Two beers with local pedigrees
First, local local: From White Birch Brewing of Hooksett comes White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale, $4.69, 6.5% alcohol by volume. Large white head, creamy and frothy by turns, over hazy beer amber/orange in color. Medium malt nose with caramel and coffee coming through, medium citrus with spice and orange blossom. The palate is dry, with medium bitterness, acidity, alcohol and body, all well integrated for a harmonious blend. Medium-plus flavor intensity of hops and malt as above. Very good, with balance, length and flavor intensity.
If my mention of the marathon brings mixed feelings this year to you as it does to me, consider this from Jim Koch, Founder and Brewer at Sam Adams: "Last year, following the tragic events that took place on race day, we committed to donating all of the profits from the sale of the 26.2 Brew to the Greg Hill Foundation, which provided immediate support to survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy and their families. This year we're continuing our commitment and again will donate all profits from the sale of Boston 26.2 Brew to the Greg Hill Foundation for the ongoing needs of the survivors and their families."
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