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  • Best of 2013: 2 O'Clock Tastings

    2 O'Clock Tastings - December 24, 2013

    It's safe to say that we've tasting some great beers this year. We've tasted beers from all over the globe, from the East Coast to the West Coast, and from Chile to Canada. The beers have been all over the spectrum -- bold IPAs that have grown a cult-like following, aged kriek, collaboration ales, quadrupel ales, and more. It's hard to narrow down our list of the most memorable tastings from the last year, but we'll continue to hunt down the best beers to share with you. (It's a rough job, but someone's got to do it.)

    Our best 2 O'Clock Tastings from 2013:


  • Best of 2013: Spent Grain Chef Recipes

    Spent Grain Chef - December 23, 2013

    You've spent all year perfecting your brewing recipes with Brooklyn Brew Shop -- and, perhaps just as importantly, your spent grain flour recipe. We've been jazzed to see just how much our fellow beer lovers re-use the grains leftover from their brews to make all kinds of desserts and baked goods.

    If you're still unsure of how to use your spent grain, don't fret -- it's not hard to dry it out and turn it into easy-to-use, delectable spent grain flour. To inspire all you pro spent grain bakers and newbies alike, our most popular recipes from the Spent Grain Chef from 2013:


  • Economic Boom of Craft Beer and More News

    Beer News Mashup - December 20, 2013

    • Craft Beer Contributes $34 Billion to U.S. Economy [Brewbound]
    • Brewing Monks Put Orval Beer in High Demand [NPR]
    • Brewery Ommegang Lets Fans Pick Next 'Game of Thrones' Beer [DRAFT Magazine]
    • New Brew Concentrates Make Craft Beer Easy to Take to the Greaet Outdoors [TODAY]
    • The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Beer Pairings [Serious Eats]

  • Beer Events 12/21

    Beer Events - December 19, 2013

    Just a few more days before the holidays; and it's crunch time for last-minute shopping, holiday parties, baking, and out-of-town guests. But there's still plenty of time to enjoy a beer, too - so indulge yourself a little at this weekend's beer events. And if you're in New York City, be sure to stop by our booth in Union Square Holiday Market!


  • Recipe: Beer Pot Roast

    Cooking with Beer - December 18, 2013

    There is a reason certain dishes remain dinnertime standbys decade after decade. We chalk it up to a blend of ease, comfort, and hearty satisfaction. Pot roast with its tender beef, softened root vegetables, and slow-cooker adaptability long-ago earned its perennial Wednesday night spot at the table. We add dark beer (and lots of it) to put our own spin on an otherwise no-fail dish.

    Two bottles of a full-flavored dark beer adds a rich maltiness while ensuring the meat stays super moist. We love using our  Chocolate Maple Porter or Oatmeal Stout, but most other stouts or porters will do just fine. Alongside mounds of fork-splittable beef, you should be left with a healthy amount of slow-cooked carrots, onions, and mushrooms to puree into a rich, velvety, drizzle-worthy beef gravy for those who can't get enough of a good thing.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Hangar 24 Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - December 17, 2013

    Prior to opening Hangar 24, founder and master brewer Ben Cook worked for the Quality Assurance organization at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Van Nuys, Calif. At the time he was studying Biology and became interested in the science of brewing. He then graduated from the Master Brewers Program at the University of California, Davis and opened the Hangar 24 Brewery in a location adjacent to the Redlands Airport in Redlands, Calif., inspiring the name.

    With his brewery packed into an old style hangar, Cook, who focuses on American styles and classic German styles, has been able to expand incredibly fast by creating his own distribution company. In 2012, only its fourth year of production, Hangar 24 produced over 24,000 barrels, making it one of the fastest growing breweries in the country.


  • Hop of the Month: Hallertau

    Hop of the Month - December 16, 2013

    If you love German and Bavarian beers, you no doubt love the Hallertau hop variety as well. Born in the Hallertauer region of Bavaria, Germany, Hellertau is found most commonly in German lagers, altbiers (German style brown ale), and Belgian ales.

