Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Candia Road Brewing Company – Lotus Eater Double IPA

By Emily Brightman

November 7, 2013

Having been raised by wild hippies, I am inadvertently drawn to all things psychedelic. While this was all well and good in my formative years as I cultivated my love for 60s pop art and every weirdo classic rock band from C...

Spooky Brews: the best Halloween beers

By Emily Brightman

October 31, 2013

The weeks leading up to Halloween are always my favorite of the year, and not only because they mark the one time I can get away with being a certifiable weirdo. October and November herald the release of all manner of strange and ...

A love letter to the Rogue Brewing Company, re: Chipotle Ale

By Emily Brightman

October 24, 2013

Throughout the course of my development as a serious beer geek, it goes without saying that I have done my fair share of experimenting with a plethora of beers from many brewing companies, some of which I have gone back to r...

Brother Thelonious Belgian-style ale packs serious punch

By Emily Brightman

October 17, 2013

I had the good fortune of spending my Columbus Day weekend at a craft beer festival in New Hampshire, which primarily means I got to spend the long weekend swilling beer and indulging my proclivity for strange and exotic brews...

Trӧegs Brewing Company Java Head Stout

By Emily Brightman

October 10, 2013

As a college student, coffee is an essential part of my diet. Despite how much it might make my mother cringe, I would even venture to say that I consider coffee an essential food group, and by that token a food group that provides more for me than mere good health. The only other beverage I hold in as...

Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA

By Emily Brightman

October 3, 2013

When it comes to selecting beer at random, I’m a sucker for a distinctive name. I use this method mostly to indulge my penchant for impulsive decisions, but I’ve found over the years that this approach also has a reasonable success rate. I can admit that this is an entirely superficial deci...

Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin Stout a refreshing experience

By Emily Brightman

September 26, 2013

Fall is once again upon us, which can only mean one thing: break out the pumpkin flavored, well, everything. From the endless cups of pumpkin spice coffee to the sickly sweet aroma of pumpkin pie-scented candles, this versatile squash cert...

Hops Crisis Imperial IPA is quite the unique craft brew

By Emily Brightman

September 19, 2013

As the season of warm nights and summer ales comes to an end, we beer geeks have begun to retire our summer fare and started breaking out the heavy brews in preparation for that familiar autumn chill that has begun creeping back into the air. As the temperature continues to steadily drop, there is a bevy of ...

The beer speaks for itself at Amherst Brewing Company

By Justin Surgent

April 26, 2013

The 100-foot copper bar top is huge, the beer selection even larger. Varieties range from dark porters to ultra-hoppy IPA’s, and home brewed beers are on tap alongside imported rarities. And if you want to take some home at...

Local brew culture has a home in the Pioneer Valley

By Emily Brightman

April 26, 2013

The Pioneer Valley is home to a wide array of do-it-yourself lifestyle enthusiasts, but perhaps the most prominent facet of its DIY culture is the art of homebrewing. Amherst alone is home to several breweries and brewpubs, all of which sprung from humble beginnings and a genuine love...

My first bar crawl

By Katie Landeck

April 26, 2013

A little bit grimy, with cheap beers on tap, neon signs and a pool table in the corner, The Spoke is exactly how I envisioned a bar growing up. I even had a beer. It was my first time at the bar, and I was trying to do ...

Ending St. Patrick’s Day parade exclusion

By Allie Connell

March 13, 2013

On Sunday, March 17, two parades will march the streets in Boston: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and The St. Patrick’s Day Peace Parade. Both parades are sponsored and supported by veterans’ organizations, but due to a Supreme...