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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Forbidden Root Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 22, 2016

    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.


  • Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits & Beer Gravy

    Cooking with Beer, Recipes - April 20, 2016

    Buttermilk Biscuits & Beer Gravy

    In a lot of places today, breakfast is a relatively light meal - some in our native Brooklyn have reduced it to coffee and a scowl - but that wasn't always the case. When farm hands had to spend all day out in the fields, toiling under the hot sun, breakfast had to be a huge, hearty meal. It was this need that birthed one of mankind's greatest culinary inventions: the biscuit with gravy.

    Inspired by the classic southern biscuit recipes we so adore, Brooklyn Brew Shop did what we do best and made a beer-based gravy to pair with it. The biscuits are the simple, flaky perfection you remember, but we cooked the juicy slices of sausage in a skillet with some smooth Oatmeal Stout to make our own delicious, beer-fueled gravy. If your brunch guests are anything like ours, this will be the dish fought over for seconds, thirds, and fourths.


  • Bar Profile: St. Gambrinus, Brooklyn, New York

    Bar Profile - April 18, 2016

    St. Gambrinus

    While brewing at home is great fun, the Brooklyn Brew Shop team likes to get out and grab a beer every once and 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.

    As soon as I walk into St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe, its woodsy, cozy, dimly lit interior makes me want to stay for hours. With exposed brick, small, iridescent hanging lights on the right wall above a dark oak bar, and even a backyard (now open!), there's many a place to settle down for a night – or day – of drinking.

    An unexpected television hangs above the bar. "Do you put on many sports games?" I ask Ray Darmstadt, the owner, who is setting up shop. Read More...

  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Barrier Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 15, 2016

    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...

  • Recipe: Spent Grain Coffee Stout Coffee Cake

    Spent Grain Chef, Recipes - April 13, 2016

    Spent Grain Coffee CakeCoffee cake is thought to have originated in Germany but has evolved throughout the years across different continents to bring us the huge variety of coffee cakes we have today. Traditionally, coffee cake is flavored with - you guessed it - coffee. Here at Brooklyn Brew Shop, we know and love that liquid sunshine all too well, and so wanted to pay homage with our own recipe.

    We decided to put a twist on this classic breakfast treat by mixing Spent Grain Flour into the cake itself and its deliciously crumbly Streusel topping. The addition of the Spent Grain adds a comforting nutty flavor perfect for decadent pastries like coffee cake. With an extra beery boost from some rich coffee stout (in the glaze), this one's gonna have your brunch guests fighting for seconds and savoring every bite.


  • Find us at the Brooklyn Flea!

    Beer News Mashup - April 8, 2016

    We'll be at the Brooklyn Flea in DUMBO every Sunday, 10am-5pm.

    We started at the Brooklyn Flea, and we're back at the Brooklyn Flea! Nothing kicks off spring like this awesome outdoor market, and we'll have a booth there every Sunday of the season. We'll have a wide selection of our Kits, Mixes, and accessories available, along with some cheese- and gardening-related products from our new brand, FarmSteady! Read More...

  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Bruery Terreux

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 8, 2016

    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.


  • Hop of the Month: Target

    Hop of the Month - April 4, 2016

    Hop of the Month: Target

    Target hops are descendants of some impressive hops. Bred at the Hop Research Institute at Wye College in England from Northern Brewer and Eastwell Golding they are the cousin of Challenger Hops. Although this English hop has a noteworthy lineage they are not too widely used outside of England, and seem to be the undervalued cousin biding its time while its more widely used counterparts get their day in the Sun.

    Target is used for both its aromatic and bittering qualities, and its large alpha acid range allows it to impart a nice, clean bitterness. Oftentimes this hop is used for kettle additions in the brewing process, and has created a following amongst some breweries for its fantastically uncommon aroma produced by its oil composition.

    Although this hop is technically old enough to have a Bachelor's degree and an entry level job, the craft beer industry outside of the U.K. hasn't seen much of it. However, given its impressive background, high yield potential and versatility the Target hop may just be the next new thing. While the overlooked late bloomer still has much to prove when it comes to its ability to season, it has all the potential of its forefathers as well as an exploding industry to capitalize on.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Maine Beer Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 1, 2016

    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.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Revolution Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - March 25, 2016

    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.


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

    2 O'Clock Tastings - March 18, 2016

    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.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Smuttlabs

    2 O'Clock Tastings - March 11, 2016

    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...

  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Solemn Oath

    2 O'Clock Tastings - March 4, 2016

    2 O'Clock Tasting: Solemn Oath

    Conceived above the rolling topography of the great American west, Solemn Oath Brewery prides itself on its progressive ideology. Through their beer they have shared with the world the virtues of change, and they're not stopping 'til the final bell rings. Unless, of course, they decide to change the rules on that too.

    Nestled just beyond the big buildings of the Windy City, Solemn Oath is another brother run beer company. One night on a return flight from the west coast, John Barley sketched out a plan to bring Solemn Oath to life. Shortly after, he enlisted the services of Tim Marshall as brewmaster, and convinced his brother, Joe, to move back to Chicago and join the team. Now, about three years and touting a lengthy line-up of great beers, they have brought new life to the industry.


