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  • 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.



    Beer News Mashup - February 8, 2016

    Valentine's Day Menu for Beer Lovers


  • 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!


  • Ultimate Beer Super Bowl: 2016 Edition

    Beer List, Recipes - February 1, 2016

    Ultimate Super Bowl Menu via Brooklyn Brew Shop

    Any day that revolves around beer and snacks (designed specifically to go with beer) is a great day in our books. Go big on Super Bowl Sunday this year, and leave the menu planning to us! Our crowd-pleasing recipes range from make-ahead to quick, easy day-of dishes that won't keep you from a single fumble.

    Make them all or mix and match for a smaller group. No matter what, you'll score points with these delicious dips, wings, drinks and more for the Ultimate Beer Super Bowl Spread.


  • Hop of the Month: Green Bullet

    Hop of the Month - February 1, 2016

    Hop of the Month: Green Bullet HopGreen Bullet hops have been a signature of New Zealand brewing for decades. Their subtle spiciness and notes of dried fruit make them ideal for stouts, but versatile enough to flavor everything from pale ales to lagers, in aroma or bittering roles.

    It should come as no surprise that Green Bullet hops were cultivated with versatility in mind. In 1949, Black Root Rot ravaged New Zealand's then-staple hop, the Late Cluster. To avoid a local hop crisis, the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) set out to cultivate a heartier hop, and one versatile enough to ween New Zealand's dependency on Late Cluster hops. This single, historic breeding program would create the likes of Calicross, Smooth Cone, Sticklebract, Super Alpha hops. It wasn't until 1972 that the open cross-pollination of the Smooth Cone produced the first Green Bullet crop.

    By this point the crisis had long been averted, and the disease-resistant Green Bullet was free to expand across the globe. Green Bullet's high alpha acid content is balanced out by equally high levels of floral oil, making these hops as flexible in the field as they are in the fermenter.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Alaskan Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - January 29, 2016

    2 O'Clock Tasting: Alaskan Brewing

    Craft brewing is all about exploring new frontiers. Yet, as Alaskan Brewing's success story has shown, sometimes the frontier does some exploration right back. Founded in 1986, Alaskan is ancient in Craft Beer Years. In fact, it was only the 67th brewery to open in United States history. Beginning as the husband and wife duo of Geoff and Marcy Larson, Alaskan has since traversed as far afield from Juneau as Texas, California, and Michigan, to heavy accolades (especially from the Great American Beer Fest, where it is one of the most decorated breweries in the festival's history).

    Alaskan's expedition continues westward, and they now have an outpost here in Brookyln after personally sending us bottles of their Winter Ale and their famous Smoked Porter. After sampling both in our latest 2 O'Clock Tasting, we're avowed fans of the veterans from the Great White North.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Icelandic Beers (feat. Stedji)

    2 O'Clock Tastings - January 22, 2016

    Icelandic Beers Tasting on The Mash

    Beer in Iceland has had a long and troubled history, dating back to when the island was first settled by Norsemen in the mid-800's. Production was difficult and spotty - the country, though notoriously green (unlike Greenland), is too cold for barley to grow in any substantial way. Combine that with the fact that, for most of the 20th century, beer was either outlawed or regulated to within an inch of its life, and it appears miraculous that Iceland has any beer at all.


  • Bar Profile: The Pony Bar, Manhattan, NY

    Bar Profile - January 18, 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.

    Tucked away in Hell’s Kitchen, The Pony Bar's original location on 10th Avenue could be one of the only bars in Manhattan that has two massive LCD screens and neither tuned into a football game. Instead, these screens are windows into the Pony Bar’s beer list — a collection of strictly American, constantly rotating craft beers. It’s this States-focused aspect that sets the bar apart from other craft beer joints; while many are bursting at the seams with Belgian and German beers, this bar has kept things within U.S. borders, something that owner, Dan McLaughlin has aimed to do from the start.

    “The focus on American beer goes back two decades to my belief that some of the best beers in the world are being brewed right here in our own backyards,” McLaughlin said. “Seven years ago, when we signed our lease for our first Pony Bar, I wanted to emphasize that fact.” Read More...

