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  • Weekend Beer Events 8/1

    Beer Events - August 1, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Run, lay, sit or stand at this weekend’s beer events! While Cary, North Carolina holds a Beer and BBQ filled weekend, New Haven’s 5K Craft Brew Race puts a new twist on drinking beer. This weekend in beer events calls for variety, and there are options for beer-drinking from Oregon to Colorado celebrateing a 21st birthday featureing session-style beers.

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  • Bacon and Beer Classic 2014

    Brew Trips & Fests - July 30, 2014

    If anything goes together, it's bacon, beer and baseball! This past weekend, we were lucky enough to be a part of New York City's Bacon and Beer Classic - held in Queens at Citi Field, the home of the Mets - serving up Bacon Dubbel and Jalapeno Saison the thirsty crowds and gave a demo on beer making. With more than 40 restaurants cooking up bacon-infused delights and over 60 craft breweries - like Barrier Brewing, Broken Bow, and Flagship Brewing Co. - pour beer, we were in great (and delicious) company!

    What's even better is that our light, spicy Saison won for Most Creative Beer Style of the Classic's Brunch Session!

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Cigar City Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - July 29, 2014

    If you were to list the best beer states, Florida would likely not rank very high. The great Tampa Bay-based Cigar City Brewing is aware of this reputation while also fighting against it. From the "Tampa Bay Brewing History" essay on their website, to the first line of their About page (which acknowledges their state is better known for theme parks), to beers with names like Florida Cracker, to the many Florida-centric ingredients they use, Cigar City is deliberately inseparable from their home state. It's a mutually beneficially relationship. Florida gives Cigar City a unique identity and Cigar City, with their hundreds of unique beers released since opening in 2009, has seriously elevated Florida's beer reputation.

    We talked to Cigar City's Vice President Justin Clark while writing Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg, so check out our book outtake if you want to more about some of the brewery's most experimental beers.

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  • Make Some Beer Book Outtakes: Evil Twin Brewing

    Behind the Scenes - July 28, 2014

    We love Evil Twin Brewing’s sensibility, from its tongue-in-cheek beer names to the vibrant design of its bottles and cans (not to mention the globally-respected beer!). Brooklyn-by-way-of-Denmark founder and brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø has developed a cult following for Evil Twin’s inventive beers, irreverent attitude and his much-loved Brooklyn bar, the beer mecca TØRST.

    While writing Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg, we spoke with Jeppe about how Copenhagen resembles Brooklyn, working at NOMA (considered the best restaurant in the world), and what’s with all the triangles in Evil Twin’s label. Our conversations with Jeppe when writing the book also led us to our recently announced collaboration Beer Making Kit, bringing Evil Twin's Bikini Beer to the stovetop!

    Read on for an outtake of our interview with Jeppe!

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  • America's Preference for Beer Over Wine, Stone Brewing's Expansion to Berlin, and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - July 25, 2014

    • We had a feeling about this one, but now it's official: Americans prefer beer over wine and even bourbon (even though sometimes we like ours aged in bourbon barrels!). [TIME]
    • Europe's getting lucky these days! Stone Brewing just announced it will convert a historic German gasworks plant in Berlin into a brewery and international hub for its operations. [LA Times]
    • The Lonestar State has its fair share of popular craft breweries in Austin, but the small and mighty Big Bend Brewing Company has injected a jolt of excitement into its rural Texas home. [The New York Times]
    • Pint upgrade: by law, Washington DC breweries can now serve 16 oz instead of just a one-time pour of 12 oz to visitors. [The Washington Post]
    • Beer and dinner pairings are becoming a mainstay, but have you ever thought about what doughnut would pair best with your stout? [Vita.mn]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 7/25

    Beer Events - July 24, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    The varied beer offerings happening across the US this weekend makes us want to travel to every corner of the country to enjoy beloved stand-bys and find new craft favorites! From the established classic Oregon Brewers Festival-celebrating its 27th year-to newcomers like NYC’s Beer and Bacon Classic and superhero-themed Heroes Brew Festival (on the same day as Comic Con, no less!), there’s something for every kind of craft beer lover. Read on for the week’s top beer events!

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Evil Twin Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - July 23, 2014

    Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø is one of our favorite people in Brooklyn. We love his bar, TØRST, and we love the madcap beers he brews under the Evil Twin moniker. Just yesterday we announced a collaboration Beer Making Kit with the brewery - their Bikini Beer, scaled down to the kitchen!

