Mystic Melissa

While many people spent Sunday, February 1st preparing for the Super Bowl, many craft beer enthusiasts were also celebrating International Gruit Day. Gruits are an interesting style, they are beers brewed without hops, using other herbs and spices for flavor and balance. For centuries beer was made with a wide variety of ingredients including local blends of spices used […]

Mystic Descendant

Several factors cause the flavor of beer to change over time. In beers that haven’t been pasteurized (like most craft beers) residual yeast will continue to eat anything that is digestible, adding new flavors to the beer. The hop oils that lead to those beautiful aromas in hop-forward beers are volatile, so they dissipate over time. Most beer styles are best when the […]

Mystic Vinland 3

I’m not surprised that many scientists gravitate towards craft beer and homebrewing. In the “real world” I am a chemist, and there are many similarities between my job and my hobby. In both brewing and chemistry a defined set of ingredients are mixed with careful control of temperature to obtain a desired product. While beer […]

Mystic Hazy Jane Saison

Craft breweries seem to love making wheat beers in the summertime. The light and refreshing ales made with wheat tend to complement the warm weather. Wheat beers also work well with added fruit flavors, so many are brewed with lemon, orange, blueberry or other types of fruit. Mystic Brewery of Chelsea, MA makes a wheat beer as their summer seasonal, […]