    Hallertau is one of four noble hops (also including Saaz, Spalt, and Tettnang), meaning that it grows in the wild rather than is selectively bred. German hop researchers continue to tinker with the hop, creating a variety of strains. Hallertau slightly fell out of favor in the '70s and '80s because of its high susceptibility to disease, but the hop is essential to a large number of European-style brews. The most commercial craft brewery to popularize Hallertau is Boston Beer Co.'s Samuel Adams, which uses the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hop in a large number of its lagers.


  • Behind Brettanomyces Yeast and More News

    Beer News Mashup - December 13, 2013

    • Will Craft Beer Sales Double by 2020? Some Say Yes [UT San Diego]
    • The Oldest Craft Beer Made in Colorado is No More [Westword]
    • Behind Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale [Youtube]
    • Chicago Craft Brewery Makes Frozen Spent Grain Pizzas (Yum) [DNAInfo]
    • Brettanomyces Yeast 101: Why Wild Ales Taste the Way They Do [Food Republic]

  • Weekend Beer Events 12/14

    Beer Events - December 12, 2013

    Dropping temperatures can only mean one thing for beer lovers - winter beer festivals. From the chilly Mile High City of Denver to the never-quite-cold Dallas, you won't be hardpressed to find a winter seasonal near you this weekend. (And don't forget, New Yorkers - we're still at the Union Square and Columbus Circle Holiday Markets!)


  • Recipe: Spent Grain Chocolate Cherry Scones

    Spent Grain Chef - December 11, 2013

    We loved our Spent Grain Cinnamon Apple Scones so much that we thought we'd try again, but with a sweeter, chocolate-ier filling this time around. Packed with coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate and the dried sweet fruit of your choice (cherries, currants, or cranberries), these scones are a perfect on the go breakfast or midday snack.


  • 2 O' Clock Tasting: Great Divide Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - December 10, 2013

    Founded in 1994, by Brian Dunn in Denver, Colorado’s Ballpark Neighborhood, The Great Divide Brewing Co., has taken the craft brewing industry by storm with its eco-friendly initiatives and internationally award-winning brews. Unlike their impressive reputation, their distribution practices try to make as little impact on the surrounding environment as possible by using bottles made from recycled products and sending 100% of their spent grain to local cattle farms to use as feed.

    Today we sample from Great Divide's Yeti Stout series with Yeti Imperial Stout, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, and Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti.


  • 6 Beer Gifts for the Holidays

    Beer List - December 9, 2013

    It's the most wonderful time of the year -- to be drinking beer. While we always have beer on the brain, we can't help but pick out the best of all the beer gifts for our loved ones this season.

    While we admit that we're a little bit biased in this area -- as we think beer kits always make the best gifts -- we've found some seriously cool beer-inspired gifts for everyone on our shopping list. (Minus the kiddos, of course.) For the fashion-forward to the foodie, the novice beer drinker to the pro, we've found the perfect beer gift for each and every beer drinker you might know. And that includes yourself -- because you've earned a little something special, too.


  • Cementing Germany's Purity Law in History and More News

    Beer News Mashup - December 6, 2013

    • German Brewers Seek to Designate Purity Law as World Cultural Treasure, 500 Years After Its Birth [The Guardian]
    • Colorado Breweries Raise $300,000+ For Flooding Victims []
    • The Best Review of Hanson's 'MmmHops' Beer Ever [VICE]
    • The Next Craft Beer Boom? In France [The Daily Beast]
    • Your Daily 'Awww': One Man's Quest to Drink Beer for Cancer Research [Hartford Courant]

  • Weekend Beer Events 12/7

    Beer Events - December 5, 2013

    As the first weekend of December looms, our minds are drawn to the season’s most joyous events: giving gifts, showing off our best ugly Christmas sweaters, and imbibing on perhaps a tad too much eggnog. But what we’re most excited about this month is the influx of big, bold and winter-ready brews.

