their mates strums away on some sort of stringed instrument.

“Beer is healthy”


Dogfish Head Brewery

Milton, DE

Chile Beer


This brew came from Hunger Mountain Co-op here in Montpelier. It was an impulse buy. I had heard that it tasted like spicy chocolate so I decided to try it.

Appearance – Two finger white foamy head, amber/ burnt orange color.

Aroma – malt, chocolate, caramel, honey

Taste – Cocoa, sweet, smokey. A little confusinf to explain. It is not a kind of sweet that makes you think “Ah, this is a sweet beer.” it makes you think ” Ah, this is a savory beer with hints of chocolate.” The chillies in this brew add a spice in the back of your throat. Very nice taste.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied. Sort of bitter, nice stinging sensation not from the alcohol.

Drinkability – Great for certain occasions, not for everyday use.


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Beer of the Day: My Antonia

My Antonia

Dogfish Head Brewery

Milton, DE

American Imperial Pilsner


My Antonia started as a collaboration brew with an Italian brewery right outside of Rome. It was brewed and distributed in Italy and a little was shipped to America until It was decided to become a year round brew. I grabbed this brew at the Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier.

Appearance – Pale and golden. 2-finger foamy white head with a fairly sticky lacing.

Aroma -Citrus and floral hops dominate this nose. Not very malty in the aroma.

Taste – Bitter and sweet. Hops come out very nicely on the finish.

Mouth Feel – Medium bodied. The tongue dried out maybe from some sort of tannins in this brew?

Drinkability – Good Beer. Nice and hoppy. It gets a little watered down towards the end. But that an American Pilsner for ya though ain’t it?

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Beer Of The Day and Other News

So today was the first day of our homebrew club meeting. Really excited, Chef Ryan O’Mally is going to be our instructor for the club. We met to talk about our goals for this club and what days we will meet and blah blah. We had some really cool ideas being tossed around like maybe having a beer day at NECI’s quad and invite any homebrewer in town to participate, after brewing enough beers having a beer pairing dinner, growing hops in the school garden and maybe even visiting local breweries. I am actually about to head out to price supplies for our mash tun we are going to build.

Well with that out of the way lets get started on our Beer Of The Day.

Red & White

Dogfish Head

Milton, DE

Witbeier (Brewed with pinot noir juice)


Red & White is a Belgian style witbier that is mashed with coriander and orange peel. Once it has been added to the fermentation vessel they ferment it with pinot noir juice. After it is done fermenting a portion of this beer is then aged in oak barrels and then married back together. This is a limited edition Dogfish brew. I snagged a bottle of it at some random beer store in Tennessee.

Appearance – 1/2 finger head with a beautiful copper color with a hint of red.

Smell – Citrus and spice. Nice and malty, definitely has that pinot noir aroma.

Taste – Slightly sour with sweetness from the malts. More sourness towards the back. Tastes like pineapple when I burp.

Mouth Feel – Medium to heavy bodied. Leaves an acidic tingle on your gums.

Drinkability – Great beer. I love the spice, maybe a bit too much of that pineapply taste but it’s tolerable. Not a “session” beer.


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Randall the Enamel Animal

This my dear readers (how few of you there may be) is Randall.


Randall the Enamel Animal.  Randall is an organoleptic hop transducer module invented by Dogfish Head.  Basically what happens is you fill the chamber with hops, spices, or whatever, then you pump your draft beer through the filter and the alcohol strips the flavor from whatever is in the chamber.

“It’s named that because when you drink a really hoppy beer, it feels like its ripping the enamel off of your teeth.” – Dogfish founder Sam Calagione



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