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Toast the season with a new (canned!) beer

Gary Dzen/Globe Staff

Grab your stein and some fall beer. Samuel Adams is inviting beer fans to celebrate Oktoberfest by helping set a world record for the largest simultaneous toast. The record-setting toast will happen Saturday at 8 p.m., though tickets may be hard to come by.

The toast will take place in conjunction with the OctoberFest celebration in Boston and with sister festivals in Cincinnati, Denver, and Chicago. If you’re like a lot of people and can’t toast in person, you can lift a glass at home or in a bar of your choice and follow along with the festivities on Samuel Adams’
Facebook page. Prost.

New season, new beer

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There’s no better way to usher in a new season than with a seasonal beer. Living in New England, we get to experience both the changing seasons and some exceptional seasonal brews. The crisp air is best experienced with a crisp ale.

Baxter Brewing Company of Lewiston, Maine, has burst onto the scene recently as the only New England brewery to distribute all of its beer in cans. Celsius Summer Ale, Stowaway IPA, Amber Road, and Pamola Xtra Pale Ale have become staples in my refrigerator and in my cooler. Cans travel well, and I’m completely on board with the movement toward more beer being sold that way.

Baxter capitalizes on both the seasonal and traveling themes with its fall offering called Hayride Autumn Ale. Sold in a red-and-black plaid can, Hayride’s suggested retail price is $8.99 for a six-pack.

You’re well within your rights to drink this beer from the can, but poured into a glass, Hayride appears a beautiful amber. Sniff the fluffy white head and some hints begin to emerge that this is not a standard fall offering. Are those . . . hops? Indeed, New Zealand Pacifica and Pacific Jade hops form a spicy, citrusy nose. Rye malt, another misfit in a “typical” fall beer, plays prominently in the nose as well. Thankfully, this is not going to be a malt bomb.

There’s a nice hop profile in the flavor of the beer, but sweeter malt keeps this from tasting too much like an IPA. The beer is smoothed out further by aging on ginger, peppercorns, orange peel, and American oak. Rings of lacing stick to the side of the glass as you work your way through this beer, which is not hard to do. I’m not a huge fan of Oktoberfest-style fall seasonals, and this is a great departure. It might be my new favorite fall beer. Take some with you on your next trip to the farm and crack a can after you tackle the corn maze.

Gary Dzen can be reached at gdzen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Globegarydzen.
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