    Starting on the West Coast, two winter craft beer festivals in Seattle and Portland, Ore. kick off our holiday season with a plethora of excellent, rare, numbingly-high-ABV winter beers to keep us feeling cozy and warm. Across the country, TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery in Paoli, Penn. is celebrating 10 years with a lineup we'd kill to experience. And one epic Christmas party with Houston's Epic League of Brewers has us hoping we'll still end up on the "nice list" thereafter. Let the holiday beer festivus begin!


  • Beer Cocktail: Beermosa

    Cooking with Beer - December 4, 2013

    Brunch is a weekend treat, and the mimosa is its star. No matter where you find yourself eating at 11 a.m. on a Saturday, and no matter what's topping your plate--be it huevos rancheros, eggs benedict, french toast, or waffles--mimosas will be on the menu if not on your table. Beer, however, is another story. Until now.

    Our beermosa recipe is pretty simple. One part OJ followed by two parts of a dry Belgian-style ale with a splash of bitters and a sprig of fresh herbs to finish, and you've conquered boozy brunch.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Grado Plato Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - December 3, 2013

    Founded in 2003 in the province of Turin, in the town of Chieri, Grado Plato Brewery’s simple mission was to open an independent brewpub that focused equally on producing delicious craft brews and beer-inspired cuisine. Founders Sergio and Gabriele Ormea began with only two beers, soon expanding their line with more brews and adding flip-tops to their bottles when customers began to ask to take their unfinished beers home. As the world grew more aware of Grado Plato by way of international tastings, competitions and awards, so did demand for their beers. In 2008, the Ormeas had to move to their production plant to the Montaldo Torinese municipality near Chieri. This allowed Grado Plato to expand their line of beers and spruce up their original brewpub. Sergio, who creates and brews all of Grado Plato’s recipes himself, leaves everything unfiltered and unpasteurized, relying on the beers' raw ingredients to speak for themselves.


  • 5 Board Game and Beer Pairings for Bingo Month

    Beer List - December 2, 2013

    Need to take a break from the holiday madness? There's no better way to relax on a cold winter night during Bingo Month (December) than with a game of Bingo - and a beer, of course.

    Sure, you are most likely not a member of the National Bingo Game Association (no judgment if you are), but you can't deny the power of a solid board game night with friends and good food and drink. Whether you're a die-hard poker player, or a killer at Apples to Apples, there's a quirky craft beer pairing for your game. So take a night off from the holiday shopping, you deserve to kick back with a beer and a game. (And for Cards Against Humanity, we recommend drinking whatever you've got in the growler - that game needs an alcoholic kick to balance out its absurdity.)


  • South Africa's Newest Hop, 'Brewnuts,' Sonic Foamer

    Beer News Mashup - November 29, 2013

    • Firestone Walker's Anniversary Ale, Made by Winemakers [TODAY]
    • Who Needs Donuts and Cronuts When You Can Have 'Brewnuts?' Craft Beer Donuts, Yum! [Cleveland Scene]
    • New Ultrasonic Device Adds Bubbles, Foam to Beer [CNET]
    • South Africa's Newest Hop Variety Has Everyone Talking [Voice of America]
    • The Science of Beer Tapping Explosions [RedOrbit]

  • Beer Events 11/30

    Beer Events - November 27, 2013

    It's official: the holiday season is here, and so are the holiday seasonals and dark beers we love so much. Fortunately, December presents every possible excuse to kick back a brew to relieve the holiday stress (including Black Friday - never fight the mall without a beer in you again). And don't forget, New Yorkers - we're open now in Union Square Holiday Market!


  • Recipe: Beer Cheese

    Cooking with Beer - November 27, 2013

    When it comes to dips we are in the thicker-is-always-better camp (as evidenced in our: Beer & Onion Dip, Beer & Spinach Dip, and Beer & Artichoke Dip). And we judge the worthiness of chips on their ability to withstand the heftiest of toppings.

