A Sign of the Impending Beer Apocalypse?

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I received a press release today for something I would never have thought possible: a blueberry beer dinner. The good folks at the Cambridge Common restaurant here in Cambridge, Mass host a lot of solid beer events and focus on promoting good beer here in the Boston area. I can’t decide if this event is just another example of the restaurant’s dedication to good beer or some frightening omen. In any event, here are the details:

When: Thursday, August 9th, 6:30pm
Where: Cambridge Common Restaurant
Contact: Suzanne Schalow, 617.547.1228

The Dinner begins at 6:30 with a taste of Atlantic Brewing’s Bar Harbor Blueberry.

The first course of the evening is Cold Blueberry Soup with Fresh Mint; paired with Newport Brewing’s Rhode Island Blueberry Ale.

Next in line is a Mixed Green Salad with Lime Vinaigrette and Fresh Blueberries; paired with Sea Dog Blue Paw Wheat Ale.

The third course of the evening is a Slow-Roasted Half Chicken with Homemade Blueberry BBQ Sauce, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Haricot Vert; paired with Sebago Bass Ackwards Berryblue Ale.

Finally, the dessert course offers Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce & Fresh Whipped Cream; paired with Wachusett Blueberry Ale.

Tickets for the event are $35 (excluding tax & gratuity). Reservations a must, by calling Cambridge Common Restaurant, 617.547.1228.

Cambridge Common is honored to be your favorite neighborhood restaurant and local beer & burger bar ~ we have 24 beers on tap, 12 of which rotate like nobody’s business, plenty of kick-ass bottles, and a sizzlin’ burger for only $4.95. We dedicate a tremendous amount of time researching the latest & greatest brews and how to make them available to YOU! You can find us on Mass Ave, halfway between Harvard & Porter Squares, on the red line.

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GBGTNE: Changes at The Tap Brewpub in Haverhill, MA

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I had the chance to speak about The Good Beer Guide To New England and the local beer scene at a recent meeting of the North Shore Brewers at The Tap Brewpub in Haverhill, Massachusetts. It was an enjoyable event and notable for two bits of information. Brewer Steve Bernard is leaving The Tap (where he recently brewed an excellent Berliner Weisse) to run a bottling line at a well-known craft brewery in the Greater Chicagoland area. The big news is his replacement: Mike Labbe. Labbe was the long-time brewer and one time owner of the Concord Brewery of Concord and other Massachusetts locations. More recently, Labbe helped open the Pennichuck Brewing Company in Milford, NH. The move is a bit surprising as Pennichuck is still in its infancy, and to my knowledge, Labbe has never worked as a pub brewer. The Tap has been the home to three very talented brewers (Todd Mott, Dann Paquette, and Bernard) in quick succession. I look forward to seeing what happens under Labbe’s stewardship, whether he carries on The Tap’s tradition of pushing the brewing envelope or chooses to go more traditional as has been his history.

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