All posts by Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy

Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy

This past weekend I watched the “controversial” movie The Interview. You know, the movie about killing Kim Jong-Un. I heard it was a stupid movie, but I have to tell ya: I laughed my balls off throughout the movie. It’s stupid already, but in a hilarious way.

Tonight I’m reviewing Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy. Technically, this is a fruit beer by style. It’s frankly a bizarre beer, with notes of lemon, pomegranate and a mix of spice. I assume the spice is an attempt to make the beer “wintery”, but all it really does is weird things up. The lemon and pomegranate alone would probably make a great shandy, but the spice is over the top.

-Lost

Smuttynose Winter Ale

Smuttynose Winter Ale

As predicted, we are buried in snow here in New England. Also as predicted, we were nailed in my town…center of the storm, 30+ inches of snow. Given how historic this blizzard is, I should probably be taking pictures, but frankly…what’s the point? Am I really ever going to look at them again? Just imagine cars completely covered in snow, 5-6 foot snow drifts up against buildings, and snow plowed 1-2 stories high at the end of parking lots.

For now, I’m taking a break from shoveling to bring you a review of Smuttynose Winter Ale. This is a light bodied dubbel style beer. Dark caramel in color, I found the flavors (licorice, molasses, and nuts) strange at first, but then warmed up to them after a while. I wasn’t in love with the beer.

-Lost