Photopost: A Visit to the MFA, part six


I had a surprise afternoon free and so made another visit to one of my favorite places Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Having not visited in 6 months, there were a lot of new exhibitions I hadn’t seen so I focused on those: Megacities Asia – 11 artists from 5 cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, Mumbai, and…

Beer Review: Cisco Summer of Lager


Beer: Summer of Lager Brewer: Cisco Brewers Source: Can Rating: **** (8.4 of 10) Comments: Poured from a can, Summer of Lager grows a foamy head with lots of carbonation bubbling through the golden liquid. The scent is of fresh-cut grass, and the taste follows the nose with a grassy flavor followed by spicy hops…

Harpoon Camp Wannamango


Beer: Camp Wannamango Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: Draft Rating: *** (7.5 of 10) Comments: Harpoon prepares us for summer with this refreshing, light and fruity beer.  Wannamango pours out a golden color with a full head and tiny bubbles.  As the name implies, mango is strong in the aroma, although there’s some apricot too.  This…

Beer Review: Portico Escher


Beer: Escher Brewer:  Portico Brewing Company Source: Draft (Cask) Rating: **** ( 8 of 10) Comments: Sampled a glass of Escher from a cask. The aroma is of raw grains and grass, while the taste is citrus with a smoothly bitter background.  Nice balance of a variety of hops.  The mouthfeel is light.  Lots of…

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…

Beer Review: Shabadoo Black & Tan


Beer: Shabadoo Black & Tan Brewer: Berkshire Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: *** (7.5 of 10) Comments: 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…

JP A to Z: K is for Kuchamakin #AtoZChallenge #JamaicaPlain


K is for Kuchamakin If you’ve been reading the Jamaica Plain A to Z series the past couple of weeks, you may be wondering how a neighborhood in Boston ended up getting named Jamaica Plain.   The Plain part is deceptively simple.  The area around Jamaica Pond where the central village is located is flat.  Yet, other…

Beer Review: Harpoon Kettle Cup Thunder Foam


Beer: Kettle Cup Thunder Foam Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: 22 ounce bottled Rating:  **** (8.0 of 10) Comments: Poured into a glass, this porter is a dark brown with a thick head with a cocoa aroma a sweet chocolaty flavor with subtle spice.   The glass has a velvety mouthfeel and leaves a spotty lacing…

Beer Review: Castle Island Candlepin Pale Ale


Beer: Candlepin Pale Ale Brewer: Castle Island Brewing Co. Source: Draft Rating:  ** (6.7 of 10) Comments: A new Massachusetts brewery from Norwood presents this APA named for the regions hardest bowling game.  It’s VERY pale, more of a straw-colored cloud with negligible head.  The aroma is apricot, a bit skunky, with a grapefruit taste…

Beer Review: Jack’s Abby Big Red Mitch


Beer: Big Red Mitch Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing Source: Draft Rating:  ** (6.9 of 10) Comments:  A different beer, a dark red almost blackish with a bitter grapefruit scent and aroma but balanced with an earthy maltiness.  There’s no lace and medium mouthfeel.  It’s different, in a good way. From the same brewer: 8.1 – Jack’s Abby…

Photopost: Fiddler on the Farm


Yesterday we prepared for St. Patrick’s Day at Powisset Farm in Dover with performances in the barn by the Whyte School of Irish Step Dancing and fiddle tunes in the Cape Breton style by Claire Pettit of the band The Cottars.  It was a lovely setting, especially since the seats were set up in the…

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Black Harbor Stout


Beer: Black Harbor Stout Brewer: Boston Beer Company Source: Draft Rating:  **** (8.3  of 10) Comments: Poured in a brandy glass, this beer is the color of black velvet.  The scent is candied cherries or raisins, while the flavor is kind of a mulled wine crossed with coffee (in a good way).  A delicious alternative to the…

Massachusetts 351


I’ve lived in Massachusetts for nearly 19 years (and in a bordering state for 15 years when I was younger), but despite it being a small state I feel that I have not seen much of Massachusetts.  I am the stereotype of the Boston urbanite who rarely ventures outside the confines of the Rt. 128…

2015 Year in Review: Memorable Events


I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year.  My definition of memorable can include both the positive and the negative, but generally it’s the good things that make the list.  That first list in 1996 had exactly twenty items, so I’ve made the list…

Beer Review: Harpoon EHOP Collaboration


Beer: EHOP Collaboration Brewer: Harpoon Brewery / Deschutes Brewery Source: 22 oz. bottle Rating: *** (7.5 of 10) Comments: Boston’s Harpoon collaborates with Oregon’s Deschutes on a beer celebrating that both breweries are employee-owned.  They celebrate their Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) with this Employee Hops Ownership Plan (EHOP).  And the workers controlling the means of production is…

Photopost: A Visit to the MFA, part five


On another solo visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, I completed touring the Art of Europe galleries, traveling through 17th-century Dutch and Flemish, gaudy 18th-century French decorative art, 19th-century art deemed worthy by the Academy, and finally Impressionism and post-Impressionism. Then I took the guided tour of the Art of the Americas wing, learning more…

Beer Review: Mighty Squirrel Original


Beer:  Original Brewer: Mighty Squirrel Brewing Source: 22 oz bottle Rating: **  (6.7 of 10) Comments: I’ve never seen a beer with the protein content listed on the label before.  Does beer even have protein?  Mighty Squirrel’s gimmick is that it is a beer one might enjoy after exercising, offering some nutrition with the buzz….

Beer Review: Pretty Things Our Finest Regards


Beer:  Our Finest Regards Brewer: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Source: 22 oz bottle Rating: **  (6.9 of 10) Comments: I was heartbroken to learn that the creators of Pretty Things are calling it quits.  So I picked this bottle of a Pretty Things beer I’d never tried before. It pours out a ruby…

Photopost: Giving Thanks for Nature and the Senses at Drumlin Farm


We spent the day after Thanksgiving at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.  There were a number of art and music activities for the day to engage the senses, but the kids were content to make their usual round of visits to the farm animals, taking a hay ride, and then a hike up the…