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Norman Miller reviews brews, offers food pairings and writes about breweries.
A look at beers from Smuttynose, the Tap and a new cider
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Norman Miller reviews brews, offers food pairings and writes about breweries. Norman is a reporter and beer columnist for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. For questions, comments, suggestions or recommendations, email ...
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Oct. 4, 2013 5:15 p.m.



I’ve been slightly obsessed with Oktoberfest beers lately, so I haven’t had a chance to try a bunch of new beers recently.

However, I did slide in a few, including a brand new to me Oktoberfest.

But first is the Straw-Barb Short Weisse, the newest in the Smuttynose Brewing Company’s Short Batch series. There were only 912 of these bottles available.

Berliner weisses, a tart, German-style beers, can be a treat and are extremely refreshing. The Straw-Barb is made with both strawberries and rhubarb. Straw-Barb Short Weisse 2013

This was a very good example of the style – I’m not a fan of either strawberry or rhubarb, but the flavors from both of these balance out. The beer is not overly sweet, and the tartness is refreshing.

At 3.5 percent alcohol by volume, getting through a 750 ml bottle is easy. If you see this, I recommend picking up a bottle.

Next up is the Tap Brewing Company’s Marzen Scorseze. The Marzen Scorseze is a traditional Oktoberfest Lager. The Tap does a great job with German-style beers, and this fits in with that.

The beer is spot on for the style, with a nice roasty character and a pleasant sweetness. It stands up to other excellent Oktoberfests, such as Victory’s Festbier or even the traditional German ones such as Spaten.

Along with having one of my favorite beer names of all times, this is a great beer to drink. I’ll definitely pick another bottle up

Finally, it’s cider season, and Angry Orchard has released its brand new Green Apple Cider, made with all American apples.

This was the best of Angry Orchard’s 12-ounce ciders. The Green Apple Cider is tart, but smells like melons. If you prefer ciders on the dryer side, this finishes relatively dry. I downed this cider in a few minutes. Its worth trying if you’re a cider fan.

 

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