July Beer Series

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012 in Beer Blog | 0 comments

Hefeweizen
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.

Lemon and clove up front. Medium body, crisp, smooth and very refreshing. Just off dry with bananas and malt flavors.

 

Field Mouse
Pretty Things
Somerville, 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.

Fieldmouse’s Farewell is Pretty Things’ late Spring/early Summer seasonal beer. A saison that is slightly sweeter, slightly more full-bodied and golden than Jack D’Or, and therefore might be slightly more approachable, depending on your taste for hops (fewer bittering hops in this beer). The hops are wonderful, old-world French hops from Alsace. If you have had this in the past, you might notice that it gone a little more amber in color. This year they are using 4 times the rye that were used in 2010 or 2011.

 

Lucky 13
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Petaluma, CA

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. They are creating a new brewery near Chicago to take the edge off the burgeoning demand.

“Drops out of the bomber with some nice clarity and a red-stained copper color with a creamy, beige lacing that clings as it settles. Caramel, light brown sugar, alcohol esters, plum and guava. Hmm … a malt bomb? Oh yeah. Toasty, nutty, caramel, biscuit, turbinado sugar, earth, brown bread, and tons of sweet, toasty grains. Light alcohol spice infused with some soft pepperiness and herbal tea-like hop characters. Some pungency and juiciness too. Finishes sweet, more tea, toasty and dry with granola linger.

Mondo. Check. Large. Redundant, and check. Red. Check. Ale. Check. A malt-a-licious surprise, and there’s just enough hops to balance things out without stealing the show–you can’t even tell it’s 76.92 IBU. Hoist one. Happy 13!” 94 points Beer Advocate

 

Baby Tree (Quadruple)
Pretty Things
Canton, MA

Baby Tree beer is a Pretty Things take on the best of Abbey-style brewing from Belgium. Inspired by monastic and abbey quadruples, embellished with dark fruit flavors, not too sweet, not too heavy, it’s a springtime beer with some of the richness of late winter. While this was originally made as a spring seasonal, Pretty Things plans to offer it year round.

 

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