Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Visiting Jack's Abby

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With one of my close friends getting ready to leave Massachusetts we decided to venture to one of the best breweries in the state. Jack's Abby located in Framingham was about an hour and fifteen away and was well worth the drive. When we arrived at the brewery the first thing we noticed was it was crowded. It was wall to wall people, the long bar was filled with people so it took us a few minutes until a spot opened up for us to get some tasters, our timing was off so we missed the tour.

One thing that sets Jack's Abby apart from other breweries is that they deal primarily with lagers. Every beer they make is made with that yeast strain. For those who are still confused by why this is a difference let me explain. Lagers are fermented on average for three weeks in a cold environment. Ales and Lagers are not types of beer but an overarching category base for beers. If I was making a hierarchy it would be beer the two categories of Ale and Lager. Then every other category falls under each term. There is a more scientific way to explain it but it would be like 14 pages of reading and I don't want to do that to you.

Each one was excellent and they all were worth the drive. I think my favorite of the battle of the barrels was the Glazed Over; this was the Smoked Marzen that was aged with Caramel, Salt, and Fenugreek. I am not sure what Fenugreek is but the beer tasted like a caramel candy. Their IPL’s are excellent too; great hop character and easy to drink.

I can't wait to visit again and maybe even get a growler next time.

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