Okay, we're not technically in Boston...BUT, we are pretty damn close (we can see the Prudential Building from down the street). The main reason the site has been so slow as of late is mostly because Sarah and I have been looking for a new place to live. Let's just say it was a VERY hectic period of time as the rental market is incredibly competitive in the city of Somerville, which is where we ended up (and honestly - we couldn't be happier about it). Nevertheless, we're all moved in now, and are ready to get back to blogging!
If you read our post "What is a Seasonal Beer" you should know that we are, or should I say were, waiting until the official start of fall to dive into fall beers. The calendar has officially passed September 20th, which means it's time for some new 'seasonal' beers. I can say though that I really didn't have any summer beers...but, a great beer is a good beer in any season.
Today we plan to explore our new surroundings, and will be on the hunt for some pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers. Technically, Oktoberfest runs through the month of September, so we could have been drinking them for the past three weeks, but there is still plenty of time to do that! Now though, is the perfect time to crack open some of these beers.
Sarah has been jonesing to try the Samuel Adams Fat Jack. It's new this year and is a Double Pumpkin that clocks in at 8.5% ABV. Sarah also bought me a Opa Opa Octoberfest, which I'm pretty excited to try and that I plan on opening today. Some old favorite Oktoberfest beers though have to be the Berkshire Brewing Co. Octoberfest, Harpoon Octoberfest, and Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest. As for pumpkin beers, you can't go wrong with a Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (sorry Pumpkinhead lovers, we are not fans of it), Dogfish Head Punkin', and of course Southern Tier Pumking (of which we have a 2011 bomber our friend Dan gave us).
Considering we're now only a short three mile ride to Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, that is one of our first destinations on our list. Others include Downtown Wine & Spirits in Davis Square Somerville, and perhaps even a drive to Beacon Hill Wine & Spirits in Melrose or Redstone Liquors in Stoneham.
The day is young, and so is the new season, so what better way to celebrate than getting some new beers!?