    But when it came to crafting this recipe, we were looking for something that would stand up as a dip, but was also versatile enough to fold into hot pasta, slather on a steak sub, and top chips for nachos. We wanted to create our essential beer cheese: part dip, part condiment, part sauce, and most importantly: all beer.

    So we started with a lot of beer (three bottles to be precise), reduce it down to a third of a cup, blend it with cheddar and cream cheese, and then melt it all together until velvety-smooth. The resulting beer cheese is firm when chilled, liquid when hot, somewhere in between at room temperature, and utterly addictive.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Beer Geek Series

    2 O'Clock Tastings - November 26, 2013

    Beer Geek Breakfast, Mikkel Borg’s breakthrough beer, is responsible for grabbing the attention of the international beer circuit and ushering forth the Beer Geek series, and today we’re honoring this decisive brew by tasting Mikkeller’s decadent trifecta of Beer Geek beers.

    First in the line we have Mikkeller’s stellar flagship, Beer Geek Breakfast, a gourmet-coffee infused oatmeal stout; their idiosyncratic Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, brewed with coffee obtained from civet droppings (basically what we have here is cat poop beer); and the devilishly drinkable and delicious Beer Geek Vanilla Shake.


  • Hop of the Month: Challenger

    Hop of the Month - November 25, 2013

    The Challenger hop was originally bred at Wye College in 1961, as a combination of Northern Brewer and a German male downy-mildew resistant variety. Today, Challenger is primarily used in British ales and lagers in its native land, the UK.

    Because of its lineage, Challenger has both a high level of alpha acids and a strong aroma. The result is a floral yet spicy hop that's moderate in intensity. This combination makes Challenger a hop that can be played with in a variety of different beer styles - mostly English - ranging from ESBs, porters, stouts, and brown ales. Add Challenger to the beginning of the boil to add some bitterness to the brew, or at the end to bring out the aroma. You'll get hints of marmalade, lemon, and spicy flavors from a Challenger-hopped beer.


  • IPA Boom, Craft Beer Sketch Show, Dogfish Head's Artwork

    Beer News Mashup - November 22, 2013

    • The History (and Popularity) of the IPA Style [CNBC]
    • Silly New IFC Show, 'The Birthday Boys,' Spoofs Craft Brewing [IFC]
    • Craft Beer Meets Calorie Calculator [Philadelphia Magazine]
    • The Man Behind Dogfish Head's Amazing Labels [First We Feast]
    • We Want All The Meat Beers Ever [Esquire]

  • Best of Thanksgiving Recipes

    Beer List - November 21, 2013

    The countdown begins: one week to the most delicious, gluttonous holiday of the year. Surely you've already given thought to what you'll be cooking this year for Thanksgiving. While you'll always have your classic, stand-by recipes for Thanksgiving, we hereby proclaim that your Thanksgiving dishes need some beer added in.

    You've worked so hard to perfect your Brooklyn Brew Shop brews; now, share the fruits of your brewing labor with the family by adding it to your best Thanksgiving recipes. (If you don't want to share, we won't judge.) It's not hard to update your Thanksgiving recipes with fun additions of beer; sweet potatoes get the Chocolate Maple Porter treatment, stuffing is made even more flavorful with Chestnut Brown Ale, and pecan pie tastes like a dream when made with Bourbon Dubbel. There's a beer or spent grain recipe for every course of Thanksgiving; the best of our Spent Grain Chef and Cooking with Beer recipes:


  • Union Square and Columbus Circle Holiday Markets

    Brew Trips & Fests - November 20, 2013

    It's the most wonderful time of the year! We're ready for the holiday season, returning to our old haunches at the Urban Space Union Square Holiday Market and -- for the first time ever -- setting up shop at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market.

    We've got everything you could possibly need this holiday season, for you and your family and friends: our staple Beer Making Kits and Mixes, like the Everyday IPA, Jalapeño Saison, and Bruxelles Blonde, and some new favorites, the Warrior Double IPA and Oatmeal Stout. And, our newest flavors exclusive to our holiday markets -- the Bourbon Dubbel, Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout, and Pecan Pie Amber -- are the perfect brews to sip on during the cold weather.


  • Recipe: Chocolate Maple Porter Glazed Sweet Potatoes

    Cooking with Beer - November 19, 2013

    Let's face it: your grandmother's marshmallow-wonder of a sweet potato casserole is better suited for the dessert table than as a vegetable side. Our Chocolate Maple Porter spiked recipe has enough maple syrup to satisfy your sweet tooth but with plenty of garlic, shallots and roasted malt flavor to bring this dish back to the savory side of the meal.


  • 5 Beers to Drink This Thanksgiving

    Beer List - November 18, 2013

    You've made your grocery list with all the Thanksgiving ingredients you'll need to make the feast a smashing success, but don't skimp over your beer shopping list. Sure, your grandma will want her glass of white Zinfandel refilled, and your dad may still need his Scotch at the end of dinner, but the rest of the family (minus the kiddos) will be happy to kick back with a Thanksgiving-inspired beer in hand.

    You've most likely drank enough pumpkin ales by now to last you until next fall, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get in your one last fall seasonal in your system before winter sets in. Breweries these days are using all your favorite Thanksgiving foods -- pecans, cranberries, and yams, for starters -- to spice up your average harvest brew. Now's the time to indulge in a warming ale brimming with malts and roastiness that will set the mood for Thanksgiving dinner. Just be forewarned: some of our picks pack a large ABV, so it's best to sip rather than down these highly alcoholic beers during dinner.


  • Patagonia's New Belgium Brew, Energy Drink Turned Beer

    Beer News Mashup - November 15, 2013

  • Weekend Beer Events 11/16

    Beer Events - November 14, 2013

    As the temperatures drop, there's no better way to spend a weekend than with a beer in hand. This weekend hosts a great deal of beer events: blend your own sour beers, the ultimate food and beer pairings, and join an international beer club. There's no shortage of beer fun for the coming winter!


  • Recipe: Beer Gravy

    Cooking with Beer - November 13, 2013

    Gravy tends to be both an afterthought in the kitchen and a necessity in the dining room. Many unfortunately dry Thanksgiving turkey breasts have been triaged by boatfuls of our favorite holiday sauce.

    Our preferred way to make gravy is a passive endeavor. First, we cook a hearty, beer-filled meat dish over the course of a few hours. Then we collect the pan drippings full of rich meaty flavors and root vegetables near the point of melting. Blend, season to taste, and serve. This is the perfect scenario when nothing in the world can make our loft smell any better with the sole exception of a 60-minute mash.

    But when we're left without the luxury of roasted meats fresh from the oven, we came up with a quick standby recipe for evenings when sauce is a must. The combination of store-bought stock and beer pulls its weight when subbed in for drippings, and the addition of butter and flour to make a roux gives your gravy the perfect thickness. If you're wondering which beers to use, go with a porter (Chocolate Maple Porter), stout (Oatmeal Stout), or brown ale (Chestnut Brown Ale) for beef dishes. And for poultry or vegetarian options, use a lighter Belgian-style ale (Bruxelles Blonde). What to drizzle your gravy over is another question entirely.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Prairie Artisan Ales

    2 O'Clock Tastings - November 12, 2013

    Started by a team of two brothers, Chase and Colin Healey, in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2012, Prairie Artisanal Ales has quickly become the buzz of the newest craft breweries.

    After sharing their different and experimental variations of saisons working as gypsy brewers, the two decided it was time to have a brewery of their own. They raised over $20,000 on Kickstarter with the help of fans and formed Prairie Artisan Ales. Chase Healey is the brewer and his brother Colin is responsible all of their fun and funky branding and logo design. Prairie is currently brewing over 15 beers - not restricted to Saisons - and Healey promises another 30 new brews to be released by the end of this year.


