Beer & Take Out

A couple of Thursdays ago (yes it has been some time since my last post) the JP Crows had the pleasure of attending the once a month Sam Adams open house.  The open house is far superior to the free Sam Adams tour because it occurs on a Thursday evening (usually a prime party night) its free, and you get to skip all the jibber jabber, walk right in and belly up to the tap.    It’s very seldom that you can get beer from a tap that is cleaned once a week and where it doesn’t travel more than 50 feet from where it was brewed.  If I were a Cambridge or Allston resident I probably wouldn’t waste my time traveling to the open house because they only give out 3-4 smaller portion beers, but if you live in JP there’s no excuse to miss out!

The three beers went down fast so we were left pondering where the night would take us.  We agreed that more beer and some food was necessary so Emily, Vbar and I chose the low key route of ordering sandwiches from city feed and picking up some 22oz beers from blanchards.  Since city feed is often crowded with screaming small children, Vbar came up with the perfect plan of ordering the sandwiches, notifying the cashier we would be right back, and skipping out to blanchards to pick up some brew.  By the time we got back, our sandwiches had just came off the assembly line and we were happily on our way with delicious food and drink in hand.

Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer’s craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid. Delicately pour a taste into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of the hops waft forward as your first sip divulges this beer’s fervent soul. To underestimate Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely. 10.0% abv • 15.6ºL • Imperial India Pale Ale • 22 oz / 1/2 keg / 1/6 keg

Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer’s craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid. Delicately pour a taste into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of the hops waft forward as your first sip divulges this beer’s fervent soul. To underestimate Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely. 10.0% abv • 15.6ºL • Imperial India Pale Ale • 22 oz / 1/2 keg / 1/6 keg

I have been all about the 220z high alcohol content beers this summer (a trend that may continue indefinitely).  My go to brew has been the unearthly ipa from southern tier brewing company. If you read the description you will see that the alcohol content of this bad boy is 10% and they sell a 22oz bottle at blanchards for $7.99.  In terms of getting the best bang for your buck its almost equivalent to buying your favorite bottle of wine for 8 bucks, which is virtually impossible.

I definitely suggest this blanchards/city feed route the next time you want to take a night off from the kitchen and don’t have the energy to sit down and dine at a restaurant.  You can fill your tummy and catch a small buzz in the location of your choice for around $15; add that to your urbanspoon page!

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About Holly

The Story of Holly

Told by Miz Emily

Holly first introduced me to the concept of "caw-ing" almost 3 years ago. My life has never been the same. By day this crow works the office life but by night you will certainly find Holly (Party Pants) Stevens in her Jamaica Plain kitchen cooking and dancing the night away in true crow fashion. Proudly hailing from Maine's Old Orchard Beach, this wild one has figured out how to combine her love for New England- its history, its food, & its boozy dance parties- with her love of classic elegance. Holly's food is fresh, locally produced, healthy, and full of flavor. A self-described salt hound, no taste bud goes untouched by a meal at Holly's nest. By combining simple salads with rich pastas, fish, and soups, no visitor will leave unsatisfied. Moreover, no hangover goes uncured when morning walks with Holly are kicked off with a hidden stash of irish coffee, and finished off by a nice warm plate of oven potatoes and frittata.

Glancing around her kitchen you will find a few staple items including a mini whisk (for perfect salad dressing), the classiest compost bucket I've ever seen, a kick-ass vegetable hutch, and most importantly a tasty beverage ready to meet your hand. Her home is cozy and warm, and her hospitality is outmatched by no one. On the bookshelves you will find recipes given to her by friends, and books like Omnivore's Dilemma and Salt: A World History, the later being one of the best book suggestion I've ever received, and the subject of her college thesis. Never missing the chance to make a dinner party a dance party, Holly is in constant motion, ready to motivate the group with classy tunes like Credence, Al Green, and GirlTalk. Unless, of course, Top Chef is on.

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