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  • Two O'Clock Tasting: Other Half Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 24, 2014

    Founded in 2013 by Matt Monahan, Sam Richardson, and Andrew Burman, Other Half Brewing focuses primarily on fresh and hoppy IPAs and Pale Ales. Their approach is similar to that of many West Coast brewers; the flavors are big and bold with complex notes of citrus and pine.

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  • Recipe: Beer Can Chicken

    Cooking with Beer - June 23, 2014

    When it comes to cooking with beer, Beer Can Chicken is a popular starting point, and we get it. It's easy. Grilling is involved (and grilling is fun). But most important--it's nearly impossible to end up with anything but intensely moist chicken. We dry-rubbed ours heavily and cooked it with a store-bought Belgian-style saison. There's no need to use homemade beer on this since it's more about the moisture and less about the flavor of the beer you choose. Your best bet is to go with something that isn't too hop-forward but still totally delicious.

    There are articles against and supporting the use of an actual can (and the potential hazards) so we opt for a stainless steal rack (and the ability to use whatever beer we have in the fridge).

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  • Searching for New York Barley, The Nashville Brewing Scene, 3 Floyds in Copenhagen and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - June 20, 2014

    • Scientists are looking for a way to make East Coast beers truly local by growing New York barley. [Mashable]
    • Less water, more beer: Several large U.S. brewers are feeling the squeeze to conserve more water due to shortages. [Denver Post]
    • Denmark is getting a dose of the Midwest U.S.: 3 Floyds is teaming up with Mikkeller for a new brewpub in Copenhagen. [Politiken]
    • Country music isn't the only thing in Nashville! Craft brewing has taken Music City by storm. [Nashville Scene]
    • Kelp ale - the new oyster stout? The owner of Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. in Belfast, Maine thinks so. [Bangor Daily News]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 6/21

    Beer Events - June 19, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Fun beer events abound this weekend at a wide range of localities. Sip craft beer while eating crabs at Baltimore's Inner Harbor (pass the Old Bay!). Take a scenic railroad to a craft beer festival in Colorado or run a 5k to one Georgia. Support a non-profit in Minneapolis while viewing beer-themed posters. And get a taste of Italy's burgeoning beer culture near Milan this weekend. We wish we could do it all!

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  • Recipe: Beer & Coffee Breakfast Cocktail

    Cooking with Beer - June 18, 2014

    Lovers of booze and chocolate covered pretzels rejoice--we've made a beer cocktail just for you. The perfect option for any Sunday brunch in need of a hearty cocktail, this combination of stout, cold-brewed coffee, and Averna (a tasty Italian amaro) is elevated to new heights by sprinkling of cocoa powder and coarsely ground sea salt just prior to service.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Gigantic Brewing, Revisited

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 17, 2014

    We recently gathered around our tasting table to try three beers from Portland, Oregon’s Gigantic Brewing. The 2 year old Gigantic focuses on one-off beers; they avoid brewing the same beer more than once and when a beer sell out, generally within three months, it's gone forever. Gigantic Brewing is also notable for the artwork that adorns their bottles. Featuring colorful and off-beat illustrations, the artist is actually listed on each bottle.

    This is not the first time we’ve tasted Gigantic Brewing’s beers; we had their only year-round offering, Gigantic IPA, along with their High Fidelity and Hellion last fall. Here we sampled three of their seasonal beers; Bang On!, a Bitter/Pale Ale, Dark Meddle, a Vienna Lager, and Most Premium Russian Imperial Stout, a Russian Imperial Stout.

    Were the flavors of these beers “gigantic”? Were they as whimsical and colorful as their labels would imply? Read on to find out! And if you've tried this Pacific Northwest brewery before, be sure to leave your tasting notes in the comments.

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  • Hop of the Month: Summit

    Hop of the Month, Brew School - June 16, 2014

    For a young hop, Summit is an unique and fascinating variety. First released commercially in 2003, Summit was developed in Washington's Yakima Valley and is the decedent of an openly pollinated Nugget hop plant that was then cross-bred with Zeus and other citrusy hop varieties. One of the few dwarf hops commercially available, Summit is typically grown on low trellises and must be picked by hand. The hop has an extremely high alpha acid content, ranging from 16.0% up to 19.5%, which makes it an excellent bittering hop.

