There has been an explosion of quality craft beers all over America in recent years. New England is no different. Today we’re going to talk about some beers that you should certainly try. These are the ones that you should break your neck to get a hold of. They also make great gifts for any beer lover you may know.
The first brew we’re going to talk about is Hoponius Union by Jack's Abby Brewing. This is actually an American pale lager. This has all the characteristics that you love about lagers and IPAs. Which means it has a smooth crisp flavor. Along with a distinctly hoppy aftertaste. It’s truly the best of both worlds. Some may compare it to Magic Hat Dream Machine IPL. It certainly is one to try just for the oddity of the style.
The next beer we’re going to talk about is Everett Porter by Hill Farmstead Brewery. This very well could be the best porter you’ll ever have. It’s one that you certainly want to work at trying to find. It has a deep rich dark flavor that’s characteristic with a porter. Along with a balance that tells you right away this beer was brewed by professionals.
MO by Maine Beer Company is the next beer we’re going to tap. This one is a bit pricey. It’s an amber American pale ale. It can cost upwards of 7 to 8 dollars per bottle. Not exactly the beer for anyone on a budget. It’s certainly worth buying and saving for a special occasion. It has a subtle malt flavor to balance out the hops. A must try for anyone that loves the style. You’ll find yourself wishing you bought two.
Then there’s the one and only Heady Topper by The Alchemist. A beer that’s almost impossible to get your hands on. You’ll pay a hefty price for it if you can. Just how much? The sky is the limit. It’s crazy just how expensive this beer has become. The only thing that remotely resembles the price frenzy was Coors Banquet back in the 70’s. It’s said to have went for the equivalent of 60 dollars per case back then.
Just how expensive is Heady Topper? Some four packs are going for as high as 50 dollars. Don’t clean your glasses. You’re not reading a typo. It really is that expensive. Is it worth it? It’s truly one of the best beers in the entire world. You’ll fall in love with it right away. Your wallet won’t. This is one of those beers that you always dream of receiving as a gift. That way you don’t have to break down and buy it yourself.
There you have a cross section of the beers you should look for in New England. Crack open a cold one and enjoy yourself. That’s what the suds were meant for. Drink the best beer you can. The quality of your life will always be determined by the quality of beer you’re drinking.
Anne's Rants: What's in a Name?
Notes from the 3rd Shift: White Toad
Sitting here at the security desk on third shift at the apartment complex. The elevator dings, the doors open, and out into the lobby rides Marine Bob on his motorized scooter. He takes a turn around the lobby, and pulls up next to the security desk.
“I’ve got cabin fever,” he says.
I don’t. I just got here an hour ago. “Those were good times,” he says, continuing a conversation nobody started. He looks at me.“This was down in Texas, back in the late 50s. The ranch foreman had me supervising this black work crew. He told me to make sure they called me Mr. Bob, and for me not to talk to them. You wouldn’t believe how they talked to their black workers down there. So one day I go to the store, and he sees me coming out with five sodas. He says, ‘I knew it! You’re talking to the blacks!’ Only he didn’t say blacks. You wouldn’t believe what he called them. And this was like 1958, 1960. So he says, ‘You’re staying here.’ Meaning right here at the ranch house. He puts me to work painting the ranch house.
“Now they have all these toads down there. I got bored painting the house so I started painting toads white. Pretty soon there’s all these white toads hopping around.“That night the ranch foreman says, ‘You got to get out of here!’ Turns out the family that owns the ranch is from Texas, but they originally came from New Orleans. All these white toads hopping around are giving them a fit. Something to do with Voodoo. They believe in black magic and all that stuff. They’re really superstitious...So between that,” Marine Bob concluded, “and me taking advantage of the Sheriff’s 15-year-old daughter, it seemed best to get out of town.” He waited for me to ask about the Sheriff’s daughter. I didn’t. Eventually he said goodnight, and piloted his motorized scooter back onto the elevator. Don’t worry. It doesn't matter that I didn’t ask. I’m sure I’ll be hearing the story of Marine Bob and the Sheriff’s daughter very soon.
Nourish: Speaker Series
Nourish is a FREE monthly speaker series featuring presenters who live and breathe within the RI food community. The inaugural nourish is at the Drawing Room on March 10th
Recently our own DJ Psycho Eddie had a chance to check out the new Half Way Tree location in Providence, RI , here are his thoughts...
While venturing out one night, I was looking for some dinner options before an event I was attending. After searching an app for local restaurants, I happened upon Half Way Tree, located at 150 Chestnut St in Providence. (They share a space with "The Fat Squirrel")
Half Way Tree serves authentic Jamaican food. Looking at the menu, It has the the typical Beef Patties and Jerk Chicken. It also has Caribbean staples like Calliloo, Jerk Chicken and Ackee and Saltfish.
Their menu also features several other authentic Jamaican dishes, such as, Curried Goat Chicken and Shrimp, Jerk Chicken Pork and Shrimp, Pepper Shrimp, and Ten Varieties of Patties.
We started the meal off with a Beef Patty and a Jerk Chicken Patty, which were both spicy (but not too Spicy) fillings wrapped in a flaky crust. Delicious!
For our entrees, it was the Stewed Oxtail and the Fish Escovich.
The Oxtail came with rice with pigeon peas and plantains. The meat was tender and flavorful, with a little of the sauce it was cooked in.
The Fish Escovich was a whole fried Red Snapper, topped with onions, peppers and a vinegar sauce. Also served with rice with peas and plantains.
Having actually been to Jamaican, I have eaten some very good Jamaican cuisine and Half Way Tree is by far the best place I have been.
DJ Psycho Eddie is the co-host MyNightOut Radio on RI Free Radio
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