Our 100th Visit! Cambridge Brewing Company

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We planned our 100th visit for the Cambridge Brewing Company. The brew pub has been operating since 1989, and is in an old mill building, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Their beers are both traditional and experimental. They were the first commercial American brewery to produce a Belgian beer. Their food menu is just as diverse, offering food that shows what New England is about.

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Mark and Megan

We went on March 7th, the 2 year anniversary of our first post on this blog. We let our friends and family know we were going, and almost all whom had been on a visit with us before was able to go! 17 people came to celebrate with us (19 in all), so we have a lot of pictures.

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Sam enjoying her beer

 

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Andrea enjoying her ….. water.

 

 

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Heather …. just being weird.

 

 

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Dustin chugging his beer.

 

 

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Mark and Marilynn

 

 

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We ordered nachos for an appetizer. When the rest of the table saw them they put in another order or 2. Since there were so many of us they had pitchers of water on the table for us.

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Very cheesey nachos, with Sam making an angry face. But look in the background, as well as pitchers they sell a beer tube? tower? We didn’t get one, but we did see them.

 

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Pete noticed the camera.

 

Beers:

Regatta Golden
Al ordered this beer, the first beer on the list under year round beers. It’s the lightest beer they make, similar to what Al drinks regularly. He liked it, as well as Sam and Andrea, simple and light. Not enough flavor for Megan and Mark.

 

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Al sharing the Regatta Golden.

 

 

Tall Tale Pale Ale
Marilynn ordered, she did not like it, not what she was expecting. Dustin liked it, Mark thought it was a fairly hoppy, somewhat typical Pale Ale.

 

Morning Dew Saison
It has a bit of a funky smell to it, thankfully doesn’t taste like that. Marilynn and Heather liked it, refreshing. Andrea thought it was ok. Megan and Mark liked it, light body, fruity-ish flavor, probably the elderflowers.

 

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The parents: Al, Sheila, Jim, and Marilynn

 

Machinery of Night
Whiskey scent and flavor, followed by a sour aftertaste. There was a sweetness to it, probably from the barrel aging, and a tart finish. Light in body, especially for a barrel aged beer. Everyone liked this beer, wouldn’t drink a lot of it, but it is good for a pint.

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Big Man IPA
Hoppy IPA, a mild wintery spice taste, aggressively dry hopped, adds that extra flavor. Mark and Jason thought it was pretty good, hoppy IPA with a little extra flavor.

 

Charles River Porter
Robust, roasty, coffee flavor, good overall balance and taste. Most people liked this beer as well.

 

Sgt. Peppers
Amber color, spicy, peppery taste. Good, interesting flavor, after a whole pint it did get quite spicy. Mark liked it and bought a bottle.

 

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Look at that pour!

 

Kafka’s Hat Simcoe
Strong smell, piney, earthy style IPA. Chris, Jason and Mark all thought it was decent. Not Mark’s favorite style IPA, but it was pretty good.

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Smile from Chris.

 

 

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Moving down the table, Andrea, Bre, Deryl, Michelle, and Kevin. Big, cool mural in the background.

 

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Other side of the table, Sheila, Jim, Jason, Melitta, and Katrina.

 

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Mark chatting with Jim.

 

Food:

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Burger and fries

Mark got the burger and fries, good burger really good fries. A lot of people got the burger and liked it. Dustin got bacon on his and thought there could have been a little more.

 

 

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Steak, twice baked potato, and onion rings

Megan and Andrea both got the steak and liked it.

 

 

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Burger with salad

Heather got the BBQ burger with a salad. Burger and roll were good, could have used a little more BBQ sauce. Salad dressing was light and refreshing.

 

 

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Braised Chicken pizza

Katrina and Kevin got the Braised chicken pizza that had feta, potatoes, spinach and sundried tomatoes. An odd mix, but it was good.

 

 

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Panini and fries

 

Melitta got the Beet Salad and enjoyed it. Chris had the Duck, it was tasty.

 

 

 

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Dessert

 

 

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The whole table, all 19 of us, plus a random waiter.

 

 

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Want to Visit?

 

 Monday  11:30am- 11:00pm
 Tuesday – Thursday  11:30am – 12:00am
 Friday  11:30am- 1:00am
 Saturday  11:00am-1:00am
 Sunday  11:00am- 11:00pm

Schilling Beer Company, Littleton, NH

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While visiting our friends Jamie and Andrew, we took the drive to Schilling Beer Company. Andrew recommended we go here. He said they have really good pizza and some quality beers. We have to agree. They are located in Littleton, NH which is about 20 miles north of the Lincoln/Woodstock/Loon Mountain area.

