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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?
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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.

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?