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Our “Top 5” Craft Beers from Extreme Beer Fest

Mike with Dogfish OwnerExtreme Beer Fest (EBF) is one of the most highly anticipated annual beer festivals in the United States and we are lucky enough that its home is in Boston. EBF is sponsored by Beer Advocate and Dogfish Brewery.  This year it was held in late March at the Seaport Trade Center and we were fortunate to be able to attend.
EBF brings in many of the best breweries from across the country. We had a great local representation with Sam Adams (Boston), Jack’s Abby (Framingham) and Tree House (Monson). However, many of the breweries like the widely acclaimed Cigar City from Tampa, Florida don’t regularly distribute in Massachusetts so it’s a treat to be able to try some of their fabulous brews.  EBF encourages craft brewers to bring beers that truly push the limits of brewing.  Many of the beers that were being poured were from small batch or one-off series.  They varied in style from Stouts to Berliner Weissbiers to Double IPAs. With over 300 beers to choose from you certainly had to pick and choose which ones that you wanted to try.  We also had to be careful to stay away from any potential “palette wreckers” until the end. We shared our pours so that we were able to try more beers throughout the afternoon.
Here are my “Top 5” from EBF

  1. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, Funky Buddha Brewery (FL)
  2. Plasma – American IPA, Element Brewing (MA)
  3. Mexican Standoff – Porter , Due South (FL)
  4. Biere De Chard – Farmhouse Ale/Saison, Cigar City (FL)
  5. Map of the Sun – American Wild Ale, The Rare Barrel (CA)

Our afternoon was filled with GREAT beers and a few pretzels – what’s not to love? I can’t wait for next year!

Whew! After much anticipation and a few delays we are THRILLED to be opening our doors to Wachusett Wine and Spirits in West Boylston, Massachusetts. We are excited to meet our new customers and to become a part of this amazing community. So let us take this chance to introduce ourselves!

Meet the Fauchers

Wachusett Wine and Spirits is a family owned and operated business.  We have been in the retail liquor business since the end of Prohibition in 1933 when Charley’s grandfather and father were granted a license in the City of Worcester.  Our family has successfully operated Main South Liquors since. In fact, we are the only continuously owned original license in Worcester!

What does all of this mean for Wachusett Wine and Spirits? It means that we bring over 80 years of experience, knowledge, friendship and service to our customers. We truly do what we love and love what we do.

charley_mikeWe will be sharing our passion when you visit us in the store or online.  Come back to our website frequently to see what’s new on the blog. We plan to share with you our own experiences with tasting various products. You will be reading blogs about what food and wine (or beer) pairing worked and what didn’t work.  You might also see some occasional drink recipes from our own kitchens. Charley and Mike love to test out their mixology skills especially around the holidays!  We will also be sharing our own experiences at breweries, wineries and distilleries.

So stop into the NEWLY OPENED Wachusett Wine and Spirits and meet Charley, Mike and the rest of the team!