This week's book has served me well so far: The Good Beer Guide to New England.
How is screwing in a canoe like American beer? It's fucking close to water.
But not the craft beer of New England! These past two weeks I've dove into the New England beer culture head first. The Good Beer Guide to New England is a great beer-tasting companion.
First on my beer tour is Brookline--no breweries here, but 2 beer tastings which I happily, and a tad tipsily biked in between. Last weekend was a perfect day for biking and beer. My favorie find? A chipotle beer from Cisco Brewers on Nantucket and a mango-tinted IPA from Mayflower Brewing Company. The Wine Gallery provided a great location for the local beer and cheese tasting. The venue has a built in tasting room and a "wine jukebox" where you can spin a crazy looking contraption and make your own tasting any day.
My own neighborhood of Boston is home to the Sam Adams brewery, but I haven't been there yet, so I'll leave a review of Sam until another day.
My first stop outside of Boston was the Beer Works while I had to kill some time out in Lowell. I sampled a bit of quite a few brews, but settled on one (I was working, after all)--the Boston Garden Golden. Lowell was a suprise. Once the 3rd largest city in New England, Lowell's decaying factories and poverty problems are what it's known for these days. Certainly, with with different weather, the city would have been more depressing, but as it was the river and falls I found gorgeous. I spent a nice afternoon at the brewery where there was, thankfully, great internet connection.
Next stop: Cape Cod!