    Summit hops were originally intended for use by large capacity brewers as a money-saver. Because the hop is so bitter, it can be used in smaller quantities and money can be saved on storage. Supplies of Summit are more stable than most hops because brewers need less, due to the extreme bitterness. Supply is also helped by Summit's mold and fungus resistance.

    But Summit is not a one-trick pony. It's highly valued for its unique citrusy flavors that call to mind orange zest and grapefruit. The hop, which pairs well with herbal hops, also can have garlic and onion aromas when used late in the boil. Summit is primarily used in IPAs and Pale Ales, but it also appears in stouts.

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  • Coolships Across the US, Beer Byproducts Used to Regenerate Human Bones, and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - June 13, 2014

    • All aboard the coolship: Several U.S. craft breweries are now using this age-old brewing technique for their American wild ales. [First We Feast]
    • Good news for canned beer fans! The number of craft breweries canning has doubled since 2012. [NPR]
    • Scientists are using beer brewing byproducts to regenerate human bones. Seriously! [The Drinks Business]
    • Bell’s Brewery will release The Planet Series, a collection of seven beers inspired by music from composer Gustav Holst, in August. [Michigan Live]
    • If the most popular beer from each of the 32 World Cup countries competed in a tournament, who would win? [The Big Lead]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 6/14

    Beer Events - June 12, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Great beer in great settings seems to be the commonality with this weekend's best beer events. Sip delicious beer in downtown Montreal, on a Texas lake, in beautiful Saragota, near the shores of Lake Michigan, or in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. So get outside and enjoy the last weekend of spring with a beer in hand.

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  • The 3 C's of Pairing Beer with Food: Cut

    Cooking with Beer - June 11, 2014

    There are lots of ways to approach pairing beer with food. You can pair beer and food that complement each other, contrast with each other, or, our final C, cut each other.

    Cutting is similar to contrast, but taken to the extreme. We're talking about big bold flavors or sensations when we think about cutting; think about biting into a rich, fatty piece of BBQ, or scorching your tongue on a spicy pepper. Much like contrast, you want to pair those intense, extreme foods with a beer that will take it down a notch. So, try cutting the richness of a fatty cheese with the bright sourness of a gueuze or fruited lambic.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 10, 2014

    The Midwesterners among us were giddy with excitement for our tasting of the Munster, IN-based 3 Floyds Brewing Company. Started in 1996 with a 5 barrel wok-burner-fired brew kettle, 3 Floyds moved to its current location in 2000 and opened a brewpub adjacent to their brewery in 2005. 25 miles south of Chicago, 3 Floyds has grown to become one of the most critically acclaimed breweries in the Midwest.

    We tasted five beers from 3 Floyds: Man-o-Awe, a pale ale, Arctic Panzer Wolf, an imperial IPA, Dreadnaught, another imperial IPA, Live a Rich Life, a Belgian-style IPA, and Topless Wytch, a Baltic-style porter. Read our tasting notes below and leave your own in the comments!

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  • Recipe: Ultimate Beer Burger

    Cooking with Beer - June 9, 2014

    Simply-made or indulgently complicated, a good burger can come in a slew of mouth-watering iterations. But one thing's for sure: It's best served with a cold beer. We've taken our love for the classic combination of burgers and beer to the next level by stacking a stout-spiked patty with some of the most beer-filled and burger-ready recipes around including our Hop Mayo, Beer Bacon & Onion Jam, and Spent Grain Burger Bun.

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  • How A Yeast Vault Saved an English Brewery, Great Divide and 21st Amendment Are Expanding, and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - June 6, 2014

    • Shiner Bock sold 100,000 cases their first year in NYC [NY Times]
    • Great Divide Brewing announced plans for a new $38.2 million production facility and tap room [Denver Post]
    • 21st Amendment Brewery is also expanding with a $21 million production brewery, tasting room, and restaurant [SF Business Times]
    • A "yeast vault" in England saved Jennings Brewery's ale after a massive flood [Gizmodo]
    • A professor was fired from Charleston Southern University after his unusual likeness was used on a beer can [The Drinks Business]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 6/7

    Beer Events - June 5, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    It's an excellent weekend for beer as our diverse event picks show. You can learn how to barrel age your beers from the head of Firestone Walker's Barrelworks, you can support worthy charities while watching a Beatles tribute band playing on a rooftop with craft beer in your hand, or you can sample beers from the Hudson Valley's exploding craft beer scene at a small festival just north of New York City.

