2013 September Beer Series

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series – Saison Various
Harpoon Brewing Company
Boston, MA
Harpoon 100 SaisonHarpoon Brewing was founded in 1986, making it the first commercial brewery in Boston for over 25 years. The first beer, Harpoon Ale, was released in 1987. In 1988, Winter Warmer became the first New England seasonal brew. Octoberfest followed in 1990 and IPA was introduced as a summer seasonal in 1993. Over the years the brewery has outgrown its “craft” status. In an effort to maintain its small brewer appeal, the 100 barrel series was launched in 2003. This gave the brewers flexibility to try different flavors and combinations without committing to a full blown product launch. Not necessarily seasonal beers, these are released as they are ready for consumption. The 47th installment of the 100 Barrel Series is this mixed breed aptly named ”Saison Various”. Saison, a traditional late summer beer in France and Belgium, and has been produced lately in a variety of different styles. Four of Harpoon’s brewers were allowed to make their own style of saison. They were later blended together and this is the result.
On the nose, coriander and peppercorn aromas are highlighted by grainy malt essence. Yeast and caramel give it certain funkiness. Sweet up front flavors are balanced by a crisp dry finish.

King of the Yahd
Foolproof Brewing Company
Providence, RI
foolproof king of yahdFoolproof Brewing Company has recently opened in Rhode Island. Foolproof began brewing beer January of this year and this spring announced they were expanding after being in operations for just three months. Clearly owner Nick Garrison and his team are doing something right. Like many craft brewers, Nick turned the page from avid home brewer to craft brewer.
King of the Yahd is the royal big brother of their beloved Backyahd IPA. The King’s got a big malt backbone – piles of pilsner, maris otter, rye, and spelt – topped off with a mighty crown of hops, including Topaz, Zythos, Columbus, and a new experimental hop in six additions.


Hoppy Feet 1.5
Clown Shoes Beer
Ipswich, MA
Clown Shoes Hoppy 1.5Clown Shoes begins, and maybe ends, with a wonderful mission statement “Our mission now is to produce beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy.” Perfect. Clown Shoes is the brainchild of the son of a local wine merchant. It is being contract brewed by Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich, MA, the home of Ipswich Ale. Rather than trying to explain the Clown Shoes brand to you, here are the words of brand owner Gregg Berman:
“Something’s happening, and it involves clown shoes and beer. Clown Shoes? Very long story, but to condense it a group of us submitted the name to the Beer Advocate contest that resulted in The Wrath of Pecant. Our submission didn’t crack the top 5. This burned me up inside. While driving one day the epiphany came: I could make my own Clown Shoes beer. In no way did I expect to create a brand, figuring it would be one batch of beer for fun and then done. But folks are digging the brews and a group of us are having a great time. Clown Shoes has come to mean a lot to me on a lot of levels. Clowns are questionable but the shoes make me laugh. They remind me about humility and to find humor in life. Our mission now is to produce beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy.”

Meadowlark IPA
Pretty Things Brewing Company
Somerville, MA
PT MeadowlarkPretty Things starts with husband and wife team Dann and Martha Paquette. A few years back, Dann got the brewing bug and left for England to hone his craft. The British influence can be seen in many of PT’s products. Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project is a gypsy brewery that has quickly established a household name for itself with their quirky, tasty beers. They are gypsies in that they do not have a brewing home. Currently they are tenant brewers at Buzzard’s Bay Brewery in Westport. Tenant brewing differs sharply from “contract brewing”. A contract brewer’s product is brewed by and often formulated by the brewmaster at the host brewery. A tenant brewer is solely responsible for his/her/their product.

Meadowlark IPA is new, juicy, floral and hoppy ale brewed to celebrate the flavor and spirit of American craft brewing. This 7% alcohol beer has a sunny orange-yellow color, 85 International Bittering Units, a smooth mouthfeel and layer upon layer of soft flowery hops. Earthy Citra and bitter Bravo hops from the Pacific Northwest with intensely fruity and aromatic Galaxy hops from Australia. The malts are English pale malt & mild ale malt, pale crystal (1.3% of the grist), flaked barley with malty highlights from Munich malt and a bijoux of Roasted Barley.


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