This beer is the sort of pumpkin beer you drink when you want a hint of the season without getting overwhelmed: Medium bodied and slightly creamy, hints of vanilla and light toffee precede a mild sprinkling of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
This year’s batch is a reddish brown ale with a light caramel base with a dose of spices: You’ll get the essence of spruce in the aroma and in the dry finish.
At its core this is a big imperial stout—roast chocolate, cocoa, and hints of bitter coffee—but it’s thrown for a loop with a healthy dose of rich gingerbread spices—lots of them.
This weizenbock is as bready as it is brown, as creamy as it is complex, and as textured as it is terrific; faint hints of banana and cloves struggle to make themselves known over the taste and aroma of thick, sweet brown breads, soft caramel, and chewy toffee of this meal in a glass.
Blackened snapper found its counterpoint in a creamy vin blanc sauce; perhaps a hair sweeter than I’d prefer, but the jalapeño corn spoon bread and jalapeño corn tartar sauce provided a moderately spicy juxtaposition.
I headed on over to The Bottle Shop and enlisted the help of Gena Montebello, its deeply knowledgeable, supremely helpful owner. The five brews we settled on represent an excellent, delicious range of late-summer-appropriate canned beers
When Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Co.—producer of the Samuel Adams brand—dropped in on Philly Beer Week last Wednesday, it wasn’t as much a visit as it was a homecoming. See, the roots of Samuel Adams’ success are almost as interwoven with Southeastern Pennsylvania as they are with Boston.
Never tried craft beer? Here are some great ones recently spotted around town. Sometimes they’re on tap—sometimes they’re not. The hunt is part of the fun.