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  • Glassware Guide: Pilsner Flute

    Brew School - September 17, 2014

    Bottles and cans are great, but we'll be drinking our beers from a glass. The right glass ensures a beer smells and tastes how the brewer intended.

    The point-like bottom and lightly flared sides of the Pilsner Flute leads to a centered release of bubbles from the bottom of the glass, giving the beer a lovely visual appeal as fine-beaded carbonation moves through the clear beer. The pilsner's skinny diameter helps form and retain a thick head while creating a direct path for the noble hop aromas to enter your nose. Read More...


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Eagle Rock Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - September 15, 2014

    As the first brewery to open in Los Angeles in close to 60 years, Eagle Rock Brewery was established in 2009 and has become go-to Southern California beer, found in numerous bottle shops and restaurants across the bottom half of the state. Started by Jeremy Raub, his wife Ting Su and his father Steven Raub, Eagle Rock has a popular taproom connected to its brewery and have planned a soon-to-open Public House serving pub fare. Eagle Rock’s bottles are distinctly adorned with graphic barley plants and modernist-style typography, adding to the mid-century inspired names.

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  • 6 Beer Brunch Cocktails

    Beer List - September 12, 2014

    It's no secret we love weekend brunch - in addition to eggs or maybe waffles, it's routine to end up with multiple beverages on the table and most likely one of them is a beer or cocktail! We like to have a little beer in our cocktails, and these six beer brunch concoctions are perfect examples of how to do it - from spicy and light to a little bitter and velvety. Whether you enjoy a refreshing sangria, a remake of the classic Tom Collins, or just want to up your Mimosa game, we know you'll love brunch more with more beer (all the cocktails can be made with our beers, too, including Jalapeno Saison, Everyday IPA and Grapefruit Honey Ale.)

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  • Glassware Guide: Tulip

    Brew School - September 10, 2014

    Bottles and cans are great, but we'll be drinking our beers from a glass. The right glass ensures a beer smells and tastes how the brewer intended.

    An elegant stemmed glass, the Tulip is best for beers with strong and complex aromas. The sides of the tulip flare outward from a stem attached to a rounded foot, then pinch inward before flaring again at the top of the glass. This flared top disperses and spreads a beer's complex aromas, allowing them to be detected individually. The stem keeps the beer at a constant temperature by avoiding direct hand contact with the beer. Read More...


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Grimm Ales

    2 O'Clock Tastings - September 8, 2014

    We think that Brooklyn is an incredible hive of inspirational, creative energy (we're based here for a reason!). Two people contributing to this energy in a major way are Joe and Lauren Grimm, the husband and wife duo behind Grimm Ales.

    The Grimms are nomadic brewers (they brew their beer at breweries with extra capacity) who are responsible for every aspect of Grimm Ales, including the bottle art. They started brewing out of their Chicago apartment in 2005 before eventually moving to New York and founding Grimm Ales in 2013. Their beers, creative twists on Belgian styles, are brewed in small batches with no repeats.

    We sampled three recent Grimm offerings; With Love From Grimm, a tripel; BFF, an Imperial IPA; and Double Negative, an Imperial Stout. Read on for our tasting notes and be sure to contribute your own if you've sampled these delicious beers!

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  • Recipe: Beer & Pretzel Ice Cream Sundae

    Cooking with Beer - September 5, 2014

    Beer & Pretzel Ice Cream Sundae: Pretzel infused ice cream and stout spiked fudge sauce make for the perfect craft beer sundae.
    Craft beer and ice cream - two of our favorite things (for summer, and we'll be honest - in any season!). One afternoon, while we drank a few Oatmeal Stouts and had some vanilla ice cream, we decided to break out some hard pretzels to enjoy as well. Not surprisingly, the saltiness of the pretzels paired perfectly with the ice cream's rich vanilla, as well as the deep chocolate flavors in our stout - and the idea for a craft beer lover's dream sundae was born. Our version has a pretzel-infused ice cream as the salty-sweet base that we then top with stout fudge sauce to bring it all together.

