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  • New Beer-Barrel Aged Bourbon and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - February 28, 2014

    • Sixpoint Goes Across the Pond [Grubstreet]
    • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beer, or Beer Barrel-Aged Bourbon? [Paste Magazine]
    • Homegrown Hops Making Waves [Michigan Radio]
    • The Bruery to Double Its Production [Brewbound]
    • Deep Ellum Brewing Keeps with Controversial Slogan [Eater]

  • Weekend Beer Events 3/1

    Beer Events - February 27, 2014

    There's only a few ways to beat the winter blues by the end of February -- and the best way includes a whole lot of beer. Fortunately, our favorite breweries know exactly how to cheer us up, with drool-inducing beer paired dinners, heartwarming beer festival fun, and all the beer we could possibly dream of. The end of winter suddenly seems a little more bearable now. (And if you're in New York City, we'll be drinking and talking beer with our friends at Brewery Ommegang, Barrier Brewing, and Whole Foods -- come join us!)


  • 5 Spicy Beers to Keep You Warm

    Beer List - February 24, 2014

    Late February rings with notes of winter and whispers of spring. The last blasts of cold run down your spine as you contemplate--light winter coat? Heavy spring jacket? It's time to turn up the heat with these spicy brews.

    These beers range from the mildly hot to, scorching-so-hot, brewers had to where gas masks and gloves as protection against the fumes. They are all sure to give you a kick, add a pep to your step and warm you out of that winter slump. Want a spicy brew to make at home? You can crank up the heat with a Jalapeno Saison -- make it as spicy as you want.


  • New 'Millennial' Beer and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - February 21, 2014

  • Weekend Beer Events 2/21

    Beer Events - February 20, 2014

    It's all any one is talking about in the beer community: NYC Beer Week, hosted by the New York City Brewers Guild, has us busy for the next week with tastings, festivals, beer dinners, and meet and greets with some of our favorite brewmasters and breweries. It's one beer-filled week for the Big Apple -- and we couldn't be more excited to experience it all.


  • Recipe: Coffee & Donut Stout Float

    Cooking with Beer - February 19, 2014

    Three ingredients, one exceedingly delicious recipe. You'll never find an easier, or sweeter, recipe than making a float with your favorite stout.

    We're not the only ones to have the same idea. Chris Cuzme, brewmaster at 508 Gastrobrewery, and Clay Gordon, chocolate critic and founder of The Chocolate Life, will be making a stout float for their "ChocoBrewvana" dinner during NYC Beer Week, a feast of chocolate and beer (because what better pairing is there besides chocolate and beer?). Using the Coffee & Donut Stout, made in collaboration with Erica and Stephen's EST Brewing Company and on tap at 508 Gastrobrewery, this float will be one potent chocolate and beer pairing.

    And whatever you do, in this very simple step-by-step, don't add the beer second. You'll be sopping up a foamy, beer-y mess -- and you'll want to be enjoying every last sip of that spilled beer. We can imagine whipping this up in the summer, alongside a Chocolate Maple Porter Fudge Pop; but most likely, we'll be mixing these up come St. Patrick's Day.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Alesmith Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - February 18, 2014

    When Ratebeer rates a brewery as the no. 1 brewery in the United States (no. 3 worldwide), you sit up and take notice.

    But for AleSmith Brewing Company, an artisanal brewing company born out of the San Diego craft beer boom in the '90s, it's hardly a new accolade. AleSmith has been consistently ranked on Ratebeer's list of best breweries in the world for years, and was awarded the title of Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival.

    What is that AleSmith does so well, according to the general beer population's consensus? The brewery focuses on Belgian and British brewing styles, which has lent itself to classic year-round brews as well as innovative single releases. Barrel-aging is the norm for AleSmith; just recently, AleSmith has aged its Grand Cru in red wine barrels, and its Wee Heavy in bourbon barrels. Take just its Speedway Stout, a classic AleSmith beer found year-round: first, AleSmith released its bourbon-barrel aged stout, the Brewer's Reserve Speedway Stout. (The beer was called the best beer in the world by Ratebeer.) Then, AleSmith bottled the Vietnamese Speedway Stout, made with a blend of four Vietnamese coffees. Then, the brewery released the 2013 barrel-aged Speedway Stout to the very thirsty public. Then, the brewery announced that its latest collaboration beer, to be launched in March, would be made with Mostra Coffee's Blue Jamaican coffee beans, to brew a single varietal Speedway Stout. (Coffee nerdery meets beer nerdery!) It's how AleSmith continues to improve on the perfect.


