Other spots throughout the country may lay claim to the Beer Capital of the US, but New England is where the craft brewing movement got its start; Sam Adams gets a lot of credit for kicking the Craft Brewing Revolution in the 1980’s, a fitting role for a beer named after such an important historical figure. And now, New England is dotted with craft breweries in all 6 states, all of whom can hold their own with any other beer city or state.
And, as with almost everything else, New England beers are perfect for enjoying in the Fall – the time of year when this historic part of the country seems to really come alive. So in that spirit, here are 3 New England Beers to give a shot this fall.
Some say a good brew is a like a piece of art, and we can’t disagree. Treehouse Brewing Company out of Massachusetts must think that a good beer is like a poem, judging by their widely acclaimed Miles To Go Before I Sleep Imperial Milk Stout.
If you’re unsure, Miles To Go Before I Sleep is a reference to “Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening,” by New England’s quintessential poet – Robert Frost. This classic poem is referenced on the label, too – with its depiction of moonlit woods. The beer itself is a thick, black stout brewed with “large additions” of chocolate and peanut butter,” making it heavy, sweet drink with a strong, equally sweet nose. Each sip delivers hints of roasted malt complemented by all that chocolate and peanut butter, with a thick, creamy, desserty mouthfeel.
It’s a delectable beer, for sure, and one that is sure to satisfy – especially if you love your brews heavy and filling. It doesn’t get a score of 97 – World Class – on BeerAdvocate for nothing. It’s a perfect brew for warming up on chilly Fall day. Unfortunately – it’s only available on tap at Treehouse Brewing Company.
Night Shift Brewing is another newfound New England favorite, having launched right outside Boston in 2012. Their Santili IPA is named after the highway on which their original location is located, and is a classic, smooth and downright hoppy IPA. You’ll get all the tropical, citrusy and herby notes you expect from an IPA, and is light enough that you can reach for a second round without filling up too quickly. Perfect for summer, but great all year round.
River Trip, from Portland, Maine-based Allagash Brewing Company, is a Belgian-style Session Ale packed with hops, grapefruit citrus notes and stone fruit. Dry hopping with Comet and Azacca are used, enhancing the fruity notes, and there’s some herby notes in there too. The hazy yellow body is light but satisfying and thirst-quenching. A perfect companion for an afternoon on the water or a camping trip – as the name suggests – River Trip is yet another great beer to stock up on this Fall.
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