Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sam Adams Porch Rocker

Just as a mixture of lemonade and iced tea is referred to as an Arnold Palmer, perhaps in this country we should call a mixture of lemonade and refreshing beer a Jim Koch.  The Sam Adams Porch Rocker takes a page out of the German beer-making recipe book.  Flip to the index under "R" to find "Radler", a century-old half-and-half mixture of beer and soda or lemonade, and you'll see into the roots of the Porch Rocker's ancestry.  This beverage looks as light as it tastes, as the Helles base shines a bright gold of the summer sun.  The acidity of the lemons cleanses and refreshes the palate.  This is a beer to be enjoyed cold on a hot June day.

4.5% ABV; two-row pale malt; Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops; flavored with lemon.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Craft Brew at...Champions in Kendall Square?

On a recent visit to Champions Sports Bar, behind the Marriott in Cambridge's Kendall Square, I expected to have to quaff pitchers of thin American lagers with nachos.  Not so!  Their menu featured Jack D'Or, the saison-inspired offering from Pretty Things.  The price: $8.50 for a 23 ounce pour, which I believe is cheaper than what you'll pay at many stores for a bottle of the brew!

50 Broadway, Cambridge

Monday, November 23, 2009

See's Candies - Derby Street Shoppes - Hingham, Massachusetts

Chocolate lovers on Massachusetts' South Shore will be happy to hear of See's Candies newest location: the Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham.

This store is one of the company's seasonal locations, open now through December 26th. Although there is no chocolate counter to choose your favorites, all the prepackaged chocolates are shipped fresh and taste great.

The See's employees were very excited during my visit, handing out free samples and talking about their favorite candies. The location is small and will likely be packed this Christmas season, so be sure to beat the crowds.

94 Derby Street, Hingham Mass.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


The first shots of the American Revolutionary War were fired in the town of Lexington, Massachusetts. On a recent trip, I noticed at the small gift "shoppe" a kitchen towel with a recipe for flip, a hearty beverage we can assume militia members were consuming the night of April 18, 1775, a few hours before English regulars engaged them near the town meeting house.

The recipe called for:

- 14 oz. of ale
- 2 oz. of rum
- 1 tbsp. of molasses
- one whole egg, or two tbsp. of cream

The ingredients were to be mixed together, and a red-hot loggerhead was to be applied to heat the mixture.

In recreating this piece of history, I used one 12 oz. bottle of homebrewed stout and kept the other ingredients the same. I also substituted a small cookpot and the stove for the loggerhead. I mixed all the ingredients and whisked to integrate the egg, before warming the flip over low heat for a few mintues. Alcohol has a lower boiling point than water, so I was careful to not lose the beverage's potency to evaporation.

The flip was warm, sweet, sharp, and thick, with a noticeable alcohol bite from the rum. While the depth of the flavor may be improved with some wintry spices like nutmeg or cinnamon, these four ingredients are enough to keep you warm all winter long.