    Jeppe, the founder and man behind Evil Twin Brewing, was a physics and English teacher in his native Denmark before starting Copenhagen's Ølbutikken, a highly regarded beer store. He founded Evil Twin in 2010 as a nomadic brewery, then moved it to Brooklyn in 2012 when he relocated there with his family, opening the beer bar TØRST the same year.

    The creativity behind Evil Twin's beers is evident in the spectrum of colors present in the five Evil Twin beers we sampled. Those beers were: Justin Blåbær, a Berliner Weiss; Ryan and the Beaster Bunny, a Farmhouse Saison; The Cowboy, a Smoked Porter; Even More Denmark, a Chocolate Stout, and Imperial Donut Break, an Imperial Porter (What other brewer would make a beer with actual glazed donuts and have it taste incredible?). Read on for our tasting notes and be sure to add your own in the comments if you've tried these Evil Twin beers!

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  • Pre-Order Today: Evil Twin Brewing & BBS Bikini Beer Beer Making Kit

    Behind the Scenes - July 22, 2014

    It's no secret that Brooklyn is a hotbed for beer-filled creativity, and we're thrilled to announce a brand new collaboration within our home borough alongside Brooklyn-based (by way of Denmark) Evil Twin Brewing and its master brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø! Inspired by our conversations with Jeppe while writing Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg, we’ve teamed up with him to bring the strikingly well-balanced, deliciously light-bodied, and heavily hopped Bikini Beer to the stovetop with an exclusive collaboration Beer Making Kit!

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  • Recipe: Micheladas

    Cooking with Beer - July 21, 2014

    Light, refreshing, a little spicy – the Michelada has long been a go-to for bright summer mornings or the late, hot afternoon. We love this beer cocktail for its cool, vegetal quality and for its simplicity. Originating in Mexico, and cousin to the more tame Chelada (an equally thirst-quenching concoction consisting of just beer, lime juice, and sea salt), the Michelada takes a great light beer to the next level with the addition of tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and a bit of hot sauce. You can even swap out the tomato juice for Clamato juice (a mix of tomato and clam juice) to feel like you're right on the beach.

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  • Brewing Beer with Yeast From an Ancient Whale Bone, the Growing Oklahoma Craft Beer Scene, and more Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - July 18, 2014

    • Yeast makes alcohol from sugar, but can it also keep you from overindulging? [NPR]
    • Beer's an ancient beverage, and when its brewed with yeast from a 35-million-year-old whale bone, you know it'll really taste like what the cavemen drank. [The Drinks Business]
    • Court's in session: Full Sail Brewing Company is claiming that a Georgia law firm has confusingly used the likeness of its popular Session Lager. [ABA Journal]
    • Five Oklahoma breweries are leading the craft beer renaissance in a state with some of the strictest beer laws in the US. [Paste Magazine]
    • No hands required: there's a trick to pouring beer with your head, and it's been caught on video. [Grub Street]

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  • Recipe: Beer & Ginger Grilled Chicken

    Cooking with Beer - July 17, 2014

    A grill does amazing things to chicken on the bone—especially when that chicken's marinated in beer. Smoky and slightly charred, yet still super-moist and flavorful, it's the perfect platter-topper for any outdoor weekend by the grill. Adding a delicious beer means delicious chicken! If you don't have any Grapefruit Honey Ale on hand, try Left Hand Brewing's Good JuJu—a ginger-packed pale ale.

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  • Weekend Beer Events 7/18

    Beer Events - July 16, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    The summer continues to heat up, and if you’re like us, you’ll want to cool down with a beer this weekend. From relaxing at a lakeside beer festival, to altruistic beer-drinking in the Colorado plains, to celebrating Christmas in July, this weekend’s best beer events range drastically. Whether you’re in a bathing suit or a Santa suit, there will be beer to enjoy for all.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Ninkasi Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - July 15, 2014

    Ninkasi Brewing Company is smartly named for the Sumerian goddess of fermentation, whose credo dictated that making, enjoying and sharing beer enlightens us (we agree!). Not long after founders Nikos Ridge and Jamie Floyd began brewing out of a German restaurant in Springfield, Oregon in 2006, the duo started hand-delivering kegs to local establishments. Being extremely connected to their community has proved to work well over time—Ninkasi is one of the most popular breweries in the Pacific Northwest these days, generating 95,000 barrels per year!

