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…