    If like really cool sour beers and other alcoholic concoctions with fruit, Portland is hosting the 4th annual Fruit Beer Festival. And if you like to combine your craft beer with rock climbing or biking, Madison, WI is the place to be. No matter what your preferences, there is a fun event for you this weekend.

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  • 9 Beer Gifts to Make or Buy for Dad

    Beer List - June 4, 2014

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Pizza Port

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 3, 2014

    This week’s tasting is from Pizza Port, a pizza brewpub in the San Diego area. We sampled their three canned offerings: Pronto S.I.P.A., a sessionable American IPA, Swami’s IPA, an American IPA, and Chronic Ale, an American Amber Ale.

    The unusually named Pizza Port traces its origins back to 1987, when Gina & Vince Marsaglia purchased a pizza place in Solana Beach, California. Vince used their surplus space to experiment with making beer, releasing their first “official” beers in 1992. Expanding to five locations in the San Diego area since then, Pizza Pub has become a staple of the fantastic San Diego beer scene.

    Read on for our Pizza Port tasting notes, and don’t forget to add your own tasting notes in the comments if you've tried these beers!

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  • Recipe: Hop Mayo

    Cooking with Beer - June 2, 2014

    Mayonnaise might just be one of those things that you know are possible to make at home, but you've just never tried it. Kind of like beer before you took the leap. And just like beer, making and customizing your own mayo is really simple. We whipped up a batch of something we like to call Hop Mayo with our Everyday IPA. The result is rich and creamy with a pleasant hop aroma--perfect for sandwich spreading or french fry dipping.

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  • The DNA Of Yeast And More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - May 30, 2014

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  • Weekend Beer Events 5/31

    Beer Events - May 29, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Looking for a beer festival this weekend? You're in luck. From Firestone Walker's amazing craft brewer lineup at their Invitational Beer Fest, to the massive American Craft Beer Fest in Boston, to the laidback vibes of Burning Can in Colorado, to the great Philly Beer Week, there is a beer festival for every taste this weekend. Read on for our event picks for this weekend.

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  • Recipe: Beer, Bacon & Onion Jam

    Cooking with Beer - May 28, 2014

    Bacon's easily the star of any breakfast plate or burger-top. It's almost indescribable how delicious it can be. Typically best served at the very moment it's cool enough to pick up and eat for a super crunchy surge of umami, it's understandable to not get too adventurous with your bacon-eating habits. But imagine a spreadable, picnic-ready jam made with loads of bacon, beer, brown sugar, caramelized onions and a few other simple ingredients, and you have our Beer, Bacon & Onion Jam. And with this recipe, you may never look at a cheese plate or any meal in need of condiments the same way again.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Dogfish Head's Minutes

    2 O'Clock Tastings - May 27, 2014

    It is an understatement to say that Dogfish Head is an interesting brewery. They're one of the largest craft brewers in America but yet there may be no brewery today that exhibits such a dedication to experimentation and boundary pushing.

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  • A "Johnny Man'z Ale", Green Flash to Reformulate Some Beers, Two Roads Brewing Expansion and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - May 23, 2014

    • Johnny Man'z Ale created by Cleveland Browns fan [CBSSports]
    • NYC's old school Irish pubs are struggling [Crain's]
    • Green Flash is reformulating several beers, including the popular West Coast IPA [Beer Pulse]
    • CT's Two Roads Brewing Co. is undergoing a $2.5 million expansion [Stratford Star]
    • There is a legislative battle over a South Carolina bill that aims to attract Stone Brewing's new East Coast brewery [The Post and Courier]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 5/24

    Beer Events - May 22, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Opportunities to sip the praise-worthy beers of Vermont, New Mexico and Paris highlight our weekend beer event picks for this Memorial Day Weekend, along with a lambic and sour beer festival in Chicago and an fun event that will allow you to sample New York State craft beer on the (not so) high seas of New York Harbor. Enjoy!