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  • Hop of the Month: Nelson Sauvin

    Hop of the Month - July 14, 2014

    Named after both its founding region in New Zealand and the Sauvignon Blanc grape, Nelson Sauvin is an exciting, distinctive hop varietal that was released in 2000. Hailing from a small bay on the north coast of the country's South Island, Nelson Sauvin is a perfect summertime hop; it possesses strong fruity aromas and flavors of tropical fruit and crushed grapes that mingle with citrus like tangerine and grapefruit. Known to impart a cool climate white wine "fruitiness", its bold, dominant hop character is at home in new-world styles and can be used to produce pithy ales as well as delicate yet bitter lagers.

    This bright, juicy hop has recently grown in popularity in the US with its fellow countrymen - Montueka and Riwaka. They're all lucky to call New Zealand home: the nation has hardly any natural pests (therefore no pesticides are needed, hooray!).

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  • The US Hits 3,000 Breweries, New Glarus Brewing's New Wild Fruit Cave, $120 Black Truffle Pilsner, and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - July 11, 2014

    • 2014: The new 1873. There are now over 3,000 breweries in the United States - the most since the 19th century! [CNBC]
    • Ever wonder how your city might taste like as a beer? A microbiologist and chemical ecologist in Richmond, VA are collecting local wild strains of yeast to create distinct batches. [Richmond.com]
    • Employees Only (at Harpoon): One of the Northeast's biggest craft breweries will become an employee-owned company as of August 1. [The Boston Globe]
    • An Oud Bruin is New Glarus Brewing's first release from it's new wild fruit cave. Move over, IPAs - sour beers are in. [Isthmus]
    • Culinary beers guide Moody Tongue Brewing, which will soon release a Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner that will cost as much as $120 a bottle. Thankfully, they're big bottles.[Chicago Tribune]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 7/11

    Beer Events - July 10, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Head outdoors (or out West) for this weekend’s best beer events! Whether you prefer to be near water, mountains, or barbeque, there’s an array of beer festivals to attend over the next two days. From a vast showcase of 100+ beers in Coney Island to a beer fest in the woods celebrating Minnesotan brewers and Breckenridge Brewery’s 24th Anniversary Hootenanny, summer is in full swing with these great craft beer events:

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  • Summer Wheat, Seven Ways

    Beer List - July 9, 2014

    Summer Wheat, Seven Ways

    Crisp, spicy wheat beer makes us think of summer days at the beach and warm nights in the backyard – it’s the perfect complement to the heat of July and August (even though we like to drink it year round).

    We love to stop by the local farmer’s market and pick up interesting ingredients to experiment with in our small batches – and our Summer Wheat is a perfect beer to try out new brewing ideas.

    We’ve rounded up seven different ways to treat your Summer Wheat to upgrade post-boil - try one or mix and match (think orange & mint, lemon & lime, etc.). Just remember to strain out any additional ingredients after the ice bath!

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Against The Grain

    2 O'Clock Tastings - July 8, 2014

    There are many reasons to try a beer. Perhaps you're a fan of the style. Maybe you enjoyed the beers made by the brewer at another brewery, or you heard positive things from a friend. Maybe it just sounds good. Or, as was the case with Against The Grain Brewery, the packaging caught your eye. Featuring irreverent and witty cartoon illustrations, Against the Grain's bottles are full of attitude that jumps out at you on the shelf. Located in a former train station on Main Street in Louisville, KY, this rapidly expanding three year old brewery and restaurant brews on a 15 barrel system, in addition to brewing at Pub Dog Brewery in Maryland.

    We sampled two Against the Grain ales: Citra Ass Down, an Imperial IPA, and 35k, a Milk Stout. Have you tried these Louisville beers? Leave your own tasting notes in the comment section!

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  • Make Some Beer Book Outtakes: Cigar City Brewing

    Behind the Scenes - July 7, 2014

    Cigar City Brewing is known for experimental beers—they’ll tell you themselves that some, like the Cucumber Saison or Horchata Ale, are for adventurous drinkers. Because of the focus on production for its home state of Florida, Tampa-based Cigar City has been able to make an incredibly varied amount of beer, and prides itself on letting brewers follow their muse.

    While writing Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg, we toured down to the land of palm trees and Cuban coffee to stop by Cigar City and chat with Vice President Justin Clark, who gave us the details on being inspired by cocktails and the weirdest beers Cigar City has conceived.

