Monday, January 12, 2015

Glass Bottom Brewery..A newcomer to my glass

What a wonderful looking board!
This past fall my wife and I got the opportunity to go to Gillette Stadium to watch the New England Revolution play, over the course of the last few years I have become a big soccer fan. While living in Vermont I coached boy’s middle school soccer. Let me tell you, I knew nothing about soccer, thought it was boring and overall I got the job because I already coached girl’s basketball at the same school so I was able to get the job. That fall at Kristin's job they started an indoor soccer team, which we both joined. So I read up and learned about the game and started to enjoy it and finally after playing in the game I really started to love it. It's one of the things I miss about living in Vermont; the indoor school place in Shelburne, VT is excellent. All of this leads to that rainy day I drove our son to his grandparent’s house over in Otis so that we could go to the game and not have to rush home to a babysitter. Since I dropped him off earlier than we needed to leave, this gave me the opportunity to stop and visit Glass Bottom Brewery in Lee, it's about 15 minutes from their house and on my way home if I use the pike. 

The brewery itself is set in an industrial complex, as you walk in you wander down the hallway into the brewery's space. They have a beautifully handmade bar area that is as nice is as the beer is good. The week before I was in a homebrew competition in Holyoke and got a chance to try their beer and enjoyed it, so stopping at the brewery was a must.

There list for the day!!
The beers are as local as possible with the use of hops grown at their farm in Barrington, Nettles picked from a field. The beers that I tried on the day (I have had a few of their beers since then and tried other beers) were the TeaSB which is an Extra Special Bitter made with Earl Grey Tea, it's well balanced and by far my favorite beer that they make. The Motte and Bailey is decent Scottish ale with a good smokiness to it. The next beer I tried was Pale ale that was brewed with thyme, sage and oregano. This beer was made for a cheese night at a local restaurant was to compliment a grilled cheese sandwich. The final beer I tried was a Banana Cream Stout which the banana flavor really came through. I left with a growler of TeaSB. It was a great day and the taproom was full, as I stood in the back in the corner. 


So if you are ever in Lee or the Berkshires look them up and their hours and go and visit, you won’t be disappointed...unless they don't have TeaSB on tap...I like it a lot.


By the way the Revolution won the game 2-1 against Montreal!

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