Friday, May 4, 2012

Thirty-Two Taps at The Grog

Yesterday, our sixteen new rotating draught lines on our Main Bar and Upstairs began to flow.

We made the decision to undertake this rather large project to double our draught capacity in appreciation of the variety and innovation that marks the craft beer movement. We will be featuring American and international craft beers that spark interest and excitement amongst the beer-loving community.

The explosion of craft beer, most particularly in the U.S., has changed the way beer is perceived. The innovation and experimentation shown by the many, relatively small, craft breweries has led to a more critical and thoughtful approach to tasting and enjoying the many styles of beer.

The range of craft beers is enormous. In Massachusetts, alone, there are over forty craft breweries and, probably, as we write this, that number has grown. Our focus will be to spotlight brewers in the northeast of the country, but there will be other selections, both international and U.S., as well.

Not the easiest space to work in...
Our newly tapped selections are

Come join us as we embark on this very exciting time and, please, always remember to drink responsibly.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Craft Beer Event This Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is here and, to celebrate the beginning of summer and Boston Beer Week we'll be having some special craft beers flowing Saturday evening.  Haverhill Brewery will be featured in a tap take-over presenting four of their best. Leatherlips IPA, an India Pale Ale with Chinook, Newport, Nugget, Cascade and Centennial hops - Whittier White, a Belgian White Ale - HaverAle Cream Ale, a hybrid Ale/Lager - and Annie Schwarz Black Lager, a new release and Silver Medal winner at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival.

At 6 pm our own Ryan Blaney will be tapping a Firkin cask of Oskar Blues Old Chub, a Scottish Strong Ale in the Main Bar Area. This is an Ale this is rich in malted barley, specialty grains, and a touch of beachwood smoked malt. Come by and enjoy!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Truffles at The Grog

Yes, you read that right...Truffles - and then some - at The Grog.

Last night, The Grog in association with New England Wine & Spirits presented an extraordinary five course meal paired with wines of the Piedmont.

For those of you who might have missed it, we present a mouth-watering review of the evening.

The first course was a Hand-Cut Tagliatelle, Tossed with Sage Butter and topped with shaved imported black truffles. A rich and simple introduction to the subtle flavoring of the truffle. It was served with Michele Chiarlo Gavi 2006.

The second course featured Sea Bass Topped with Tomatoes & Capers tossed with white truffle oil and shaved black imported truffles; served with a Saffron Risotto. The Sea Bass was perfect and the course lightly complemented the pairing of Gagliardo Favorita Fallegro La Morra Piedmonte 2007

The salad course featured Roasted Radicchio, Fennel & Endive; topped with Peppercress and a Truffle Vinaigrette. The richness of the roasted greens paired well with the Michele Chiarlo Barbera D'Asti 2006.

Our next course was the crescendo event of the evening. Tournedos Rossini with Shaved Black Truffles & Fingerlings. This dish, named for composer Gioachino Rossini, was interpreted masterfully. The tender filet, served on a golden crostini was topped with seared Moulard Duck Foie Gras & Shaved Black Truffles. The purple & white fingerlings complemented the richness of the Tournedos. Served with this course was a Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco 'Reyna' 2005.

The evening was gently and sweetly ended as a Vanilla Bean Gelato with Biscotti Crusting & Truffle Honey Drizzle was paired with a wonderful Moscato dessert wine.

All in all, a great night. Good food, good wine, good company. Our hats are off to our Executive Chef Patrick O'Neill; our Sous Chef Matt Bradley and our General Manager Bill Nichelmann for their creativity and execution.

There will be more dinners...more tastings. Next month, in fact, we have a Belgian Beer Dinner scheduled for February 12th. More information to come soon.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Chili Con-Carnival Around The Corner

The Chili Con-Carnival Cook-Off is coming!

On Saturday, October 18th from 12 noon to 3 pm, the parking lot at The Grog will be steaming with some of the best chili in the area. Local restaurants & chili-aficionados will be putting their best chili forward for a very good cause.

With high gas prices, the increase in home heating oil prices and the generally depressed economy, the local food pantries are being stretched to - and, in some cases, beyond - their limits. Our Neighbors' Table in Amesbury, The Pettengill House in Salisbury, and Community Services of Newburyport are all facing a far greater demand this winter. The Chili Cook-Off will benefit these three agencies and, in fact, each agency will be in attendance at the Cook-Off to provide information regarding their services and to accept direct donations.

A brave group of judges - Richard Eaton, President, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank; Frank Cousins, Essex County Sheriff; Thomas Howard, Newburyport City Marshall; John Macone, Editor, The Daily News; and Ann Ormond, President, The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry - will be on hand to formally judge the chili entrants. Everyone attending will also have a chance to vote for their favorite chili for The Peoples' Choice Award.

There will be live music, raffles and some great chili. Don't miss this! Admission $10 Children Under 12 Free.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It's A Blues Bash

Coming up on Labor Day Monday is an event no blues-lover should miss.

As a special Benefit for Amadee Castenell, who is currently recovering from quadruple bypass surgery, The Sunday Blues Party is gathering friends and talent for a great jam.

Featured performers are Chis "Stovall" Brown, John Colby, Steve Bankuti, Wolf Ginandes, Deric Dyer & Parker Wheeler.

The special guests include Cheryl Aruda, Joe Bargar, Diane Blue, Bob Enik, Chris Fitz, Joe Mack, Bev Rohlehr, Ricky "King" Russell, Vykki Vox, and more to come...

A donation of $10 would be appreciated. The event runs from 7pm to 11pm.

Monday, August 18, 2008

James Montgomery at The Grog

A few takes from The Blues Party on August 10th.

Music - Now & Then

North Shore Magazine has chosen The Grog as the Best Live Music Venue in its annual Best of the North Shore picks. To quote - "...The Grog offers the best local music in a kick-backed setting."

Congratulations to Parker & Joey and the hundreds of fine musicians who make the Downstairs the place to be. A special thanks to Richard who, 37 years ago, had a vision of great live music, good food & service, and a place to see and be seen.

Speaking of history, just found this clip of Shirley Lewis "The Regal Queen of the Blues" Downstairs at The Grog from 1983. Recognize anybody?

And the music goes on...