Given that IPAs are the most popular style of craft beer, new releases from two Massachusetts breweries should make IPA fans happy.
Both Castle Island Brewing Company of Norwood and Down the Road Beer Co. of Everett have announced the release of new IPAs.
Castle Island Brewing Company has added Hi-Def, a double IPA, to its core line-up of beers, giving them their first year-round double IPA.
“We have released a number of double IPAs over the last year and a half, but only sent out a limited number of kegs to the market,” said Castle Island President Adam Romanow. “The increased demand for double IPAs from both customers and local retailers has been deafening, so we’re really psyched to have Hi-Def available all year long in both cans and kegs.
Hi-Def is brewed with Warrior, Citra, Mosaic and Idaho 7 hops. The beer is described as having a “pillowy” mouthful with fruity flavors.
Hi-Def will be available beginning this week in four-packs of 16-ounce cans.
Everett’s Down the Road Brewery is releasing two new IPAs, Golden City and Dreamtime.
Both are 7 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) IPAs and described as New England IPAs. Think juicy flavors rather than bitterness.
Golden City is described as being a hazy IPA brewed with El Dorado and Bru-1 hops, giving it pineapple, melon and stone fruit flavors.
Dreamtime is also hazy (described as hazier than Golden City) and is brewed with Ella and Vic Secret hops, giving it a flavor of herbs, flowers and soft fruit.
“I like beer to be drinkable, so balance and mouthfeel are at the top of mind when I’m developing recipes,” said Down the Road founder Donovan Bailey. “The main difference between these two beers is the hop profiles. Golden City has a juicy, almost Fruity Pebbles-like flavor with a hint of dankness that brings it all together. Dreamtime, on the other hand, is all about tropical notes from the Vic Secret that Lead to spicy, floral impressions from Ella.”
Both Golden City and Dreamtime are available now through early fall and are available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans.
Not an IPA fan? Don’t worry. Head over to Night Shift Brewing in Everett on Oct. 16.
That day, they will be hosting their third annual Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The event will feature a bunch of German-inspired beers, Oktoberfest steins available for purchase, six hours of live music and sausages, pretzels and other German-inspired food.
There are no tickets, people just pay as they go.
And finally, for the first time in years, I have a reason to go to a casino.
Mohegan Sun of Uncasville, Connecticut, has announced the opening of the New Belgium Brewing Taproom.
The taproom, located in the Race Book in the Casino of the Earth (where you can watch live horse racing on screens, will feature a dozen draft lines, ranging from its year-round beers such as Fat Tire and Voodoo Ranger IPA, to its sour beers such as La Folie.
The taproom will be open Wednesday through Friday starting at 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at noon.
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