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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?

It’s time to celebrate – 17th Anniversary Double IPA

22 Sep

It’s a celebration, B*tches! No, Charlie Murphy isn’t here. However, the 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA is — it’s 10% ABV and it comes in a ‘big boy’ bottle.

Denver’s Great Divide Brewing Co. based this recipe off their Denver Pale Ale in celebration of their supporters for keeping them stewin’ and brewin’  the last 17 years.

This double IPA is a dark, copper color with a fairly malty scent.

While on first sip a strong rush of malty sweetness rushes into your palate, it ends with a very light finish. The sweetness comes from the use of both English and American hops, whereas the French and American oak gives this brew very subtle hints of vanilla.

Great Divide suggests pairing with BBQ ribs, toffee pudding or caramel cheesecake. We ended up pairing it with BBQ salmon grilled on a cedar plank, southwestern rice and edamame — it was a delicious combination.

My fiance and I have had this bottle in our fridge for a month or two now, waiting for the right time to enjoy it. (Or, basically free time in general.) And, it was worth the wait.

How do you like to celebrate?