Monday, April 25, 2011

Beer of the Month - April

The beer of the month for April is Wachusett Brewery's Blueberry Ale {4.5% abv}. Wachusett brews aren't very well known to those outside of the North Eastern region of the U.S., but word of mouth and a few magazine shout-outs have helped notoriety spread quite a bit over the past decade. Wachusett Brewing Company was founded in 1993, by three young entrepreneurs, after they decided to take on beer making themselves. Wachusett's founding trio attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute and after graduating and finding themselves in solid careers in Engineering and Biology, they decided to chase the American dream.

I always heard of Wachusett Blueberry Ale through my auto-enthusiast friends from NY and the greater New England area, and after many years sipping off others' bottles I asked my buddy Pete to get me a sixer for H2o International last fall. Pete unfortunately forgot to bring Blueberry Ale to H2oi, but much like an elephant, he remembered this past Winter when we all gathered in PA for a Waffle House GTG (get together). Thus the beer of the month for April was selected!

After popping the top, sweet blueberry fragrance hits your nostrils. This ale really smells good. The first sip is ripe with blueberry fruit flavor, delivering as advertised ('natural blueberry flavor added'), but finishing like a solid ale should. While this may not come across as a compliment for serious Wachusett fans, the flavor profile of Blueberry Ale finishes like very much like Yuengling; I really enjoy Yuengling and think it's a great all-round beer. As such, I feel this is a good year-round drinking beer that isn't limited to occasion. Wachusett Blueberry Ale is very affordable, but due to the limited states where it's sold (Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island) you may need to stock up when a buying opportunity presents itself. 3 stars.

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