    Read on for an outtake of our interview with Clark!

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  • Keg-powered Rocket Launching, Goose Island now on board United flights and more beer news

    Beer News Mashup - July 3, 2014

    • Here’s the secret to perfect beer head, and how to break out your beer smarts at this weekend’s holiday barbeque. [Parade]
    • If you need a tongue-in-cheek beer recommendation, here are 11 options that that will complete your summer grill days! [Clickhole]
    • The best camping complement: Vermont State Parks is pairing up with Whetstone Station Craft Beers on two state park-named beers this summer. [VTbeer.org]
    • Blast off! No, really – six rocket enthusiasts in Portland, Oregon are launching a rocket into space powered by kegs of beer from Burnside Brewery. [Mashable]
    • Fly the delicious skies! United Airlines just launched a partnership with Goose Island Beer to serve its classic 312 Urban Wheat Ale on board flights. [Chicago Sun-Times]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 7/4

    Beer Events - July 2, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    This holiday weekend, craft beer festivals are in abundance across the US and abroad. From a Belgian beer fair on Japan’s coast to a baseball and beer fest in Oakland, CA, and even a cask ale extravaganza near London, beer lovers all over the globe have a reason to celebrate. Read on for our best beer event picks for the weekend!

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - July 1, 2014

    Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. is based in Buellton, California, a small town about 40 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. Named for a nearby mountain, this rapidly growing brewery was launched in 2010 and is run by father/son team Jim and Jaime Ditenhofer. With intricate drawings inspired by Southern California adorning their bottles and taps, Figueroa Mountain strives to capture the spirit and flavors of its region.

    We sampled three beers from 22 oz. bombers: Hoppy Poppy IPA, an American IPA; Hurricane Deck Double IPA, an Imperial IPA; and Davy Brown Ale, an American Brown Ale.

    We logged our tasting notes for the Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. beers we sampled, but if you've tried others, add your own in the comments!

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  • 12 Recipes For A Beer-Filled 4th of July

    Beer List - June 30, 2014

    Whether you are planning an Independence Day bash worthy of the history books or hosting a laid-back rooftop gathering with friends to watch the fireworks, we know the main ingredient to make your 4th of July menu shine: beer, of course!

    We’ve gathered 12 of our favorite recipes – from delicious dips and grilled mains to homemade sweets and beer-spiked cocktails – to help you plan the ultimate beer-filled spread in celebration of stars and stripes.

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  • Dogfish Head opens an Inn, the FAA bans drone beer delivery, and more beer news

    Beer News Mashup - June 26, 2014

    • Bad news for those hoping for beer-delivering drones. [Venture Beat]
    • Craft beer in France? Oui! [Modern Farmer]
    • Great new breweries are opening in every corner of New York City. [Grub Street]
    • Off-centered lodging for off-centered people? Dogfish Head's craft beer empire now include an inn! [Delaware Online]
    • Lagunitas is already thinking about expanding, despite opening their Chicago brewery last week. [The Press Democrat ]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 6/28

    Beer Events - June 25, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    With 4th of July right around the corner, it’s really starting to feel like summer around here. We’ve rounded up this weekend’s best beer events, and with gatherings ranging from a craft beer bash at the zoo, to a beer dinner with a craft brewing titan, and a colossal festival in one of the best beer states, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be outdoors with a pint in hand!

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  • Two O'Clock Tasting: Other Half Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 24, 2014

    Founded in 2013 by Matt Monahan, Sam Richardson, and Andrew Burman, Other Half Brewing focuses primarily on fresh and hoppy IPAs and Pale Ales. Their approach is similar to that of many West Coast brewers; the flavors are big and bold with complex notes of citrus and pine.

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  • Recipe: Beer Can Chicken

    Cooking with Beer - June 23, 2014

    When it comes to cooking with beer, Beer Can Chicken is a popular starting point, and we get it. It's easy. Grilling is involved (and grilling is fun). But most important--it's nearly impossible to end up with anything but intensely moist chicken. We dry-rubbed ours heavily and cooked it with a store-bought Belgian-style saison. There's no need to use homemade beer on this since it's more about the moisture and less about the flavor of the beer you choose. Your best bet is to go with something that isn't too hop-forward but still totally delicious.

    There are articles against and supporting the use of an actual can (and the potential hazards) so we opt for a stainless steal rack (and the ability to use whatever beer we have in the fridge).

