In recent weeks there has been a caucus in Iowa and a primary in New Hampshire to decide who the best Republican candidate for the 2012 Presidential elections will be. If, like me, you have been thinking that some, if not all, of the candidates are looking a little flat and have left you feeling bloated, then there is one summit on the way that will surely bring some hope. The summit I speak of is the 2012 Beer Summit Winter Jubilee held at the Park Plaza Castle in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday, January 20th and Saturday, January 21st, 2012.
Since 2002, this event has been host to the brewers that not only serve, but are located in the greater Boston area, as well as New England and worldwide. Promoted as a “craft beer tasting”, you will have the opportunity to taste from over 60 brewers and sample from over 200 of their well-known year round brews and their less common winter brews…what was that about feeling bloated?
Personal favorites on the list include the Berkshire Brewing Company, Gardner Ale House, Sam Adams, Ommegang, Magic Hat, Shipyard and Harpoon, just to name a few. So, go to the only summit in the coming months where none of the candidates will be flat (hopefully) and try to decide which beer candidate is the best choice for you.
And since the summit is a special event, here are some local pubs, beer gardens, breweries and restaurants to help you get your fill for the rest of the year.
- Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston–112 taps and 380 microbrews and exotic imports
- Beer Works in Lowell, Boston, Hingham and Salem–12 to 16 hand-crafted beers on tap every day
- British Beer Company (BBC) in Westford (and 9 other locations in Massachusetts)–18 bottled domestic craft brews and 36 beers on tap
- Horseshoe Pub in Hudson–80 beers on tap
- Nashoba Valley Winery, Orchard and Restaurant in Bolton–10 flagship and seasonal microbrew beers brewed and packaged onsite
- Clown Shoes in Lexington–11 varieties, with names like Hoppy Feet and Muffin Top
We would love to hear about your favorites, too.