Five for Friday is a regular Solomon McCown blog feature in which one of our PR pros shares five of their favorite hobbies, passions, or interests. This week, we hear from Senior Account Executive Kathryn Alexander, photographed with her boyfriend, Mike, at Jack’s Abby.

Within the SM& office walls, there are quite a few brew lovers. Whether you are a dedicated friend to Pale Ales or love yourself a hoppy IPA, we all agree that it is a good time for beer in Massachusetts. During the summer months, I like to enjoy my time off by traveling and trying the many delicious beverages that New England has to offer. Here are a few of my favorite 2016 discoveries:

  1. Tree House Brewery, Monson: Julius
    Julius is an impressively fresh, juicy IPA. Small but rightfully celebrated, Tree House Brewery remotely sits in the ‘413’ (Western Massachusetts) and currently only distributes on site. Within a few hours of opening, lines form around the tap room and beer runs out. The trick to leaving with cans in hand: timing. Check their Twitter feed for hourly updates!
  2. Jack’s Abby, Framingham: Cucumber Basil Sour
    After a long, Saturday hike in the MetroWest, there is nothing like a relaxing trip to the Jack’s Abby Taproom which opened this past winter. I recently discovered their Cucumber Basil Sour which isn’t found on store shelves. Not overly tart but punched with flavor, this beer emulates a garden fresh summer salad.
  3. Night Shift, Everett: The 87
    If you haven’t already played a round of corn hole at this Greater Boston brew house, go! In addition to their fan favorites, Night Shift produced new beers daily available by taste, pint or growler. I am loyal to The 87. This American Double IPA doesn’t joke around. 
  1. Notch Brewing, Salem: Infinite Jest
    When I need a beach day, I head north and, lucky me, there is no shortage of good beer when traveling upstream on Route 128. After you dust the sand off your shoes, drop into Notch Brewing and grab an Infinite Jest. This lemony, hoppy infused wheat ale surprises you with its drinkability.
  2. Sam Adams, Boston: Truly Spiked & Sparkling
    Some truly hot days need a lighter option and Boston Beer did us beer drinkers a solid with their summer 2016 release of Truly Spiked & Sparkling. Created from cane sugar (and not hops), this light carbonated beverage is perfect for pool side or bar side.

Let your taste buds enjoy— Proost!