“Inspiration has a way of turning up when least expected. For Ben Howe, the idea pertained to beer, and took shape during a trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. He had traveled there with a handful of friends, companions who shared his fondness for exploring New England’s rugged landscapes. To combat the evening chill, the small group had brought a growler of Cambridge Brewing Company’s Charles River Porter. One night after dark they passed around the glass jug, slugging from it as they…”
“We care about craft beer label art a lot at American Craft Beer.com. We care about it so much that we’ve even made it part of how we rate craft beers here.
Labels are the unsung heroes of the drinking world; they lure in customers who don’t necessarily know what a saison or a stout is, beckoning with their…”
“The more I speak with brewers, the more I’m realizing that there are two types of breweries: specialists and generalists. Lowell-based Enlightenment Ales falls firmly in the specialist category, as possibly the only commercial brewery in the United States producing…”
“2012 was a very different year for craft beer from 2011. In 2011, we saw an incredible number of breweries and brewing companies open in our region and a flurry of new beers were released.
It got to the point where we were attending two or more openings/releases in a night at times. 2011 truly was an exciting time to be in New England and we inadvertently made our…”
“You could be boring (again) and ring in the new year with a glass of cheap bubbly . . . or you could impress your friends with something new: a locally brewed Bière de Champagne.
Enlightenment Ales in Lowell is one of the only…”
“There’s a beer for every occasion—a Belgian Quad at Christmas, a Saison for a summer party—but what about for a wedding toast? You could splurge on a Bière de Champagne, a champagne-style beer that’s dry, bright, bubbly, and rarely brewed outside of Belgium, but it would set you back at least $35 a bottle and can be hard to find on shelves.
Or you could wait until…”
“When Ben Howe bought a bottle of DeuS, a Belgian biere de Champagne, as a gift for a friend a few years ago, he suddenly saw the light. Why, he asked himself, does all biere de Champagnes cost in excess of $35, and why were virtually none being brewed in the U.S.? Those thoughts led to Howe…”