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  • Make Some Beer Book Outtakes: Full Steam Brewing

    Behind the Scenes - October 22, 2014

    On the cross-country trip we took while writing Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg, we made a special stop at Fullsteam in Durham, North Carolina - a brewery that aspires to build its own southern beer economy. Fullsteam Brewery utilizes what its community has to offer and in turn educates and returns the profit to improve the lives of North Carolina farmers and agriculture entrepreneurs.

    To the Fullsteam brewers, the fun of experimenting while keeping the integrity of Southern food & farm traditions alive is paramount. Read on for an outtake of our interview with Fullsteam to see what their 300 Mile Vision is, why they love their brewing system and how honeysuckle, persimmons and figs made it into their beer.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Lakefront Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - October 20, 2014

    A favorite of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Midwest in general, Lakefront Brewing was founded in 1987 along the Milwaukee River by two brothers - Jim and Russ Klisch. The Klisch brothers have somewhat of a history in the beer world; their grandfather worked for Schlitz and the Uihelin’s! Organic and sustainable beer-making is of central importance to Lakefront. After becoming the first certified organic brewery in 1996, the brothers went even further in 2005 to work with farmers to grow native grain and hops in Wisconsin. Lakefront released the first beer since Prohibition using 100% Wisconsin-grown hops and malt, and in 2012, isolated an airborne 'Wisconsin' yeast strain to make fully local beer.

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  • Hop of the Month: Opal

    Hop of the Month, Brew School - October 17, 2014


    The Opal hop was registered by the Hüll Hops Research Institute in Germany in 2001 and then introduced to the market in 2004. Despite being available for 10 years, relatively few commercial breweries and brewers have made use of it. It is agreed upon that the hop itself, as well as information about the hop, is hard to find. Despite this, those who have used it are enthusiastic about its abilities to provide a subtle peppery flavor that compliments its clean citrus aroma.

    In general, this beer lends itself to several German-style beers, and imparts peppery, herbal and hoppy flavors as well as citrusy, floral aromas. A unique aspect of the Opal hop is that when first being dried, its aroma is similar to garlic. This odor fades over the drying process, and the hop assumes a normal bitter aroma.
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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Firestone Walker Barrelworks

    2 O'Clock Tastings - October 15, 2014

    Hailing from Paso Robles, California, Firestone Walker Brewing Company was started in 1996 by brothers-in-law Adam Firestone and David Walker. The brewery makes use of the brothers’ wine-making background, and employs a ‘Union Barrel’ system that uses 60-gallon American oak barrels for primary fermentation and stainless steel barrels for secondary fermentation.

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  • 9 Spent Grain Cookie Recipes

    Spent Grain Chef, Beer List - October 13, 2014

    We love any way to use spent grain leftovers from brewing, and we also love any excuse to make delicious cookies! Spent grain adds a complex, nutty aroma and flavor to just about any baked good, and with so many different cookie styles to roll out, the possibilities are nearly endless!

    Whether you are craving a childhood favorite (with a beer twist) or need a centerpiece to complete a great (beer-infused) party spread, we've gathered nine cookie recipes that are perfect for adding the touch of spent grain, including rugelach, madeleines and even biscotti to dip in your morning coffee.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Bellwoods Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - October 10, 2014

    When we headed through Toronto a couple months back and asked for recommendations the can't miss event that kept coming up was the Bellwoods Brewery & Indie Ale House tap takeover at Bar Hop. We drank up the delightful Excellent Adventure (a Beliner Weisse with sour cherries and a collaboration with the bar) and grabbed a few bottles from the brewery's bottle shop to bring back to Brooklyn.   Read More...


  • Recipe: Beer Queso

    Cooking with Beer - October 8, 2014

    Beer Queso

    We are no strangers to beer dip - it's often our favorite part of an appetizer spread (see Beer Cheese, Beer & Onion Dip or Beer & Artichoke Dip for examples). Naturally, Beer Queso was next on the list to perfect - and our Jalapeño Saison tops it off spectacularly. It's packed with delicious cheddar cheese and a touch of sour cream adds just enough sourness to balance out the dip's rich qualities.

    We love the consistency of this queso - it's creamy and smooth with some heat - and definitely beckons for continued chip-dipping. If you like a little more spice, add in another 1/2 habanero or jalapeño, or leave out the pepper all together for a more mild version.

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  • Glassware Guide: Goblet

    Brew School, Glassware Guide - October 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 Goblet (chalice) is the most regal and elegant of the essential beer glasses. Consisting of a round-fooded stem attached to a bowl-shaped glass, goblets can be plain or elaborate with ornate crystal-etched designs. Used primarily for Trappist or strong Belgian beers, the round bowl helps maintain a strong, yet shallow head from highly carbonated Belgian ales. Because the beers poured into them are strong, ranging from 7% to 11% ABV, most goblets only hold 10-12 ounces. Most goblets are designed and branded for specific breweries.  Read More...