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From their website: “Schilling Beer Co. is a family-owned artisan microbrewery centered on the values of family, community and excellence. These values are reflected in the three united grain heads that comprise our logo.

Schilling is the embodiment of a dream for four brothers and Dad, who left professions and moved across continents to link up in the North Country to brew together. The name “Schilling” honors our grandfather, Dr. Richard J. Schilling (his picture hangs near the bar), and also reflects the continental European influences on the brewing.

We brew Schilling beers on a custom 5-barrel wirelessly controlled brewhouse here, in the oldest commercial building north of Concord, NH – a renovated gristmill dating to 1797.”

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outside seating- a bit too cold now! Love that they have it- maybe next time!

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let’s head on in!

It’s hard to describe these beers without using the term ‘Belgian style’ or ‘ Belgian taste’ in the description. Most of the beers have that as a taste with some extra flavoring or style in it. This is in part due to their European influences and experiences.

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 Our Tasting:

Erastus – Abbey-style Tripel – 8%
A heavy ‘blue moon’ flavor, a little earthy, Belgian flowers.

Foy – Belgian-style IPA – 5.9%
Andrew said it had the hoppy taste of an IPA, but not overpowering. We agree, almost like a toned down IPA with some Belgian flavors, you get both. Jamie got a little citrus fruit taste.

Trapu – Belgian-style Dark Ale – 6%
Smooth. Chocolate and light coffee notes, on the verge of a ‘cask strength’ flavor.

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Blonde Grisette – Belgian-style Saison – 5.5%
A tiny bit fruity and a little earthy, light beer. Andrew agree’s.

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Jamie enjoying her beers

Pater – Abbey-style Single – 4.8%
Spiced rather than hopped. Light, Belgian session beer, not super flavorful.

Grotius – Abbey-style Dubbel – 6.3%
Belgian style with a darker, malty taste with a little bit of ‘dark fruit aroma’s’, their term but we agree.

Resistance – Belgian-style Saison – 6.3%
An earthy saison.

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Dr. Oovert – Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale – 9.1%
Strong flavor, good taste. The description said ‘dark fruit and caramel’, we agree, fruity but a heavy taste. Andrew agree’s there were a ‘multitude of dark fruit flavors’, got stronger and more flavorful as you drank. Megan did not like this beer.

Le Nain – Biere blanche – 6%
50% wheat, cloudy, flavorful, a medium silky mouth feeling. German and American hops.

Schilling ‘Sticke’ Collaboration with White Birch – Wheat Ale – 5.5%
Fruity notes, smooth wheat ale. Megan said it was what she expected from White Birch.

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downstairs, bar area great atmosphere
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seating area at the top of the – love the look!

 Time to eat!

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Maple Bacon Pizza- AMAZING!

Yes, maple syrup, bacon, chicken and apples. Sweet and savory. This was a special, and it was everyone’s favorite. A slightly odd combination that really works.

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Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Good amount of spice, really good pizza

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Loaded Pizza

This pizza was good, but overshadowed by the other 2 because they were so good. Plenty of sausage, pepperoni, mushroom, caramelized onions, and roasted red peppers.

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Megan being …… an owl?

Jeff Cozzens, CEO, runs the place with his brothers. Very approachable, and was seen interacting with all customers, not just us. He was a great guy, and spoke with us and others about the beers, and how they came to be.

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Meg, Mark, Andrew & Jamie

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Want to visit?

Plymouth Bay Winery, Plymouth MA

We recently visited Plymouth Bay Winery, located in Plymouth, MA with my Dad.

