Best of Boston

2001 Best Beer

Grampus Trippel, North East Brewing Company

North East brewmeister Dan Paquette is one to watch, mainly because his Grampus Trippel is one to drink. Served up in a 10-ounce brandy snifter that lets you see its clear amber color and appreciate its aroma, the trippel is fermented with a yeast strain from Belgium’s Westmalle, one of only six Trapist breweries in the world. And while this Belgian-style ale may be the of Paquette’s lot so far, keep an eye on the horizon. He’s churning out brews that no one else in New England—let alone Boston—is concocting.

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