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…