Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer is Officallly ON!

So as you might know, Sarah and I got married a few weeks ago. We had a great wedding, the weather was perfect, and our honeymoon was equally as much fun (I will recap as much as possible in a separate post). In short, we went on a killer road trip with stops in Roxbury, Syracuse, and Buffalo, NY, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec, and Woodstock, VT. All in all, it was just over 1,400 miles.

Prior to leaving, we realized that we would be returning just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend. However, considering I was going to be driving so many miles, I knew I was not going to want to drive when I got back - BUT, I knew I still wanted to cookout and hang with friends. So, we opted to throw a little bar-b-que at our place with some good friends.

Now, for our wedding, we had some draft beer. My buddy Mike has a kegerator with a dual tap head, to accommodate two separate beers. For this momentous occasion, I opted to go with Harpoon IPA and Harpoon Summer. We purchased two 5-gallon (corney) kegs of each, and much to my surprise the beer was the hit of the party and quickly ran dry. Considering we ran out of beer so quickly (and my brother-in-law kindly went to purchase more canned beer), I knew I need to be better suited for the bbq.

I ended up getting a 12-pack of Sierra Nevada Torpedo (one of my favorite Extras), a 12-pack of Ipswich Ale Brewery Summer Ale (a solid summer beer, please try it if you haven't), and a case of the Wachusett Brewing Co mix packs - which feature the Larry Imperial IPA, which is incredibly good! I had it for the first time at the Curtis Liquors Fall Beer Tasting, and eventually reviewed it here! I had doubts that there would be enough, so I asked Sarah to get a 12-pack of the Harpoon IPA & Summer cans just to be safe.

Needless to say, there was ample beer! Naturally some of our guests brought some beer of their own, but the end result was about a case of excellent craft beer sitting at home, waiting for me to get home from work and knock a few back...which is exactly what I did yesterday, after my first day back at work in almost three weeks.

If you haven't checked out the Wachusett mix pack (and why the hell wouldn't you - Country Pale Ale, Larry Imperial IPA, Wachusett IPA, and Blueberry Ale), you definitely need to grab a case. If you're a hop head, you're going to LOVE this mix pack. Even if you're a casual fan, you will quickly be converted; however, do not shy away if you are not - the Country Ale is one of the most well balanced pale ales, and their flagship Blueberry Ale is there to sooth your thirst!

A special note should be made to the fine folks at Wachusett Brewery, for giving us a shout out on their Facebook page today! If you're not a fan with them on Facebook, please take a moment to "like" their page, and let them know you read this post!

5 comments:

scratch-made wife said...

Congratulations on the nuptials! My husband and I can't believe we're already coming up on our one-year anniversary. It's been a wonderful year, to say the least. Now, I must ask, did you travel through Roxbury, N.Y.? (I know there's one in Connecticut, but the one in N.Y. is my hometown!) If you were in the Catskills, I hope you enjoyed the journey! Oh, and that Wachusett pack sounds awesome. Thanks for all of the great tips. The husband and I will have to search for some of your recommendations (he's a huge IPA fan - I'm slowly converting).

BrewEngland said...

Hi there...Thank you for the kind words. Congratulations to you and your husband on your upcoming anniversary as well. YES! It was Roxbury, NY! We stayed at the Roxbury Motel, which for the readers I 100% suggest staying there if you're looking for a nice little get away! The Catskills were a nice sight to see, and the drive was certainly interesting (nothing like going 70mph on a "back road").

I hope you get the Wachusett Mix Pack and enjoy it - please make sure to check back in to let us know! Also, please let me know if I can help with any other recommendations!

-Adam

Brian said...

Congrats! That's a great listing of beer at your wedding too. Something for everyone there.

scratch-made wife said...

Adam, I'm so happy to hear you were in the New York Rox. We actually spent our first night as husband and wife at the Motel. We stayed in the Flintstones room - hilarious.

I'll be sticking around your site for lots of recommendations, I'm sure!

BrewEngland said...

Thanks Brian! The wedding was a lot of fun, and the beer was a big hit!

Sarah and I spent our second night as husband and wife in the Holly Go Lightly room! I love how they had a bottle of champagne on ice waiting for us when we arrived - it was a nice touch. We just relaxed outside on their gazebo with the bottle, before going across the bridge for dinner and drinks. It was the pefect way to start our honeymoon, and we'll DEFINITELY be back...probably with friends for a few nights too!