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  • Searching for New York Barley, The Nashville Brewing Scene, 3 Floyds in Copenhagen and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - June 20, 2014

    • Scientists are looking for a way to make East Coast beers truly local by growing New York barley. [Mashable]
    • Less water, more beer: Several large U.S. brewers are feeling the squeeze to conserve more water due to shortages. [Denver Post]
    • Denmark is getting a dose of the Midwest U.S.: 3 Floyds is teaming up with Mikkeller for a new brewpub in Copenhagen. [Politiken]
    • Country music isn't the only thing in Nashville! Craft brewing has taken Music City by storm. [Nashville Scene]
    • Kelp ale - the new oyster stout? The owner of Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. in Belfast, Maine thinks so. [Bangor Daily News]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 6/21

    Beer Events - June 19, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Fun beer events abound this weekend at a wide range of localities. Sip craft beer while eating crabs at Baltimore's Inner Harbor (pass the Old Bay!). Take a scenic railroad to a craft beer festival in Colorado or run a 5k to one Georgia. Support a non-profit in Minneapolis while viewing beer-themed posters. And get a taste of Italy's burgeoning beer culture near Milan this weekend. We wish we could do it all!

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  • Recipe: Beer & Coffee Breakfast Cocktail

    Cooking with Beer - June 18, 2014

    Lovers of booze and chocolate covered pretzels rejoice--we've made a beer cocktail just for you. The perfect option for any Sunday brunch in need of a hearty cocktail, this combination of stout, cold-brewed coffee, and Averna (a tasty Italian amaro) is elevated to new heights by sprinkling of cocoa powder and coarsely ground sea salt just prior to service.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Gigantic Brewing, Revisited

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 17, 2014

    We recently gathered around our tasting table to try three beers from Portland, Oregon’s Gigantic Brewing. The 2 year old Gigantic focuses on one-off beers; they avoid brewing the same beer more than once and when a beer sell out, generally within three months, it's gone forever. Gigantic Brewing is also notable for the artwork that adorns their bottles. Featuring colorful and off-beat illustrations, the artist is actually listed on each bottle.

    This is not the first time we’ve tasted Gigantic Brewing’s beers; we had their only year-round offering, Gigantic IPA, along with their High Fidelity and Hellion last fall. Here we sampled three of their seasonal beers; Bang On!, a Bitter/Pale Ale, Dark Meddle, a Vienna Lager, and Most Premium Russian Imperial Stout, a Russian Imperial Stout.

    Were the flavors of these beers “gigantic”? Were they as whimsical and colorful as their labels would imply? Read on to find out! And if you've tried this Pacific Northwest brewery before, be sure to leave your tasting notes in the comments.

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  • Hop of the Month: Summit

    Hop of the Month - June 16, 2014

    For a young hop, Summit is an unique and fascinating variety. First released commercially in 2003, Summit was developed in Washington's Yakima Valley and is the decedent of an openly pollinated Nugget hop plant that was then cross-bred with Zeus and other citrusy hop varieties. One of the few dwarf hops commercially available, Summit is typically grown on low trellises and must be picked by hand. The hop has an extremely high alpha acid content, ranging from 16.0% up to 19.5%, which makes it an excellent bittering hop.

    Summit hops were originally intended for use by large capacity brewers as a money-saver. Because the hop is so bitter, it can be used in smaller quantities and money can be saved on storage. Supplies of Summit are more stable than most hops because brewers need less, due to the extreme bitterness. Supply is also helped by Summit's mold and fungus resistance.

    But Summit is not a one-trick pony. It's highly valued for its unique citrusy flavors that call to mind orange zest and grapefruit. The hop, which pairs well with herbal hops, also can have garlic and onion aromas when used late in the boil. Summit is primarily used in IPAs and Pale Ales, but it also appears in stouts.

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  • Coolships Across the US, Beer Byproducts Used to Regenerate Human Bones, and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - June 13, 2014

    • All aboard the coolship: Several U.S. craft breweries are now using this age-old brewing technique for their American wild ales. [First We Feast]
    • Good news for canned beer fans! The number of craft breweries canning has doubled since 2012. [NPR]
    • Scientists are using beer brewing byproducts to regenerate human bones. Seriously! [The Drinks Business]
    • Bell’s Brewery will release The Planet Series, a collection of seven beers inspired by music from composer Gustav Holst, in August. [Michigan Live]
    • If the most popular beer from each of the 32 World Cup countries competed in a tournament, who would win? [The Big Lead]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 6/14

    Beer Events - June 12, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Great beer in great settings seems to be the commonality with this weekend's best beer events. Sip delicious beer in downtown Montreal, on a Texas lake, in beautiful Saragota, near the shores of Lake Michigan, or in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. So get outside and enjoy the last weekend of spring with a beer in hand.

