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…

Photopost: North River Wildlife Sanctuary


On Sunday, as a pre-birthday activity, my family & I visited the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield, MA.  While the kids weren’t so into out (excepting the nature play area which was a lot of fun), the scenery was quite beautiful on a mid-Autumn afternoon. There were two loops to walk: one through Woodlands…

Photopost: Connors Farm


This weekend we visited Connors Farm in Danvers. It wasn’t quite what expected, less farm and more amusement park with a loud band, a chainsaw artist, and massive crowds. The line for tickets wound through the farm stand and was quite confusing (NOTE: if anyone from Connors Farm reads this, consider setting up admissions sales…

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…

Beer Review: Berkshire Hoosac Tunnel Amber


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

Beer Review: Night Shift Belafonte


Beer: Belafonte Brewer: Night 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…

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,…

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…

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…

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….

Beer Review: Jack’s Abby Sunny Ridge


Beer: Sunny Ridge Pilsner Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing Source: 12 oz bottle Rating: **** (8.1 of 10) Comments: A beautiful golden beer full of busy little bubbles. The aroma is grassy and the taste has that pilsner tang of citrus and biscuits.  There’s light lacing on the glass and a light mouthfeel.  Very crisp and…

Beer Review: Notch Infinite Jest


Beer: Infinite Jest Bitter Brewer: Notch Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.5 of 10) Comments: A golden beer, clear & Bubbly, with a thin head.  There’s a STRONG apricot aroma.  Despite the hoppiness, the beer is not overly bitter and maintains a citrus tang.  There’s a thin mouthfeel, and lovely lacing.  The head remains…

Beer Review: Jack’s Abby Cee-Lo


Beer: Cee-Lo Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.2 of 10) Comments:  Although this beer does not seem to exist on the web, I swear that I did quaff a pint at a local pub recently. It’s a golden, clear and bubbly with a thin head. The aroma is a light, bready scent. The taste…

Book Review: Bunker Hill : a city, a siege, a revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick


Author:  Nathaniel Philbrick Title: Bunker Hill : a city, a siege, a revolution Publication Info:  Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 30, 2013) Other Books by Same Author: Mayflower Summary/Review: Another brilliant work of Massachusetts and American history by Philbrick.  Like Mayflower, which was about the first three generations of the Plymouth colony through King Phillip’s War, Bunker…

2014 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 Pilot Coconut Porter


Beer: Pilot Coconut Porter Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.2 of 10) Comments:  This special Pilot beer, allegedly only available at the Harpoon Brewery, was on tap at the Granary Tavern in Boston.  It seemed like it would be a unique beer, and it certainly was.  As expected for a porter, it was…

16 Years in Massachusetts


Today marks 16 years since I first moved to Massachusetts.  This means that my personal state residency rankings have a new champion, as I’ve lived in Massachusetts longer than any other state. Connecticut moves into second place, with 15 years, 9 months. Virginia holds on to the third seed with 7 years, 2 months. And…

15 New England Municipal Place Names That Are Fun To Say


Belchertown, MA Bozrah, CT Effingham, NH Groton, CT Hooksett, NH Isle au Haut, ME Mashpee, MA Ogunquit, ME Seekonk, MA Tewksbury, MA Thetford, VT Tiverton, RI Wethersfield, CT Winooski, VT Woonsocket, RI Previously: Words That Are Fun To Say

Beer Reviews: Idle Hands Pandora


Beer: Pandora Brewer: Idle Hands Craft Ales Source: 22 oz bottle Rating: *** (7.7 of 10) Comments: A classy beer which looks hazy with a bubbly thick head.  The nose is fruity and yeasty, while the flavor is malty with a hoppy kick that tickles your tongue.  The thick head persists but leaves no lacing….