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  • Glassware Guide: Nonic Pint

    Brew School - September 3, 2014

    Bottles and cans are great, but we'll be drinking our beers from a glass. The right glass ensures a beer smells and tastes how the brewer intended.

    The most common and versatile glass is the pint. We prefer the Nonic Pint (with the bulge) over the shaker pint because the wide mouth and flared walls of the shaker allow more of the beer's aroma to escape. A slight bulge near the top of the Nonic glass redirects bubbles towards the center, allowing more aroma to be directed into the nose. The bulge also prevents glasses from sticking together when stacked.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: New Belgium Brewing's Lips of Faith Series

    2 O'Clock Tastings - September 2, 2014

    A fixture of the craft-brewing scene since launching in 1991, New Belgium Brewing Company has built a mini-empire on the success of the amber ale Fat Tire. Five years after opening in Fort Collins, Colorado, former Rodenbach brewer Peter Bouckaert was brought on to launch New Belgium’s sour program. Since then, New Belgium has continued to expand their sour beer production, including the well-loved experimental Lips of Faith series.

    We sampled four bottles from this special line: Yuzu, an Imperial Berliner Weisse Style Ale; Pluot, a Fruit Ale; Wild2, a Belgian Style Dubbel; and La Folie 2013, a Sour Brown Ale.

    Read on for our tasting notes and if you've tried others from the series, add your own in the comments!

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Maui Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - August 27, 2014

    We're always eager to try beers that don't distribute to New York, so we stashed some cans from Maui Brewing Co. in our luggage after a recent West Coast trip. The popular Hawaii-based brewery, located two blocks from the ocean at what is nearly the westernmost spot on Maui, was founded in 2005 and distributes their canned beers to 11 states, primarily west of the Rockies. Their beers is also available on taps, including at their brewpub, located a few miles down the coast from their brewery.

    We sat down to try four of their six canned beers, including their year round Big Swell IPA and CoCoNut PorTeR, plus seasonal offerings Lemongrass Saison and Lahaina Town Brown. Have you tried any of these beers from the 50th state? Leave your own tasting notes in the comment section below!

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  • 9 Recipes for Your Labor Day Cookout

    Cooking with Beer, Beer List - August 25, 2014

    Forget that Labor Day marks the end of summer and pack in as much grilling and beer-filled fun into 3 days as you can.

    We’ve pulled together 9 of our favorite cookout recipes – from burgers, chicken (3 ways) and shrimp off the grill to make-ahead desserts and pitchers of beer cocktails – to help you plan the ultimate beer-filled Labor Day spread. Read More...


  • Hop of the Month: Falconer's Flight

    Hop of the Month - August 22, 2014

    Named in honor of the late Oregon brewer Glen Hay Falconer, Hopunion (out of Yakima, Washington) created Falconer’s Flight. Differing from other Hop of the Month posts featuring specific varieties of hops, Falconer’s Flight is actually a blend of several different hops (including Citra, Simcoe, Sorachi Ace) native to the Northwest region of the United States. This hop mixture uses specifically aromatic and citrusy hops, and was designed to impart aroma and flavor to IPAs and American pale ales.

    Want to try it yourself? Falconer's Flight is one of the hops included in our recently released Evil Twin Bikini Beer Collaboration available in Kit and Mix.

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  • 6 Chilled Beer-Filled Desserts for Summer

    Cooking with Beer, Beer List - August 20, 2014

    We'll always take a cold beer on a hot summer day, and often that gets us thinking about how we might incorporate our own beer into something delicious, sweet and chilled. There's hardly anything better than an ice cold treat, especially if it's infused with beer!

    If you're stumped about what to bring to your next (perhaps last, where did the summer go?!) cookout or just want to have an afternoon sweet from the freezer, here are six of our most refreshing recipes, whether you prefer chocolate or citrus. Our Grapefruit Honey Ale, Oatmeal Stout and more are great additions!

