Beer Review: Backlash Groundswell

Beer: Groundswell
Brewer: Backlash Beer Co.
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7.3 of 10)
Comments:  This “revolutionary” beer is orangish and opaque with very little head.  The aroma is sweet and fruity and the flavor is a sweet biscuit with citrus and hints of spice.  Light, frothy mouthfeel, and no lacing.  It’s a nice flavor, with a warming aftertaste.

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Beer Review: Shabadoo Black & Tan

BeerShabadoo Black & Tan
Brewer: Berkshire Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7.5 of 10)

A mix of Hoosac Tunnel Amber Ale and Drayman’s Porter, this “black & tan” is chestnut-brown, cloudy, and has a minimal head.  The smell is kind of roasted molasses and the taste is sweet, brown sugar with hints of burnt toast.  The lacing is clumpy and the mouthfeel is sticky.  It’s a hearty and fortifying quaff.

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JP A to Z: S is for Spontaneous Celebrations #AtoZChallenge #JamaicaPlain

S is for Spontaneous Celebrations

Wake Up the Earth-1

On an otherwise quiet back street near Stony Brook station stands this festive building.  It was built in the 1870s as the clubhouse for the Boylston Schul-Verein, one of the many ethnic social clubs common in Jamaica Plain in the 19th century.  Today it is home to Spontaneous Celebrations, a contemporary community group that brings people together for many social and activist activities.  I’ve spent many hours in the building for choir practice and dance parties, and it always seems booked for rehearsals, art projects, concerts, parties, and meetings.

Spontaneous Celebrations’ signature event is The Wake Up the Earth Festival, but you’ll have to wait for my April 27th post to read about it here.


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Beer Review: Long Trail Unearthed Stout

BeerUnearthed Stout
BrewerLong Trail Brewing Co.
Source: Draft
Rating: **** (8.5  of 10)

Wow!  This is a terrific stout.  The beer is chocolate-brown with a buff head.  There are also notes of chocolate in the aroma.  No pun intended, but the taste is earthy and rich with a sweet aftertaste.  Lovely lacing on the glass.  This is a brilliant beer from a great brewery!

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