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Hill Farmstead Brewery Art (Rate Beer: 99, Beer Advocate: A)
The wine barrel aged version of the small VT brewer’s Arthur Saison is delicious. I just wish they distributed to Boston so I could drink more.

Hill Farmstead Brewery Art (Rate Beer: 99, Beer Advocate: A)

The wine barrel aged version of the small VT brewer’s Arthur Saison is delicious. I just wish they distributed to Boston so I could drink more.

Nashoba Valley Winery

Last Saturday, Adam and I went to the Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA. This place is more than just a winery. They not only make their own wine, but also brew their own beer and liquor! Getting here, I couldn’t help but feel like we were driving through a little town in Vermont. Very quaint and charming. When you pull up all you see is fields and grape vines everywhere.

As we waited for our tour to start, we were able to try some wines and beer that weren’t going to be featured in the tour. I tried a blackberry wine that was very good and also their dry, apple New English Cider. (Yes they even make cider including pear!). It was my favorite for sure. Very light, dry and refreshing. During the tour, we were able to learn a bit about the history of the winery and of course (the best part) were able to sample some of their wines. The most noteable being their wine of the month: Strawberry Ruhbarb. Which reminds me…I had no idea you could make wine from fruit other than grapes! (Goes to show what I know I guess…) Anyway the Strawberry Rhubarb was…OK. A little too sweet for me but I can see where other people may like it. We also found out that they make vodka from apples, which I thought was pretty neat. I didn’t hear anything about apple picking, but I made note that I wanted to comeback here during the Fall season. The scenery should be amazing.

After the tour, we were able to purchase some wine and of course some beer…and we headed to my parents house where we had some dinner and were able to share and enjoy our purchases out on the back deck. A perfect way to spend a summer evening!

Well hope you enjoy the photos. If you haven’t been there yet, I highly recommend it. The tour is cheap (only $7) and it was about an hour and included 4 tastings. Their store also has quite the selection of wine, as you can imagine, but also beer and some food items such as jams, cheeses and crackers. You can actually go outside and sit at picnic tables and chairs to relax and enjoy your wine, beer or whatever you purchased. You can’t beat that! Check it out and see for yourself! :)


Soft Shelled Maine Lobster

Soft Shelled Maine Lobster

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Sesame-Ginger Chicken with Broccoli Rabe, Roasted Potatoes, and Nashoba Valley New English Cider

We tried another new recipe last night and once again it was pretty good. The only issue was that the sesame-ginger chicken barbecue sauce was a bit thin. It turns out that accidentally using twice as much water as required is not a good thing. Oops. 

Bitter Melon Stir-Fry
I love trying new foods and I’ve been itching to try bitter melon since Michelle told me about the fruit (it’s very popular in Okinawa where her mother is from), so when I saw it at my local produce store today I decided to give it a shot. No real recipe was followed and I just used stuff I had sitting around, so I’m sure this is about as authentic as Olive Garden. Still it was pretty tasty. I used rice vinegar, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes to cut the bitterness and it worked pretty well though you can still definitely taste how the melon got it’s name.

Bitter Melon Stir-Fry

I love trying new foods and I’ve been itching to try bitter melon since Michelle told me about the fruit (it’s very popular in Okinawa where her mother is from), so when I saw it at my local produce store today I decided to give it a shot. No real recipe was followed and I just used stuff I had sitting around, so I’m sure this is about as authentic as Olive Garden. Still it was pretty tasty. I used rice vinegar, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes to cut the bitterness and it worked pretty well though you can still definitely taste how the melon got it’s name.

Cape Ann Brewing (Gloucester, MA)

Our original plan to enjoy yesterday’s great weather involved sitting on the beach and doing nothing, but after failing to find parking at seemingly every beach on the North Shore we went enacted Plan B and headed to Cape Ann Brewing. This brewpub is right on the water in Gloucester and they have a great outdoor deck, so the day was not a total loss. Their beer was really tasty, too. I enjoyed the Fresh Hopped IPA (it’s run through a filter of whole cone hops as it’s served) and Michelle loved the Bavarian Wheat pictured above. Highly recommended if you’re in the area.

Bottling Day

We bottled the Summer Saison we brewed 3 weeks ago. Not the funnest thing in the world (I can’t wait to start kegging!), but it’s done. The uncarbonated version tasted very good, so I have high hopes for the final product. Now we just need to sit back for another 3 weeks and wait…

Chuckwagon Goat Cheese Burger with Onion Jam and Lumberyard Brewing Big Rapid Red
We tried this recipe last night and it was fantastic even though we used turkey meat to make it a little healthier. The onion jam goes perfectly with the goat cheese and was really easy to make. We’ll definitely be trying it again.

Chuckwagon Goat Cheese Burger with Onion Jam and Lumberyard Brewing Big Rapid Red

We tried this recipe last night and it was fantastic even though we used turkey meat to make it a little healthier. The onion jam goes perfectly with the goat cheese and was really easy to make. We’ll definitely be trying it again.

Happy 4th of July!!

Happy 4th of July!!