  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Creature Comforts

    2 O'Clock Tastings - January 15, 2016

    Creature Comforts on The Mash

    At Brooklyn Brew Shop, one of the things we get most excited about are new breweries. We love our tried-and-true favorites, but discovering new, daring brewers is one of the purest joys of the current craft beer renaissance. Enter Creature Comforts Brewing Co., founded just last year in Athens, Georgia. Within 8 months of opening its doors, the outfit was named one of the top 10 craft breweries in the state, and their reputation has only grown since then.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Founder's Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - January 8, 2016

    2 O'Clock Tasting: Founder's Brewing

    In 1997 two steadily employed men from Michigan decided to quit their day jobs and chase their dreams, and through this massive leap of faith Founder's was born. Back in the 90's Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers did something that most of us are far too scared to do. They took a chance. A chance that has, now, paid off handsomely for one of the most recognized breweries in the country.


  • Hop of the Month: Cluster Hop

    Hop of the Month - January 4, 2016

    Hop of the Month: ClusterCluster hops have a very long and interesting beer history. After traveling with the settlers from Europe and going through years of development, the cluster hop was born. It is widely known as the oldest hop grown in the United States. Strong, with a good resistance to disease. It has been able to with stand the test of time, bringing a rich history to modern beer making.

    Cluster hops  are used in heavier beers like porters and stouts, but its dual-purpose use makes it good for making light ales as well. They are still widely available and great for not only microbreweries, but are also used by some notable craft breweries. The floral flavor and aroma paired with a well balanced bitterness makes for a lovely American hop.


  • 2 O'Clock Tastings: Stouts

    2 O'Clock Tastings - December 30, 2015

    The nights are getting longer and colder this time of year, so we settled in with four beers as dark as the 5PM sky in this week's 2 O'Clock Tasting. The original "stout porters" of  18th century London were brewed for their heartiness in the face of harsh storage conditions; with any luck modern stouts will keep us just as well-preserved through the depths of winter.

    Our selection spans the stout spectrum, two sweet, creamy milk stouts from New Yorkers Southern Tier and Kuka, a standard stout (with an anise-flavored twist) from Michigan's Bell's, and a deliciously bitter imperial stout from the Pennsylvanian Victory Brewing Company.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Stillwater Artisanal

    2 O'Clock Tastings - December 18, 2015

    Stillwater on The Mash

    Brian Strumke, founder of Stillwater Artisanal, is a nomad.

    Whether in Stratford, Conn. at Two Roads Brewing Co. or Baltimore, Md. at Of Love and Regret, Stillwater functions as more of a living organism than a brewery, led by Strumke's wanderlust to go wherever the road, beer or art takes him. He founded the company in 2010 and currently hails from Brooklyn but seems to operate Stillwater from wherever he happens to be.

    To say that Strumke takes an artistic approach to his beer would be somewhat of an understatement. Stillwater describes itself as "living art," reaching beyond craft brewing to carefully plan and package its beers in cans and bottles with specific intention, drawing inspiration from anywhere, "whether that be a season, location, or even humanity itself."


  • Hop of the Month: Motueka

    Hop of the Month - December 16, 2015

    Hop of the Month: Motueka

    The Motueka hop was born from crossing a New Zealand breeding selection with Saazer as part of the Hops with a Difference program. Thus giving the world a lively hop with a unique aroma and flavor profile that is utilized in everything from saisons to pilsners. Although this Kiwi hop is relatively new in the grand scheme of beer making, it has proven its worth through both its versatility and its enigmatic aromas.

    Bred in New Zealand by using 1/3 Saazer and 2/3 New Zealand variety this tripliod hop was released by the HortResearch Institute in 1997. While Motueka doesn't share the same alpha beta ratio as its parent it still carries a clean uniform bitterness throughout which allow the citrus and nectar fruit aromas to come out nicely. A unique combination of oil levels ranging from higher or lower than most give this hop an exclusive combination that allows it to be utilized in almost every kind of pilsner and a wide variety of ales.

    Not only does the Motueka hop have a unique flavor and aroma profile, but it also exists in New Zealand's disease free environment. An incubator of sorts that allows this hop to experience an early and vigorous harvest. Although the ultimate Kiwi hop isn't used in a ton of beers with its versatile applications and uncommon flavor and aroma profiles it stands to pick up a lot more steam when it comes to demand.


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