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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Big Elm Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - November 27, 2015

    2 O'Clock Tasting: Big Elm Brewing

    It’s hard not to get behind a love story, especially when that love story is set in a brewery. In this case, the brewery was Victory Brewing Company in Dowingtown, PA, and the story, between brewers Bill and Christine Heaton. The pair met in their workplace in 2003, ended up getting married, and had a few kids to top it off, too.

    Why are we telling you this story? Because in addition to marrying each other, the Heatons also married together their beer-making chops and, nearly a decade later, opened their own brewery, Big Elm Brewing, in Sheffield, Mass. Read More...

  • Six Decadent Dessert Beers

    Beer List - November 23, 2015

    6 Decadent Dessert Beers To Try

    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, our palates and stomachs could use a warm-up. To avoid fielding Grandma's awkward questions about your finances and love life this Turkey Day, we recommend keeping your mouth stuffed with food as often as possible. So we've compiled a list of the most luscious, indulgent, dessert beers to stimulate your appetite and keep you hungry until all thanks have been given. Let's sharpen that sweet tooth!

    WARNING: these sweet, malty confections pull no punches. If you routinely need help finishing a dessert, or believe it's gastronomically possible for a dish to be “too rich,” these brews may not be for you. But if you're as much of a gluttonous gourmet as we are, read on and savor these sumptuous six.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Off Color Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - November 20, 2015

    Off Color Brewing On The Mash

    Chicago's Off Color Brewing are the craft brewery equivalent of those kids you knew in high school. You know the ones - they sat at the back of your AP English class, cracking jokes under their breath and snickering while quietly acing every test and essay. "At some point," their autobiography begins, "John and Dave were born. They did other stuff for awhile and then they figured out they were better at making beer than at the other stuff. So that's what they do now." This, as you might have guessed, is a vast understatement. Off Color excel with ease and a smirk.

    The John and Dave mentioned in that bio are John Laffler and Dave Bleitner, who both attended the Siebel Institute and then interned at Metropolitan Brewing. They went their separate ways for a bit (John to Goose Island and Dave to Two Brothers ("it's just called Two Brothers")) before coming back together to found Off Color. The sheer flippancy of their site and ingenuity of their brews suggests that, from the beginning, John and Dave have only done exactly what they want with their brewery. They sometimes use dairy yeast and uncontrolled fermentation, because why not. They made the grain mouse their mascot because the brewery is constantly plagued by them. Their FAQ tells how many bottles of bourbon are on John's desk (the current number is 11). They do what they feel like, and as consumers of their intriguing brews, we are very glad of that fact.


  • Join Us at the Union Square Holiday Market!

    Brew Trips & Fests - November 19, 2015

    We're really getting into the holiday season, and nothing gets us more in the spirit than the opening of our booth at the Union Square Holiday Market! Whether you are just visiting the city for a few days or NYC is where you call home, you can find us at the Market everyday until Christmas Eve. We'll have our stylish, easy-to-use Beer Making Kits and Mixes - from Afternoon Wheat and Grapefruit Honey Ale to our BrewDog Punk IPA Collaboration Kit - as well as our brand new Hard Cider Kits and Refill Packs for all your brewing wants and needs.

    Our booth is located at the SW corner of the market. We can't wait to see you there!


  • The Ultimate Beer Thanksgiving Menu

    Recipes - November 18, 2015

    The Ultimate Beer Thanksgiving Menu

    Everything you need for a day of hosting, toasting & roasting. 

    Thanksgiving Beer Cocktails


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Other Half Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - November 13, 2015

    Other Half NYC Tasting on The Mash

    If you are at all on the pulse of the craft beer scene (which, seeing as you're here, you probably are) and live in New York City (iffier, but still very possible), you've probably heard about Other Half Brewing. Nestled into the tiny Brooklyn neighborhood of Carroll Gardens, Other Half often has lines around the block on the days they release their limited-run canned 4-packs, sometimes selling out within hours. These are beersbrewed with the freshest local ingredients and intended solely for the NYC area. Each release is a unique iteration of their company ethos. Read More...

  • Apple of the Month: Rhode Island Greening

    Brew School - November 11, 2015

    It’s not easy being green—unless, of course, you’re a timeless American classic, like Kermit the Frog—or the Rhode Island Greening apple.

