A Beer Cocktail to Celebrate Boston Beer Week

11 Mar

Privateer Rum distiller Maggie Campbell enjoys a beer cocktail at Park

Privateer Rum distiller Maggie Campbell enjoys a beer punch at Park

Happy Boston Beer Week!

Bars and restaurants are finally tapping those special kegs they’ve been hoarding for weeks, so it’s time to ignore that Smuttynose 6-pack you got at Trader Joe’s and try something new. Here is a schedule of events to entice you, or just search #BOSBW on Twitter.

Beer Punch at Park

I couldn’t wait to kick off my Boston Beer week, so I started a day early at my go-to bar next to school, Park in Cambridge. I was grabbing drinks with Privateer Rum distiller Maggie Campbell, who will be supplying the rum punch on Mar. 18 for the unparalleled art fundraising organization Opus Affair

After interrogating the always delightful Chris Balchum on what kegs they were planning to tap for beer week, he surprised me with one of the best beer cocktails Maggie and I have ever had. It featured two of Ipswich’s finest exports: Privateer Amber rum and Notch Brewing Saison. Chris said it was a riff on a previous beer cocktail creation by Park Bar Manager Chris Olds. Here’s the recipe  

1.5 oz Privateer Amber Rum
3/4 oz King’s Ginger
3/4 oz lime
1/4 oz Limoncello
1/2 oz cinnamon syrup
Notch Saison

Celebrating Beer Week at Deep Ellum

Before heading to the Veronica Falls and Cold Showers concert at Allston’s Great Scott, I stopped by Deep Ellum for a few special pints. I started with one of my absolute favorite beers, Lost Abbey Deliverance. It’s the perfect blend of Brandy Barrel Angel’s Share and Bourbon Barrel Serpent’s Stout, and goes down way too easy for 12.5% ABV. Staying in the barrel aged family, up next was Firestone Walker’s Sucaba, a barrel aged barley wine at 13% ABV. I completed my California trilogy with Stone’s Enjoy By IPA. This batch wasn’t quite as hoppy as previous entries I’ve tried in Stone’s Enjoy By ultra-fresh IPA series, but enjoyable in its own right. Since Deep Ellum is one of the few spots in this city offering sours on tap, I finished the evening with a Brouwerij 3 Zwet.Be, a Belgium Porter sour. Maybe it was the high ABVs talking, but I felt like I was in (beer) heaven.

If you are interested in trying the Sucaba, Lower Depths in Boston’s Kenmore Square is tapping a keg for a beer social on Tuesday Mar. 12.

Any Boston Beer Week highlights you’ve had or are looking forward to?

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