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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?

Getting the perfect pour: Guinness + Cherry Wheat

27 Sep

If you are a fan of the half and half type drinks, but normally only order them at bars for fear of not perfecting the pour – you should try one of these bad larrys.

I admit, I normally let the pros do the pouring – but I decided I to test my luck with a pour of half  Guinness, half  Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

For starters, pour half of the Cherry Wheat into a pint glass. You can also use Harp, Stella, Cider, etc.

We have a turtle at home, but you can also use a spoon. The key is to put the round side face up over the pint glass, and SLOWLY pour the guinness over one side of the turtle.

Voila!

Not to brag, but that’s pretty good for a first timer!

I know many of my close friends are huge fans of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, I on the other hand think it tastes like Vicks cough syrup.

However, while I typically don’t like Cherry Wheat the combination of the creamy, smooth Guinness taste with the cherry flavor of Sam’s Cherry Wheat pairs very well. It totally mellows out the “vicks” flavor that I find unappealing.

Do you have a good hand when it comes to pouring?