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Drink Local Beer: Harpoon Brewery in Boston, MA

Drink Local BeerTwo things I love are beer and Boston. If I can combine the two, so much the better.

There’s been a boom of breweries in the Boston metro area in the last several years, with tons of new smaller shops adding excellent options to local taps. A few of my favorites are Slumbrew, Jack’s Abby, and Trillium Brewing. These new entrants to the beer market offer interesting twists on classic beer styles, like Jack’s Abby’s variations on the lager.

As awesome as these new breweries are, I’m not here to talk about them. I want to sing the praises of one of Boston’s more senior breweries: Harpoon. Here’s why: Continue reading Drink Local Beer: Harpoon Brewery in Boston, MA

Brewery Recommendation: Deschutes, Portland OR

Brewert RecommendationI may have mentioned a recent work trip to Portland, OR. Well, even on the road, a girl’s gotta eat, and part of the joy I take in work travel is finding local gems to try. With that in mind, my colleague and I hit up Deschutes Brewery in the Pearl District for dinner.

I was exceptionally pleased with both the beer and food at Deschutes. The food was interesting, upscale pub food. Continue reading Brewery Recommendation: Deschutes, Portland OR

Beer Recommendation: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Organic Roast (2)One of the things I miss most about living in Michigan is having access to excellent Midwestern beers. One of my favorites, and perhaps my favorite porter ever, is Great Lakes Brewing Company‘s Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.

Great Lakes Brewing Company is based in Cleveland, OH, but its beers are carried on draft, and in bottles and cans throughout Michigan. Unfortunately, the do not distribute to the Northeast, so my only opportunities to indulge in my favorite porter come on trips to the heartland. Continue reading Beer Recommendation: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Halloween Beer: Cambridge Brewing Company Great Pumpkin Ale

Halloween Beer RecommendationIn honor of today being Halloween, I thought I’d recommend my second favorite pumpkin beer, Cambridge Brewing Company‘s Great Pumpkin Ale.

This beer is quite different from my top favorite pumpkin beer, Southern Tier Pumpking, except that like Pumpking, Great Pumpkin is recognizably pumpkin-flavored. It’s a lighter, less boozy beer than Pumpking, more an ale style. Whereas Pumpking is a post-dinner, sipping beer, you could enjoy pints of Great Pumpkin with your meal or after a 5k (which I was recently able to do).

Cambridge Brewing Company, as the name suggests, is in Cambridge, MA, and distributes its beers in New England, and, for some reason, Kansas. You can see if a bar near you carries CBC beers by using the finder on their website. If you live in the Boston area, you will also see CBC beers in your local beer case.

Beer Recommendation: Southern Tier Pumpking

Southern Tier PumpkingFall is upon us, and so too are pumpkin beers. In general, this is not my favorite category of beer. I don’t dislike them, I just don’t enjoy them enough to seek them out, nor do I typically choose them at a bar. The exception is Southern Tier Pumpking, which I think is the finest of the pumpkin beers and a damn delicious beer in its own right.

I like Southern Tier Pumpking so much, it was the beer I chose for my celebratory first 25 ounce mug as a member of Bukowski’s Dead Author’s Club. That this was an incredibly poor choice had less to do with the taste of the beer (amazing) and more to do with the ABV (8.6%).

Go get yourself some Pumpking before it’s off the shelves for another year!

Motivation to Drink Beer: Self-Determination Theory Applied

BEERA few years ago I decided it was time to take the challenge and attempt to join the Dead Author’s Club (also known as the Mug Club) at Bukowski Tavern in Boston. Joining the club requires drinking 130 different beers in a 180-day time period. Once you successfully accomplish this task, you are awarded your own personal, numbered 25-ounce mug engraved with the name of the dead author of your choice (as long as no one else has claimed the author). Your mug hangs in the bar from then on, and when you visit, you are able to fill it with any draft beer for the pint price (read more about the club here). Even though I firmly believe there’s no need to apply motivational design to activities that are inherently pleasurable, like drinking beer, I think Bukowski’s did a very clever job in supporting the three fundamental needs described by self-determination theory in the design of the Dead Author’s Club challenge. Here’s how: Continue reading Motivation to Drink Beer: Self-Determination Theory Applied

Beer: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale by Boulevard Brewing

Tank 7 Farmhouse AleIt’s clearly time to talk beer again.

I am slightly but not extremely picky about beer. I prefer to have a micro- or craft-brew over something more generic, with highly logical exceptions for things like beer-heavy drinking games or the eating of hot wings. There is no sense in drinking a good beer just to get sick on it or have its taste overwhelmed by buffalo sauce.

All of which is a long-winded way to say, Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale by Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, MO, is never my beer of choice for flip cup. It is, however, one I almost always order when I find it on a draft menu.

I’ve already confessed that I don’t really have the vocabulary to talk about beer, but the description on the Boulevard site for Tank 7 is one I definitely would not have picked: Continue reading Beer: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale by Boulevard Brewing

Race Recap: Providence RI Craft Brew Race 5k

Craft Brew Races 5k, Providence RIJulyI am a sucker for any race where the beer flows freely at the afterparty, so I was excited to run the Craft Brew Races series 5k in Providence, RI. I’ve run the now-defunct Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence half marathon twice and was looking forward to running through the city again with a little less exertion and training.

Race day dawned with pretty perfect running weather–probably around 65 degrees with an occasional rain droplet, but not excessively humid. I was ever so slightly chilled picking up my breakfast and coffee but knew that I’d warm up when it came time to run. Continue reading Race Recap: Providence RI Craft Brew Race 5k

Race Recap: Vert Trail Series Sasquatch Race

Vert Series Sasquatch RaceThis was my second time running the Vert Trail Series Sasquatch Race. The best news is that, unlike last year, I did not wipe out mid-race and skin my knee! I don’t normally run trail (there just isn’t a convenient place to do it around here), so I tend to be hyper-focused on the ground to make sure I don’t catch my foot on a rock or a branch and topple over. Last year I got a little too comfortable on one of the flats and hooked my foot into a tree branch. This year, I’m proud to say, I did not let my attention wander.

This race is a short 2.35 miles, but feels longer thanks to the rolling terrain in the woods at the Fells. Runners start in three waves, and begin by running a short section of road to get to the start of the trail. The trail itself opens with a huge, steep, and rocky hill (which I had conveniently forgotten about, perhaps because my memory of last time is hyper-focused on my skinned knee). I ended up hike-walking a short stretch of this after realizing that I could maintain my speed at lower effort that way.  Continue reading Race Recap: Vert Trail Series Sasquatch Race