The winery was a little difficult to find- it has the same address as Isaac’s Restaurant, but is located in a separate building, set in the back of the parking lot.
The winery is owned by a husband and wife team, Pam and Michael Carr. The Carr’s are foodies, who love making people happy. They took over the winery in 2011 from a friend.
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Michael was very welcoming upon our arrival, as was the tasting area. Four stools were set up at the end of the counter, but they are able to expand and use the whole counter when they are busy. We were given two options for tasting- we could try four wines for free, or all of them for $5-6, with the purchase of a glass. We chose to try them all.
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Our tasting was run by the owner, Michael . The only negative comment I had about this winery, was that the tasting interactions seemed very rehearsed. Any comments that we made felt as though they were brushed off for a good portion of the tasting. It seemed as if more conversation would ruin his train of thought. He gave very informed information  and it would have been the perfect amount of information if it was a busy time. Since we were the only customers at the time, we were trying to have a little bit more conversation and enjoy the wine as we went. They became more conversational as the tasting wore on, and after we were done tasting (sometimes it seems like because Mark and I look young, we aren’t taken as seriously…?) All in all though, we learned a little and enjoyed what we tried.
We were all pleasantly surprised by this winery. I tend to enjoy more sweet, fruit wines (Mark does as well). Luckily for us, the wines were all on the fruity side and all those listed with the word “bay” have fruit other than grape in them. This winery did not have a wine I disliked.
Widow’s Walk: made with the Cayuga grape (similar to Riesling). Had flavors of apple and pear, and was a delicious way to start the tasting. Smooth, with a great flavor. We bought a bottle to take home… well to take camping and consume that night!
Cranberry Blush: their top summer seller. Called “the pucker.” A semi-dry wine, blending cranberry and white grapes. Told it would also make a great spritzer by adding club soda and fresh limes. We also bought a bottle of this to take with us.
Drydock White: Made from the diamond grape, a cross between the Concord and Lona grape. This wine had soft citrus notes.
Blueberry Bay: A favorite for cabernet and merlot lovers. Was very smooth, and unexpected. This was the first Blueberry wine I have tried, and was pleasantly surprised by it. Very smooth and not too high in tannins (didn’t leave a dry feeling in your mouth). Recommended to serve over pineapple ice cubes.
Blackberry Bay: Light, smooth and easy to drink. Recommended to serve over lime-aid ice cubes; topped off with gin and tonic for a “Billionaire”; or to marinade peaches in for dessert.
Cherry Bay: Sweet bing cheeries. Recommended to serve over lemonade ice cubes with fresh mint for a “Plymouth Bay Bomb,” or with a shot of chocolate liqueur for a “Chocolate Covered Cherry.”
Colonial Red: made from the Concord grape. This fruity red wine is high in antioxidants. I felt it was a good red to share with friends that enjoy red wines.
Cranberry Bay: made from local Cranberries. Great wine to have for Thanksgiving. Recommended: add orange juice to create a “Plymouth Bay Kiss,” or apple cider and cinnamon for a “Plymouth Bay Toddy.”  We also tried Cranberry Bay blended with Cherry Bay, for a “wicked pissah sangria.” The blend worked well together.
Raspberry Bay: A true dessert wine. Great flavor. Recommended to serve over chocolate ice cream; with grilled fruit; cobblers, cheesecake, or coffee cake. Also recommended to add vodka and pineapple to it to create a “Sexy PBW Martini.”
The last items we tried were jellies. In total, we tried three. They typically only have you try two, but my Dad commented on one of them that it would be great on a pork loin (he was planning on making one that evening). Upon hearing this, , had us try one more-. It was perfect to use as an additional flavor on the meat.
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What to purchase was the difficult decision we had to make. All of the wines were delicious! My Dad bought the “Grape Rosemary Jelly”, and between Mark and I, we bought two bottles of wine- “Widow’s Walk” and “Cranberry Blush.”
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Prior to leaving, the owners directed me to their recipe book, found here: www.plymouthbaywinery.com/pdfs/pairing.pdf
Some findings from the pairing book:

PBW’S WICKED PISSAH SANGRIA RECIPE

1 bottle CRANBERRY Bay

1 bottle CHERRY Bay

Mandarin Vodka to TASTE

1 apple, chopped

1 peach, chopped

1 orange, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

1 lime, sliced

Couple DASHES of ground cinnamon

Cherry Bay Bomb

Cherry Bay Wine

Chocolate liquor

Blend to taste with or without ice

Raspberry Bay-Chocolate Ice Cream in a Wine Glass

Raspberry Bay Wine well chilled

Chocolate Ice Cream

Fresh or Frozen raspberries

Wine Glasses

Fill each glass with a scoop of chocolate ice cream. Add fresh or frozen raspberries and top with RASPBERRY BAY wine until 2/3 full. Put in freezer/refrigerator for a few minutes to keep cold. Then bring out the glasses and let them rest a few minutes (letting the ice cream melt a bit), then have your guests drink down most of the RASPBERRY BAY wine and then give them a spoon to enjoy the melted pleasures of the chocolate and RASPBERRY BAY wine

Mmmmm… Might have to restock my supply! I’m getting thirsty!
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The delicious ribs my Dad made that night, using the “Grape Rosemary Jelly.”