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Smuttynose Gravitation

Smuttynose Brewing Company – Gravitation

In a craft beer market where strong hop-forward IPAs and imperial stouts are everywhere, it is easy to forget that in the U.S. there are some excellent Belgian style and Trappist-inspired beers to be had. While I’m not shy about being a fan of almost every one of the Smuttynose “Big Beer” series, I honestly forgot about Gravitation and haven’t had it in quite some time.

New Albion Ale (photo from Samuel Adams)

New Albion Brewing Company – New Albion Ale

Turning the pages bak in craft beer history, we find Jack McAuliffe’s New Albion Brewing Company at the forefront of the craft beer renaissance. Opened in the 1970s, McAuliffe’s goal was to replicate some of the tasty brews that he had gotten a chance to sample while abroad serving in the Navy. Not finding close on American shores, he sought out ways to make the beer himself.