  • Hop of the Month: Yakima Gold

    Hop of the Month - March 2, 2016

    Hop of the Month: Yakima Gold

    It's perfectly understandable if even a seasoned brewer is unfamiliar with Yakima Gold. This new-hop-on-the-block is only just nearing its third birthday. Cultivated at Washington State University in 2013, Yakima Gold (unrelated to the various "Golding" hops)  takes its name from the nearby landmark and hop-growing mecca Yakima Valley.

    Yakima Gold is the bouncing baby produced by the union of Cluster hops and a wild Slovenian male. Consequently, it boats the same citrusy, grapefruity characteristics of that all-American staple, tempered by a smooth, high-farnesene mildness reminiscent of noble hops from the European father.

    Due to its young age, Yakima Gold's potential in craft brewing remains relatively unexplored. Its subdued flavors make it versatile enough for both bittering and aroma. A cultural and flavorful hybrid at heart, Yakima Gold can be utilized either as a brash, American take on the noble hop, or as a gentler European slant on the citrus and pine-heavy American style.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Reuben's Brews

    2 O'Clock Tastings - February 26, 2016

    Ever heard of a brewery starting because of a birthday gift given by a one-month old? According to Reuben's Brews co-founder "and Reuben's mama," Grace Robbings, it was her son, Reuben, who bought Adam Robbings, co-founder and brewmaster, the homebrew kit that would lead to the family brewery in Seattle, Washington. Like any first-time brewer, Robbings fell in love with making beer.

    Soon enough, his hobby became an obsession, and then a profession. Robbings' beer recipes had much success at homebrew competitions, including winning the silver medal at the National Homebrewing Competition (NHC) in 2012, and his talent, along with a Kickstarter campaign that raised close to $11,000, eventually earned him his own brewery—Reuben's Brews officially opened in Seattle's Ballard district in August 2012. Since then, the team has accrued an astounding amount of accolades, including 15 World Beer Cup medals over the past three years. Read More...

  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Anchorage Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - February 19, 2016

    Anchorage Brewing Galaxy & Mosaic

    Gabe Fletcher, the head honcho at Anchorage Brewing, started his career at Midnight Sun, another Alaskan brewing company. After thirteen years of helping cultivate an image of creating adventurous beers, he decided to part ways with Midnight Sun and strike out on his own. Now, after five years developing his own brewery, Fletcher is arguably the king of Brettanomyces and has some of the most artfully concocted beers in the industry to prove it.


  • Bar Profile: Beer Culture, Manhattan, NY

    Bar Profile - February 15, 2016

    While brewing at home is great fun, the Brooklyn Brew Shop team likes to get out and grab a beer every once and 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.

    Beer Culture looks, at first glance, almost depthless. Like a lengthy tunnel, the bar seems to slink into the depths of 45th Street, a dusky speakeasy just a stone’s throw from city attractions like the Birdland Jazz Club and the Eugene O’Neil Theater. It’s a humble corridor of craft beer, just a tiny orange sign, proudly wearing the shop’s name, calling out to passersby: “I’m here for beer lovers.”


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Beer Liquors

    2 O'Clock Tastings - February 12, 2016

    Three Beer Liquors To Try

    Pushing the envelope has been a major trend in our modern era of beer. More hops, more booze, and more of the word “Imperial” in titles. This alcohol arms race has produced some of the most acclaimed and sought-after beers in the craft. Granted, there is a ceiling of sorts: push a beer too far and it stops being beer altogether. But what's wrong with that?

    New Holland Brewing appreciates this beer-to-liquor transition so much that they fired up their own distilleries at New Holland Artisan Spirits in 2005. Long Island Spirits and Japan's Kiuchi Brewery have likewise linked the worlds of craft brewing and craft distilling with their own beer-based liquors. A selected brew-hooch hybrid from each of these alcoholic artisans have graced our glasses in what is by far our highest-ABV 2 O'Clock Tasting ever. Expect just the slightest hint of boozy heat.



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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: German Beers

    2 O'Clock Tastings - February 5, 2016

    German Beers

    Germany is often thought of as the birthplace of beer. It is of course home to the original Octoberfest, which is held in Munich, and draws beer drinkers from every corner of the world.  Whatever the origin of the drink and however popular their beer festivals, it is evident that Germany doesn't have as many varieties of beer as we have in the States. In Munich its the Wiessbier, in Berlin its the Berliner Wiess, and in Cologne its the Kölsch. A specific brewing process and specific ingredients that create a certain type of beer for a specific region and that is typically how it goes.

    However, Braustelle Brewery in Cologne flips the script on this age old style of brewing. Boasting a number of varieties of beer from wheat and barrel aged beers, to herbal and sour beers, this place is pretty unique when it comes to what the rest of Germany's breweries are doing. Thankfully, we were lucky enough to get our hands on some of the unique beers they are concocting at Cologne's smallest brewery!


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