99 Bottles columns

Gary Dzen writes about the best beers, ale, lagers, and microbrews available in Boston and the rest of Massachusetts.

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What’s brewing on the Cape

The founders of Naukabout beer are hoping to build a brewery down the Cape.

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Enlightenment Ales and Kissmeyer Beer & Brewing Titania

Ben Howe and Anders Kissmeyer have combined to brew an exceptional saison.

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Vienna lager with Pioneer spirit

The Vienna lager undergoes a modern transformation in a new release from Pioneer Brewing.

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Mule proves corn can be king

Corn has been vilified as an ingredient in beer, but one local brewer is out to change that reputation.

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Shiner Beer comes to Mass.

The iconic brand from the 105-year-old Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, will enter Massachusetts this month.

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Flying Dog Brewery taps a Chesapeake Bay tradition

Flying Dog Brewery’s summer ale brewed with Old Bay seasoning is surprisingly tasty.

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Centuries on, Gose comes on

The German Gose is incongruous with our expectations of beer.

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Two new cideries with a local approach

Cider Creek Hard Cider and the Artifact Cider Project are launching in Massachusetts.

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CBC’s refreshing beer brewed with Japanese knotweed

Cambridge Brewing Company’s knotweed beer has a natural tartness from the plant with rhubarb-like qualities.

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A brew of ‘Substance’ in Maine

Three more brewing companies have set up shop in Portland, Maine.

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Everett’s Night Shift adds brewing and tap room space

Night Shift Brewing, which specializing in barrel-aged sour beers and other brews with unorthodox ingredients, is expanding.

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Weekly 99 Bottles Beer Tasting

Each week I’ll walk you through a different brew, sharing my thoughts and welcoming yours.

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Weekly 99 Bottles Beer Tasting

Each week I’ll walk you through a different brew, sharing my thoughts and welcoming yours.

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Off Color Troublesome and Berkshire Mountain Distillers . . .

Despite a proliferation of breweries not seen in this country since before Prohibition, today’s beer market is filled with one-note beers. Bitter. Watery. Malty. Yeasty.

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Session IPAs just in time for warmer weather

This summer, several major breweries are releasing session IPAs marketed as hoppy, flavorful beers you can take to the beach or drink with lunch.

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Henniker’s wheat beer a delight

Henniker’s tap room is open for growler fills, tours, and tastings Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

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A new Slumbrew brewery in Somerville

The makers of Slumbrew beer have signed a lease on a space that will house a brewery and tap room expected to be in operation as soon as October.

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A tasty, albeit expensive, sour beer

Crafting high-priced beers is labor-intensive, but knowing the amount of work that goes into a beer doesn’t guarantee you’ll like it.

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Another standout brew from Fort Point’s Trillium

The smell on this brew is louder than its bite. The first sip is nice and buttery, with a pepper kick and a smooth vanilla finish.

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New England spring beers

It’s finally time to transition the column to lighter offerings. Here are the results of a side-by-side tasting of spring brews from Harpoon, Sam Adams, and Long Trail.

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Narragansett planning another R.I. collaboration

A tweet last week from Narragansett set the New England beer world abuzz with the possibility of the release of the lemony drink.

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With Smuttynose, spring is in bloom

Bloom from the New Hampshire brewery crosses the line separating the metaphorical aspects of the season from the literal ones.

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Need a go-to beer? Try Bear Republic’s Racer 5

It’s a classic West Coast IPA, and it is one of the best.

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Toast the season with a new (canned!) beer

New Englanders get access to exceptional seasonal brews, including this crisp canned ale perfect for enjoying alongside the crisp autumn air.

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A craft beer lover’s guide to Massachusetts breweries

There are 43 regional breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs in the state of Massachusetts, a fact gleaned from a new book titled “Massachusetts Breweries” by John Holl and April Darcy.

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Pretty Things, Boulevard team up on a Stingo

A Stingo, apparently, is a traditional strong ale originating in the north of England.

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Allagash White rises over Blue Moon

The Globe’s beer man compares a Maine favorite with a national titan in a showdown of Belgian-style wheat beers.

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The new beer writer: ‘I like spicy, bitter beer’

The new voice of 99 Bottles, Gary Dzen, introduces himself with a trip back to his transformative discovery of Maine brews during his college years, and a review of a Colorado IPA.

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The 8 best new beers in Boston

The Globe’s Steve Greenlee says farewell to Boston but leaves eight fresh beer recommendations by which to remember him.

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Brewing in Mass.: Jack’s Abby and Night Shift

Hoponius Union, made by Jack’s Abby Brewing, has become Steve Greenlee’s first-choice beer when he is out at a pub.

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Boulevard Brewing Co. arrives in Massachusetts

The company’s best-known beers are its pale ale and unfiltered wheat, but it also produces a lineup of seasonal beers and artisinal ales.

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Heady Topper may be the world’s best IPA

The Alchemist, a brewpub in Waterbury, Vermont, is famous for its India pale ales, most notably a double IPA called Heady Topper, which many people consider to be the finest IPA on the East Coast if not in the world. And yet Heady Topper, like all of The Alchemist’s other beers, was sold only on draft at the pub on South Main Street. If you wanted to taste Heady Topper, you had to drive to Waterbury and order a pint there.

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Maine small-batch brewer creates quite a buzz

A revolution is brewing at Maine Beer Co., where its Lunch IPA has become one of the most sought-after beers in the United States.

About the reporter

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Gary Dzen writes the 99 Bottles column that appears in the food section. He also contributes to the Sips column. Email him at Gary.Dzen@globe.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen.