Beer-candy alchemy

Hoppy and malty, meet tart and sweet
Hoppy and malty, meet tart and sweet

Halloween is a time of costume envy, candy gluttony, and greed, capped off with intense sloth.

But why should kids be the only ones who ride the stimulant-depressant rollercoaster? Here’s a guide to beers to drink with the secret stash hidden in your umbrella stand.

Tart start, sweet finish

You don’t have to do what my assistants (wife and uncle) and I did for this experiment, which was gorge ourselves on bags of candy while sipping beer. You’d get sick. But that’s how you get the data. Continue reading “Beer-candy alchemy”

Bring on the spring


(A version of the following column was originally published in the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American on April 17, 2013.)

You want to garden, toss the baseball around and wear that cute tank top with the owl on it.

Mother Nature, however, has other plans. It’s rarely above 55 degrees, and your imagined April wonderland is populated by leafless trees and gray skies.

Just because the world outside is slow to bloom this year doesn’t mean you can’t launch a psychological spring with the help of some crisp, refreshing beers.

Brooklyn Brewery Pilsner

This is a take on a Czech style that’s a big more bold. Pilsners are supposed to have a nice sweetness in the background with a crispness and lightness that makes for easy drinking. It’s a lager (as opposed to an ale), which usually suggests that it will have a “clean” taste, as in nothing much to cloud your taste buds like bitterness. Continue reading “Bring on the spring”

Farmhouse brewery meets resistance
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A local Planning and Zoning meeting about the future of a possible brewery sounds boring.

The one I attended recently was certainly not.

The nascent, currently named Food Cycle Farm in Kent, Conn. is hoping to erect and run the first farmhouse brewery in the state. So far, it’s been able to help create the designation of a farmhouse brewery, but on this cold Thursday night, its founders needed to gain the special permit necessary from the commission to keep the arduous process of building and operating the brewery.

Not everyone at the public hearing, however, was a fan of the idea. Continue reading “Farmhouse brewery meets resistance”