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Recap: Sam Adams Octoberfest

16 Sep

As you may have read, I went to Sam Adams Octoberfest last Friday with some friends.

As soon as we walked in, we were greeted with a plastic stein full of Sam’s Octoberfest.

After we finished our first gulp (or two), we decided to take a couple pics with no other than the cardboard cut out of Sam Adams himself.

My dog tried eating the hat when I got home, but that’s a whole other story….

At Octoberfest, there were many Sam Adams brews to try. The Friday night ticket included 4 beers and any beer after that could be bought for 6 bucks. Octoberfest and Latitude 48 IPA were my favorites of the night.

They had Sam Adams Utopias samples being sold for 10 bucks. According to the Sam site:

The latest batch also spent time in Portuguese muscatel finishing casks, as well as sherry, brandy and Cognac casks. This flavorful, slightly fruity brew has a sweet, malty flavor that is reminiscent of a deep, rich vintage port, fine cognac or aged sherry.

The samples they gave our were in small cups as this brew is very stong. It was delicious though! If you like port wine, you will like this brew. It’s definitely one to be savored, not chugged.

Fun things!

Boston Beer Company is looking for a guy and a girl who can hold a glass stein full of beer the longest. The winners receive a trip for two to the real Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Here are some pictures of the stein holding contest.

The Girls' Stein Holding Competition

The Guys' Stein Holding Competition

While watching the competition, I also ran into the owner of Yankee Brew News, Jamie Magee.


There was also a taste test for Sam drinkers to weigh in on which of two specific brews should be the new Sam Adams brew produced.

Oaked Ale vs. Maple Pecan Porter

I personally thought the Oaked Ale was too sweet. The Maple Pecan Porter was delicous, though. It had hints of coffee. Mmmm!

OK – so all-in-all it was a fun beer festival.

Pros:

  • I enjoyed the different selections of Sam – some which are hard to find normally in stores.
  • It was nice that they got people to interact with the sticker scavenger hunt, and I enjoyed the hat reward.
  • The stein holding contest was really fun to watch.
  • Even though some people prefer glass steins, they were much lighter as plastic versions. Easy drinking!

Con:

  • At one point it was IMPOSSIBLE to get a beer. There was no organization to the lines and we must have waited for at least 10 minutes in a line that should have been 5 ft long.
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Mass Brewers Fest: Quick Recap

9 Sep

Last Friday was The Mass Brewers Guild’s 2nd annual Mass Brewers Fest.

It was a great time! In my opinion, it was much better than last year. There were more breweries, a better selection of beer — oh, and more people.

While I don’t have picture or opinions of everything, here is a quick recap of the event.

I went with my three friends, Mo, Larry and Curly. Okay, Okay – Jaclyn, Nicole and Michelle.

Here we are waiting to get into the Mass Brewers Fest.

 

 

The Crowd

As you can see from the photo above, it was a packed house. Last year there were much less people — the weather was supposed to be really bad, but we ended up braving it anyways. This year, the weather was perfect and inviting.

One of the good things about the location of the Mass Brewers Fest is that while it is outside, everyone (for the most part) can be covered by the overhead. So rain or shine, everyone can still enjoy their brews without umbrellas.

My friend, Trish, who was unable to come this year made all the girls shirts. Shirts are not only a good way to find each other, but they are a great way to start conversations with other fest’ dwellers.

Photo courtesy of Mike Johnson from Fest Pics

Photo courtesy of Mike Johnson from Fest Pics

Prior to the show, I had tweeted with Backlash Beer Company, one of the newest brewers in the Boston area. I was super pumped to try their brew, Groundswell. They don’t sell at a lot of bars, so Mass Brewers Fest was the perfect opportunity to check them out. They were our first stop!

Backlash Beer Groundswell

I won’t say too much, as I plan on doing a review, but Groundswell was delicious!

 

 

 

Wachusett Brewing Company has an IPA called Green Monsta IPA. If you are from or know the Boston area – particularly our sports team, the Red Sox, you know this is a play on the Green Monster at Fenway Park.

One of the great things about beer festivals is that you get to try new beer and check out breweries yo may have never encountered. At Mass Brewers Fest, I checked out Jack’s Abbey Brewing for the first time.

I was really impressed with their Hoponius Union. It was a light, yet really hoppy and delicious IPA. I hope to see them at more festivals in the future!

Anyways, I could go on for day about all the different brews I tried but I figured a couple shout outs would do.

Did you go to Mass Brewers Fest? What was your favorite brew?

I’m heading to Sam Adams Octoberfest tonight. Will you be there?


Cheers for Beer — Upcoming Events in Boston

2 Sep

Are you in MA is looking for a fun event/tasting/extravaganza to attend?

Here are some local events happening throughout the next couple weeks.

Mass Brewers Fest

When is it happening? TONIGHT! This 2nd annual event is happening tonight from 6 pm to 9:30 pm at the World Trade Center Head House Concourse.

Why should you go? Why shouldn’t you go, is more the question! What better way to support local breweries than a tasting of over 80+ beers from 20 breweries around Massachusetts.

Get tickets online or at that door (while they last) for $40.

 

Sam Adams Octoberfest   

Happening September 9th & 10th, this weekend long celebration is always a good time. Conveniently located at the Park Castle Plaza (130 Columbus Ave., Boston) it is easily accessible by the T. (Gotta drink responsibly!)

From 5 p.m. till 10 p.m on Friday, September 9th come enjoy the “Preview Reception.” Tickets cost $37.50 and include the entrance fee, a stein, 4 beers, German music and more.

Saturday the 10th is a bit different. Tickets cost $16.25 and include your entrance fee and first beer. This is an all day event which will run from noon till 10 p.m. There will be two live bands, games and 15 different Sam Adams brews.

(I’ll be at the Friday Preview Reception.)

 

Antler’s FutureM Brew Off Party and Beer Tasting

Looking for a mid-week adventure? Wednesday, September 14th, Antler Agency is hosting a Boston Brew Off at WorkBar Boston (711 Atlantic Ave., Boston) from 6p.m. to 9:30 p.m.. This event is designed to celebrate New England’s growing beer industry with a tasting of some local brews.

Tickets are only $5 for non-FutureM attendees.

 

Are you going to any of these events?