Beer: Lovely St. Winefride
Brewer: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: **** (8.0 of 10)
Comments: Lovely St. Winifrede is dark & foamy. The aroma is sweet with a whiff of alcohol. The taste is spicy, then hoppy, with a clean finish. The head dissipated quickly with no lacing. This is a good “meat & potatoes” beer
Beer: My Better Half
Brewer: Somerville Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.9 of 10)
Comments: A golden amber with very little carbonation, this caramel-scented beer has the unique flavor combination of sweet orange cream with a chocolate aftertaste. The head is thin and the lacing is erratic, but this brew is yummy.
Beer: Imperial Cream Ale
Brewer: Slumbrew Brewing Company
Rating: *** (7.8 of 10)
Comments: The beer is a hazy, copper-amber color with a thin head. The nose was a faint sweet smell. There wasn’t much expectation at this point, but the taste was a pleasant surprise. True to its name it has a creamy flavor with vanilla, but not overly sweet and it goes down smoothly. The high-alcohol content also left me with a pleasant buzz.
Beer: Field Mouse’s Farewell
Brewer: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project
Source: Draft in a tulip glass
Rating: *** (7 of 10)
Comments: This feels like a fancy beer with a golden orange glow and a thin head. The aroma was sweet and spicy with some fruit, perhaps apricots? The taste is dominated by bitter hops with a clean citrus finish. It’s apparent from the complex flavors that this is a well-crafted beer, although I found it too bitter for my taste.
Beer: Attic & Eaves Toasted Brown Ale
Brewer: Slumbrew (Somerville Brewing Company)
Source: Draught (in tulip glass)
Rating: **** (8.1 of 10)
Comments: Our local Boston-area breweries continue to duke it out for a place in my beer-loving heart, and Slumbrew packs a wallop with their Autumn offering (and not just due to the 7.5% ABV). This beer is a dark brown with a thin tan head. The aromas and flavors are like a chocolate liqueur with burnt, nutty flavors. The bitterness hits the tongue for a moment but is cleared away for a crisp finish. This is a rich, tasty beer and I’ll have to try it again as the leaves begin to turn.
Beer: Our Turn, Your Turn
Brewer: Pretty Things / Yeastie Boys collaboration
Source: 22 oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.5 of 10)
Comments: Our Turn, Your Turn and as the world turns, a collaboration of the Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project of Somerville, MA and the Yeastie Boys of New Zealand. The beer is a hazy, straw color with lots of fizz. Aromas and flavors seem to be heavily influenced by the Linden flower, a type of tea that gives the beer strong earthy and floral accents. The hoppiness packs a wallop, and I generally don’t like the bitterness of hoppy beers, but this one is good enough to make an exception. All in all, an imaginative and exceptional beer.
The songs in my head this week, of course, are the songs I’m rehearsing for a concert called Beck’s Song Reader Performed Live. The show is next Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Somerville Theatre in Davis Square (on the Red Line) at 8:00. Beck released his 2012 album Song Reader entirely as sheet music, and 150 of Boston’s best musicians, dancers, and performance artists will be presenting their interpretations of all 20 songs. My choir will perform an arrangement of one song a capella and provide accompaniment to four other songs.
Get your tickets now for $25/seat as this show is sure to sell out!
The choral centerpiece is a song called “The Wolf is on the Hill.” In this video, you may hear us rehearsing a couple of weeks ago. We sound even better now. At the end of this clip you can also hear a small portion of “Title of the Song” which is the grand finale of the concert.
The choir is also accompanying Sarah Ribdau and Peter Moore on their rendition of “Please Leave the Light On When You Go” and Peter Moore’s take of “Heaven’s Ladder”:
The choir is participating on a fifth song as well, “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard” by Molly Zenobia. This may be my favorite of all the songs I’ve heard, but you’ll have to take my word for it and come to the concert to hear it, because there is no demo.
Some other songs you will hear at the concert include:
- “Why Did You Make Me Care” by Mary Bichner:
- “Now That Your Dollar Bills Have Sprouted Wings” by The Highland Drifters
- “Old Shanghai” by Mary Bichner
This barely scratches the surface, as there will be a dozen more songs plus choreographed dance performances for each number.
So buy your tickets now!!!
Next week, I will singing in a 50-person kick-ass choir as part of a concert called Beck’s Song Reader Performed Live. The show is next Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Somerville Theatre in Davis Square (on the Red Line) at 8:00. Beck released his 2012 album Song Reader entirely as sheet music, and 150 of Boston’s best musicians, dancers, and performance artists will be presenting their interpretations of all 20 songs. My choir will perform an arrangement of one song a capella and provide accompaniment to four other songs. Get your tickets now for $25/seat as this show is sure to sell out!
I’ll be leading this Boston By Foot Tour of the Month of Davis Square in Somerville (which I also researched and co-wrote) on Sunday, July 29th from 2pm-3:30pm. Admission is $15 per person, $5 for members (and you can become a member on the day of the tour). No reservations needed, just show up a few minutes before 2 pm on Sunday at the plaza opposite Somerville Theatre.