Category Archives: Experiences

Quickies: Winter seasonals, Untappd, Brooklyn and Big Buck

Ok, we’ve gone over this before, but I’m really getting aggravated with seasonal creep. Not only are stores already displaying Christmas stuff, but our winter beers have already arrived as well.

Now, I’m not really a fan of fall as a beer season. Oktoberfests are pretty good, but I don’t care for pumpkin beers. I just don’t really like pumpkin, in general. I don’t like pumpkin lattes, pumpkin seeds or even pumpkin pie (sorry, Emily, I’m sure the two whole pies I watched you make from scratch were delicious… just not to me).

But despite my feelings on fall seasonals, it’s still too early for the winter ones to start popping up: Continue reading Quickies: Winter seasonals, Untappd, Brooklyn and Big Buck

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Back to Hopsters: Bottling Day

The second part of the Hopsters experience is going back after a couple weeks to bottle your beer that’s been fermenting in a keg since your brew session. The process is simple, and the helpful staff explained everything in detail and were very accommodating. Basically, you put the bottle in the first machine, pump in some CO2, then filling the bottle with beer, and then clamping on the cap. Easy as pie. Mmm… pie… Continue reading Back to Hopsters: Bottling Day

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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