Category Archives: Travel Edition

Breweries: Do this, NOT this.

As a beer writer, I find it extremely hard to deliver negative criticism. Partly, that’s because there is so much positivity in the craft beer world that it’s really easy to focus on the good stuff. There are times, however, when a little honesty is important, and needed.

In order to illustrate this point, let me share a little about our recent trip to New England. We visited six breweries – some old favorites, and some brand new to us.

We started out at the new Harpoon Beer Hall.

We’ve toured Harpoon many times, but since our last visit, they’ve had a massive expansion, including adding a canning line, increasing the size of the brewhouse, and building a massive, beautiful beer hall. The hotel we were staying at happened to be within walking distance, so we popped into the Beer Hall on a very busy Saturday afternoon to check it out.

The wait was sizable when we arrived. At first we thought it was just people waiting for the tour, but no, it was just folks trying to get in. The line moved quickly though, and before long we were joking with the salty Boston doormen and walking inside.

The vibe at the Hall was vibrant and the staff was pretty friendly, though you could tell they were a little harried from the extreme busy-ness. We ordered some beer right away – the cask conditioned offering, an unfiltered version of the Harpoon IPA, dry hopped with Centennial hops (it seemed a little ‘catty’ for me), and their 100 Barrel Series, a fantastic citra-hop bomb. I love visiting Harpoon because they always have special edition beers you can only find at the brewery.

Continue reading Breweries: Do this, NOT this.

#100: Allagash!

This, right here, is the 100th post on Love Beer, Love Food.

I can hardly believe it!

The site started out as a creative outlet to pass the time, and has grown into a very serious, but still incredibly fun venture. I strive towards continually improving the site, making it fun, educational and artistic, all while sharing these pieces of my life which I love so much. It makes it all worth it to know there are other beer and food loving folks following along, so thank you.

Words to live by plastered on the smaller of the two Allagash brew house’

We’ve been visiting family and friends in New England, with plenty of nibbles and brewery hopping, of course, all which makes for fantastic blog fodder. When thinking about what to write as my 100th post, I had a lot of options to choose from.

Then, our visit to Allagash blew every other option out of the water. Continue reading #100: Allagash!

Phoenix Beer Adventures (Part 3 of 3. Finally.)

Oops! I kiiiind of forgot about this last little Beer Diary Travel Edition post. My bad. It’s not even because it was a lackluster, unmemorable experience or something. In fact, it was by far the beer highlight of our trip.

Fate Brewing Scottsdale AZFor those of you who don’t remember, or who are just joining the conversation (hi! welcome!) Mike and I visited his family in Phoenix, AZ back in February. As with most vacations, we spent a fair amount of time checking out the local beer scene (Part 1 and Part 2 for reference). We stumbled upon Fate Brewing one afternoon after a delicious breakfast out with Mike’s fam. Continue reading Phoenix Beer Adventures (Part 3 of 3. Finally.)

Beer Diary, Phoenix beer adventures (Part 2 of 3).

Yay! Part 2. Exciting stuff. This is the part where I get to tell you about a new (to me) microbrewery in Phoenix, AZ, Sun Up Brewing.

Sun Up Brewing AZ

Mike’s dad brought us to Sun Up one cold, miserable day during our vacation. You know, the day it SNOWED in Phoenix, which basically never happens. I have some terrible pictures on my phone to prove it. Continue reading Beer Diary, Phoenix beer adventures (Part 2 of 3).

February favorites and a fantastic Framboise recipe

Whoa alliteration. OK, this is gonna be kind of a monthly fave “Beer Diary” meets Monday food recipe, meets “Travel Edition” post mashup.

You know how much I love a good mashup. I mean who doesn’t? Guacamole – Mango Salsa, #AmIRight?

Framboise Reduction Continue reading February favorites and a fantastic Framboise recipe