  • 5 Barleywines for National Drink Wine Day

    Beer List - February 17, 2014

    Wine’s been around for 8,000 years, so it’s no surprise that there’s a day to commemorate the ancient beverage. Of course, beer’s been around even longer, for likely 11,500 years, so we're slightly biased in believing that 3,500 years gives it some leverage. And despite the fact that September 28 is already officially slated as National Drink Beer Day, the last thing we want to do is turn our back on the oldest fermented beverage in history. So we’ve compiled a list of five great barleywines everyone should sip this Tuesday, on National Drink Wine Day. Hey, they have "wine" in their title. It's only slightly cheating -- but what can we say, we really do love our beer.


  • Ratebeer's Best Brewery in the World and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - February 14, 2014

    • Who is the Best Brewer In the World? [Ratebeer]
    • The Booming Growth of Sierra Nevada [Forbes]
    • You Need a Canadian Passport to Get a Beer in Sochi [NBC News]
    • Beer Production Slows, but Craft Beer Grows [USA Today]
    • Utah Brewery to Send 'Live and Let Live' Pale Ale to Vladimir Putin [Salt Lake City Tribune]

  • Weekend Beer Events 2/15

    Beer Events - February 13, 2014

    A very romantic holiday, plus a three day holiday weekend, lends to all sorts of great beer events happening this weekend. And because we're in a loving, romantic loving, here's what we're loving this weekend: Smoked beers. Cask ales. Strong ales. Brewers willing to get silly in the name of beer festivals. Open doors at breweries all over the state of Oregon. It's a great weekend to be in love (with beer), obviously.


  • Spicy Beer Shrimp Pasta

    Cooking with Beer - February 12, 2014

    Put us in a room with shrimp, soy sauce, and Sriracha, and we will eat the entire room. Add beer to that mix, and we're done for. So we found no reason not to combine our favorite ingredients in a sweet n' spicy shrimp pasta.

    The key to this recipe is to not go overboard on the sugar or beer -- too much of either, and the sauce will turn syrupy-sweet. Soy sauce is the key to balancing out the sweetness of the brown sugar and malts of the beer. Once you throw in the red pepper flakes and Sriracha, you'll get the desired harmony of sweet and spicy. We used a wheat penne pasta, but we think a spicy shrimp would go well with an angel hair, fettucine, or even spent grain pasta.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Finch’s Beer Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - February 11, 2014

    Armed with a persistent passion for the craft scene and years of marketing and design experience from owning his own creative agency, Ben Finch first conceptualized Finch’s in 2009. Ben eventually got his father, Paul Finch, to get on board with the growing project.

    The Chicago brewery went into production two years later in April 2011. Environmentally friendly and keen on using quality ingredients, Finch’s is a fast-growing addition to Chicago’s expanding craft scene. Together with co-owner Richard Grant, co-owner and experienced brewmaster, Ben and Paul Finch are excited to contribute to the growing craft scene.
    We review three of Finch's limited bottles, no longer on shelves but we believe do a stand-up job of showing the world what Finch's is all about..


  • 5 Beer and Chocolate Pairings

    Beer List - February 10, 2014

    There's always a million reasons to grab a craft beer above all else, but Valentine's Day is usually synonymous with the beverages that we usually push to the back of the shelf: bubbly champagne, bold red wines, strong cocktails. But we firmly believe that beer should get its due on Valentine's Day, as it pairs with everyone's favorite part of the holiday: chocolate.

    Beer and chocolate go hand in hand every day (re: our Chocolate Maple Porter), but especially on Valentine's Day; both the beverage and the food fall all over the taste spectrum. Whether roasty and smooth, puckering and butter, dark or bright, chocolate and beer use a surprisingly similar vocabulary when tasting -- which makes pairings all the more fun.

    There's no guaranteed right or wrong answers when pairing beer with chocolate, but there is a general road map to successful pairings. Ultimately, the best way to find what you like best is to try it all. After all, what better excuse do you have than to drink great beer and savor decadent chocolates than Valentine's Day?


  • BrewDog's Vladimir Putin Brew and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - February 7, 2014

  • Weekend Beer Events 2/8

    Beer Events - February 6, 2014

    When the snow starts to melt (or, when winter feels like it will never end), the beer festivals start up again. And this weekend marks the start of the country's biggest beer festivals: SF Beer Week and Cincinnati Beer Week. Judging by the breweries and bars attending, these are two beer weeks not to miss.


