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…

Beer Review: Pretty Things Lovely St. Winefride


Beer: Lovely St. Winefride Brewer: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Source: 22 oz. bottle Rating: **** (8.0 of 10) Comments: Lovely St. Winifrede is dark & foamy.  The aroma is sweet with a whiff of alcohol.  The taste is spicy, then hoppy, with a clean finish.  The head dissipated quickly with no lacing.  …

Beer Review: Slumbrew My Better Half


Beer: My Better Half Brewer: Somerville Brewing Company Source: 22 oz bottle Rating: *** (7.9 of 10) Comments: A golden amber with very little carbonation, this caramel-scented beer has the unique flavor combination of sweet orange cream with a chocolate aftertaste.  The head is thin and the lacing is erratic, but this brew is yummy….

Beer Review: Slumbrew Imperial Cream Ale


Beer:  Imperial Cream Ale Brewer: Slumbrew Brewing Company Source:  Draft Rating: *** (7.8 of 10) Comments: The beer is a hazy, copper-amber color with a thin head.  The nose was a faint sweet smell.  There wasn’t much expectation at this point, but the taste was a  pleasant surprise.  True to its name it has a…

Beer Review: Pretty Things Field Mouse’s Farewell


Beer: Field Mouse’s Farewell  Brewer: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Source: Draft in a tulip glass Rating: *** (7 of 10) Comments: This feels like a fancy beer with a golden orange glow and a thin head.  The aroma was sweet and spicy with some fruit, perhaps apricots?  The taste is dominated by bitter hops with a…

Beer Review: Attic & Eaves Toasted Brown Ale


Beer: Attic & Eaves Toasted Brown Ale Brewer: Slumbrew (Somerville Brewing Company) Source: Draught (in tulip glass) Rating: **** (8.1 of 10) Comments:  Our local Boston-area breweries continue to duke it out for a place in my beer-loving heart, and Slumbrew packs a wallop with their Autumn offering (and not just due to the 7.5% ABV).  This…

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…

Photopost: Boston Breakers versus Portland Thorns FC


On Sunday, our family went to see the Boston Breakers play a soccer match against the Portland Thorns FC.  My toddler daughter Kay didn’t last long and after about 20 minutes or so my wife had to take her to a playground.  But my son Peter and I stayed to watch the entire game even…

Songs of the Week: Beck’s Song Reader Performed Live


The songs in my head this week, of course, are the songs I’m rehearsing for a concert called Beck’s Song Reader Performed Live.  The show is next Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Somerville Theatre in Davis Square (on the Red Line) at 8:00.  Beck released his 2012 album Song Reader entirely as sheet music, and 150 of Boston’s best musicians, dancers, and…

Beck’s Song Reader Concert


Next week, I will singing in a 50-person kick-ass choir as part of a concert called Beck’s Song Reader Performed Live.  The show is next Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Somerville Theatre in Davis Square (on the Red Line) at 8:00.  Beck released his 2012 album Song Reader entirely as sheet music, and 150 of Boston’s…

Walking Tour of Davis Square in Somerville


I’ll be leading this Boston By Foot Tour of the Month of Davis Square in Somerville (which I also researched and co-wrote) on Sunday, July 29th from 2pm-3:30pm.  Admission is $15 per person, $5 for members (and you can become a member on the day of the tour).  No reservations needed, just show up a…

Beer Review: Slumbrew Porter Square Porter


Beer: Porter Square Porter Brewer: Slumbrew (Somerville Brewing Company) Source: Draft Rating:  **** (8.3 of 10) Comments:  This is a nice porter.  It’s a deep, chocolaty black with a thick, foamy head.  The mouthfeel is very smooth and the taste is sweet with hints of cocoa and coffee.  Seek this out!

Beer Review: Baby Tree


Beer: Baby Tree Brewer: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Source: 22 oz. bottle Rating: *** (7.6 of 10) Comments: The beer is reddish-brown with a thick head, although the head quickly dissipates and does not leave lacing behind.  Sweet malts dominate the flavor with hints of fruits and kind of a caramel & alcohol…

Artisan’s Asylum


I’m generally skeptical about people posting links in this blog’s comments section asking me to promote things, but I took a moment to consider the following comment Frances Haugen on my Avenue of the Arts post.  I looked into it and it appears that Artisan’s Asylum is  legit and as a former Somervillian I’m all…

Charles River Basin Walking Tour


I promote a lot of tours on this blog, but if there’s one tour you must take this summer it’s the Exploring the Charles River Basin tour offered by Boston By Foot guides (including myself).  The tour steps off at 2 pm on Sunday, July 26th from Nashua Street Park just opposite the exit from…

Massachusetts & Me: A Decade Together


On this date in 1998, I pulled my rental van into Somerville and became a resident of Massachusetts.  Ten years later I’m still here, now in Boston, having now lead nearly a third of my life in this Commonwealth. Here were some of my hopes and goals when I made the move: Escaping the heat…

links of the day for 24 January 2008


Faithful Progressive asks Can It Be That the Right Was Partly Correct About the Clintons? (1/23/08). Let’s hear it for Tom Gilbert Hero, armed with a shovel, cleans up bus stops in Somerville (Somerville Journal, 1/23/08) – it always annoys me how sidewalks go unshoveled without anyone responsible for them. Check out Bradley’s Almanac to…

So Long Somerville


  Today is my last day as a citizen of the city of Somerville where “Municipal freedom gives national strength.” While in many ways I’m moving on to a brighter future, leaving Somerville is bittersweet. I’ve lived here just four days short of nine years, the longest period of time I have ever lived at…

Skunk!


Last night while Susan and I were bringing in shopping from the car and taking out the trash and recycling we saw a skunk skulking about the streets. It seemed upset because it keep making unhappy chirping noises. We gave it wide birth because you don’t want to get too close to an agitated skunk….

Burning of the Ursuline Convent In Charlestown


Today is the anniversary of a rather ignominious date in Boston.  An anti-Irish, anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant mob vented their rage by burning down and Ursuline convent that stood on Ploughed Hill in Charlestown.  Today the hill’s been torn down and the site of the convent is now within the boundaries of Somerville near the site of…