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I’m back in the beer game!  Despite all the fun I had with my challenge the last few weeks, one thing I really came to miss was sharing my beer adventures.  I have a few backlog posts I’ll be making over the next week or so, but before I get into those I wanted to first check in with a pair of excellent beers my wife and I came across at the Riverfest in Assembly Row last weekend.

After making sure we hit up all the children’s activities along the way, we decided to settle in at the (family friendly!) beer garden on the Mystic River to grab some refreshments while waiting for the fireworks to start.  There were a few different breweries pouring that day, but for whatever reason the Braintree, MA-based Widowmaker Brewing caught our eye and immediately drew us in.  The original plan was to order a different beer each, share half, and then move on to another place but after our first sips we knew that 1) sharing was off the table, and 2) we found our beer source for the evening!

My first brew of the afternoon was a delicious 7.2% IPA called Ecstasy of Gold.  When we approached the brewery’s tent the thing that struck me the most was how it smelled like peaches.  Turns out this beer was the cause! Moving past the wonderful aroma, it poured to an invitingly hazy golden body and had a sweet, smooth taste of peach and tropical fruits capped off by a mild lingering bitterness.  It was deliciousness in a cup and easily one of my favorite IPAs of the summer!  

Beer number two was a 7.0% peanut butter stout called There’s No Wrong Way.  It poured to a black body topped by foamy tan head and gave off strong aromas of chocolate and peanut butter.  The taste offered more of the same, featuring loads of sweet, creamy chocolate and a big dose of peanut butter on the end.  I’ve had a few disappointing brews made in this style before, and let me just say that this is the beer most peanut butter stouts aspire to be!  It tasted as advertised and its smooth, moderately thick body made it quite a joy to drink.

Needless to say, this brewery has gotten our attention and a visit to their taproom is in the planning stages.  Until that happens I am definitely going to be on the lookout for more of their beer and suggest anyone else in the vicinity do the same.  Cheers!