    Green is the name of the game with the Rhode Island Greening, in more ways than one: "Greening" actually used to be a term for green-colored apple in colonial America, and this variety in particular was discovered in Green’s End of Newport, Rhode Island by a Mr. Green himself. (Yes, really.)

    As one of the oldest American apple varieties—and the official state fruit of Rhode Island—this apple is considered to be one of the finest for cooking. The green-skinned fruit is also a trooper throughout the winter and can keep well into the spring, making it a prime candidate for storing and adapting, as it mellows out in flavor over time.

    Since we're officially in pie season, we thought the Rhode Island Greening would be the perfect apple to highlight as our November Apple of the Month. Brewers should note: this apple performs spectacularly in a blended cider, imparting a flavor that's juicy, incredibly rich, and gives a tartness that can’t be beat.


  • IPA Chart: See How Your Favorites Stack Up

    Beer News Mashup - November 9, 2015

    Galaxy Single Hop. Warrior Double IPA. Everyday IPA.

    Choose from our Galaxy Single Hop IPA, the classic Everyday IPA and our super hoppy Warrior Double IPA. Follow our chart to discover an IPA for your next brew day!


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Fall Beers

    2 O'Clock Tastings - November 6, 2015

    Fall Beers on Brooklyn Brew Shop's The Mash

    The season between summer and winter can connote a variety of things to a variety of people: bountiful harvests, cozy hayrides, the shambling rise of the undead, and so on. Even the name is open to interpretation; it could be “autumn” or “fall” depending on who you ask. It comes as no surprise, then, that breweries offer equally diverse takes on the beers they release this time of the year. Expect a range of styles from these four breweries as colorful as the changing leaves.


  • Hop of the Month: Galaxy

    Hop of the Month - November 4, 2015

    Galaxy HopGalaxy hops are known among IPA lovers for their overflowing citrus, peach and passion fruit flavors. Tropical island aromas dominate the nose, lifting you away to a far off destination of flavor, like the coast of Australia, where these hops are grown.

    These Aussie-native hops hail from a lineage of male European cultivars— particularly Perle— bred with local Australian high alpha varieties. Hop Products Australia first began their search for a hop that was uniquely Down Under with some Old World flair in the 1990s. However, it wasn't until 2009 that they cultivated the final product.


  • Eight Beers for the Zombie Apocalypse

    Beer List - October 30, 2015

    8 Beers for The Zombie Apocalypse

    If there ever were a time to fear the Zombie Apocalypse the time is now. With Halloween swiftly approaching, our favorite group of people on The Walking Dead falling victim to either paranoia or their flesh eating neighbors (God save Michonne!) and fedoras making a come back there is bound to be some irreversible outbreak of unparalleled proportions in our future.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Brooklyn Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - October 28, 2015

    Brooklyn Brewery Tasting on The Mash

    While today it may seem like a new brewery gets off the ground in Brooklyn every other week (It's not quite that often in reality), there was a while when only a small handful of breweries were making beer native to our fine borough. And since the late '80s, Brooklyn Brewery has been at the forefront of not only creating great beer, but creating a new generation of beer lovers to go along with it.


  • Bar Profile: The Diamond, Brooklyn, NY

    Bar Profile - October 26, 2015

    While brewing at home is great fun, the Brooklyn Brew Shop team likes to get out and grab a beer every once in a while. Who doesn't? With that in mind, we would like to give our fellow beer drinkers the scoop on some of the best beer bars in our area. From Brooklyn to Manhattan to the occasional stop out of town, here's where you might find us drinking tonight.

    There are very few canary yellow doors in Brooklyn, so when you spot this one, on Franklin Ave. in a sleepy part of Greenpoint, it’s hard to ignore. A bright splotch of color among the surrounding brick and concrete, it begs passersby to poke their heads in. If they do — and consequently, step into the Diamond — they’ll spy a thriving craft beer bar.

    That, and a gleaming shuffleboard table.

    This is the Diamond, a chilled-out Greenpoint bar that’s about good company and even better beer. While many wonderful beer bars focus on developing massive beer lists, The Diamond offers up a small, carefully curated collection of bottles and taps.


  • 2 O’Clock Tasting: pFriem Family Brewers

    2 O'Clock Tastings - October 23, 2015

    pFriem 2 O'Clock Tasting on The Mash

    "Op uw gezondheid" is the motto of pFriem Family Brewers, a Dutch phrase with tricky pronunciation and a simple, honest meaning: "To your good health." The use of such a statement perfectly encapsulates pFriem's brand, aesthetic and ideology. The brewery is located in Hood River, Ore., just south of the Washington state border, and in their mission statement, they describe their beers as "artisanal," influenced by "the great brewers of Belgium" and dedicated to their "homegrown roots in the Great Pacific Northwest." From the label to the taste, every pFriem beer showcases its commitment to simple excellence.  Read More...

  • 5 Wet-Hopped Beers To Enjoy Now

    Beer List - October 21, 2015

    Besides the delightful turning leaves and wonderfully crisp temperatures, fall is also known in the beer world as hops season! Nearly all hop harvesting in the United States occurs in late August to early October. To celebrate this momentous time of year, many breweries work with nearby hop farms to create “wet-hopped” beers, which use hops picked under 24 hours before they are used in the brew.


  • Beer Guide: Drinking Kölsch in Köln

    Brew Trips & Fests - October 19, 2015

    Cologne, Germany - Imagine hopping on the Amtrak to Philadelphia. And while in Phily, what if you could only drink one style of beer? A beer that's been brewed within the city limits for centuries and is unique from anything else in the world. Now board the return train to New York and do it over again. Another singular beer belonging to a proud neighboring city. That's the beer culture of Germany, and it's unlike anywhere in the world.

    In Cologne (Köln in German), kölsch is pretty much the only thing on tap, and every bar, restaurant and brauhaus is likely to have only one. Kölsch is a super-light, crisp beer that combines the best aspects of ales and lagers. Aged like a lager (cold and long), it's brewed with ale yeast, which can give it some fruity notes that you don't normally find in a German lager. It's refreshing, low-in-alcohol and exclusive to Cologne. Want altbier? Head 45 minutes north to Düsseldorf. You won't find it in here. Read More...

  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Naked Flock Cider

    2 O'Clock Tastings - October 16, 2015

    Naked Flock Hard Ciders on The Mash

    Many craft breweries, cideries, and the like know the principle that drives media standards like product placement and, more broadly, the entirety of television: a good story sells stuff. Applewood Winery, the makers of Naked Flock Cider, are located on one of the oldest farms west of the Hudson River, and have proven themselves similarly savvy. For Naked Flock, they have weaved (or perhaps simply co-opted) a delightfully hilarious backstory. It has nothing to do with the cider, but that doesn't really matter - it hooks you nonetheless.


  • 5 Fall Beers to Make Now

    Beer News Mashup - October 12, 2015

    5 Fall Beers To Make

    Goodbye boat beers, hello Fall beers.

    With the abundance of crops in season in fall, there’s no better time to try something new in your brew. Try making these fall-ready beers below or tweak a mix to make it your own. We’d love to hear about it!


  • 2 O’Clock Tasting: Knee Deep Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - October 9, 2015

    2 O'Clock Tasting: Knee Deep Brewing

    Jeremy Warren, brewmaster at Knee Deep Brewing Co., started his beer career as a hired gun—for the first few months, he and Knee Deep solely produced brews on contract for the northern Nevada market. Then, in the fall of 2010, he met Jerry Moore, and the two began their ascent into becoming a craft brewery proper. Five years later, they now have an 18,000 square-foot facility in Auburn, Calif., distribution in 11 states, and a quietly rising reputation.

  • Recipe: Spent Grain Granola

    Spent Grain Chef, Recipes - October 7, 2015

    Spent Grain Granola Recipe on The Mash via Brooklyn Brew Shop

    Granola is one of those recipes that we are constantly changing based on what combination of dried fruit, nuts and seeds are on hand. This spiced oven-baked granola uses spent grain, rolled oats, nuts, seeds and coconut flakes (along with some maple syrup and brown sugar for sweetness).

    Our general rule is to keep the ratios for sugar, oil and our base of rolled oats and dried spent grain the same (Check out: How to Dry Spent Grain for instructions), but from there play with whatever ingredients are in season or on hand. Pistachios and dried apricots have made it into delicious versions as have cinnamon and dried apples. Let us know what combination you try! 


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