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  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: North Taiwan Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - December 11, 2015

    Taiwan Beers

    While the U.S., Belgium and Germany revel in their limitless craft beers, a separate craft renaissance is quietly taking place overseas in Taiwan. Microbreweries are starting to establish themselves throughout the island nation, offering locals welcome diversity in a beer market otherwise dominated by Taiwan Beer, the country's large-market beer powerhouse.

    Nestled into the country's northwest border in the metropolitan Taoyuan City, one such pioneering brewery, North Taiwan Brewing, is buckling down in hopes of bringing some premium suds to Taiwan's drinkers. According to Taiwan Today, the brewery is the brainchild of Wen Li-Guo, a Taiwanese mechanic-turned-brewer who, in 2003, broke into the craft beer scene by building his own brewing facility from scratch. Read More...

  • Bar Profile: The Blind Tiger, Manhattan, NY

    Bar Profile - December 7, 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.

    Before craft beer blasted onto the scene — before the U.S. was flecked with microbreweries, before lambics and strong ales were in the common bar vernacular, before drinkers were talking about Brettanomyces — the Blind Tiger Ale House was alive and well, serving up craft brews on the corner of Hudson and West 10th St. in Manhattan’s West Village. Opened in 1995, the revered bar has been dubbed by Time Out New York as one of the “OGs” of New York’s craft beer scene, with its 28 taps pouring some of the best craft brew available for the last two decades Read More...

  • 2 O’Clock Tasting: New Glarus Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - December 4, 2015

    New Glarus 2 O'Clock Tasting on The Mash

    Named after their hometown in Wisconsin, New Glarus Brewing is an exceptional company in a number of ways. Not only were they founded in 1993, well before the craft beer revival took off in the US, but they were also created by a woman, Deborah Carey, who runs the brewery to this day with her husband, New Glarus brewmaster Daniel. This makes Carey the first woman to found and operate a brewery in the United States. She continues to run the business side of the brewery, leading New Glarus to two consecutive wins for the Association of Beer's "Mid Size Brewery of the Year" awards in 2005-06, along with many others since.


  • Apple of the Month: Cortland

    Brew School - December 2, 2015

    Cortland is one of the top 10 most popular apples in the United States, which comes as no surprise: it is truly an all-purpose apple. The versatile apple is especially a favorite in the Northeast, where it was developed at Cornell University with the New York State Agriculture Experiment Station in 1898. Named after the nearby Cortland County, this apple still shines as an award-winning fruit, and is one of the most produced apples in the country.

    The Cortland was developed as an offspring of the McIntosh and Ben Davis apples, bearing similar qualities to its parents: very vinous and sweet. Today, it's our December Apple of the Month.

    The king of fresh-eating apples has incredibly crisp flesh that is juicy to the bite, making it an excellent dessert apple. That juiciness also makes it a great cider apple, and it's considered to be an improvement upon its parent, the McIntosh. The Cortland's sweet flavor, combined with the soft tartness of the fruit, make it perfect for fermentation.


  • 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.


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