Category Archives: Ale

Valar Morghulis: The dubbel ale for geeks

A while back I wrote about my desire to get hold of a bottle of Ommegang’s latest Game of Thrones-inspired beer, Valar Morghulis.

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Valar Morghulis has arrived. I am jealous.

I can’t tell you how much I want to try Ommegang’s new Valar Morghulis, the latest in the brewery’s Game of Thrones-inspired beers. It’s a Dubbel Ale, which is always a good time in my opinion. While I haven’t managed to snag a bottle of the brew (it supposedly became available today, or last week if you went to the brewery), Jill over at the excellent The Mary Sue blog got a taste. And she loved it.

If you can find Valar Morghulis, let me know in the comments what you think.


Down the Gullet: What did I drink this week?

Here’s a rundown of the beers I had this week. See any you like? Let me know in the comments. Be sure to follow me on Twitter or Untappd if you for some reason want to see what I’m drinking sort of in real-time.

This wasn’t much of a beer week. I went to a party on Sunday and had a chance to sample a couple brews there, then nothing until Thursday. I’ll include Saturday since this is the first time I’ve done this, and there were some good beers that night, too:

I’d never had this one before, or even heard of it, but there’s rarely a Sam Adams I don’t like.

This and the Naughty Nurse by City Steam were highlights of the evening. Oh, and the fact that I was with a bunch of my closest friends. That’s important, too, I guess.

Not only is the Naughty Nurse a good beer, but I love the name and the label.

Mayflower’s Golden Ale is pretty solid. Not a favorite, but I’d never turn one down if someone offered it or if I came across it at a party or some such.

A rare New Hampshire beer spotted in the wild.

Allagash… Can they do no wrong?

The Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things was really quite good. I was at Bella Luna/Milky Way Lounge in Jamaica Plain for the monthly Boston Opera on Tap event there. Always a great time.

Hopsters: The Magic Brew Kingdom

Many years ago, we gave my father a home brewing kit. I’m talking so many years ago that I don’t even remember whether he even used it. But the takeaway is that my father has had an affinity for local craft beers for quite some time (and it appears he’s passed that on to me).

That’s why I was intrigued by the concept at Hopsters – a brewpub in Newton, MA, that allows you to brew your own beer. Continue reading Hopsters: The Magic Brew Kingdom

Just Duck-y: North Carolina beers

I just took a week-long trip to Duck, North Carolina. The Outer Banks. The South. The Cape Cod of North Carolina. Whatever you want to call it, call it.

While I was there, I made the attempt to drink a few North Carolina beers because… Because beers.

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Show Me the End of the World

What’re We Dealing With?
Name: La Fin du Monde
ABV: 9%
Style: Tripel

la fin du mondeNow What?
I keep this journal in the hopes that someone will find it, and learn. The world as we know it is at an end.

It came from Canada. It was unassuming, at first. Light, bubbly, a little sweet and with a creamy head up top. We let it in, thinking, what could be the worst that could happen?

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Indiana Ben and the Quest for the Golden Yuzu



TITLE: Somerville, 2014

It’s a warm night, clear sky. PEOPLE mill about, chatting. Across the square, by the movie theater, a MAN PLAYS GUITAR and sings a 90s pop-rock song.

Around the corner, we focus on FIVE HORSES TAVERN. The sounds of loud conversation and BRUINS HOCKEY filters out into the street.

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