  • Recipe: Peanut Butter Porter Ice Cream Cake

    Cooking with Beer - October 3, 2014

    Peanut Butter Porter Ice Cream Cake from Brooklyn Brew Shop

    We celebrate just about every special occasion (i.e. birthdays, really good weeks and sometimes really bad weeks) with a cake. And while Brooklyn dessert options are more than plentiful, we've somehow exhausted our local options (eating our way through Momofuku Milk Bar's whole cake menu in a few short months) and began thirsting for something new--something worth celebrating, which meant it needed to have beer.

    This Peanut Butter Porter Ice Cream Cake combines our love of peanut butter and ice cream with rich Chocolate Maple Porter and tops it with crushed Nutter Butter cookies and peanut butter cups - a creamy, frozen delight that'll make you want to throw a party just because.

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  • Village Voice Brooklyn Pour 2014

    Brew Trips & Fests - October 1, 2014

    Every year, the New York brewing community comes together at The Village Voice's Brooklyn Pour in the heart of the borough - a massive showcase of the best craft beer the state (and beyond) has to offer. The festival celebrated it's fourth year last Saturday, September 27, and with over 100 beers up for tasting, there was something for everyone. We brewed our New Orleans Coffee Milk Stout and Bruxelles Blonde with Apricots for the occasion, and loved seeing familiar faces and learning of new breweries and cideries popping up throughout the city and elsewhere. We really enjoyed IPAs from Finback Brewery and Braven Brewing Company, as well as ales from Transmitter Brewing and Grimm Ales.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Brouwerij West

    2 O'Clock Tastings - September 29, 2014

    Inventive bottle art always catches our eye, and San Jose-based Brouwerij West does not disappoint (in both looks and taste)! Founded in 2010 by Brian Mercer & Nick Brown, Brouwerij West makes exclusively Belgian-style beers with mostly Belgian ingredients - that means no IPAs. Mercer originally got into beer by concocting sugar syrups for brewers under the name Dark Candi, Inc.

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  • 6 Killer Beer Dips for Football Season

    Cooking with Beer, Beer List - September 26, 2014

    The air is crisp, leaves' edges are browning and pants are being reintroduced to your wardrobe - it can really mean only one thing: autumn is coming. We don't know about you, but autumn reminds us of football and when throwing a pigskin comes to mind, we think beer (not surprising, as we're always thinking about beer)!

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  • Glassware Guide: Snifter

    Brew School, Glassware Guide - September 24, 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.

    Traditionally used for complex spirits like cognac, the Snifter has become popular among beer drinkers in recent years. A short stem and foot are connected to a wide mouth bowl that tapers inward at the top, allowing complex aromas to open up and develop. The wide bowl is intended to be cradled with your hand, allowing the beer to warm, bringing out additional aromas. Ranging in size from 5 to 12 ounces, the snifter is ideal for heavy high alcohol beers that are enjoyed in smaller quantities. 5-ounce snifters, like our Tasting Set, are great for analyzing the appearance, aroma, and flavor of beers during a tasting session. Read More...


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Carson's Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - September 22, 2014

    This week’s tasting is from Carson’s Brewery, a microbrewery from Evansville, Indiana. We tried three of their six core beers: Eville, an American Wheat Ale; RIPA, an American Red India Pale Ale; and Brown Cow, an American Brown Ale.

    Founded in 2012 by Jason Carson, Carson’s Brewery is located in Evansville, Indiana, the state’s third largest city. Carson’s Brewery started out with single-barrel batches, and now produces six beers—all of which are ales—and several seasonal/specialty brews.

    Read on for our Carson’s Brewery tasting notes, and don’t forget to add your own in the comments if you’ve tried any of these brews!

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  • Hop of the Month: Mosaic

    Hop of the Month, Brew School - September 19, 2014

    Released just two years ago (and previously known only as a string of numbers and letters), the Mosaic hop is the daughter of the bittering hop Simcoe. The wonderful tropical and citrus fruitfulness of Mosaic is complemented by a contrasting earthy, piney taste.

    The high-alpha (11.5 - 13.5%) Mosaic hop is fantastic (and predominately found) in American pale ales and IPAs - including Dinner, the fantastic double IPA from Maine Brewing Co.

    One of the younger hops out there, Mosaic calls the United States home and was developed thanks to Hop Breeding Co.

     

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  • Glassware Guide: Pilsner Flute

    Brew School, Glassware Guide - 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, Glassware Guide - 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, Glassware Guide - 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, Brew School - 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, Glassware Guide - 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, Glassware Guide - 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, Brew School - 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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