Happy New Year! Hope you all had a great New Year! New Year is a time for New beer!
I didn’t go out for NYE. Getting older and having a kid makes it not as desirable. Orono brewing Company was having their 1 year anniversary and I heard it was a great time! Congrats to Asa, Abe, and Heather for a year of success and great beer. I did go over on New Years Day however to check out the Ghost White Stout. When it is poured it does not look like a stout but when you drink it it tastes like a coffee stout. Really good! It reminded me of an Iced Coffee stout I had at the homebrew fest last summer (brewed by Jared Lambert).
On Saturday we went for a road trip. The plan was to go to Sommerville Brewing and Night Shift down in the Boston area. We made it to both but not without a detour at Smuttynose.
We were hungry and Smuttynose has a restaurant beside it so we decided to go and check out the brewery as well. The brewery is in a beautifully restored barn in Hampton, NH and the restaurant is a restored house.
The brewhouse is an 85.2 Barrel system made in Munich for them. I didn’t realize how big Smuttynose is. After the tour we did a tasting. I tried the Pumkin Ale, Peach Short Weisee, Smistletoe, Finest Kind IPA, and The Bouncehouse IPA. The IPAs were really good as was the pumpkin. The peach was different but I though it was okay, smokey and sour don’t really seem to go together but in this case it worked. I didn’t like the Smistletoe, it had way to much going on.
After leaving Smuttynose we headed South to Massachuttes to check out Sommerville Brewing Company also called Slumbrew. It was very different from what I expected. There taproom was more like a bar than a brewery tap room. It was dark and loud and very busy. The brewery itself was very small. The beer was AWESOME though. We tried the Gose Resolution which is a hibiscus sour with sea salt and citrus. This was the best sour I think I have ever had. Next we had the Naked Hopularity with is a black IPA. and one of the best black IPA’s I’ve had. The Happy Sol is a blood orange hef which was good and the Attic and Eaves which was a toasted brown ale and one of my favorites of the day. We ended the day with a quick bottle and can pick up at the new Night Shift brewery. We would have spent some time there but we had the baby with us. I had been to the old brewery (it was small and in a very sketchy warehouse). The new facility is much bigger and it was VERY busy. They have a room with corn hole and arcade games and the large tap room. I got a bottle of Mainerweisse, a 4 pack of Whirlpool, and a 4 pack of Santilli.
It was a fun road trip to start off the new year.