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!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Lovely Saint Winefride Brown Larger- Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project

If you enjoy great beer, do yourself a favor and look up The Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project.

These folks brew some of the best beers around.  Always unique and always original, a beer brewed by Pretty Things is a work of art that you drink and enjoy and become one with.

And if they should also put an image of a decapitated woman holding her own head on the bottle, well whats wrong with that?

Lovely Saint Winefride Brown Larger
Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, Somerville, MA
7% Abv

This beer pours a dark brown, clear, with a dense, thick, puffy tan head that simply refuses to retreat.

The smell is subdued at first- lightly yeasty, and a little malty. As the beer warms, a more nutty aroma emerges.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich- velvety smooth, almost heavy (but not quite).

Taste is nutty, with notes of light smoke in the malt, and an earthiness that really ties it all together. Simple flavors that really work together beautifully in the glass. Finish is....I'll say smokey.

Overall, a very nice beer.  I love the smokiness here, likely in the malts, and its preceded by that fresh nutty taste...feels so much like a spring ale.

Recommended for all beer lovers. Feels like a good session beer, although at 7% ABV,  I'd be careful. It tastes much lower in ABV.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring Hop Ale- Mayflower Brewing

Seems like forever since I managed to drink a beer and actually write an entry in this blog. So, what the hell have I been doing you ask?

Well, for one, I've formally purchased the domain for this blog. You can still access my beer ramblings via the blogspot address (for now, at least), but you can now also access it via the more traditional URL.

Along with the domain name, I also got a snazzy new email- (don't worry, I am still using my g-mail address as well)

Secondly, I've been sick. I blame the children and day care. The whole house was sick. I now have two inhalers for myself after going 38 years without needing one. Its awesome.

But now I'm all healed up, as is everyone in the house (although I surely just jinxed that..), and I have time and beer! So without further ado, lets get to why we're all here- the beer!

Spring Hop Ale
Mayflower Brewing, Plymouth MA
ABV is not given, but estimating 5-6% 
(seasonal beer, only available in April)

The bottle describes this beer as celebrating the renewal of Spring with " a beer that is all about the aroma. Four varieties of American aroma hops create a flavorful and citrusy brew that will reawaken your senses. Taste the history".

Talk about hype..."taste the history?" Lets find out what that means.

This beer pours a deep red, clear, with a half inch of tight, off-white head which quickly collapses, leaving thin lacing, a nice sheen on the surface, and a modest Bavarian Ring on the glass

Smell is modestly hoppy and bright, with citrus notes and hints of malt.

Mouthfeel is moderate- this is definitely a medium bodied brew. Active alcohol and carbonation play on the tongue, but don't overwhelm.

Taste is definitely hoppy, with a citrus presence, but less pronounced than in the smell. Roasted malt notes give a nice, subtle earthiness, and balance out the grapefruit peel like citrus bitterness nicely. Finish is bitter and dry, but not overly so.

Overall, I feel this is a perfect beer to make the transition from the hearty stouts and porters of winter to the light summer wheat's and ales. Its got the perfect balance of bright summery citrus taste to complement a sunny spring afternoon, with enough malt and alcohol to keep you warm on a cold spring night watching the Sox fall to 1-5. I highly recommend this beer.