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What's in My Fridge

Cricket Hill Colonel Blides Cask Ale

Cricket Hill's Colonel Bildes Cask Ale
5.5% ABV • 31 IBU

food pairing: feta cheese
glassware:pint or mug
A tasty, moderately hoppy, easy to drink beer with an orange marmalade hue with a frothy, off-white head. An herbal hop aroma with a hint of lemon and pine. This beer is not overly bitter, with orangy citrus and pine hop with slight earthy notes! There is a malty biscuit flavor that balances the hops. Makes me wish I had some Fish & Chips!!!

Cricket Hill IPA Hopnotic

Cricket Hill's Hopnotic IPA
5.2% ABV • 42 IBU
Pairing: Indian food or shellfish
Glassware: Pint or mug
No mere beverage could satisfy the thirst of the gallent soldiers who stood guard over the colonies of the British Empire. Their thirst could only be quenched by a full-bodied, heartyale; an ale balanced with rich flavorful Hops. Cricket Hill proudly offer this old style India Pale Ale for those who long for the time when once your duty was complete, the taste of a fine ale was reward enough for a job well done.

Cricket Hill East Coast Lager

Cricket Hill's East Coast Lager
4.2% ABV • 23 IBU
Pairing: Italian, chicken or fish
Glassware: Pilsener
An easy drinking golden Bavarian Helles Lager with an excellent balance of crisp malt flavors and flowery hop finish. The aroma is as clean as the taste. With its gentle finish our East Coast Lager shows very well with light fare, but stands alone magnificently!!!

Cricket Hill American Ale

Cricket Hill's American Ale
5% ABV • 39 IBU
Pairing: Asian, Salad, Chicken
Glassware: Pint or mug
An easy drinking "amber' ale with a wonderful balance of caramel sweetness and hop flavor. The aroma has light notes of citrus and rock candy. This ESB works well with most foods, but shows its full potential with grilled or roasted meats. Bronze winner at GIBC!

Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre

Food Pairing Recommendations: 
Steak, duck, game, wine-reduction sauces, blue cheese, goat cheese, ham, mussels
Glassware Recommendation: 
Goblet or Snifter
Tasting Notes: 
pit fruit, decadent, winey, raisiney, malty
Wine Comparable: 

Harpoon Octoberfest Beer
Pairing: German
Glassware: Pint or mug


Harpoon Octoberfest is a malty tribute to fall, balanced by a gentle hop bitterness.  In keeping with tradition, it is a Marzen-style beer, brewed with abundant quantities of Munich, Chocolate, and Pale malts. Those malts provide a solid, full body and create the beer’s deep color.  It is a rich, flavorful beer.

Tasting Notes

  • Appearance: garnet-red color with a firm, creamy head. 
  • Aroma: hop aroma, (not overpowering but present)
  • Mouth feel: full-bodied, smooth, and malty           
  • Taste: gentle bitterness to balance any residual sweetness  
  • Finish: soft and malty with a mild bitterness      

Wild Blue Premium Blueberry Lager

Pairing: Salad
Glassware: Pint or mug

Wild Blue is a blueberry lager that fuses the juice of nature’s perfect fruit – blueberries – with premium American and German hops, two row and six-row barley malt and cereal grains. Wild Blue has a full taste with a pleasant blueberry aroma and flavor, and contains 8 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).
Its fun, irreverent spirit is conveyed in every aspect of the beer, from the bottle label that features a bulldog kicking a blueberry to its full-bodied taste. Wild Blue is the perfect drink for adults who are thirsting for something new and will be available in sleek 12-ounce amber glass bottles. Please remember to always enjoy responsibly.

Long Trail Ale

Brand Name: Long Trail Ale
Style: German Altbier
Color: Amber
Biterness Units: 25
ABV: 4.3%
Date of Introduction: November 1989
Malts: 2-Row, Wheat, Crystal and Chocolate
Hops: Northern Brewer, Willamette and Mt. Hood
Packages available: Six packs, twelve packs, and loose cases of 12 ounce bottles, 22 ounce bottles, five-gallon “logs,” 50L(13.2 Gallon) kegs
Availability: Year-round
Description: Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the “Alt-biers” of Düsseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale beer quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.
Altbier Information Style History: Altbier originates from Düsseldorf, Germany, where the style gets its name from being one of the oldest brewing styles. ‘Alt’ literally means old in German. Food pairing: German foods including smoked meats, pork, sausage, and grilled meats.
Glassware: German style ‘stange.’ A stange is a tall slender cylinder that is sometimes slightly tapered toward the bottom. The benefits of using this glass for an Altbier are: increased hop’s and malt’s subtleties.
Food Pairing: Hearty foods: roast pork, smoked sausage, grilled salmon and aged gouda
Serving Temperature: 45-50 degrees F*
*Remember, sampling a beer at a temperature that is too low can mask that brew’s true flavor.

Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Pairing: desert, chicken
Glassware: pint

Flavor: Smooth and roasty, real pumpkin adds to a full body and sweetness while deep roasted malts lend a toasty finish to this subtly spiced brew.
Color: Dark reddish amber, 33 SRM
Original Gravity: 15° Plato
Alcohol by Vol/Wt: 5.7%ABV - 4.4%ABW
Calories/12oz.: 199
IBUs: 14
Malt Varieties: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60, Special B, and smoked malt
Hop Varieties: East Kent Goldings and English Fuggles
Special Ingredients: real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice
Yeast Strain: Samuel Adams ale yeast
First Brewed: 2010
Availability: Seasonal (Sept. - Oct.) and in the Harvest Collection Variety pack

Anchor Steam Beer

Pairing: cheddar, salad, chicken, fish
Glassware: pint, pilsener, mug

Anchor Steam® Beer owes its deep amber color, thick, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor to a brewing process like none other.
It is a process that combines deep respect for brewing tradition with many decades of evolution to arrive at a unique approach: a blend of pale and caramel malts, fermentation with lager yeast at warmer ale temperatures in shallow open-air fermenters, and gentle carbonation in our cellars through an all-natural process called kräusening.
Anchor Steam® Beer derives its unusual name from the 19th century when “steam” was a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. While the origin of the name remains shrouded in mystery, it likely relates to the original practice of fermenting the beer on San Francisco’s rooftops in a cool climate. In lieu of ice, the foggy night air naturally cooled the fermenting beer, creating steam off the warm open pans. Once a nickname for any West Coast beer brewed under these conditions, today the name “steam” is a trademark of Anchor Brewing and applies only to the singular process and taste of our flagship brand - San Francisco’s original Anchor Steam® Beer. The classic of American brewing tradition since 1896.

Henry Weinhard's Wood Flats Amber
Amber Ales are mostly an American invention. And with its beautiful copper color and subtle hop aroma, our Redwood Flats Amber is our traditional take on a modern American classic. Featuring a unique blend of American hops and malts, Redwood Flats Amber is bold and assertive, with a strongly hoppy flavor that's easy to drink and even easier to love.FOOD PAIRINGSRECIPES
  • Pizza, pizza and more pizza
  • Did we mentioned it's good with pizza?
  • Seriously, try it with pizza
  • Ok ok, it goes great with burgers, too.

Glassware: Pint or mug

Franziskaner Weissbier Natturtub Premium Hefe-Weissbier

Pairing: german, chicken, fish
Glassware: Weizen

The original fresh wheat beer flavor

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb is a natural and elegant white protagonist beer from Bavaria with a luxuriant white foam . The coppery golden wheat beer with hefetrüber opalescence develops a aromatic fragrance with harmonious fruit in the banana and citrus fruits their regards.
Due to the higher content of carbon dioxide, it is particularly lively and sparkling . Its distinctive particularly fresh, subtly spicy and fruity flavor with mildly sweet ending Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb unfolds when enjoyable swallowing.
The unfiltered Franziskaner is just right for the enjoyable and relaxing time after work in the bar, in the restaurant for dinner or at home. Independent, honest and likeable.

Evil Genius Beer Company Pumplestiltskin

Pairing: Thai, salad, fish
Glassware: Snifter, tulip

A crisp light Belgian Blonde brewed with pumpkin and spiced with clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. The distinctive Belgian yeast is balanced and complemented by the light flavors of Pumpkin and spices.

2 Row
Hallertau, Saaz
Pumpkin Patch Variety

Mercury Brewing Company Ipswich IPA

Pairing: thai, cheddar, salmon, chicken
Glassware: Pint or mug

Our IPA is an unfiltered cross between an English and American IPA, with a strong, dry bitterness balanced with a slight malty sweetness. A mixture of first-rate U.S. and Belgian malts, combined with English roasted barley and highly hopped with Cascade and Warrior hops make our IPA a brewery favorite.

Stoudts Double IPA

Glassware: snifter or tulip

Stoudts Amber 25


Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown

Pairing: chocolate, beef
Glassware: Pint or mug

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout

Pairing: swiss cheese, chocolate, shellfish
Glassware: Pint or mug

Summit Brewing Company Horizon Red Ale

Pairing: chicken, fish, cheddar
Glassware: Pint or mug

Genesee 12 Horses Ale

Pairing: Italian, Salad, Fish
Glassware: Pint or mug

Genesee Fyfe and Drum Beer

Pairing: Italian, chicken, fish
Glassware: Pilsener

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