  • 5 Awesome Female Brewers in Honor of Sadie Hawkins Day

    Beer List - November 11, 2013

    Need another excuse to celebrate the kick-ass women in your life? Look no further than Sadie Hawkins Day. Fun fact: Sadie Hawkins Day originated long before your bumbling, girl-asks-boy middle school dances. The original Sadie Hawkins Day started with a Li'l Abner comic strip when one of the characters declared an entire holiday for the ladies to chase the unmarried gents through town to, er, pin them down. So yes, your deepest darkest fears as a middle schooler all originated from one fateful comic strip -- we're not sure if that makes us feel better or worse about it.

    No matter, as we can all use an excuse to celebrate a little female empowerment -- especially in the brewing community. Who runs the (brewing) world? Girls. If you take a look at some of the biggest craft breweries in the country, there's more than a handful of women founding and managing them. And now, women are clearing perhaps the last hurdle in the beer making industry, brewing. Check out these awesome female brewers at breweries from coast to coast and the great beers they're brewing.


  • Heady Topper Craze, 'Lean In' to Beer, DIY Beer Can Fun

    Beer News Mashup - November 8, 2013

    • The Alchemist is Shuttering Retail Operations Due to Trouble with Neighbors [Associated Press]
    • Beer Cans Make the Coolest Things [Paste]
    • Social Enterprise the Backbone of Cape Commons Brewing [Forbes]
    • Women 'Lean In' to Craft Brewing (Making Sheryl Sandberg Proud) [NPR]
    • Japan's Craft Beer Industry is Booming [Mercury News]


  • Weekend Beer Events 11/9

    Beer Events - November 7, 2013

    As Fall is in full swing, the air snaps with a slighter chill, the sun vanishes earlier rather than later, and the work week seems never ending. But lucky for you we've put together a list of this weekend's greatest beer events happening all over the country. One of these festivals is sure to give your weekend the proper distraction it deserves!


  • Instagram #bestdressedbeer Contest Winners

    Brew Trips & Fests - November 6, 2013

    We’ve picked the winner of our #bestdressedbeer Instagram contest! Dozens of you faithful beer lovers tagged your Instagram photos with #bestdressedbeer to show off your custom labels, and we were very impressed. So impressed that we couldn’t just pick one winner!

    The grand-prize winner is @ilovefizzypop, who submitted some seriously professional-looking custom beer labels from "The One Gallon Brew Co." - we would love to try some 1.21 Gigawatts IPA! @ilovefizzypop wins a one year subscription to the Quarterly Brew Club!

  • Recipe: Beer-Braised Greens

    Cooking with Beer - November 6, 2013

    You don't need to trick us into eating our leafy greens. They're delicious. And the fact they've got loads of vitamins A, C, and K, not to mention a slew of cancer-fighting antioxidants and minerals is a healthy bonus.

    Making greens tasty doesn't require a lot of ingredients or even a lot of time. Adding beer is almost like taking a shortcut through flavor-town. A porter, like our Chocolate Maple Porter, just brims with a roast-filled, chocolatey maple sweetness that is a great vegetarian cheat lending greens richer flavors typically reserved for those slow-cooked with meat.


  • 2 O'clock Tasting: Quimera

    2 O'Clock Tastings - November 5, 2013

    Chile is wine country, with relatively few craft breweries despite beer consumption contributing to 60% of the overall alcohol market. But Chile’s craft scene has been expanding in recent years, and Quimera is one of the newer breweries to emerge from the growing interest in craft beer, and the first Chilean beer imported to the U.S. Manifested in 2006 in Santiago by four beer aficionados, Quimera had its humble origins in a kitchen before it transitioned into its current state of mass production. They chose their name, translating to “Chimera” from Spanish, to parallel the synergistic amalgamation of common ingredients infused together to create something mysterious, fierce and exciting.

