The pomp and circumstance is over. The New England Real Ale Spring Exhibition gets under way tonight in Somerville, transforming a normally underused VFW hall into a rowdy pub scene. There'll be sandwiches from Redbones, an ample selection of cask-conditioned, hand-pumped ales from the UK and maybe a few D-Day survivors...
Things to do for March 24, 2010
Cask Ale, Sidewalk BBQ and Free Wine
The weekend is a big f@#*ing deal.
While you have no peers when it comes to mixing up modern-day refreshments, your pre-Prohibition cocktailing skills are a bit rusty. On Thursday, L'Espalier will feed you gratis smoked salmon while showing you how to create (and sample) a mean Ramos Gin Fizz and other flavorful concoctions from the 1890s to 1920s, allowing you to party henceforth like it's 1899.
Now that winter lies gloomily on its deathbed (coughing and spewing temps in the mid-50s), Uniform is throwing a raucous in-store party tomorrow (with a DJ... and his headphones), where you'll land 20% off new spring and summer threads from Original Penguin, Diesel and more. There will also be plenty of beer from Victory Brewing Co. being handed out, which never hurts the polo-buying experience.
There are a few things you should know about Bauer Wines' free wine tasting on Saturday: (1) It's two hours long. (2) They'll have six wines, three reds and three whites, for you to compare and contrast. (3) They'll also have tickets to the much-ballyhooed Wine Riot coming up in April. We only hope this year they control the looting.
If you can almost smell BBQ season, it's because Formaggio Kitchen is firing back up their Saturday BBQ series this weekend. They'll be smoking plenty of fresh chicken, ribs and lamb (using a variety of woods), all of which you can buy and consume streetside. They'll also be experimenting with pork BBQ this time around (shoulder, ribs, etc.), probably after realizing that pork BBQ is super effing delicious.