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Modern Times

    2 O'Clock Tastings - August 18, 2014

    Modern Times is a modern brewery. Founded in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego in 2013, a consistent and modern aesthetic permeates everything they do. From their beautifully designed cans to their sleek and minimalistic website, this 30 barrel production brewery and tasting room approaches things in a modern way. And that website. Not only do they list out the essential facts for each beer - ABV, IBU, Final Gravity, hop varietals used, malt varietals used - but they actually post the recipe for the beer, so you can make it at home.

    We tried three of Modern Time's four year round offerings: Blazing World, an Amber Ale; Fortunate Islands, a Wheat Ale; and Black House, a Stout. Surprisingly for a San Diego brewery, Modern Times has no year around IPA. But don't think these brews are light on the hops. They were born in San Diego, after all.

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  • Belgium Comes To Cooperstown 2014

    Brew Trips & Fests - August 15, 2014

    Last weekend, we packed up our tents and a whole lotta beer and headed toward Cooperstown, New York for Ommegang Brewery's annual celebration of Belgian beer - Belgium Comes to Cooperstown! We joined over 70 other breweries, from Evil Twin Brewing and Other Half to Oxbow Brewing and Peekskill Brewery, for this revelrous festival on the beautiful grounds of the brewery. While we served up our Strawberry Rhubarb Strong Ale and Jalapeno Saison, we really enjoyed chatting with festival attendees, other brewers and tasting all the different beers available!

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America

    2 O'Clock Tastings - August 13, 2014

    Sierra Nevada Brewing Company was founded in 1980, and is credited with starting the craft beer movement. To celebrate the opening of their new brewery in Mills River, North Carolina, Sierra Nevada started Beer Camp Across America. This seven-city beer festival has moved across the country from the brewery’s current facility in Chico, California to the grand opening of their new facilities in North Carolina. In addition to festival days, Sierra Nevada has also released a pack of 12 beers all made in collaboration with craft breweries from across the nation!

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  • Glassware Guide: Weizen

    Brew School - August 11, 2014

    Bottles and cans are great, but we'll be drinking our beers from a glass. The right glass ensures a beer smells and tastes how the brewer intended.

    The Weizen Glass (or weissbier vase) resembles something you'd find at an old soda fountain. It's tall and slender frame curves inward from the base, flares out to a bulb near the top, and then tapers in again. The narrow shape traps in a fluffy head and allows lush, fruity and spicy aromas to be directed to the nose. Read More...


  • Weekend Beer Events 8/8

    Beer Events - August 8, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Starting in sunny California and heading east to pastoral upstate New York, this week in beer events we see some of the most beautiful locations in the U.S. (and drink some of the country's most delicious craft beer!). From the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado, to Atlanta in the south and onto New York City, there are beer events for everyone featuring some of the finest brews.

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    Brew School - August 6, 2014

    Bottles and cans are great but we'll be drinking our beers from a glass. The right glass ensures a beer smells and tastes how the brewer intended. 

    The right glass zeros in and amplifies the qualities that make that specific style of beer special. This means focusing your attention on the fruity fragrance, hazy body, and voluminous head of a wheat ale, or inky blackness and complex aroma of a stout. It gives a  Belgian beer room for a strong head and captures the elaborate hop aromas of an IPA.  Read More...


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Tin Man Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - August 4, 2014

    One of our favorite things about craft brewing now is the amount of new breweries popping up in unexpected places; areas not traditionally associated with brewing are now flowing with delicious locally made beer. Indiana is a great example of this. We recently tasted Munster's 3 Floyds Brewing and today we're sampling another new Indiana brewery, Tin Man Brewing.

    Founded in 2012, Tin Man makes their beer in a 20 hectoliter (approximately 528 gallon) brewhouse that is notable for using a mash filter to squeeze wort from the grain, as opposed to the traditional lautering through the grain; they're is only the 3rd brewery in the country to use this technique. Tin Man's beer can be found on draft or in 16 ounce cans. We sampled four of these cans - Circuit, Rivet, Overlord, and 3Gear - at our tasting table. Read on for our tasting notes and be sure to leave your own in the comments if you've tried these tasty beers.

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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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