    Trouble arose in the factory when Quimera first saw its inception, with batches turning out underwhelming in taste, mouthfeel and carbonation. The tribulation “left many wounded on the road,” according to Quimera. Eventually, the beast was conquered and the brew began to submit to the brewmasters’ intents, becoming the product we have before us today. We’ll be sampling two of Quimera’s four options: their Amber Ale and Imperial Stout, which were surprisingly fresh given that they traveled over 5,000 miles to get to our humble backyard picnic table.


  • 5 Beers for National Aviation History Month

    Beer List - November 4, 2013

    November kicks off the holiday season, but it's also the celebratory month for one of humanity's greatest inventions: aviation. That's right, November is National Aviation History Month, honoring the achievements and technological advances of human flight; that all began with Joseph Michel Montgolfier and Jacques Etienne Montgolfier's invention of the hot air balloon, way before the Wrigley brothers took flight. (They originally filled up paper and fabric bags with hot air and smoke, which, when you think about it, sounds less like an invention and more like a death wish -- so we owe a lot to these daredevils.)

    Of course, nowadays when anyone hears the word "flying," it's not the wide-eyed wonder that comes to mind first. It's the inconvenient TSA rummaging through your carry-ons, the dearth of terrible airport food and zero electrical outlets, the overcrowded and miserable plane ride that comes to mind -- not a pretty picture in reality. But before flying became a giant hassle, flying was a marvel, and these five beers just might remind you of that. Or at least make the flight a little more enjoyable.


  • Helicopter Beer Bottle Opener, Snake Venom Beer

    Beer News Mashup - November 1, 2013


  • Weekend Beer Events 11/2

    Beer Events - October 31, 2013

    The first weekend in November is jam packed with a wide variety of beer festivals. Soak in the beautiful scenery of the Hudson River Valley in Poughkeepsie, rock out with music and world class brews in Florida, try some new and undiscovered local beer in Colorado Springs, and unleash your inner beer geek with some rare and special barrel aged brews and sours in San Diego and Studio City.


  • Recipe: South-Asian Beer Wings

    Cooking with Beer - October 30, 2013

    If you’re watching football all weekend, you obviously will need some wings to go with your brews. These sweet and spicy South Asian-inspired wings, are marinated and cooked with our favorite dark beer, bringing a whole new level of delicious to the game time experience.

    Our go-to bottles are the Oatmeal Stout or Chocolate Maple Porter but any dark, flavorful craft stout or porter will work. Add in chili peppers and fresh grated ginger to pack the heat all spice lovers are looking for. Better yet serve them alongside our Beer Hot Wings and the food table may end up being the only thing your fellow spectators are watching.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: B. Nektor Meadery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - October 29, 2013

    The Ferndale, Michigan-based B. Nektar Meadery, founded by Brad and Kerri Dahlhofer and their friend Paul Zimmerman, aims to “extend beyond the traditional honey wine,” using the many varieties of honey as an inspirational springboard for their creative brewing process. With their eclectic presentation and inventive brews, B. Nektar is not just another meadery. Conceptualized in 2006, B. Nektar only officially opened its doors on August 2, 2008 - on National Mead Day. In the two years prior to the grand opening, Brad and Kerry both experienced layoffs and both worked incessantly to get B. Nektar ready for opening day. Their hard work ultimately reaped sweet, sweet reward: namely, the numerous awards swooped up by B. Nektar’s imaginative meads.

    Today we’ll be trying out three of B. Nektar’s brews: Zombie Killer, a cherry cyser; Black Fang, made with wildflower honey and blackberry juice; and Necromangocon, self-defined as a “mango and black pepper honey wine.”



  • The Monster Mash: 10 Monstrous Halloween Beers

    Beer List - October 28, 2013

    We were working in the brewery late one night, when our eyes beheld a hoppy sight. For our beer from its carboy began to rise, and suddenly, to our surprise...

    We'll spare you the rest. But even if we get a little excited over some holiday music (just wait 'til Christmas) we still know our beer, so we're here with our timely Halloween list of six monstrous beers. Though each one was inspired by the stuff of children's nightmares, these beers would be monsters any time of the year, each weighing in with at least 8% ABV. How well they pair with fun size candy bars, we leave to you to find out.


