This COVID-19 pandemic is definitely not over yet, please don’t go around acting stupid like we’re in the clear, but with more people getting vaccinated every day we can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am still not at a point where I feel comfortable at bars, restaurants or taprooms, but I am hoping to be back there soon, especially with outdoor options as the weather improves. While the past year has put an incredible amount of stress on local breweries, I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised at how few local breweries have shut down. My optimism is tempered a bit by fear that the impact of the pandemic will be felt for years to come. So when you get back to taprooms and enjoy a pints make sure to also grab some merchandise and some beer to go (if you have the means), I know the breweries will appreciate it. I bought a bunch of brewery merchandise over the last year, mostly t-shirts, hoodies and glassware, and I am enjoying the vast majority of it. One of my orders was for a hoodie and glass from Austin Street, one of my favorite Maine breweries, and one I really missed visiting last year. I have been enjoying some Austin Street beer from home, including Marquee Moon, a new-to-me pale ale that is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Austin Street Marquee Moon pours murky pale yellow with a solid white head. The aroma features a solid hit of fruity hops, heavy on the citrus. These hops also lead the flavor, notes of grapefruit, orange, lemon and just a bit of bitter bite. This is balanced by a pale malt backbone, hints of cereal and bread crust. Marquee Moon is light and easy-drinking, sessionable at 4.9% ABV. The finish is crisp with a hint of residual hops. This is another tasty beer from Austin Street, perfect for the warm spring and summer days. Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
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