Posts Tagged ‘Massachusetts’

Beer Review: Cambridge Brewing Bo-Steam-Ian Lager

Beer: Bo-Steam-ian Lager
Brewer: Cambridge Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7.6 of 10)
Comments: An interesting blend of beers bringing together the Czech pilsner with the California-style steam beer.  The beer has a rich golden color with a bit of haziness, but not much head. The aroma is an earthy bread crust.  The taste is reminiscent of sweet pasty but with a spicy, fruity tang. There’s just enough hops bitterness for balance, but not enough to overwhelm the beer. The beer has a medium mouthfeel and leaves behind a light lacing.  This is a well-crafted and tasty experiment.

Beer Review: Berkshire Hoosac Tunnel Amber

Beer: Hoosac Tunnel Amber
Brewer: Berkshire Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7.1 of 10)

This amber ale is a comforting cloudy copper brown. The aromas include a biscuit scent with hints of fruit.  The taste is bready with a peppery finish and a sweet caramel aftertaste.  It’s a well-balanced brew that fills the mouth with flavor.  My kind of beer.

Beer Review: Night Shift Belafonte

Beer: Belafonte
BrewerNight Shift Brewing
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7 of 10)
Comments: A hazy orange beer, with very little head.  The aroma is citrus fruit with a bit of earthy yeast.  The taste is tangy with spiciness and pepper flavor, balanced with sweet toffee.  The mouthfeel is light.  Overall this beer has a nice farmhouse aura to it.

Beer Review: Jack’s Abby Leisure Time

Beer: Leisure Time Lager
Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.8 of 10)
Comments: This beer poured out is golden in color with a cloud hanging in the upper part of the glass resembling a jellyfish.  The aroma is a strong lemon citrus.   Flavor is a mix of bready sweetness, lemon, and spice.  The flavors are subtly bordering on bland.  It’s a pretty beer, good but basic.

From the same brewery:


Photopost: Green River Festival

Last weekend, the whole family headed west to Greenfield where we joined Susan’s cousins Bill & Kathleen for the Green River Festival.  Susan and I last attended this festival in 2003 and always intended to go back, because it is nice festival in a lovely setting.  Seeing a festival with kids is a big change as one goes from parking a blanket in front of the stage to listen intently to music, to running around with kids and maybe hearing a good band in the background.

Nevertheless, we did enjoy some great sets by the following artists:

  • Polaris, the band who provided the soundtrack to one of the best tv shows of the 1990s, The Adventures of Pete and Pete.
  • The Milk Carton Kids, a folk-pop duo in suits whose harmonies are reminiscent of the Everley Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel.
  • An amazing set by the versatile Booker T. Jones who played not only his own tunes like “Green Onions” but great covers of songs made famous by other artists ranging from Aretha Franklin to Prince.
  • Finished off the night with the bombastic tUnE-yArDs.  Kay danced and collected high fives from passersby.

The other great thing about the Green River Festival is that it has balloon rides.  At dusk, we took the kids down for a close-up view of the balloons as they were filled up with fans, heated up with a burner, and launched into the sky.

We spent the rest of the weekend at Kathleen and Bill’s house in Vermont where we played in the West River.


This great video shows the highlights of Saturday at the festival:

And this video gives one a virtual ride in a hot air balloon!

Photopost: The Cape

Four days on Cape Cod.

Four adults, four children 8 years old and younger.

We went to the beach on the Bay, we went to the beach on the Ocean.

We walked out on tidal flats that extended beyond the buoys.  We crashed into waves that knocked us off our feet.

We went to the ice cream shop.  We got take-out from a clam shack.

We watched the USA defeat Germany in the Women’s World Cup.  We roasted marshmallows for s’mores.

We had fun.

We want to go back.

Heading up the Cape in the rain

Heading down the Cape Cod Rail Trail on a doughnut run.

Patriotic roadside art.

The mark of the six-toed man.

How ya dune?

Rock throwing champion


The Nauset Lighthouse makes me hungry for potato chips for some reason.

Beer Reviews: Notch Zen Arcade

Beer: Zen Arcade
Brewer: Notch Brewing
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.1 of 10)
Comments: A beer named for a Hüsker Dü album should be interesting.  It’s clear and caramel brown in color.  The aroma is all grapefruit, and a bitter grapefruit flavor with hints of melon.  The beer retained no head or left behind no lacing.  I’m not a fan of bitter beer or grapefruit so this is not a beer I’d like to revisit, but I acknowledge that it is a worthy effort.


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