Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cape Ann Brewing Co. to Open New Brewery Today!

For anyone who is on the North Shore of Massachusetts, or is looking for a new brewery/brewpub, starting today you can visit the brand new Cape Ann Brewing Co. brewery in Gloucester, MA. Sarah and I visited their old brewery in March and loved it. Our bartender that day was Dylan, who is also one of the brewers, and he couldn’t have been nicer. We chatted about their different brews, snacked on a delicious cheese plate, while enjoying their fresh brews!

This visit was our first, but certainly not our last. Their full line up of beers couldn't have been better. Although we liked them all, our two favorites were the Pumpkin Stout – which I still have one or two at home – and of course their Greenhorn IPA.

Now, I’m definitely a hop head, so I was in love with this beer from the first sip. The Greenhorn goes through a process called hop backing, which is essentially a canister that holds several ounces of hops, and the beer is strained through this mechanism called a hop back. The beer picks up all the aroma and flavor of the hops, and it’s left with a CRAZY IBU level of 120 IBUs. However, it’s not as ferocious as you would expect, which is why Sarah enjoyed it so much. We couldn’t resist taking a growler home with us that day (as well as a t-shirt and pint glass).

Anyway, Cape Ann is one of our favorite breweries, and we’ve crossed paths a few times – notably at Lamb Jam and the amazing Bacon & Beer Festival. They definitely have a style that is unmatched.

We’re also very excited that they are on board with the Cure Me I’m Irish event in March of next year. If you haven’t had their beers, please pick up a six pack from your local package store. Sarah and I know you will love their selection!

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