I made another first time in a long time visit to a Boston institution with a day out at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Unlike the Museum of Fine Arts, there is only one work of art at the Gardner Museum, a collaboration of Mrs. Gardner and thousands of painters, sculptors, designers, architects, and gardeners. This was my first visit since the opening of the new Renzo Piano wing, which is impressive, but seems mostly a utilitarian annex to the historic museum. It was also the first time I’ve been to the museum since photography is allowed, although only of the courtyard on the main level. Plenty of scofflaws took photos from the upper levels too, but were only stopped by the guards when using flash. I followed Mrs. Gardner’s preference of immersing myself in the art and beauty.
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Beer: Dark Vine
Brewer:Ithaca Beer Company
Rating: ***(7.6 of 10)
Comments: A dark brown/black beer with a finger-width of mocha-colored foam. The smell is a sweet caramel with fruity scents. The flavor is bold with hoppiness and a roasted, burnt sugar flavor. At 9.50% ABV, Dark Vine packs an alcoholic punch.