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Monday, April 30, 2012

A Year of Beer- Man Drinks Beer at One Year

One year ago last Thursday, April 26th,  I created this blog and posted my first ever entry.

It was a review of Harpoon Brewery's Leviathan Imperial IPA.

In the year since that first brief post, the pages of this modest little blog have been viewed more than 7,000 times by more than 250 people.

It's been viewed in the USA, United Kingdom, India, Italy, Russia, to name only a few of the places that have graced us with a quick look.

I've been invited to drink with a master brewer from England to sample and write about his latest, delicious brew.

We have 7 official "followers", for which I an extremely grateful. If I could buy each of you beer, I would, but some of you are kinda far away. Maybe us Boston locals can get together...

The format and layout have changed, and we've officially purchased the domain name-

And of course I've drank and written about a lot of beer- most of it very good stuff (including the Worcester brewed beer I chose to celebrate the one year birthday of this blog with- Wormtown Brewery's Pro Am Porter- check out the review below).

I offer up the info and stats above not to brag, but to say thank you. I would have been thrilled if 2 or 3 people had read this blog. The fact that so many have taken the time to read it really blows my mind, and fills me with appreciation and gratitude for the friends and acquaintances that have read my beer induced ramblings and passed them along to others.

Thanks for reading and indulging this aspiring beer geek in his pursuit of good beer.


aka Man Drinks Beer

Pro-Am Porter
Wormtown Brewery, Worcester, MA
6.8% ABV, 25 IBU's

The label describes this beer as "a collaboration with local home brewer Keith Antul. Inspired by the Great American Beer Festival’s Pro-Am competition we chose Keith’s American Homebrewers Association competition medaling robust porter recipe and scaled it up and brewed a batch with him at Wormtown."

This beer pours dark as night black, thick and oily, with a thin tan head that retreats quickly, leaving a nice Bavarian ring on the glass. Reddish hues are noticeable if you hold the glass up to light.

Smell has hints of fresh roasted coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruits, with just a dash of hoppy citrusy brightness to balance it off. 

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and active, good carbonation, yet very smooth.

Taste follows the smell-notes of earthy roasted coffee, chocolate malt, and a warming alcohol presence are followed by a subtle chaser of hops that are not at all bitter and cut through the heaviness of the malts with perfection. Awesomely balanced finished. 

This is a great porter- superbly drinkable, perfectly balanced, it's a shame this is a one time brew. I may have to stage an "Occupy Wormtown" protest to get this beer brewed year round. 

I enthusiastically recommend this beer to all.  

Support local beer!

1 comment:

KateMc said...

Worcester!! Holla! The Wormtown Brewery is attached to a great restaurant, Peppercorn's, and you can always pop in to pick up a growler. Come visit!!