On Friday night, my son Peter & I (at his request) visited the Museum of Science to the see the special exhibit Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed. The exhibit included a wide collection of Mayan artifacts, recreations of Mayan art and architecture, videos of archaeologists describing their discoveries, and some interactive activities. For example one could create a name in May glyphs or a stele proclaiming the date of one’s birth. I’ve always been fascinated by the Mayan ballgame and was intrigued by the section on the how the game was played, which included video of variations on the game still played in Mesoamerica today.
It was a fascinating exhibit, and even my 7-year-old thought it was really good.
My “name” in Maya.
A stele celebrating my date of birth.
A panel shows teenage soldiers kneeling.
A jade necklace.
Me as a ballplayer.
I’ve lived in metro-Boston for close to 17 years, 8 of those in Jamaica Plain, and I’d never taken the Samuel Adams Brewery Tour. I decided to address this omission on a recent Friday when I’d taken a day off from work. I don’t know what the brewery is like in the high season, but on a random Friday afternoon in snow-encrusted Boston, there were still more than 30 people in my tour group.
Those in the know that while Samuel Adams is advertised as a Boston beer, the majority of the beer is brewed at contract breweries out-of-state. The Jamaica Plain facility is primarily a research and development facility with small batches brewed for local clients (such as Doyle’s Cafe). Thus the brewery is pretty small and the tour rather short in distance. Our guide offered a wealth of knowledge on the brewing process, passing around hops to rub into our hands and samples of malts to chew on. We also saw the big tanks that the beer goes through in the brewing process.
Not much happening there, so we went to a tasting room to sample some fresh Samuel Adams beers. The beers on tap included the flagship Boston Lager, Cold Snap white ale, and Chocolate Bock. After generous samples, we were invited to visit the gift shop where more beer was on sale, including unique brews not available elsewhere. I will have to not wait so long for my next visit, or at least swing by the gift shop when looking for a special beer.
Entering beer nirvana.
A glimpse of wooden casks.
A basketful of hops.
The most action in the brewery was this man spraying foam under the tanks.
I don’t think this is how they put the head on the beer.
Beer is best enjoyed with a drinking buddy.
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A snow mound in front of my place of work has become a gathering place for at least five rabbits (there could be more but rabbits can’t count beyond four).
If you love Boston, and wish to learn more about it’s history and architecture, check out the following three Boston By Foot walking tours lead by yours truly in October.
- 2 October 2014, 6 pm at Atlantic Wharf (290 Congress St at Fort Point Channel) – The Tipsy Tour – This tour is not a pub crawl – it’s an exploration of Boston’s boozy past!
- 4 October 2014, 2 pm at Dartmouth Street opposite Back Bay Station – South End – Explore one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Boston!
- 16 October 2014, 6 pm at Massachusetts Avenue in front of The First Church of Christ, Scientist – Avenue of the Arts – Along Huntington Avenue stands a dense concentration of Boston’s most venerable cultural institutions. From McKim, Mead & White’s Symphony Hall to Guy Lowell’s Museum of Fine Arts this tour will showcase the establishments dedicated to the fine arts, music, theater, education, religion, and sports.