The list of local winners in the Tampa Bay market is long, with Jai Alai by Cigar City Brewing, which is distributed quite widely around Boston these days, right near the top.
Smash by the Virginia-based Commonwealth Brewing Company is a pink grapefruit, lime, and guava gose ale. Which happens to come in a ravishing can.
It’s as simple as it’s perfect, and as a result easy to drink in large quantities—not in the same sense that makes Silver Bullets preferable for pounding, but rather in a way that the precision-focused Citra hops and light complexion make for something that won’t interrupt your dinner should your friend show up late and you end up sipping a few Coneheads before mealtime.
The most impressive thing about this beer may actually be what it is not: Not too pretentious, nor too light, hazy, or sweet, it’s balanced magic in a goddamn can.
Enter the holy Mighty Squirrel and its perfectly mellow Peach Smoovy IPA. Somehow even better than the Waltham brewery’s signature Cloud Candy, it’s the most delicious piece of pie I’ve sipped in quite a while.
There are far too many breweries and destinations to name in a column (or a book, for that matter), but an obvious starting point is Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton
What’s important is that Bad Decision, despite clocking in at a mere 4.7 percent ABV, does a dangerous enough dance on your tastebuds to remain sexy.
If you’re a beer nerd in the Greater Boston region, then you may have made a pilgrimage to Mystic Brewing on a Friday afternoon or evening. The place can get quite nuts ...
"I made a couple of prototypes with taps from MGD and Wachusett when I was figuring out the design. The one that I used when I finally had a fully working umbrella design was a tap from Goose Island."
We’ll be back to cover new brews as our friends at Democracy keep cranking them out, but last time, in addition to the Consummates, we washed down a hamburger the size of two fists with a seasonal brown IPA chased by a Workers Pint, their trademark basic.