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  • The 3 C's of Pairing Beer with Food: Cut

    Cooking with Beer - June 11, 2014

    There are lots of ways to approach pairing beer with food. You can pair beer and food that complement each other, contrast with each other, or, our final C, cut each other.

    Cutting is similar to contrast, but taken to the extreme. We're talking about big bold flavors or sensations when we think about cutting; think about biting into a rich, fatty piece of BBQ, or scorching your tongue on a spicy pepper. Much like contrast, you want to pair those intense, extreme foods with a beer that will take it down a notch. So, try cutting the richness of a fatty cheese with the bright sourness of a gueuze or fruited lambic.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 10, 2014

    The Midwesterners among us were giddy with excitement for our tasting of the Munster, IN-based 3 Floyds Brewing Company. Started in 1996 with a 5 barrel wok-burner-fired brew kettle, 3 Floyds moved to its current location in 2000 and opened a brewpub adjacent to their brewery in 2005. 25 miles south of Chicago, 3 Floyds has grown to become one of the most critically acclaimed breweries in the Midwest.

    We tasted five beers from 3 Floyds: Man-o-Awe, a pale ale, Arctic Panzer Wolf, an imperial IPA, Dreadnaught, another imperial IPA, Live a Rich Life, a Belgian-style IPA, and Topless Wytch, a Baltic-style porter. Read our tasting notes below and leave your own in the comments!

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  • Recipe: Ultimate Beer Burger

    Cooking with Beer - June 9, 2014

    Simply-made or indulgently complicated, a good burger can come in a slew of mouth-watering iterations. But one thing's for sure: It's best served with a cold beer. We've taken our love for the classic combination of burgers and beer to the next level by stacking a stout-spiked patty with some of the most beer-filled and burger-ready recipes around including our Hop Mayo, Beer Bacon & Onion Jam, and Spent Grain Burger Bun.

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  • How A Yeast Vault Saved an English Brewery, Great Divide and 21st Amendment Are Expanding, and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - June 6, 2014

    • Shiner Bock sold 100,000 cases their first year in NYC [NY Times]
    • Great Divide Brewing announced plans for a new $38.2 million production facility and tap room [Denver Post]
    • 21st Amendment Brewery is also expanding with a $21 million production brewery, tasting room, and restaurant [SF Business Times]
    • A "yeast vault" in England saved Jennings Brewery's ale after a massive flood [Gizmodo]
    • A professor was fired from Charleston Southern University after his unusual likeness was used on a beer can [The Drinks Business]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 6/7

    Beer Events - June 5, 2014

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    It's an excellent weekend for beer as our diverse event picks show. You can learn how to barrel age your beers from the head of Firestone Walker's Barrelworks, you can support worthy charities while watching a Beatles tribute band playing on a rooftop with craft beer in your hand, or you can sample beers from the Hudson Valley's exploding craft beer scene at a small festival just north of New York City.

    If like really cool sour beers and other alcoholic concoctions with fruit, Portland is hosting the 4th annual Fruit Beer Festival. And if you like to combine your craft beer with rock climbing or biking, Madison, WI is the place to be. No matter what your preferences, there is a fun event for you this weekend.

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  • 9 Beer Gifts to Make or Buy for Dad

    Beer List - June 4, 2014

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Pizza Port

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 3, 2014

    This week’s tasting is from Pizza Port, a pizza brewpub in the San Diego area. We sampled their three canned offerings: Pronto S.I.P.A., a sessionable American IPA, Swami’s IPA, an American IPA, and Chronic Ale, an American Amber Ale.

    The unusually named Pizza Port traces its origins back to 1987, when Gina & Vince Marsaglia purchased a pizza place in Solana Beach, California. Vince used their surplus space to experiment with making beer, releasing their first “official” beers in 1992. Expanding to five locations in the San Diego area since then, Pizza Pub has become a staple of the fantastic San Diego beer scene.

