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The pun’s the fun with Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan Porter

By Emily Brightman

November 14, 2013

Like most writers with a sense of humor, I'm a sucker for a good pun. And when I say a "good pun," I really mean any pun; I masquerade like I have standards, but the worst puns are always my favorite. Some of the best bee...

Easy tips to avoid the flu

By Emily Brightman

November 14, 2013

The last few weeks in the Pioneer Valley have been speckled with frosty mornings and frigid nights, which can only mean one thing: autumn is coming to a close and winter is fast approaching. And unfortunately, as all New Englander...

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...

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...