  • Fictitious Brews Illustrated, Belgium Seef Resurrected

    Beer News Mashup - October 25, 2013

    • Pop Chart Lab Illustrates Fictitious Beers from Literature, Film, and Television [Buzzfeed]
    • Zombie Beer SEEF Comes Back From the Dead [Mercury News]
    • The Science Behind Why a Tapped Beer Explodes Does Not Explain Why Anyone Would Tap the Beer in the First Place [Gizmodo]
    • Deep Ellum in Deep Doo-Doo with new Dumb Blonde Campaign: Goes Down Easy [Huffington Post]
    • World Series Bet: Schlafly vs. Harpoon [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]


  • Weekend Beer Events 10/26

    Beer Events - October 24, 2013

    Clutching your aching head from the month of Oktoberfest? It’s an inevitable consequence, but it’s the last week of October, so there's time for one last hurrah! Besides, with winter approaching fast, you'll need all the warming you can get. With free beer (yep, free) over in Philadelphia, a costume party and a punk rock show in New York, beer trivia in Austin and a share-for-all in Los Angeles, this weekend’s beer events are sure to draw even the most hung-over beer lovers out of the house for more.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Perennial Artisan Ales

    2 O'Clock Tastings - October 22, 2013

    We've already had one Perennial Artisan Ales tasting in the past, but with so many delicious beers coming out of this St. Louis brewery, we just couldn't wait to get our hands on some more. Just under two years old, Perennial Artisan Ales has spent their time bringing fresh and new ideas to the world of craft beer while still respecting classic traditions. And with owner and head brewer Phil Wymore (formerly of Goose Island and Half Acre) at the helm, the results have been extraordinary.

    For this tasting, we sampled one beer from three of their four categories: year-round (Aria), seasonal (Peace Offering), and cellar (Heart of Gold), each paired with a cheese to complement the unique and complex flavors of the beers.


  • Hop of the Month: Warrior

    Hop of the Month - October 21, 2013

    The breeders of the Warrior hop keep its origins shrouded in mystery. This hop's lineage and initial release date are not a matter of public knowledge, which makes drinking any beer brewed with it that much more interesting.

    Warrior features some serious bittering capabilities and imparts citrus notes in anything it is added to. Thanks to this bittering ability, Warrior is a vital part of many IPAs and other hop-dependent styles. Warrior is a relatively high yield hop with good storability, which makes is pretty readily available for use in hoppy American ales.


  • Beer and Sausage Diet, U.S. Beer Map, Pumpkin Beer Guy

    Beer News Mashup - October 18, 2013

    • Map of Every State's Favorite Beer Looks Grim (Think Bud and Blue Moon) [Slate]
    • Man on a Mission to Try Every Pumpkin Beer Out There [Penn Live]
    • Duvel Buys Boulevard Brewing Company [NY Times]
    • Evo Terra Loses Weight Drinking Craft Beer and Eating Sausages for 30 Days [Fox News]
    • Man Arrested for Calling 911 After Being Overcharged Penny for a Heineken [Dayton Daily News]


  • Weekend Beer Events 10/19

    Beer Events - October 17, 2013

    This time of year brings many beer events and festivals. This weekend you'll see some great beers across the country, from fall releases for charity in Philadelphia to a celebration of hops in Denver to music and brews in Michigan. There's something fun to do for every beer drinker this weekend.


  • Recipe: Spent Grain Pumpkin Bundt Cake

    Spent Grain Chef - October 16, 2013

    We love the fall because not only is it pumpkin beer season, it's also pumpkin recipe season. We figure mini desserts are slightly healthier for you since they are smaller portions, but they are also adorable. The latest recipe in our mini dessert category (which in the past has included Mini Spent Grain Carrot Cupcakes and Mini Derby(ish) Pies) is Mini Spent Grain Pumpkin Bundt Cakes.

    This recipe makes 8 delicious mini bundt cakes.


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