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Spencer Trappist Ale – The First American-made Trappist Ale

If the buzz over the past few weeks is any indication, the inaugural release of the first and only Trappist ale made in the United States is tantamount to, well, the Second Coming or something equally monumental. I succumbed to the excitement, too, in part because it is coolly hyper-local. Spencer Trappist Ale is brewed […]

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A Battle Between Wine and Beer? Not Here…

Even though we – the four founders of the Wine Dine With Us blog – met while studying wine at Boston University, we all have an abiding affection for beer. It has never been a case of “either or” but rather a question of which wonderful beverage complements the meal or suits the occasion better. […]

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On the Chelsea Beer Trail – Mystic Brewery

Previously, I’d covered the Everett Beer Trail. Admittedly, that trail is short consisting of just two breweries – Night Shift and Idle Hands –  located next to each other in a funky warehouse space off  gritty Rt. 99. The Chelsea Beer Trail is even shorter – a single brewery, Mystic,  literally in the shadow of the […]

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The 2nd Annual Small Batch Hyper-Local Craft Brew Tasting Event – Kappy’s Medford

Rich Kelter has been instrumental in transforming Kappy’s at Wellington Circle into one of Metro North’s premier retailers of craft brews, local or otherwise. Once again, the “package store” hosted a hyper-local tasting event on Sat., March 9th. Nine local brewers were represented, pouring a total of 34 brews. The place was – you guessed it – “hopping”; I […]

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Pinot for Pints: My Beer Conversion

I have never been much of a beer drinker (a fact that led some to call into question my true German-ness).  That changed this summer, as I finally succumbed to the unabashed enthusiasm of my friend Kristen Sykes, a self-admitted beer fanatic, BABES founder, and an occasional guest blogger for Wine Dine With Us, and […]

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Awash in Beer – Mystery Meet at Meadhall

 It was a dark & stormy night…  At WineDineWithUs, we’ve been developing a thirst – and appreciation – for beer. When Seth Resler invited us to host the re-launch of Myster Meet, we concluded that a craft beer dinner would be just the thing. Craft beer has become an ever-expanding force on the culinary/epicurean scene. To […]

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On the Everett Beer Trail – Night Shift & Idle Hands

The Everett Beer Trail? Really? Really. Though the trail may be short – consisting of just two breweries located side by each – the visit is rewarding. After being wowed at the Hyper-Local Brewers Festival in June, visiting Night Shift Brewing and Idle Hands Craft Ales had been on my to-do list. But it was summer […]

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A Lesson in Pairing: Samuel Adams Beer Dinner at Del Frisco’s

 Ideally, our tastes evolve – our palates sharpen, our interests broaden – we embrace more. At WineDineWithUs, the focus from the start has been on wine and all that a “wine lifestyle” encompasses.  Good wine does entail good food. Gourmet, gourmand, connoisseur, wineau – whatever designation we chose, taste is always foremost. And as our tastes evolves, we’ve lately […]

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An East Coast-West Coast Beer Slam – with Cheese

Kristen Sykes, founder of BABES (Boston Area Beer Enthusiasts) is a contributor to WDWU. Her expertise is in beer. On Wednesday, June 27th the Boston Area Beer Enthusiasts Society (BABES) were taken on a whirlwind tour of tastes and sensations by one of the top beer guides in the world, Nicole Erny. Last winter Mz. Erny […]

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“Let 1000 Flowers Bloom” – The Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest

Chairman Mao didn’t have craft breweries in mind when he uttered this invocation for cultural change – but he should have. As the pitfalls and stagnation of monolithic agribusness have become apparent, we are crafting a return to a more mindful production of  life’s basics – beer, bread, wine and cheese. In a short span, […]

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