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…