May 23, 2013

What Ales You: For newbie, Funky Bow's hitting some high notes

The father-and-son owners also run an organic farm.

By TOM ATWELL

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Funky Bow labels reflect the brewers’ love of music.

THE SAMUEL ADAMS Beers of Summer Variety Pack showed up at Shaw's a while ago, and I bought it partly because it was on sale for $13.99 and partly because Nancy and I have stock in the company and like to see what it is doing.

In addition to Boston Lager (which I love) and Summer Ale (which I dislike), the 12-pack included Porch Rocker, a sweet beer with a bit of lemonade like a Shandy; Belgian Session, a pale imitation of Allagash White or Hoegaarden; Little Hill Rye, which disappeared on Mother's Day before I got to taste it; and Blueberry Hill Lager.

The lager was definitely in the top half of the blueberry beers I have tasted, with the Boston Beer Works version at the absolute top and Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale as the best in a bottle. (Even though my wife, Nancy, prefers Sea Dog blueberry.)

There was enough interesting stuff going on in that collection that I will buy it again -- as long as I can find someone else to drink the Summer Ale. 

Tom Atwell is a freelance writer living in Cape Elizabeth. He can be contacted at 767-2297 or at tomatwell@me.com

 

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