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Archive for June, 2011

Wachusett “Country Pale Ale” #2

June 24, 2011 7:51 pm

I ordered this before finding out that it’s the exact same beer as the “Country Ale” with a rename a couple months ago, rumored to be due to FDA regulation.  It’s a good beer and we enjoyed it this past May (it was kicked just a fewweeks ago in fact).

Wachusett says;

Country Pale Ale
The Balanced Pale Ale

The best selling ale in Central Massachusetts

• First brewed 1994

• Available year round

Our original brew crafted by Ned, Kevin and Quinny in the early 90’s with super drinkability.
American two row pale with Crystal malts Cascade, Willamette and Cluster hops.

A.B.V. 5.1% | 17 IBUs


Keg #50
Tapped 6/24/11
Kicked 8/31/11 (68 days later).
Great beer, just took too long to finish as it spanned August, which was basically a dry month.

Just a Defrost

June 23, 2011 8:09 am

We just kicked the kegs after the Bruins Stanley Cup Championship so I used it as an opportunity to defrost the kegerator.  Quite a bit of ice build-up, but not as bad as last time.  Looks like I’ll need to do it once every 6-months or so.

Berkshire “Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale” #4

June 9, 2011 10:05 am

Back to back kegs of it since we crushed the last one so quickly during the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.  This might be one of my favorite light beers.  Served in 2008, 2010, and now 2011 …twice.

We’re recovering from a pair of the slowest moving kegs we’ve ever had (Geary’s HSA & especially Gritty’s Halloween) so this should be a nice, welcome change.  I also wanted to serve something light since I’ve been getting sinus/allergy headaches when drinking and I suspect it might be the hops that I’m allergic to… which this hopefully won’t affect as much. [6/9/10 Update: it seems to be fine & allergy-free.  The Willamette hops didn’t seem to bother me at all]

From BBC,

BBC’s flagship brew is a light colored, medium bodied ale exhibiting exceptional freshness through its 2-Row Pale malt backbone and signature hop flavor and aroma.  In the words of renowned beer writer Lew Bryson, Steel Rail EPA is “what the water in heaven oughta taste like.”

5.3% Alcohol by volume (ABV)
20 International Bitterness Units (IBU)

Tapped 6/8

Kicked 6/15

…kicked during the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup win!