From July, 2010

McSorley’s

Sarah and I met up with Robin at McSorley’s on East 7th on a Friday afternoon for lunch a couple of weeks ago. Weekday afternoons are definitely the time to visit this historic ale house. McSorly’s opened in 1854 and is understandably popular for its beer and character. On some weekend nights it’s so crowded you can hardly fit into the bar. The beer options here are “light” and “dark.” The three of us went for a couple rounds of the “dark” option. It was roasty, smooth and went well with the burgers and sandwiches we had. The people at…

Founders Tasting

On July 6 Sarah and I went to our first Tuesday night tasting at Jimmy’s No. 43. As it was a Founders tasting night, we got to taste six of the brewery’s beers: Centennial IPA, Red’s Rye Pale Ale, Dirty Bastard, Porter, Devil Dancer, and KBS. KBS was clearly our favorite, but the porter was also delicious. It was inky black with a tan head. The aroma was roasty and chocolately. There was a distinct bitterness and hop character that was unexpected from the smell. There were also coffee notes and a bit of a smokey flavor. In terms of…

Blonde de Chambly

We were recently generously gifted a signed bottle of Blonde de Chambly from Unibroue by some friends and were only too happy to pop it open on a warm Saturday with some barbecue. As usual I not only enjoyed the beer itself but also Unibroue’s naming techniques. In this case, they named the beer after the “brave single young women [who] came to Nouvelle France in 1665 to help populate the colony.” The beer itself was golden yellow with a slightly creamy white head. The familiar yeasty smell of Unibroue is immediately recognizable. The beer is surprisingly smooth. Among the fruity flavors…

American Craft Beer Festival in Boston

On June 18, Mike and I ventured down to the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston for the American Craft Beer Festival. Sponsored by BeerAdvocate, this festival featured 86 brewers and over 400 beers, drawing about 5,000 people at each of the three sessions. The World Trade Center was a great venue for such an event; the large, open space accommodated breweries on the periphery of the arena as well as in the center. There were bathrooms located throughout the arena (this is key) and a separate area for food. As we entered the festival, we were immediately surprised by…