First, I have to give a BIG thank you to Adam Klein for inviting me to this event. Even the torrential downpours and the onslaught of Hurricane Irene couldn’t deter people from this event. Thankfully all of the booths were under a pavilion, but so were the people.
Thanks to Adam’s generosity, this event was complimentary as well as the tasting of delicious BBQ.
When I got there, the rain was heavy and continued to be pretty steady throughout the afternoon. I knew right off that I wasn’t go to stay for the entire 4 hours, but I gave myself enough time to browse every booth and try out beers that I don’t normally have.
My first stop was at 50 Back which is a brewery out of Pepperell, MA and 50% of the proceeds go to veterans and family members of the military. So obviously this one was very near and dear to my heart.
This beer was extremely light and reminded me a lot of Bud or Coors Light. It would be great for a hot summer day if you’re looking for something that’s not too hoppy.
This beer from the Blue Hills brewery was a tad too hoppy for me. But definitely not enough to not drink it. But I probably wouldn’t order it at the bar.
The Long Trail Oktoberfest didn’t really stand out to me. It had a bit of a fall-ish flavor but it wasn’t a favorite of the seasonal beers.
This one I liked a LOT. The pumpkin flavor was not overwhelming and it was only distinct at the back of the tongue. Definitely a good one if you don’t like the strong flavor of pumpkin in your beer.
Ever since having Peak Organic at the Oak Bar a few months ago, I’ve been a fan. Last night I had this at the Russell House Tavern and it was a bold yet smooth beer that was easily drinkable. The bottle was no different. Even those this was one that I had had recently, I just had to have a sip again.
I wanted to try this brew because during David’s bachelor party, they stayed at this Inn in New Hampshire. This was another beer that I was a fan of.
Throughout the tasting I had a few pretzel sticks to try and take away some flavor so that I would have a clean palette for each beer. Some beers tasted the same to me though.
The Sierra Nevada Hefeweizen was the last beer of the day. It was a bit more hoppy than I would like and ended up taking only a few sips. At this point too, I knew that I should stop as I was the one who drove.
Along with the beer, Adam introduced me to the owner of B.T.’s Smokehouse in Sturbridge and to have a taste of his offerings. Uh, yes please! BBQ and beer? Even during the rain, can this day get any better?
The top right is the smoked roast beef which was amazing! It had the right amount of smokiness and juices. It was so flavorful. Just below that was the pulled pork which had a crispy BBQ’d skin and again had that wonderful smoky flavor. The left, I think, was a pork shoulder. I honestly don’t remember the name of this cut but it was wonderfully charred yet moist. This whole dish was exactly what BBQ should be (too me): Smoky, wet, and full of flavor. I told the owner that I was taking my husband there when he got back from Afghanistan.
My afternoon of beer and rain.
Lot’s of breweries were on hand. And I loved that the energy was still there despite the crappy weather. People will do anything for a beer…
…as is evident of the downpour!
But overall, I’m really glad that I made it to this event. Thank you again Adam for the invite! Hopefully more things like this will be in my future.
This event was complimentary but of course the opinions are that of my own.
Indian Ranch is located at 200 Gore Road in Webster, MA.