All posts by Joshua Dion

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

Traveler Jack-O

Traveler Jack-O

Happy Friday LIBA nation! This weekend will be a busy one for us, as I am helping Melissa run the Ecolissa booth at Boston VegFest. I’m a master at selling women’s clothing and accessories, and there will be awesome veterinarian food, so it will be a great time even though we will be working.

Tonight I’m trying out Traveler Jack-O. This is the first Traveler beer I’ve had. My understanding is that Traveler is a subsidiary of Boston Beer (Sam Adams), which specializes in shandy style brews. I bought three of their brews on my recent beer run and I’m excited to try them.

Fun fact: Shandy isn’t an official style of beer. People typically correlate the word “Shandy” with half-beer-half-lemonade concoctions. This pseudo-style is usually associated with summertime. The Traveler Jack-O seems to break the mold of other shandys I have had. That is, it tastes just like beer. After Googling, I realized there is a reason for this: it is a wheat beer. I suppose when you run a company that brews a non-existent style, you can bend the non-existent rules!

As far as pumpkin beers go, Jack-O is decent. It’s super spicy and packs a solid pumpkin punch. Although it’s a wheat beer, I find it as robust and flavorful as any pumpkin ale out there. Definitely worth a try if you’re of the pumpkin persuasion!

-Lost

Traveler Jack-O

Do Can Pineapple Express

Do Can Pineapple Express

Tonight’s anecdote is about how much “fun” I had yesterday. The day got off to a good start, as I got to work early and got a lot done. Around mid-morning I needed to take the cat to the vet, but came out to the car to find a flat tire. Toss the cat into the car, I proceeded to make the fastest tire change in the history of tire changes – under 10 minutes to get the donut on. Oh, and it was raining. The vet appointment was a consult. I spoke to a soft tissue surgeon for approximately 8 minutes. The cost? $187…for 8 minutes. Later in the day, I shot over to the car dealer to get the tire fixed. The good news: the tire itself was fine. The bad news – the tire pressure sensor needed to be replaced to the tune of $165. Stupid Wednesday.

Today went much better. That is, nothing remarkable happened.

So, this evening I’m chilling out and drinking a bottle of Do Can Pineapple Express. Do Can is a nano operation out of Lowell, MA. I first tried their beer at the 2014 Mass Brewer’s Fest. I liked both beers I tried, so when I saw their beer on the shelves at Julio’s, I knew I had to officially review it.

The Pineapple Express is an American IPA. It has a 5.6% ABV. The beer is SUPER tasty, with nothing but tropical citrus flavors. I wouldn’t say it necessarily tastes a lot like pineapple, but it’s pretty fantastic regardless! Very solid beer from a fledgling operation.

-Lost