    And don't forget, our Beer Making Class in DUMBO, Brooklyn is on Wednesday! Every ticket includes a signed copy of our new book, Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg. Get your ticket now while they're still available!

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  • Hop of the Month: Liberty

    Hop of the Month, Brew School - May 21, 2014

    We’ve covered a number of German hops recently. Originating in America, this month’s hop, Liberty, is a close cousin to many of those famed hops. This shared German and American heritage gives the hop great versatility; you can find Liberty hops in a wide variety of beers, most commonly in lagers.

    Deriving from the German noble hop Hallertau, Liberty’s mild floral and spicy characteristics and overall clean flavor make them an ideal choice for German-style beers. Because of its parentage, Liberty shares many characteristics with the noble hops. Relatively low in alpha acids, the hop is mostly used for aroma. Contrary to what many assume, Liberty hops are not present in Anchor Steam’s famed Liberty Ale.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Half Acre Beer Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - May 20, 2014

    On a recent trip to Chicago, we hopped around town to a number of breweries to sample the local craft beer scene. One of our favorites was Half Acre Brewing Company. Started in 2006 by utilizing a contract brewer in Wisconsin, Half Acre has now grown into one of Chicagoland’s favorite local breweries. Since 2009, they have been operating out of their current facility in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, along with a storefront for bottles, cans and growlers-to-go, as well as a taproom, which opened in 2012. Half Acre has been on the forefront of the recent, local craft beer boom in Chicago, paving the way for dozens of others. In 2010, they became the first Chicago brewery to can their beer.

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  • Beer Cocktail Recipe: The Hop Collins

    Cooking with Beer - May 19, 2014

    The Tom Collins is a classic cocktail. The basic recipe is as standard as its signature, slender glass. Typically it will consist of gin, lemon, simple syrup, and soda water with a maraschino cherry and lemon twist on top.

    For our latest beer cocktail creation, we reinvented this fizzy mainstay with a hoppy IPA for an aromatic, complex, and visually fun cocktail. We swap out the soda water with our Everyday IPA (or another fragrant hop-forward IPA) and use old Tom gin, whose mild sweetness helps balance the beer's bitterness. In lieu of the lemon and cherry, we use a fresh raspberry for a garnish with the perfect sweet/tart balance. Stir and serve or let your guests combine the drink table-side.  Read More...


  • Wildfires threaten San Diego breweries and more beer news

    Beer News Mashup - May 16, 2014

    • The San Diego wildfire outbreak is threatening a number of breweries [Beer Pulse]
    • Hops prices have doubled for some varieties [CNBC]
    • More and more airlines are selling craft beer on flights [AP]
    • Staten Island newest (and only) brewery opens this weekend [BrewYork]
    • Oklahoma's Mustang Brewery returns after being destroyed by a tornado in 2013 [KFOR]


  • Weekend Beer Events 5/17

    Beer Events - May 15, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    This is a good weekend to be a fan of pork and craft beer. There are two pig-focused beer events on our roundup of this weekend's best beer happenings, along with a pair of style-centric beer festivals, and a big party at one of upstate New York's best breweries.

    And don't forget, our May 28th Beer Making Class in DUMBO, Brooklyn is less than two weeks away! Every ticket includes a signed copy of our new book, Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg. Don't miss out!

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Brasserie Dupont

    2 O'Clock Tastings - May 14, 2014

    It's nearly impossible to talk about saisons without ending the sentence with "Dupont." And because we love Belgian-style beers, we picked up some Brasserie Dupont brews to remind ourselves of how good these beers can be.

    Brasserie Dupont is located in French-speaking region of Wallonia in Belgium, not far from the French border, in the town of Tourpes. There has been brewing on the site continuously since 1844. After the DuPont family bought the brewery in 1920, brewer Louis Dupont established the tradition of re-fermenting all of the breweries offerings in bottles. Brewer and 4th generation Dupont family member Olivier Dedeycker took over in the 1990s. He has preserved its historic brewing traditions while upping production to more than 18,000 hectolitres. (Or 15,000 barrels, for you Americans.)

