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 –…

Book Review: The Last Fish Tale by Mark Kurlansky


Author: Mark Kurlansky Title: The Last Fish Tale Publication Info: Blackstone Audiobooks, Inc. (2008) ISBN: 1433214776 Summary/Review: Mark Kurlansky, author of excellent books about Cod and Salt, takes on the unique fishing town of Gloucester, Massachusetts in this work.  Kurlansky approaches Gloucester from all angles with a historical survey stretching back to colonial times (and…

Book Review: Becoming Manny by Jean Rhodes and Shawn Boburg


When Manny Ramirez played in Boston, I enjoyed watching him play and always thought he got a raw deal from the Red Sox fans & media who accused him of being selfish, lazy, and disruptive (among other things I can’t print here).  I always got the sense that Manny was shy and just wanted to…

Beer Review: Presidente


Beer: Presidente Imported Beer Brewer: Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana Source:  12 oz. bottle Rating: No stars (4.5 of 10) Comments:  A lager from the Dominican Republic.  Just the type of beer that you’d expect to drink on a hot day at the beach.  Pale, weak, and not to exciting but okay if you’re not too discerning…

Beer Review: Boddington’s Pub Ale


Beer: Boddington’s Pub Ale Brewer:  InBev Source:  Draught Rating: ** (6.3 of 10) Comments: A golden bubbly beer with a thick creamy head. I detected a scent of melon and despite being a bitter this beer tasted malty and mellow.  In fact, I thought it tasted rather like a lager  instead of an ale.  The…

Beer Review: Clarke’s Amber


Beer: Clarke’s Amber Brewer: (served at) Clarke’s at South Station Source:  Draught Rating: * (5.2 of 10) Comments:  This is the house beer at Clarke’s the pub within South Station in Boston (although I’ve become somewhat distrustful of house beers).  This is not a great beer but a decent cheap beer (only $3 compared to…

Beer Review: Radeberger Pilsener


Beer: Radeberger Pilsener Brewer: Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei Source:  Draft Rating: *** (7.5 of 10) Comments:  On-tap at Emmet’s pub in Beacon Hill, Radeberger is served in a tall, slender mug that displays it’s golden color, bubbly carbonation, and frothy head.  It has kind of a grassy/grainy aroma and flavor with a nice aftertaste you can chew…

Beer Review: Magic Hat #9


Beer: Magic Hat #9 Brewer: Magic Hat Brewing Company Source:  Draft Rating: *** (7.3 of 10) Comments: Enjoyed a pint of this potion at Doyle’s over the weekend and found it an agreeable if not remarkable beer.  The aroma and taste are sweetened by apricot, making it yet another in a parade of fruity beers…

Book Review: Faithful Dissenters by Robert McClory


Robert McClory puts the Catholic church under the historical lens in Faithful Dissenters: Stories of Men and Women Who Loved and Changed the Church (2000) to show instances when individuals have stood up against official Church teachings and hierarchy.  These dissenters are sometimes punished in their time, but all have been revealed to be prophetic…

Beer Review: Mayflower Pale Ale


Beer: Mayflower Pale Ale Brewer: Mayflower Brewing Co. Source:  12 oz. bottle Rating: *** (7.8 of 10) Comments:  From the Plymouth, MA based brewery comes their flagship (pun intended?) pale ale and it’s a pretty good one.  It pours out a nice orangey-brown with a thick head (one that lasts a while and leaves a…

Beer Review: Singha Lager


Beer: Singha Lager Brewer: Boon Rawd Brewery Source:  12 oz. bottle Rating: * (5.6 of 10) Comments:  Enjoyed with a Thai Meal at the Wonder Spice Cafe in Jamaica Plain.  This is a lager, not my favorite style, but a decent one that is cool and drinkable.  Singha is very pale gold beer without much…