Sunday, July 10, 2011

Beer travel: July 9th 2011

I traveled north yesterday and visited White Birch's brewery in Hooksett NH. It was very cool. They truly are a micro brewer.  There's not a whole lot more than what's pictured.  Every inch of the space is dedicated to beer.  The nooks and crannies are full of carboys fermenting new experimental brews.

My tour guide was an apprentice brewer and I picked up a bottle of his apprentice brew - a beer the bottle describes as a summer barley wine.  I look forward to try it.  

And check out the awesome mash-paddle.  It didn't dawn on me when I was holding it but I think it's a riff on Worf's weapon from STNG.

On my way home I made a pit stop at Strange Brew in downtown Manchester NH.  It's a great bar and as luck would have it they had two White Birch beers on tap: Hooksett Ale and Hop Session.  I love the Hookset but while the Hop Session has great flavor the mouth-feel is a little flat with no head at all.    If they can tweak the recipe a bit I'm sure I'd love it too.

On a final note, I love parking in Manchester.  There are no meters, just these little 'Pay & Display' stations where you can buy a display ticket with cash or card.  It's so convenient.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Beer travel: July 4th weekend 2011

There's a great little beer bar in Brunswick Maine called The Lions Pride.   I don't get to stop in that often but whenever I'm in the area I try and visit.   On this stop I had the chance to try two brews from Denmark that where new to me: Mikkeller 1000 IBU  and Evil Twin's Before During and After Christmas Beer.  My palate isn't great so I'll save you from my trying to stumble through the exact hop profile but they were both tasty big hopped brews.  The staff was on their game during the visit too so I had a couple of nice beer discussions which always makes for a more enjoyable stop.

Mikkeller 1000 IBU
Evil Twin BDA
Later in the trip I also got to try my first can of Baxter Brewings Stowaway IPA.  I never gave the beer it's full due as I drank it from the can while fishing but even so it was very good.   I'll be back in Maine in a few weeks and can't wait to try it again.

Baxter's Stowaway IPA

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