  • Recipe: Spent Grain Blueberry Mufffin

    Spent Grain Chef - February 5, 2014

    The best way to make your mornings a little brighter? A mufffin, of course. We've eaten our way through our Spent Grain Lemon Poppyseed muffins and our Spent Grain Applesauce Muffins, so we had to tackle another classic muffin recipe to make with our spent grain flour.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Pipeworks Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - February 4, 2014

    Successful breweries start with a vision, and so Pipeworks began its life as a mental manifestation in the minds of Gerrit Lewis and Beejay Oslon as they stood in line during Three FloydsDark Lord Day in 2008. Oslon quit his job at West Lakeview Liquors when he secured an apprenticeship at De Struise Brewery in Belgium, where he trained with brewer Urbain Coutteau for three months.

    The two eventually embarked on a killer Kickstarter campaign, raising $40,000 and doubling that figure with Paypal donations. In March 2012, four years of preparation culminated to a five-year lease on North Western Avenue in Chicago. Lewis and Oslon began brewing with their proposed gypsy-brewery model of brewing every beer once and in limited quantities. The model worked extremely well; today, Pipeworks beers fly off store shelves at cutthroat speeds. And it’s not all just hype: we tried four of Pipeworks' DIPAs to prove otherwise.


  • Hop of the Month: Spalt

    Hop of the Month, Brew School - February 3, 2014

    Spalt, also called Spalter Spalt, comes from the Saaz hop family. Much like its German Tettnanger and Saaz brothers, Spalt is also a noble hop with a low co-humolone content. What makes Spalt hops so special are its essential oils, like farmesene, which aren't found in many other hop varieties. That makes for some very interesting German brews, like Kolsch, Altbiers, Bocks, and more. It's a rare, hard-to-find hop for most homebrewers.


  • Beer-Dropping Drones and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - January 31, 2014

    • Wisconsin Brewery Tests Beer-Dropping Drones [CBS]
    • The Truth Behind Superbowl Beer Ads [Slate]
    • The Alchemist's (Highly Anticipated) Second Canned Beer [Paste Magazine]
    • MillerCoors Gets In Bourbon-Like Beer Game [TIME]
    • Guess How Much the Consumer Spends On Beer Per Year [Brewbound]

  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Rock Art Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - January 28, 2014

    Ah, good memories of 1997: the movie Titanic was killing it at the box office, Married With Children was cancelled and Dolly the sheep was cloned. It’s also the year Rock Art Brewery was born, humbly starting out in owner Matt Nadeau’s basement, doubling as a brew room and growler station in Johnson, Vermont. Rock Art's one of the breweries that helped put Vermont on the map as a craft beer destination (have you heard of Heady Topper before?). Nadeau likes to keep the local tradition alive by using locally sourced ingredients when tinkering with his brews, like Vermont maple syrup, hand-picked spruce buds, and locally grown hops.

    In 2011, Rock Art’s brewery expanded once again, this time remaining in Morrisville.


  • 5 Session Beers for Superbowl XLVIII

    Beer List - January 27, 2014

    The definition of a session beer: "A beer that is fairly low in alcohol so that you can drink several glasses of it over a period of time without getting drunk." And the best "period of time" to enjoy a few session beers? The Superbowl game, obviously.

    An overly alcoholic, big beer will put a damper on your big Superbowl party; you need a lighter, easy-drinking beer that can keep the revelers going from kickoff to the after-game celebration. But that's where the trouble comes in: most people will grab a six-pack of a light beer from the big beer companies, thinking that only a light beer can sustain through the game. As we've found in our craft beer brethren, it's just no so. A low-alcohol beer doesn't have to skimp on the essence of a craft beer, big flavor and big hops. Whether you're craving a wheat brew, amber ale, even an IPA -- yes, really -- there's the perfectly sessionable craft beer for your game this Sunday. Our top picks for a low-alcohol beer with high quality taste:


  • New Beer-Flavored Jelly Beans and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - January 24, 2014

  • Weekend Beer Events 1/25

    Beer Events - January 23, 2014

    The holiday season may have passed, but the craft community refuses to be charitable only once a year: three upcoming events this weekend in Iowa, Pennsylvania and Nevada will be raising money for various charities and organizations, with no shortage of beer or fun. Join Bostonites for a Beer War Dinner (don't worry, there's more love than war), and bump heads with New Yorkers for some Southern twang and bluegrass


  • Beer Batter Tempura

    Cooking with Beer - January 22, 2014

    Yes, we love our vegetables -- but we also love our fried things, especially during football season. Enter the unhealthy but undoubtedly delicious tempura, the ultimate combination of crispy vegetables and fried batter goodness we crave.

