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SpringFest – A Celebration of Hops Recap

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a good weekend. A few weeks ago I was able to attend SpringFest – A Celebration of Hops in Boston. This gathering featured some of the best “hopified” craft beers from 25 breweries all around New England.  Here are just a few of the breweries that were on hand….

  • Backlash Beer Company
  • Jack’s Abby
  • Clown Shoes Beer
  • Cody Brewing Company
  • Newburyport Brewing Company
  • Cisco Brewers
  • Night Shift
  • Wormtown Brewery
  • Enlightenment Ales
  • And many more….

Each brewery bought some uniquely hopped beers, but I thought a few stood out amongst the pack.

  • Backlash: Salute – American IPA with a papaya, mango, pineapple aroma, fruity up-front taste and lingering bitterness.  This IPA was in my top 3 of the show. Great taste right off the bat with a very powerful aroma that seemed to hang well after the first couple of sips. A must-have for any IPA enthusiast’s private cellar. I also recommend trying Backlash-Declaration.  ( 
  • Night Shift: Citranation – 100% Citra-hopped Belgian Double IPA bursting with tropical flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and hoppy heaven. This was a phenomenal beer. The care that these guys put into brewing shines through with this first batch. I had the pleasure of attending Night Shift’s 1-Year Anniversary and these guys are doing some great things with cask aging and sour ales too. (
  • Clown Shoes: SupaHero – An interesting Imperial IPA. The taste was terrific. A massive blast of bitter piney hops hits you at first, then as the beer warms up, pink grapefruit and apricot tastes start to emerge.
  • Newburyport Brewing Co.: Green Head IPA- A solid IPA in can. It has a very balanced aroma and taste that makes a great everyday American style IPA. I look forward to seeing new and interesting beers coming out of the North Shore.


This was a great show and I can’t wait for Round 2 in July where Space 57 will be featuring Farmhouse Ales. To find these craft beers check out Thanks for reading and happy brewing.

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Sour Cherry Tripel

Good Morning everyone….. I have been somewhat busy for the past month, but  fret not,  you’ll be seeing a lot more updates to the blog from now on. I recently took a step out of my comfort zone and brewed a sour cherry Tripel.


I started to acquire a taste for these after attending the 1 Year Anniversary of Night Shift Brewery in Everett, MA. (#nightshiftbrewing). If you live in the Boston area, you should really check these guys out. They have been doing some wonderful things with sours and very unique Belgian yeast-strands.


This past weekend, I attended SpringFest, A Celebration of Hops, in Boston. I’ll be posting a full review of who was there and  some of my favorites of the show. For now stay tuned and happy brewing.




Apologize for the hiatus….

Hey Everyone, 

First off, I want to apologize for taking a month off. Things have been busy with work plus getting the flu hasn’t helped either. I have a ton of updates coming so please be patient. Project Pure Awesomeness is almost complete and I have finalized a brew schedule for the spring and summer. Stay tuned and happy brewing. 


For you IPA lovers out there…. check out Jay’s Brewing Blog. He makes some very good suggestions about brewing your IPA. It’s got me thinking for Fat Pants IPA v2.0

Jay's Brewing Blog

If you are like most homebrewers out there, most likely you have tried an IPA.  If you haven’t you’ve been living under a rock for the past 5 years (I only kid).  The fact of the mater is, IPA’s are becoming and have been a big sensation in the craftbeer/homebrewing world for some time now.  Recently I just put up a post about my general opinion of them and got a lot of feed back.  I wanted to have a follow-up post of though.



One of the great things about homebrewing is that you can MAKE tweaks to what ever you want.   So I have compiled 6 friendly suggestions to help keep your IPA’s fresh, different, and still something that stands out among IPA’s that are out there.   I’ve made plenty of IPA’s in the past, and even now I will still make experimental batches of…

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Phase 2 Complete

Hey Everyone,

I apologize for the long hiatus, but I do have a few updates for you. Phase 2 of Project Pure Awesomeness is complete.  This weekend I was able to get my kegerator back home to finish the plumbing and test the lines. Everything came out exactly as planned.


I found out there is a bit of fine tuning that goes into carbonating the beer but my Weizenbock came out nicely. This beer was simply of a clone of Schneider’s Aventinus (Weizenbock). The color, aroma, and taste were all fantastic. The carbonation was the only thing that needed a bit of tweaking. Round 2 of tasting comes Tuesday night.


I was also able to transfer Fat Pants IPA v. 1.0 into the keg .The hop aroma was wonderful. It had a very fruity and citrusy smell. I can’t wait to try some. “Here Lloyd…. This Helps” German Witbier (infused with Serrano peppers, lime, and ginger) went into a keg as well. This is going to go under the experimental series but I need to give credit to the guys at Ballast Point Brewing. I had their version of this and it was delicious. I can only hope mine comes remotely close to tasting as good as theirs.


Next up is Phase 3 of Project: Pure Awesomeness…building the box the kegerator will go into.  Stay tuned and happy brewing.

More Coming Soon…

Hey Everyone,

Sorry for the long delay. I will be completing the kegerator this weekend so please stay tuned for updates and pictures.


Happy Monday Everyone,

I hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend. Sunday was a very productive day before the Super Bowl festivities started. After about 6 weeks of aging, I finally kegged my Schneider Aventinus clone. Side note: make sure you check the seals on your keg. I spent about 30 minutes trying to figure out why the keg wasn’t holding pressure. It turned out that one of the seals was missing. It was very frustrating. I digress.


I was also able to rack my IPA into the secondary fermenter and dry hop it with some Sorachi Ace from Japan. This is going to give the beer a lemony undertone with some added bitterness.

Fat Pants IPA

In regards to the kegerator (AKA Project Pure Awesomeness), I was able to epoxy the collar to the freezer this weekend. I’m going to let that bond for a couple days and then reattach the hood. After that I can work on all the plumbing and then we’ll be ready to go. It’s going to be LENGEN…… DARY.

This Saturday I’m going to tackle a hefeweizen and infuse it with Thai chilies, lime, and ginger. Stay tuned and happy brewing.