Ever since I wrote my book, people think I champion the merits of New England breweries, that I recommend beers from them because I’m from New England.
That’s partially true. I can go on-and-on and-on (etc) about the New England breweries I like. I try to promote breweries that should be promoted.
But, one thing I won’t do is support a brewery just because it is from New England. I support good beer, no matter where it is from. I can go on-and-on-and-on about beers from California, Michigan, Belgium and beyond, just like I can about breweries from New England.
It just happens that breweries from the six New England states are brewing so many good beers that I find myself drinking beers from New England quite often.
I’m just happy we live in a time here in New England states where there are truly some special things going on.
We have breweries like Hill Farmstead in Vermont and Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project in Massachusetts brewing beers that people, no matter where they’re from, will recognize as fabulous beers.
The Alchemist in Vermont brews one of the best double IPAs or IPAs you will find anywhere, and the Allagash Brewing Company in Maine and the Mystic Brewery in Massachusetts has some wonderful beers that will satisfy the most hardcore of Belgian fans.
Even newer breweries are producing some beautiful beers, such as Jack’s Abby Brewing in Framingham, Rising Tide in Maine and the Throwback Brewery in New Hampshire, are brewing beers that I can’t get enough of.
And even the old standbys, Samuel Adams and Harpoon, are taking some chances with their Brewmaster Collection and Leviathan Series, and some of them have been excellent.
The point of this – when I recommend a beer from New England, I’m not being a homer. I’m telling you that a beer is good because I honestly believe it.
Now excuse me so I can go home and pop the cap on a Berkshire Brewing Company Oktoberfest.