    We tried the legendary Saison Dupont alongside three of the brewery's other offerings. Belgian beer-lovers, rejoice!

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  • Out Today: Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg

    Behind the Scenes - May 13, 2014

    The big day is here! We are officially two-time authors; you can find our second book, Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg, in bookstores everywhere.

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  • Recipe: Spent Grain Burger Buns

    Spent Grain Chef - May 12, 2014

    The perfect bun is the foundation for an amazing burger. Firm enough to hold everything in one place--meat, condiments, sauce--but soft enough to give when you bite into it. Beyond the basics, what we love about our burger bun is that it's made with spent grain, which means the ideal pairing of beer and burgers just became an even better match.

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  • A possible new brewery for The Alchemist and more beer news

    Beer News Mashup - May 9, 2014

    • Gizmodo partnered with Sixpoint to brew the "Beer of the Future" [Gizmodo]
    • The Alchemist applied to build a new brewery in Stowe, VT [Burlington Free Press]
    • Brooklyn Brewery's Garrett Oliver won a James Beard Award [NYT]
    • Dogfish Head's newest beer is brewed with wasabi [FirstWeFeast]
    • In WWII, Spitfire fighter plans were retrofitted to carry beer casks [Retronaut]

     


  • Weekend Beer Events 5/10

    Beer Events - May 8, 2014

     

    This weekend's best beer events range from intimate lectures on craft beer, to all-out block parties and crawfish boils -- so no matter what mood you're in, there's a beer event for you.

    And if you live in or around New York City, we've got two events to put on your calendar: our Book Release Party at Powerhouse Arena on Tuesday (May 13th), where we'll be pouring beer and signing copies of our newest book, Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg; and a Beer Making Class (May 28th) In DUMBO, Brooklyn that includes a signed copy of Make Some Beer. So much to do, so much beer to make!

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  • Behind the Scenes of Make Some Beer: An Introduction

    Behind the Scenes - May 7, 2014

    Our new book, Make Some Beer: Small Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg, is finally complete and will be released on May 13th through Clarkson Potter, and we cannot be prouder. Four years in the making, we travelled to more than thirty breweries in eight countries to look beyond the bottle and meet the brewers behind our favorite beers.
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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Goose Island's Four Sisters

    2 O'Clock Tastings - May 6, 2014

    It's quickly apparent on any visit to Chicago that you've arrived in a Goose Island town. And while Honker Ale and the super-citrusy 312 might be on almost every tap in the city, they're only a small part of their quickly evolving (and often slowly aging) line of increasingly complex beers. We've touched on Goose Island before (see our first Goose Island 2 O'Clock Tasting), but today we're unpacking our new Beer Tasting Set and filling its glasses with the brewery's four "Sisters."

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  • Recipe: Curry Beer Mussels

    Cooking with Beer - May 5, 2014

    We absolutely love sitting down to a bowl of mussels, and we personally think they're best with beer. A staple in many a beer-loving Belgian bistro, Moules à la bière is the gold standard for almost any beer-fueled dinner. The brininess of the mussels combined with the crisp hop and gentle malt character of a light, dry beer creates an elegant dish that feels so much more complicated than simply scrubbing some shells and boiling them in beer with a few choice ingredients.

    And since we're always fans of a little heat, we made ours as a curry that's incredibly fresh, full of citrus and spice, and with a broth that's destined to be soaked up by the crustiest of baguettes. This recipe does an amazing job of highlighting our Grapefruit Honey Ale, whose intensely aromatic grapefruit character accentuates the lime and cilantro of the broth while its bitterness helps balance the sweetness of the coconut milk.

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  • Weekend Beer Events 5/3

    Beer Events - May 2, 2014

    Beer may be the furthest thing from your mind this weekend, what with Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day doling out the tequila and bourbon. Not that we don't enjoy both libations, but we can always find a good reason to drink a beer. And if goats, neon clothing, and art projects aren't reason enough to grab a beer this weekend, we don't know how else to convince you.

    If you're hoping to avoid the large number of sombrero and large-hat-wearing drinkers this weekend, check out some fun beer events going on this weekend. (Well, we hope you wear a sombrero while at Cinco de Micro brewfest.) And don't forget, New Yorkers, to sign up for our Beer Making Class next month!

