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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.

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Thai Coconut Curry Couscous

Woo! That’s a mouthful. A mouthful of delicious. This is perhaps the quickest cooking and most satisfying meals I’ve had in the past year.

My husband does not like couscous. ‘It is boring and bland,’ he said. I used to agree. Couscous, especially of the whole grain variety, typically tastes like grainy nothingness to me. Until this lil’ recipe popped into my brain. The coconut milk and curry paste takes this boring, grainy blandness to a fluffy cloud of spicy delicious. Continue reading Thai Coconut Curry Couscous

Spotlight: Harpoon Brewery

For those of you who are familiar with local Boston beers, you’ll know a lot about one of my  favorite hometown breweries: Harpoon.

This weekend I flew “home” to surprise my best friend for her birthday, which was oh-so-fun and completely hilarious (as are all get-togethers with a certain crazy best friend). One of the first things I did upon landing was pick up some beer… shocker, I know. Continue reading Spotlight: Harpoon Brewery