January Beer Series

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Our Finest Regards
Pretty Things Brewing Company
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Pretty 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.
Ever since brewing in England, Dann has dreamed of making a barley-focused beer using the malts of Yorkshire (and never hesitates to plug his favorite: Thomas Fawcett & Sons). The American version of a barleywine is normally a sad beer indeed, lots of hops and alcohol but the star of the show is left scratching his chin in the eaves of the theatre. This is not one of those beers. The English invented this style and they’re the only ones who know how to make one, save this rare American brewer.
(According to the Pretty Things website) Expect an aroma of juicy sultanas, wet wood, green apple, malted milk balls, marzipan and alcohol deliciousness. It’s got a medium body and is a little more spritsy than we’re sure the Brits would like. Serve over 50 degrees Fahrenheit in a stemmed glass. Very suitable to drink this year or next, or even the winter after that!
Great for soups and stews.
Try with this Whole Markets Beef and Barley Stew

Cabin Fever
Berkshire Brewing Company
South Deerfield, Massachusetts
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. is a regional brewery located in South Deerfield, MA, established in 1994 by Christopher T. Lalli and Gary A. Bogoff, a pair of homebrewers with the vision of being Massachusetts’ local brewery. The goal at BBC is to produce clean, fresh, well-balanced ales & lagers in small batches. At the present time they are capable of producing 580 barrels (17,980 gallons) of fresh beer each week. All of their beer is unfiltered, unpasteurized and contains no chemical additives or preservatives. They now produce nine styles of beer year round and seven seasonally brewed beers.
Cabin Fever is made as an ale suitable for the New England Winter. Its rich malt profile is reminiscent of an English Pale Ale, while the spicy and fruity hop finish, from German Tettnang hops, gives it a warming and welcoming feeling to bring you back in from the cold. Unlike some other mainstream seasonal beers, this seasonal offering is available all winter long.
“Full bodied with a slightly viscous rolling carbonation in the mouth. Lots of layered malt flavors push against a thick wall of hop flavor, the bitterness is more subdued but balances perfectly. Some nutty yeast and a kiss of ale like fruitiness in the mix. Earthy and faint piney flavors from the hops meld well with the sugary, almost nougat maltiness. Finishes with a long lived crispness and fresh lingering hops.” ~ 92 points Beer Advocate
Great with aged cheddar cheese.
Try Making these Cheddar Cheese Drop Biscuits  from Whole Foods Market

Sea Legs Baltic Porter
Uinta Brewing Company
Salt Lake City, Utah
Uinta Brewing Company embarked upon its mission of brewing world class, full-flavored, craft-brewed beer in the winter of 1993. From a small, renovated mechanic’s garage located in Salt Lake City, Uinta began distributing a tasty variety of beer ranging from 4.0% to over 10% alcohol by volume to local bars, restaurants, and liquor stores. Demand escalated, resulting in the installation of a bottling line in 1996. Then, in 2001, having outgrown its original building, Uinta built and relocated to a 26,000-square-foot facility, specifically designed for brewing beer. Uinta Brewing is named after an east-west mountain range located in northeastern Utah.
Porters of the 1700’s were made stronger than they are today. Many of the brewers made them stronger so that they could be shipped across the North Sea. Complex and drinkable, Sea Legs delivers flavors of roasted malt and chocolate.  Sea Legs was aged in Bourbon Barrels for nearly 12 months adding toasted vanilla and bourbon notes to the flavor profile. This Medium-bodied Baltic Porter has a complex malt profile and mild hop bitterness. With a hidden ABV of 8%, Sea Legs is a siren of a beer. This is a very limited release.
Fire up the grill and choose your favorite red meat to compliment the complex flavors of this beer.

Check out the grill guide
  from Whole Foods Andover

Lagunitas Brewing Company
Petaluma, California

From its inception Lagunitas had strived to make consistently good beer, and instead began making beer that ranged from vile, to barely drinkable, to wonderful, to elegant, to questionable-at-best. They were castigated then evicted from their original home in West Marin. Exiled from West Marin, they found the welcoming arms of Petaluma and succeeded in their mission to make consistently good beer, get their beer into bottles, onto the streets, and into the hands of sympathetic beer geeks, to steadily losing less money each month.
Lagunitas has been riding a wave of popularity, not unlike the Dogfish Head ride of a few years ago. Hopefully, the shortages that have been rampant over the past year will be better when the brewery is built in Chicago (scheduled to come on line in late 2013).
Back in 1995, IPA was Lagunitas first seasonal beers. Its popularity quickly proved that it deserved a spot in the year round lineup. The hallmark of this ale has always been its balance of hops and malt. While it may not be at the top of the list for the serious hop hounds this deserves a place in everyone best all around beers. I particularly like the interplay between the citric hop flavors and caramel from the malt.  
Compliment the citrusy qualities of the IPA with Whole Foods Market’s recipe for
Chicken and Mango Salad:

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