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  • New Regulations for Floridan Craft Breweries and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - May 2, 2014

    • Florida Craft Beer Regulations Legislation Passed in Senate [First Coast News]
    • This Guy Ran a Beer Mile in Less than 5 Minutes [USA Today]
    • BrewDog Responds to Alcohol Industry Group, Gets Sassy [Mashable]
    • The Money Behind Glassware [Ad Age]
    • Gruit's Comeback [Imbibe]


  • Make Some Beer Book Outtakes: Carton Brewing

    Behind the Scenes - May 1, 2014

    While on our brewery road trip writing our newest book, Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg, we made some local stops, too. And we crossed state lines to get a taste of one innovative brewery: Carton Brewing, in Atlantic Highlands, N.J..

    We talked to Augie Carton, co-founder and brewer, about one of our favorite brews, Boat Beer and the quest for low-ABV and flavorful beers. Click ahead for an outtake of our interview with Carton.

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  • Barrel Aging Your Beer: The 5 Factors To Consider Before You Start

    Brew School - May 1, 2014

    Barrels at Pigsah Brewing.

    We love barrel-aged beers and, judging by the number of questions we receive about the process, we know a lot of other people do, too. The growing popularity of barrel-aging isn’t surprising, given how much flavor a little barrel can add to your final beer. Aging your beer in barrels can add exciting new depths of aroma and flavor to your final beer.

    When aging your beer in a barrel, the beer will absorb some of the various chemical compounds present in the wood, such as lactones (which provide floral aromas and flavors, and sometimes even coconut), phenolic aldehydes (vanilla), and the simple sugars (caramel). When the beer is first in the barrel, it will begin to absorb very strong caramel and vanilla flavors, as well as any flavors left over from the previous beer or spirit residing in it, if any. Over time the beer will soak deep into the staves of the barrel before being pushed back out again, taking with it all of the rich flavors and compounds from the wood. That’s when more delicate flavors and aromas, like florals, begin to shine through.

    Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind before deciding to barrel age your beer.

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  • 5 Great Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beers for Derby Day

    Beer List - April 30, 2014

    There's many reasons to love Derby Day: big hats, big horses, and big bourbon cocktails. And while we'll never say no to a Mint Julep, we'll also never say no to a bourbon barrel-aged beer, either.

    Big, roasty, vanilla-brimming barrel-aged beers may seem like winter-only beers, but a good bourbon-flavored beer can, and should, be enjoyed at all times. (We could drink Bourbon Dubbel year-round.) If you're out of the Bourbon Dubbel, grab one of these mouthwatering bourbon barrel-aged beers on Derby Day. (Just be forwarned, the ABV's on some of these may make it harder to enjoy many in one sitting -- bourbon and sessionable are two words that just don't agree with each other all that much.) You'll make the julep drinkers jealous.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Left Hand Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 29, 2014

    As we learned on our brewery-hopping trip to write our newest book, >Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg, Colorado is home to some outstanding beer. Which is why we couldn't wait to give Left Hand Brewing Company, featured in the book, and its lineup of beers a try.

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  • Recipe: Beer Soaked Grilled Cheese

    Cooking with Beer - April 28, 2014

    We dare you to find a better meal than a hearty, greaasy, comfort-food-galore grilled cheese. We mean, is there really anything better than a gooey, crispy grilled cheese? Well, maybe if you add some beer to it.

    Adding beer to your grilled cheese recipe is as natural as can be. Everyone loves to talk about cheese and beer pairings, so we started with a never-fail pairing: brown ale and cheddar cheese. The malty, dark fruit flavors of a brown ale (like our classic Chestnut Brown Ale) balances out a mild, aged cheddar cheese. The final result? A flavor-packed, sweet and sharp grilled cheese. We can already see plenty of variations bouncing off this original recipe, with more cheese and beer pairings to be explored: a Bock beer and Swiss cheese, an Oatmeal Stout and a gouda. Oh, the possibilities are endless.

    If you're looking to jazz up the recipe, make it into a breakfast sandwich with bacon, prosciutto, or sliced ham; or, keep it vegetarian with a sliced avocado on top. There's never a wrong way to eat a grilled cheese.

