Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cambridge Brewing Co. Great Pumpkin Festival 2012

As usual this year I attended The Great Pumpkin Festival at Cambridge Brewing Co., held at the brewpub in Cambridge, MA, on Saturday, Oct. 28th. The line to get in was long all day, so I arrived late in the evening and got inside in about 20 minutes or less. (The line has been long the last 3 years, so it pays to watch Twitter and Facebook for line length updates.)

I managed to sample a fair number of pumpkin beers. Beers from Elysian never disappoint, and it is nice that beers from breweries that we don't normally see in this area make appearances at this fest.

Most of all, though, I enjoy seeing all the Halloween costumes that people wear. People put a lot of effort into these, and they are happy to be photographed. Out of the last 3 years, I can only remember 1 or 2 times that a person declined my request to photograph them. Below are some of the photos I shot that night.


I hope you enjoyed my photos! If you see yourself and would like a copy of the image file, let me know.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Stone "Enjoy By" IPA

I finally got a chance to try the new "Enjoy By" IPA  from Stone Brewing Co.  This was from the third batch, labeled "12.21.12" such that it seemed to be named "Enjoy by 12.21.12 IPA". I had it on tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA.

From the moment the glass was placed in front of me, I could smell the hops. Some Centenniel but also some tropical fruity hops (Simcoe? Nelson Sauvin?) The beer was oh-so-smooth, and the high ABV was very well hidden. An incredibly easy drinking DIPA. So much hoppiness, but not overly bitter. A lovely, tropical fruity plus citrusy hoppy flavor and aroma. Very enjoyable.

Not all craft beers live up to expectations or hype these days, but I am happy to say that this one does. Wow, oh so good.

Get this beer if you can. Highly recommended!

Stone Brewing Co. Enjoy By IPA
Stone Enjoy By IPA Stats: 9.4% abv, 88 IBUs Hops bill: Calypso during the mash; Super Galena hop extract for bittering; Simcoe, Delta, Target, and Amarillo for flavor; Motueka, Citra, and Cascade for aroma; Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy for dry hopping

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Getting Serious about Blogging

I'm finally getting serious about this blog.  I was working on the layout and links to my Twitter feed and Facebook page the last two days.  How does it look?

Look for some beer content very soon!