What Bostonian doesn’t love a nice, cold brew, especially if it’s from one of the most sought-after breweries in America? Well if you’re one of the many who do, hang on to your hats and get your local Boston beer delivery service from Colonial Spirits Delivers on speed dial, because according to the Boston Herald: Read More about Yuengling has Arrived! Time to Order Up a Beer Delivery to Massachusetts and Throw a Beer-Tasting Party!
In the world of beer there is a lot of myth amongst the reality. Sometimes it seems that half-truths are intentionally told in order to keep legends alive, and of course the more mystery, obscurity, and romance involved, the better. The longest-running rumor amongst Belgian beer fans that I’ve been exposed to is that the legendary Westvleteren, brewed in Trappist monasteries by devoted monks and unavailable in the United States, is the same beer as the St Bernardus Abt 12 available on our very shelves. Of course, the Westy is so rare that most beer drinkers never have an opportunity to form an opinion on the issue – but Nicolay and I can now count ourselves among the lucky few. Read More about Westy vs Abt 12!
Some of you may know that in addition to being a wine nerd and a beer geek I also hold dual citizenship, I have passports from both the United States and the Republic of Ireland. I was born in Dundrum, a suburb of Dublin, and although my family didn’t live there long enough for me to acquire the accent (I wish!) I do take pride in my heritage and try to educate myself about it. Read More about Remember When We Fought the Black and Tans?
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen a pretty interesting trend in the beer department. We’ve had some releases from Founders and Maine Beer, with completely different levels of demand. In particular, I’m speaking about the Backwoods Bastard from Founder’s, a bourbon barrel-aged ale, and King Titus from Maine, a porter. I had the pleasure of trying both beers (I had to buy the Backwoods elsewhere!), and although I wouldn’t claim to be an objective reviewer I feel confident in saying that there’s a pretty clear discrepancy between the quality of the two. Read More about Manufacturing the Craze!
I doubt that I am breaking any news addressing the “session” trend in beer, but it is noteworthy, and, in my opinion, quite exciting. There are many recent trends in beer that we can recall. The onslaught of Pumpkin beer is in our face now. Oak aged beer, imperial ales, double IPA, ‘brett’ beer… all came on strong and have left their mark on the beer world. The slowly developing session trend is the best yet.
American brewers are among the best in the world and their skill shines through in every category of brew. Putting that skill towards the creation of the bold flavors that beer lovers crave –and that won’t keep you out of work the next day– is a commendable feat. Beer is a fine accompaniment to a meal and serves as a fantastic sharing experience with friends. The option to enjoy fine flavors repeatedly over the course of an evening is something our friends across the pond have been choosing for years. After all, England is the spiritual home of session beer. Read More about Session Beer
For those who aren’t aware, my position in the store changed recently, I moved to a new role as the craft beer buyer. Of course, Tim remains very involved with the beer department that he essentially constructed, but there’s a new set of eyes looking at everything we do with beer now.
Of course, my background in wine is fairly extensive, while my knowledge of beer is still being developed, and so I’m taking great care to think about the beers that I drink in order to better understand their character and use. The great difference that I have observed is that the world of wine is governed by terroir, the concept of a wine’s “sense of place”, but this is not the case with beer, where everything is governed by process. Read More about Seeing with Beer Goggles
Colonial Spirits is pleased to offer our first exclusively brewed beer, made by OPA OPA Brewing – Tavern Disorder Porter! Available in growlers, while supplies last – only $9.99+dep
The Mayans predict that the world will come to an end in 2012. At Colonial Spirits, we thought this would be a great time to discuss what drink we’d want to go out with. In this video, Nicolay, Nic, and Tim tell us what they’d be sipping on that final day. Nicolay would enjoy a Champagne. Nic opts for a Riesling. And Tim chooses an India Pale Ale.
Please let us know what would be your last drink, too!
I love drinking beer. I also love being a purveyor of beer. There are so many enthusiasts out there who I have been pleased to meet and talk beer with. Finding great beer and getting it to these people is a lot of fun.
A recent trend in the beer market is one that marketing professionals have been studying for years – developing demand for a product that is so intense that everything produced is immediately consumed yet consumers regard the product as highly as ever and demand remains at its peak. It is a delicate supply line to walk. Just how many consumers should be lucky enough to get this golden nugget before so many have had it that its glitter begins to fade?
In the beer world, the answer seems to be, very few. Read More about Big publicity, little liquidity…
The other day I was approached in the beer aisle by a customer looking for Stout. I was immediately fired up to get into the wonderful world of stout beer with an eager drinker.
Stout has really come into a style of its own, but was originally the term for the strongest (or stoutest) porters. Today stout is of the darkest of the ales, made with dark roasted malt and often lots of hops. Stout generally has a rich flavor, a full body, is quite hearty but is not necessarily that high in abv, anywhere from 4-10+% (originally the ‘stout’ porters were ~8%).
I began to think more about stout today when the guy I was speaking with began to explain that he was well aware of many of the options but, as a person who likes to drink stout, wanted a 6 pack of something worth his time and money. As a few top-tier 4 packs came to mind: Old Rasputin, Ten Fiddy, Dark Truth, Brooklyn Black Chocolate, I realized that I was only 2/3s of the way to answering his question. Read More about A fundamental style turned elitist?