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  • Weekend Beer Events 4/26

    Beer Events - April 25, 2014

    This weekend's beer events are grander than usual, thanks to lots of big names and big celebrations: Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewer's co-founder, published his new book, Short's Brewing Company is turning 10 years old, and Vegas hosts a a very large beer festival that's well, Vegas-sized. In other words, it's one great weekend to love craft beer.

    But beyond the major events, we're finding lots of reasons to head to your favorite bars to imbibe on a beer or two. (Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap -- it's unheard of!) And don't forget: we'll be hosting our own Beer Making Class in Dumbo Loft on May 28th, 2014. Learn how to make beer at home, New Yorkers!

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  • Beer Prices May Rise and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - April 25, 2014

    • FDA's Proposed Spent Grain Regulations Could Make Beer Prices Soar [TIME]
    • Jim Koch's Secret to Staying Sober (It's Crazy) [CNBC]
    • The Most Risque Craft Beer Festival [FOX]
    • A Tequila-Flavored Beer May Soon Hit U.S. Market [AdAge]
    • The Challenge to Make Sustainable Beer [Scientific American]


  • Make Some Beer Book Outtakes: Wicked Weed Brewing

    Behind the Scenes - April 24, 2014

    We're reliving the beer-fueled journey that inspired our new book, Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg (out May 13th and available for pre-order now). Last February, we packed our bags and took our staff on a three-day beer tour of Asheville, N.C., where we met the good people behind Wicked Weed Brewing.

    Co-founder and brewer Walt Dickenson gave us a tour of the brewery, sharing the family history behind Wicked Weed, the legend behind the name (it goes all the way back to King Henry VII!), one month after opening. Click ahead for an outtake of our interview with Dickenson.

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  • Hop of the Month: El Dorado

    Hop of the Month, Brew School - April 23, 2014

    El Dorado is a baby among some of the other hop varieties, but that doesn't mean it's not pulling serious weight in the craft beer scene. Born and bred in Moxee Valley, a sub-growing district of the well-known hop growing area Yakima Valley, El Dorado has surprising characteristics due to its growth in a cooler climate. El Dorado has become a bit of a "hop du jour" for craft breweries today; now, breweries are adding El Dorado to its pale ales for a tropical twist, or using it for single-hopping. The result? Expect big, fruity punches to your beers in the coming years.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Evil Twin / Aviary Collaboration

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 22, 2014

    Eleven beers, 11 barrels, two culinary entities -- one amazing barrel-aged collaboration. It's not every day that a brewing company pairs up with a cocktail bar, but when it happens, it can end with amazing results. Take the Evil Twin and The Aviary collaboration, a series of barrel-aged beers unlike anything we've tried before.

    In its first beer project, The Aviary teamed up with Evil Twin to brew one Belgian golden strong ale, and age them in different barrels that once held spirits. And no, not just bourbon barrels -- we're talking tequila, brandy, and Scotch. Oh, yes. Their hypothesis? The different barrels would impart subtle, unique flavors to the beer.

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  • 5 Breweries Doing Good for the Environment

    Beer List - April 21, 2014

    Earth Day might conjure memories of elementary school lessons of saving Mother Earth, but there's one way to celebrate the day without construction paper or tiny plant seedlings: by drinking a beer from a like-minded, eco-friendly brewery.

    No longer do breweries only talk the talk about "going green"; today, more craft breweries are thinking sustainable and local in both brewing and manufacturing. Some of the largest craft breweries today, such as Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and Oskar Blues, have long set the example of going green for up-and-comers in the industry. There's really never been a better time to drink a "green" beer. (And no, we don't mean St. Patrick's Day green.)

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  • Weekend Beer Events 4/19

    Beer Events - April 18, 2014

    Break out the boat shoes, beer glasses, and cornhole -- it's finally time for "beer-b-q's," cornhole tournaments, and outdoor drinking. All of our favorite things, naturally.

    This weekend is jampacked with beer dinners, drink specials (some of them may or maybe not related to one particularly buzzy holiday this weekend, and it ain't Easter) outdoor beer festivals, and spring beers. What are you waiting for? The weekend's best beer events:

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