White Birch Brewing Peach Berliner Weisse

The small New Hampshire Town of Hooksett is most famous for its historic Robie’s Country Store, a popular stop for politicians campaigning through NH for the last 6 decades.

Located 3 miles down the road from Robie’s is White Birch Brewing, known for making a wide range of brews including of one my favorite styles of Berliner Weisse. Consisting of a 30 barrel brewhouse, White Birch brews in smalls batches, with their brewing and canning done by hand and left unfiltered for the best flavor.

ABV: 5.5%

Head: Thin white head forms and disappears very quickly.

Pour: Light and hazy, looks more like peach juice then beer.

Nose: Peachy from the start with a juicy background. You can smell that tartness behind the peach.

Palate: Good amount of tartness, but not overbearing. A nice balance of peach and wheat for a rounded flavor. The finish has slight acidity that brings it all together.

Overall: A good balance of peaches and sour, reminded me of a wheat beer that was mixed with peach rings. I’ve had a few other of their fruity Berliner Weisses and this is my favorite. If you’re on the fence about sours, the peach in this one makes it easy to love.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints

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Long Trail Harvest Barn Ale

long trail harvest barn aleThe first batch of Long Trail Ale rolled off the line in 1989. Back then the brewery, known as the Mountain Brewers, was a modest brew house tucked into the basement of the Old Woolen Mill in Bridgewater Corners. The goal was to brew an affordable, American-made alternative to the pricey German and English exports that filled the shelves.

Today Long Trail is a household name from coast to coast. Brewing over two dozen different beer yearly Long Trail has something for everyone. The Harvest Barn Ale is Long Trail’s seasonal offering for fall.  Vermont maple syrup added during the brewing process yields a lasting sweetness on the palate that’s guaranteed to warm your soul alongside the rich, chocolate profile and earthy hop character.

ABV: 4.4%

Pour: Rich Mahogany

Head: Thick off-white

Nose: Sweet, roasted malts, maple, and nut aromas.

Palate: Medium-bodied palate, with mild carbonation. Very malty, with chocolate and maple syrup notes.

Finish: Finishes with lots of dark cocoa powder flavors.

Overall: The chocolate notes were a bit of a surprise. Overall an enjoyable pour and alternative to the more common fall beer flavors.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints

Alesmith SD Pale Ale .394

San Diego Pale Ale .394San Diego’s craft beer scene is one of the best in the country, so standing out is no easy task, but Alesmith has managed to do just that for over 20 years.

They made a name for themselves in late 1990’s and have been awarded Small Brewing Company of the Year, Brewer of the Year as well as #1 Best Brewery in the World by RateBeer.com. In recent years they’ve moved to a new state of the art facility, boasting the largest tasting room in San Diego.

SD Pale Ale .394 is a golden pale with American hop flavor, brewed to commemorate Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn and his career high batting average of .394.

ABV: 6.0% IBU’s: 13

Pour: Hazy with a slight golden color, plenty of carbonation in the bottom of the glass.

Head: Thick off and off white, really frothy.

Nose: Floral with hints of hops and little bit of wheat.

Palate: Light bodied and slightly creamy with a malt background. Little bit of hops without being bitter. Finish is clean with almost no bitterness.

Overall: It’s been a while since I had a Pale Ale that really stood out. The creaminess mixed with the subtle hop aromas really plays off each other and the finish was quick and to the point, almost like a malty session IPA. A great pairing with a classic cheeseburger or some pumpkin pie.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints

Down East Cider Original Blend

Fall is in the air.downeastcider It seemed like a perfect day to crack open a fresh can of cider. Down East Craft Ciders are based out of Boston, Mass. To quote the Cider House, the Orginal Blend is “the Auerbach to our Celtics, the Satisfaction to our Stones, the Agent K to our Men In Black: Our Foundation.”

The Original Blend is the result of hundreds of attempts at creating the best hard cider you have ever tasted. This blend of freshly pressed Red Delicious, McIntosh, Cortland, and Gala apples contains no concentrate or artificial flavors/sweeteners.

ABV: 5.1%

Pour: Hazy Golden Yellow.

Head: Thin, white head.

Nose: Lots of green apple, with hints of pineapple.

Palate: Loads of sweet apples, hints of honey, and subtle baking spices.

Finish: A slight tart on the finish to balance out the sweetness on the palate.

Overall: An enjoyable pour. A nice balance of sweet and tart. Perfect for Fall.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints

Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine Double IPA

Lawson’s Finest is a small craft brewery located in Warren, Vermont with big plans in the works. Currently brewing out of a seven barrel facility, they have plans to open a new brewery and retail space in 2018. For the last few years Sip of Sunshine has been brewed out of Two Road’s in Connecticut, allowing Lawson to branch out beyond the Vermont market.

Sip of Sunshine is juicy double IPA with plenty of tropical fruit notes and an airy finish meant to be drank as fresh as possible.

Pour: A nice amber color, hazy and slight dark.

Head: A frothy white head forms, lingers for about a minute before slowly fading.

Nose: Strong pine notes jump out, little bit malt in the background surrounded by light fruit notes.

Palate: Has a medium bodied mouthfeel but super balanced. Hops come at you first followed by hints of pineapple and guava. The finish is juicy with a touch of acidity

Overall: My first Sip of Sunshine was on a ski trip to Vermont and I was instantly hooked. Finding some in Connecticut was a great surprise, and it was every bit delicious as I remember. Super juicy with a perfect balance of hops, leaving pine notes without being sticky. A very refreshing Double IPA that would pair well a BBQ brisket sandwich, fresh seafood or even rice pudding.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 Out Of 5 Pints

River Horse Citrus Maximus IPA

A local NJ favorite, River Horse citrusmaximusBrewing Company has grown into one of the area premier craft breweries. I have had the pleasure of visiting this brewery on multiple occasions, and though I do miss the old location in the charming town of Lambertville, the new production facility allows for a better visit.

Citrus Maximus IPA is double dosed with Citra hops, by adding them in the boil, and again during the dry hop where they combine with Mosaic  for a complex fruity aroma. They also used huge amounts of passion fruit and white grapefruit to create this super citrus, refreshing IPA.

ABV: 4.9%

Pour: Cloudy yellow orange.

Head: Nice, thick off-white head

Nose: A lot of citrus notes and grapefruit.

Palate: Very juicy on the palate. Big grapefruit flavor, with citrus notes.

Finish: Subtle hop notes finish out the experience to balance out the citrus flavors on the palate.

Overall: A very nice pour. Easy drinker with session level ABV. Worth picking up a four pack.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints

Two Roads Two Juicy

The name for Two Roads Brewing stems from a divergence, a separation, that poet Robert Frost wrote about: the road more commonly taken from “the one less traveled by.”

Located in Stratford, Connecticut Two Roads has an impressive portfolio that consist of nearly three dozen year round, seasonal, and specialty beers. One of their recent limited releases is an unfiltered New England style Double IPA.

ABV: 8.2%

Pour: A light golden color with a haziness to it.

Head: A frothy off white head raises and slowly fades without leaving any lacing.

Nose: Lots of sharp pine at first, followed by grapefruit and a hint of wheat.

Palate: Lighter than expected. Has a nice juicy core. The hops are really smooth with a nice flavor without being sticky or overly piney. The finish is clean and refreshing.

Overall: Really interesting. I was expecting a hop bomb since it’s a double IPA but that was not the case. It was extremely smooth and super juicy with plenty of fruit notes giving it an extremely refreshing finish for a double IPA. This would pair with many foods such as Thai food, BBQ chicken or even seafood.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints