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Musings and Notes from our Lunchtime Beers.

  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Green Flash Brewing

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    Green Flash Brewing

    Named after the optical phenomenon that happens at sunset, Green Flash Brewing has created a delicious mystery within the walls of their San Diego brew house. Humble beginnings have blossomed into widespread commercial success, with Green Flash now among the 50 largest breweries in America. It's easy to see why they are rapidly expanding. Mike and Lisa Hinkley established Green Flash in 2002, and they’ve put themselves on the map with their ever-expanding repertoire of killer beers.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Wayside Cider

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    Wayside Cider

    This sustainable labor of love is straight from the foothills of the Catskill Mountains and is after our own heart. Wayside Cider is crafted with the utmost attention to detail and care. Since 2014, the dynamic duo Alex Wilson and Irene Hussey have been the masterminds behind this upstate cidery. From hand picking their wide variety of apples to bottling their own ciders, these two understand every step of crafting fruity suds that are unlike anything you can buy at your local grocery. They say that good things come to those who wait, and with Wayside, this rings true.
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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: TRVE Brewing Co.

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    TRVE Brewing Co.

    Beer. Heavy Metal. Denver. - TRVE Brewing wants you to be part of their counter-culture, without taking it too seriously. Pretense is overrated - TRVE (pronounced "true") asks whether you really need anything more from a brewery than a “rad place to chill out and drink killer beer.” It's a refreshing take. With their unique branding and heavy metal inspired persona, this brewery is just having a good time with their craft, and we were stoked to sample their eclectic brews.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Trillium Brewing Co.

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    Trillium Brewing

    Like all great breweries, Trillium Brewing Co. was built out of love. However, their love wasn’t just for beer, but also for each other! Trillium was founded by a husband and wife duo that thought, "Hey, what better way to celebrate our marriage than make our own celebratory craft beer?" Founders JC and Esther Tetreault wanted to share their creation and build a passionate community within their Boston neighborhood, and with Trillium, they have accomplished just that.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: New Belgium Brewing

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    New Belgium's Citradelic

    Considering its massive popularity, it's easy to forget how young the American craft beer movement is - it's only been around in a big way for the past decade or so. There was, however, a vanguard. Way, way back in the 1980's ('88, to be precise), Jeff Lebesch was riding his bike through the villages of Belgium, visiting brewery after brewery in search of inspiration. When he got back to the States, with the help of his marketing-savvy wife Kim Jordan, Lebesch launched New Belgium Brewing with a beer whose name you probably already know: the Fat Tire.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Destihl Brewery

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    Destihl Brewing Co.

    At the top of their website, Destihl Brewery demands two things of its fans. Right under their name, they boldly display their motto, in all caps: "Support flavor. Boycott bland." This is the idea that defines the brewery, a promise that they certainly fulfill.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Beer Camp Across America

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    It's always a tenuous thing, calling something "history in the making." There is, of course, the very real chance that you'll be wrong, that you misread the importance of an event. That's a risk we're willing to take. While it's true that most of the world might not ever register the importance of Sierra Nevada's massive collaboration project, Beer Camp Across America, it might be one of the most important events to happen to craft beer this year. Read More...


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.

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    Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.

    Despite all odds, Matt Phillips made the system work for him. This is the sentence that describes every aspect of Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. In 2001, a time before craft beer had anybody's attention (least of all in British Columbia), Phillips launched his brewery without a single "normal" beer, like a pale ale or a lager, opting for daring, experimental flavors as his core aesthetic. He also accomplished all this without a bank loan, because he couldn't get one. He took out a handful of credit card applications and went into massive debt in order to start his company.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Crooked Stave

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    Crooked Stave

    Crooked Stave was founded in 2010 when Chad Yakobson completed his master’s thesis on wild yeast fermentations. The Coloradan used his research to launch a brewery and distributor that would produce 100% Brettanomyces-fermented beers. Despite this common current, Crooked Stave brewing prides itself for making funky and innovative new brews. Most notably, their Wild and Barrel-Aged Sour beers have hit the ground running, having been rated as the top sour beers in Colorado and the world by New York Post and Serious Eats, respectively.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Modern Times Beer

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    Modern Times Beer

    Founded in the early summer of 2013, Modern Times Beer is a San Diego-based brewery that, while definitely still growing, already has a sweet selection to offer. With a focus mainly on session-style IPAs, the Modern Times lineup also includes an array of hybrid styles from the brewers' experiments with mixing and matching hops, fruits, yeasts, and barrels. Their newest development is an innovative new line of sours, the result of a recent pilot batch.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: From The Ground Brewery

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    From The Ground's Farmhouse Ales

    From The Ground is a small brewery founded by Jakob Cirell on the grounds of Migliorelli Farm in Red Hook, New York, in 2012. After years of working as a mechanical engineer in the Big Apple, Cirell decided to return to the farming practices he was raised with in Maine in his youth and pursue a dream of brewing beer for a living. Committed to using ingredients only grown on New York soil, From The Ground’s beers are the epitome of local agriculture. The Migliorelli Farm contains a 100-acre orchard which grows apples, pears, cherries, and a variety of tree fruits used in the barrel-aging process.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Half Acre Brewing Company

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    Half Acre's Lead Feather

    For many, Half Acre beer and Chicago are inextricably linked - it can actually be pretty tricky to find their products outside of Chicagoland. This, however, was not always the case: the brewery was founded by Goose Island alumnus Gabriel Magliaro in 2006, and they brewed their first beer, the Half Acre Lager, in 2007, when they were still out in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Since then, though, they've moved to Chicago, opened two large breweries, and started their own local recycling team. It's probably safe to say that they have successfully worked their way into the Chicago beer community.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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    2 O'Clock Tasting: Rahr & Sons Brewing CompanyNot every brewery relies on age-old family secrets to make their beers. Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, however, stands out as one of those fine gems in the brewing world that has managed to make great, modern craft beer out of a family tradition. The Rahr family first entered the brewing world in 1847 after immigrating from Rhineland, Germany to the United States and starting the Rahr Malting Company, today one of the largest brewing suppliers in the country. In 2004, though, one of the Rahr boys decided he wanted to craft his own brews and started his own operation in Fort Worth, Texas.

    This week we had the honor of trying some of these delightfully dark beers, which we could tell were steeped in the tradition of great brewing. From their most popular lager to newer, seasonal brews, we brought the full German/Texan/Rahr experience to our Brooklyn office to give their beers a swig.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Forbidden Root Brewery

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    Forbidden Root

    Remember the good old days when every medicine was some sort of herb and alcohol was a cure-all for health ailments? There's one brewery that's taking the best of those tried-and-true principles and applying them today. Chicago-based Forbidden Root was founded when owner Robert Finkel decided he wanted to start making old-fashioned root beer. Like, with sarsaparilla. And alcohol. His philosophy was grounded in the idea that we need to go back to our roots, utilizing natural, botanical ingredients to craft our beers, reflecting the larger natural world around us.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Barrier Brewing Company

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    The Barrier Brewing Company is based in East Rockaway, just a short jaunt away from our native Brooklyn, and was only founded in 2009. They may not have a full website yet, but they certainly have great visual style. Their bottle labels are covered in evocative pop-art designs, equal parts funky, fresh, and tongue-in-cheek. From a raven-haired, gothic duchess named Morticia, to a row of gold teeth and Money bling, just looking at the bottles had us eager to try. Read More...


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Bruery Terreux

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    Bruery Terreux Tasting on The Mash

    Loosely translated as "Earthy Brewery," Bruery Terreux is the less tamed arm of The Bruery, operating as a separate limb in both brands' hometown of Orange County, Calif.

    As a brewery famous for its experimental ales, the company's history is just as wild. Founded in 2008 by Patrick Rue, the Bruery began when Rue, a recent law school graduate and homebrewer, figured out that he loved the hobby so much, he'd start a brewery instead of studying for the Bar. Later, in 2015, Rue launched Bruery Terreux as a dedicated space to provide the freedom (and bacteria) to get weird with wild and sour ales.

    Two of these creations, Tart of Darkness and Beret, recently made their way to our tasting table.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Maine Beer Company

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    2 O'Clock Tasting: Maine Beer Company

    Maine Beer Company's motto is, "Do What's Right." It's simple and to the point which is exactly what their company is all about. From their simplistic bottle designs, to their dedication to the environment (they donate 1% of their annual sales to environmental causes) they embody all facets of doing "what's right" means, while simultaneously crafting some of the best beers in the United States.

    Started in 2009 by brothers, Daniel and David Kleban, Maine Beer Company was initially a pipe dream as both Daniel and David maintained their day jobs and brewed beer on the side. They had a straight forward, simple plan that we've seen in a lot of successful breweries. They brewed the beer that they wanted to drink and if it worked, great, if not that's fine too. Lucky for us it worked. They experienced almost overnight success as their Pepper won over audiences from near and far. Now they have a beautiful space in Freeport, Maine, a great line up of beers under their belt, distribution to 14 states and devout beer fans from all over the world.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Revolution Brewing

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    2 O'Clock Tasting: Revolution Brewing

    The biggest craft brewery in Illinois is also one of the Land of Lincoln's best-kept-secrets. Producing roughly 70,000 barrels in 2015 (up from a mere 8,000 in 2012), Revolution Brewing is one of the fastest growing breweries in the nation. Nevertheless, the reach of its beer remains largely confined in-state. But don't expect the exclusivity to last; after all, once a revolution gains momentum, it's hard to suppress.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Transmitter Brewing, Part 3

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    Transmitter Brewing on The Mash

    In the funky world of sours, wild ales, and farmhouse ales, you never quite know what you'll get once Brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and all their microscopic friends finish their wort buffet. Brewer and drinker alike could theoretically expect a different sensory experience from every bottle, perhaps even every sip. So it's only natural to re-revisit a brewery like Queens-based Transmitter, whose specialized, artisanal dedication to saisons brings out a broader spectrum of flavor from this single style than many breweries offer in their entire catalog.

    Transmitter's Community Supported Brewery Program again supplied us with the trio of bottles that grace our table today. In doing so, brewmaster duo Anthony Accardi and Rob Kolb continue their dedication to local outreach and to the growth of the NYC craft beer community.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Smuttlabs

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    Smuttlabs on The Mash

    Smuttynose Brewing Company is well-known for its inventive and accessible ales, brewed cheerfully in the Portsmouth outskirts of Hampton, N.H. The brewery is also fairly well known for being the sister or parent brewery of The Portsmouth Brewery, which opened in 1991 and spawned Smuttynose three years later. Read More...


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