Spencer Peach Saison

I has been an interesting journey for Spencer Brewing, the first American Trappist Brewery. Spencer started with a single beer, their Belgian Pale Ale named Spencer Trappist Ale, and intended to run the brewery on the back of that one beer for a while. They clearly underestimated the obsession with variety and novelty that drives […]

Mystic Voltage and Echo

It is no longer news when a brewery starts canning their beers, in fact I’m struggling to think of any Massachusetts breweries with a significant distribution footprint that don’t can. One of the last hold-outs was Mystic Brewing in Chelsea. For years Mystic brewed a lineup dominated by flavorful saisons and other Belgian styles, mostly distributed […]

Deciduous Mosaic Sylph

The decision to focus my reviews on non-IPA styles this year leaves some significant grey areas. Many different beer styles have “hoppy” forms, and some of these have been given the “IPA’ designation (usually for marketing purposes). For example some beers are labeled as hoppy amber ales while others are called red IPAs, even though they are essentially the same style. I think the […]