    Read on for our Pizza Port tasting notes, and don’t forget to add your own tasting notes in the comments if you've tried these beers!

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  • Recipe: Hop Mayo

    Cooking with Beer - June 2, 2014

    Mayonnaise might just be one of those things that you know are possible to make at home, but you've just never tried it. Kind of like beer before you took the leap. And just like beer, making and customizing your own mayo is really simple. We whipped up a batch of something we like to call Hop Mayo with our Everyday IPA. The result is rich and creamy with a pleasant hop aroma--perfect for sandwich spreading or french fry dipping.

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  • The DNA Of Yeast And More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - May 30, 2014

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  • Weekend Beer Events 5/31

    Beer Events - May 29, 2014

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    Looking for a beer festival this weekend? You're in luck. From Firestone Walker's amazing craft brewer lineup at their Invitational Beer Fest, to the massive American Craft Beer Fest in Boston, to the laidback vibes of Burning Can in Colorado, to the great Philly Beer Week, there is a beer festival for every taste this weekend. Read on for our event picks for this weekend.

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  • Recipe: Beer, Bacon & Onion Jam

    Cooking with Beer - May 28, 2014

    Bacon's easily the star of any breakfast plate or burger-top. It's almost indescribable how delicious it can be. Typically best served at the very moment it's cool enough to pick up and eat for a super crunchy surge of umami, it's understandable to not get too adventurous with your bacon-eating habits. But imagine a spreadable, picnic-ready jam made with loads of bacon, beer, brown sugar, caramelized onions and a few other simple ingredients, and you have our Beer, Bacon & Onion Jam. And with this recipe, you may never look at a cheese plate or any meal in need of condiments the same way again.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Dogfish Head's Minutes

    2 O'Clock Tastings - May 27, 2014

    It is an understatement to say that Dogfish Head is an interesting brewery. They're one of the largest craft brewers in America but yet there may be no brewery today that exhibits such a dedication to experimentation and boundary pushing.

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  • A "Johnny Man'z Ale", Green Flash to Reformulate Some Beers, Two Roads Brewing Expansion and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - May 23, 2014

    • Johnny Man'z Ale created by Cleveland Browns fan [CBSSports]
    • NYC's old school Irish pubs are struggling [Crain's]
    • Green Flash is reformulating several beers, including the popular West Coast IPA [Beer Pulse]
    • CT's Two Roads Brewing Co. is undergoing a $2.5 million expansion [Stratford Star]
    • There is a legislative battle over a South Carolina bill that aims to attract Stone Brewing's new East Coast brewery [The Post and Courier]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 5/24

    Beer Events - May 22, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Opportunities to sip the praise-worthy beers of Vermont, New Mexico and Paris highlight our weekend beer event picks for this Memorial Day Weekend, along with a lambic and sour beer festival in Chicago and an fun event that will allow you to sample New York State craft beer on the (not so) high seas of New York Harbor. Enjoy!

    And don't forget, our Beer Making Class in DUMBO, Brooklyn is on Wednesday! Every ticket includes a signed copy of our new book, Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg. Get your ticket now while they're still available!

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  • Hop of the Month: Liberty

    Hop of the Month - May 21, 2014

    We’ve covered a number of German hops recently. Originating in America, this month’s hop, Liberty, is a close cousin to many of those famed hops. This shared German and American heritage gives the hop great versatility; you can find Liberty hops in a wide variety of beers, most commonly in lagers.

    Deriving from the German noble hop Hallertau, Liberty’s mild floral and spicy characteristics and overall clean flavor make them an ideal choice for German-style beers. Because of its parentage, Liberty shares many characteristics with the noble hops. Relatively low in alpha acids, the hop is mostly used for aroma. Contrary to what many assume, Liberty hops are not present in Anchor Steam’s famed Liberty Ale.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Half Acre Beer Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - May 20, 2014

    On a recent trip to Chicago, we hopped around town to a number of breweries to sample the local craft beer scene. One of our favorites was Half Acre Brewing Company. Started in 2006 by utilizing a contract brewer in Wisconsin, Half Acre has now grown into one of Chicagoland’s favorite local breweries. Since 2009, they have been operating out of their current facility in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, along with a storefront for bottles, cans and growlers-to-go, as well as a taproom, which opened in 2012. Half Acre has been on the forefront of the recent, local craft beer boom in Chicago, paving the way for dozens of others. In 2010, they became the first Chicago brewery to can their beer.

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