Archive | September, 2011

The Buzz: Harpoon’s 22nd Annual Octoberfest

30 Sep

In the Boston-area and looking for something to do this weekend? Check out the 22nd Annual Harpoon Octoberfest put on by Harpoon Brewery. Here are the hours for the weekend:

  • Friday, September 30, 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm (Doors close at 9:30 pm)
  • Saturday, October 1, 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Doors close at 7:30 pm)
Admission is $20 and includes a souvenir plastic pint glass and a drink ticket.
Here is a little bit about what you can expect:
  • A festival of beer, music, and Fall in New England at the Harpoon Brewery
  • A wide selection of fresh Harpoon beer including IPA and UFO Hefeweizen
  • Plenty of German food sold by a local guest restaurant
  • The best Chicken Dancing this side of the Alps and the famous keg bowling game
  • Three stages of music including New England’s premiere German Oompa bands
  • Come celebrate the original New England-style Octoberfest
(All from the Harpoon Brewery website) 
I’m going to the Friday night session. (The last Saturday session I went to, I got there too late and ended up waiting in line for over an hour and a half before I decided to just ditch out and head into town instead.)
Harpoon puts on several of these festivals a year and they are always a good time!
Are you going to the Harpoon festival this weekend?

Ommegang Tripel Perfection – Part of the Duvel Family

29 Sep

If you know myself or my fiance at all, we love craft beer. So naturally, when it comes to gifts from each other or other people, they are normally beer-related (or wine when it comes to me.)

One of these recent gifts included Ommegang Tripel Perfection, a golden tripel ale brewed with spices.

The bottle says you’ll smell hints of banana, however I thought Tripel Perfection had hints of apricots or oranges. There was also a very light spicy aroma when you stuck your nose in and took a deep breathe.

Color-wise, Ommegang Tripel Perfection has a light copper tone to it.

On a heaviness scale of 1-10, it was about a 5 or 6. This brew had a crisp, yet  slightly fruity taste, that again tasted like apricots or oranges. Also accompanied the taste was a nice creaminess and good aftertaste that hung around for a while.

Ommegang Tripel Perfection is 8.9% ABV and is part of the Duvel family.

Definitely a nice Belgian-style ale.

Are you into Belgians?

Feeling French? Delatour 2008 Chardonnay

28 Sep

Last night, I was in a white wine kind of mood so I picked up a bottle of Delatour’s 2008 Chardonnay. The bottle said it was a Gold Medal winner at the 2009 Paris Wine Contest – so I figured it had to be good.

I’ll say up front that I’m not normally a Chardonnay drinker, but I go through phases where my wine of preference changes.

Delatour is a winery in the Languedoc region in the South of France.

It’s label is fairly plain with ‘Delatour’ written in a nice script. The edges are rugged, like you would see on a lost treasure map or an antique letter.

Delatour’s Chardonnay is pale yellow in color and has aromas of white flowers, almonds and exotic fruits.

When sticking your nose further in the glass, the fruity aromas almost sting your nostrils. Not in a bad way — but the aromas coming from the glass are very powerful.

It’s flavor is light on the palate at first, but turns fairly tart with a crisp flavor that coats your mouth.

It’s suggested to be served with fish or white meat. We enjoy it with grilled chicken and a side of spinach salad with cranberry, gorgonzola and walnuts.

I thought the combination of Delatour’s 2008 Chardonnay along with the cranberries from the salad brought out a light sweetness and less tart flavor to the wine.

I’d definitely buy this one again.

Delatour’s 2008 Chardonnay is 14% ABV.

What’s your favorite chardonnay?