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