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Happy birthday Tyty!

Sep 30, 01:17 AM · from the mouth of Andy

OK, so this is almost late… but it’s still your bday. May it be a happy one!

Here’s some happy news: I went to a medieval fair in my old neighborhood way uptown yesterday. We stopped at my old grocery store on the way home, where I had originally discovered buffalo bill’s pumpkin ale. Well, lo and behold, they had 3 types of pumpkin ale I had never before seen! Dogfish Punkin, something by Wolaver’s, and one more that I didn’t have enough hands to carry. So my fridge is super stocked with pumpkin ale now in your honor.

Also, while we’re celebrating, Happy Jewish New Year!


Comment [7]

  1. Iak responds with:

    Hooray for TyTy’s birthday! And hooray for pumpkin ale!

    · Sep 30, 12:54 PM
  2. Ty responds with:

    Yay!! Thanks guys! I had a beer-filled birthday weekend. We went to Maine, stopping in Portland at Gritty McDuff’s Brewery and Pub for some lunch and some Irish-Style Stouts, then went on to Freeport, Camden, and back through Portland. On our second pass through Portland, (a VERY cool city, I might add), we stopped at Shipyard Brewery for a tour and tasting. They have some lovely beers, my favorite of which is the Pumpkin Head! Yes, I’ve been feeling sad about being unable to find Buffalo Bill’s in CT, and nothing else seems to compare. Luckily, my local beer monger sells Southern Tier’s Pumking, but I find it too strong and expensive to buy often. But this weekend, I fell in love with the Shipyard Pumpkin Head! It’s not QUITE as hearty as Buff Bill’s, but it’s darn close.

    Yesterday, before heading home from Boston, we headed to Samuel Adams for a tour and tasting. I was actually a little underwhelmed by the tour… the brewery in Boston is really small and there wasn’t much to see. The tour guide said their main production plants are in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and that the Boston Brewery is really their research and development facility. We got to taste the Boston Lager (an old favorite), the Octoberfest (which I’m not that fond of) and an R&D beer which will never make it to market, a Berlinerweisse. That was really good, kind of like a sour lemonade of a beer. We also learned about Sam’s Utopias brew which is realeased biannually, and holds a record in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s most alcoholic beer, at a wopping 28.5%!! It retails for about $150 per 24oz bottle. Naturally, I want one!

    And today, I’m going to bottle my Hoegaarden clone. I’m not sure what my next brew will be… Maybe another Pumpkin, though it wouldn’t be ready until after October…

    Oh, also! Towards the end of October, I’m going to attempt to expand my brewing projects to include CIDER!! There’s a local cider mill that sells raw cider specifically for homebrewing hard cider. They even have a variety of apples meant for brewing English style hard ciders, which are drier than say a Cider Jack, which is really sweet. So come thanksgiving, you guys will have to come over for some cider!! Yay!

    · Sep 30, 02:46 PM
  3. Iak responds with:

    Not like it’s close to you… but I’m almost positive that the Durham package store has Shipyard pumpkin. I don’t recall it being anything to get excited over, perhaps I had a bad batch.

    · Sep 30, 06:15 PM
  4. andy responds with:

    Alright, it occurs to me now I’m posting in backwards order. Drat.

    Anyhow, I’m with Jake in thinking Shipyard pumpkin is nothing too special. If I recall it had a lot of flavor and bite up front, but turned watery within an instant of hitting your mouth.

    It’s been a great pumpkin beer season otherwise. It turns out that Wolaver’s I got was top notch good stuff! The Dogfish is not bad, a bit more vegetably and subtle than the more pumpkin pie flavored brews, but it has a rather high alcohol content, so not my favorite. I also had a decent pumpkin on draft last night: Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale. I downed 2 of them while watching the presidential debate at a bar (with a group called “drinking liberally” – ha!) and was quite satisfied.

    Now I feel bad that I’ve written more about beer than the new Nevins. I guess you can only write about what you know… but truly, I’m really happy for you guys!

    · Oct 8, 08:17 PM
  5. Ty responds with:

    Drinking liberally. I love it.

    I tried the Wolaver’s Pumpkin ale, in fact I got 2 6-packs of it based on Andy’s recommendation, and am sorry to say that I didn’t love it. In fact, I’d almost say that I dislike it. I found it to be kind of tart or sour, which was rather unpleasant to me. So sad, as Wolaver’s is one of my favorite brands, being the organic version of Otter Creek. Now maybe I just got a bad batch. I haven’t cracked open the second 6-pack yet, and maybe that’ll prove to be better. But the tartness was just too much for me. I like a pumpkin ale to be sweet and malty.

    Have you noticed that some BIG breweries have been jumping on the craft-brewed bandwagon? Budweiser now has it’s American Ale, which I must say I’m intrigued enough to try (though I haven’t been able to convince myself to buy a whole 6-pack yet). And Michelob now has a whole line of craft-brews, including a Porter, Pale Ale, Dunkel Weiss, and many others! In fact Andy, that Jack’s Pumpkin Spice you had was a Michelob! I’m very much interested in checking these out. They offer a 12-pack sampler, which I’ll have to track down. Go to the website to see how many beers they have. I was surprised.

    I’m about ready to bottle MY pumpkin ale, and it should be ready by Halloween! (Though it’ll be better by Thanksgiving.)

    · Oct 16, 07:05 PM
  6. Iak responds with:

    Well I wouldn’t worry about holding off on your pumpkin ale. The fact that they all disappear at Halloween is ridiculous. I think they should all last till Thanksgiving anyway. :-)

    · Oct 17, 01:29 PM
  7. TyTy responds with:

    Wow. Ok, so I bought a 6-pack of the Budweiser American Ale tonight because I’ve been meaning to try it, and it’s GOOD!! It’s like a nice pale ale. I doubt I’ll buy it often because I still like to support the smaller microbrewers over the giants, but it’s good to know that the big guys are getting the right idea. Plus, if you’re ever at a liquor store with a limited selection, you can rest assured that this is a safe descision.

    Well done, Bud.

    · Nov 1, 12:25 AM
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