Beer Review: Blue Hills Brewery King’s Kolsch


Beer: King’s Kolsch Brewer: Blue Hills Brewery Source: 22 oz bottle Rating: ** (6.6 of 10) Comments: This mysterious beer (can’t find any evidence of it on the ‘net) is golden and bubbly with a thick head.  True to its style, I find it has a musty aroma with a real earthy flavor with hints of chocolate….

Beer Review: Pretty Things/Yeastie Boys Our Turn, Your Turn


Beer:  Our Turn, Your Turn Brewer:  Pretty Things / Yeastie Boys collaboration Source: 22 oz bottle Rating:  *** (7.5 of 10) Comments:  Our Turn, Your Turn and as the world turns, a collaboration of the Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project of Somerville, MA and the Yeastie Boys of New Zealand.  The beer is a…

Beer Review: Dale’s Pale Ale


Beer: Dale’s Pale Ale Brewer: Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.7 of 10) Comments: Here’s a beer I’ve been avoiding because it comes in can yet is really expensive.   I found a place serving it on-tap and gave it  a try.  The beer has a nice malt/hops balance and leaves good…

Beer Review: Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale


Beer: Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale Brewer: Smuttynose Brewing Co. Source: 12 oz. bottle Rating: *** (7.1 of 10) Comments: This beer has a thick, respectable head and a cloudy, pumpkin orange color.  The spices are apparent in the aroma but there’s also an acidic scent there too.  The pumpkin flavor is there but also more of…

Beer Review: Cisco Brewers Bailey’s Blonde Ale


Beer: Bailey’s Blonde Ale Brewer: Cisco Brewers Source: 12 fl. oz. bottle Rating: ** (6.3 of 10) Comments: Look – Cloudy, golden, carbonated, thin head Aroma – Musty, earthy, floral Taste –  good balance of malts and hops, bitter aftertaste 2nd look – no head, no lace,  still bubbly Overall – a tasty, complex ale…

Movie Review: Once in a Lifetime


**** Once in a Lifetime (2006) They say Americans don’t like soccer and that it will never be as popular here as it is in the rest of the world.  Yet I remember growing up in a time and place where not only did I play youth soccer but cheered for a successful American soccer…

Book Review: The Art of Travel by Alain De Botton


Author: Alain De Botton Title: The Art of Travel Publication Info: Recorded Books, LLC (2002), Audio CD ISBN: 1402545096 Previously Read by Same Author: The Architecture of Happiness Summary/Review: This book reflects on travel focusing on the little things such as the novelty of the commonplace in a new place, disorientation, the boredom of travel,…

Book Review: The Trial of Robert Mugabe by Chielo Zona Eze


Author: Chielo Zona Eze Title: The Trial of Robert Mugabe Publication Info: Okri Books Inc (2009) ISBN: 0615278116 Summary/Review: Nigerian author Chielo Zona Eze pulls no punches in this fictional account of the brutal Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe.  Set in heaven, Mugabe is put before a jury of pan-African luminaries and victims of his oppression…

Beer Review: Buzzards Bay Black Lager


Beer: Buzzards Bay Black Lager Brewer: Buzzards Bay Brewing Source: 12 oz Bottle Rating: *** (7.1 of 10) Comments: This dark beer looks like a stout but as the name should imply it doesn’t taste like one.  The aroma and flavor is malty and smoky with some hints of chocolate.  There’s also a nice tingle…

Concert Review: Butterflyfish


On Saturday, June 27th we saw the new band Butterflyfish at the Wellesley Village Church.  We were enticed by a listserv description of the band that plays a mix of folks, gospel, bluegrass, and country (and reggae, not mentioned in the invite) targeted to children and families: There is an underlying theme of spirituality –…