My quest to go "IPA Free" for 2017 has successfully progressed through March!
Sure, the unseasonably great weather has made this a major challenge, I mean, who doesn't love an IPA on a bright sunny day (even it is, say FEBRUARY)? And we've had quite a few recently. But I made it through.
The secret to my success? Pale Ales, Pilsners and Stouts. There are a lot of them around right how, and they are a great alternative. Add the recent, wonderful addition of New Belgium Brewing to Massachusetts, and there is a bounty of great, Non-IPA options to meet your beer drinking needs.
Here's some of what I was drinking in February:
Castle Island Brewing
I finally got around to visiting the new brewery in my old hometown, and boy am I glad I did. Even if I did lock my keys in my car. No full pours yet, but the samples were all top notch, and this pilsner is excellent. I nearly drank the 4 pack while waiting for Triple A in the parking lot. But they got there too fast, I didn't even have time to open one. Good stuff happening in Norwood folks, get on down there.
Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale
New Belgium Brewing
My first ever New Belgium beer, and it will not be my last. I loved this beer, great citrusy hop flavor, almost an IPA, but no bitterness. Can't wait to try more from New Belgium.
The crew over there in Framingham simply does not make a bad beer. The overall quality and consistency of their entire portfolio is insane. Saxony Lager is no exception. Light, uber flavorful, low abv, its just a superb beer.
So yes, I am still "IPA FREE" for 2017. No regrets at all.