    The tempura recipes you'll find online call for anything from ice water, to seltzer, to vodka to mix into the batter; obviously, we went for a beer. We used a balanced amber ale for our recipe, but you could also try a hefeweizen or even a saison (like our Jalapeno Saison) to add a little more flavor to the batter. Like we found with our Moroccan Beer Battered Onion Rings, the proteins in the beer give our vegetables an extra crisp we couldn't resist!

    We used chopped up asparagus and zucchini "fries" for our tempura, but you can easily substitute your favorite veggies: green beans, sweet potatoes, broccoli, yellow squash, whatever you prefer. The more veggies you have, the more you have to feed a hungry crowd. Whip up an aioli for dipping (our beer aioli recipe is below), or serve with a dumpling or tempura sauce.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Urban Farm Fermentory

    2 O'Clock Tastings - January 21, 2014

    The Urban Farm Fermentory, or simply the UFF, was founded in March of 2010 by Maine native Eli Caver. This “experimental” fermentation center focuses on using local ingredients from Maine. The fermentory producse a variety of fresh pressed apple ciders that are spontaneously fermented with wild yeasts found on the fruits and in the air, similar to how sour beers are created, making them tart and dry.

    Aside from cider, UFF also makes kombucha, a dry and sour fermented tea which contains a minuscule amount of alcohol and mead. The good people at UFF offer free samples at their facility in Portland, Maine during business hours in their tasting rooms. We picked up a few ciders to try for this tasting.


  • 5 Cool Beer Cans for National Beer Can Appreciation Day

    Beer List - January 20, 2014

    The only thing we love more than a unique beer bottle design is a unique beer can design -- so it's no wonder that we love National Beer Can Appreciation Day, coming up on January 24.

    While beer has been canned starting way back in 1933 (the holiday commemorates the first time canned beer was sold, from the Gottfried Kruger Brewing Company), not long after, beer cans fell out of vogue. Not so anymore: today, the beer can industry is overflowing with smartly designed graphics and artwork on canned beer. Many believe that today's wave of craft beer in a can began with Colorado's Oskar Blues, who claims to be the first modern craft American craft brewery to can its beer. Since Oskar Blues' inception in 2002, breweries have followed suit. Much like the so-cool-we-want-to-keep-them-forever beer bottles we find at our favorite beer shops, these beer cans are so cool, we want to keep them as apartment decor. (After all, our art money usually goes to beer, anyways.)


  • First American Trappist Beer Debuts and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - January 17, 2014

    • Brooklyn Brewery to Open in Culinary Institute of America [Eater]
    • Mikkeller Makes Beer for Mission Chinese Food, Makes All Our Dreams Come True [Grubstreet]
    • New Headcount of U.S. Breweries: 2,722 [Brewer's Association]
    • Massachusetts Brothers Brew First Trappist Beer Outside Europe [Boston Globe]
    • From Oskar Blues, the 'Crowler': Can + Growler [Craft Cans]

  • Weekend Beer Events 1/18

    Beer Events - January 16, 2014

    We're well into the first month of the new year and our hangovers from several weeks back seem to be subsiding. You know what that means: more weekend beer events. There are more than enough rare and local brews at this weekend's beer tastings and festivals to warm you up (or completely numb you) while spring lingers just a few months away.


  • Beer Tom Collins

    Cooking with Beer - January 15, 2014

    There's nothing we love more than a good beer, or a good cocktail. And after we mastered simple syrups at home, we decided to shake things up by making a simple syrup using beer instead of water. When added to a classic gin cocktail, the Tom Collins, it's a sweet-and-sour taste that brings a new level of dimension to our happy hour.


  • 2 O' Clock Tasting: Cambridge Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - January 14, 2014

    Founded in 1989, Cambridge Brewing Company, is the oldest brewery-restaurant in Boston. Owner Phil “Brewdaddy” Bannatyne studied Brewing Science at UC Davis in his formative years, which led to an insatiable interest in beer making. Bannatyne makes it his mission and a part of CBC’s model to "merge creativity and sustainability," by making beer in an environmentally sustainable way and serving locally sourced dishes.


  • ABV Monsters: 5 of Some the Strongest Beers on Earth

    Beer List - January 13, 2014

    Sure, we all grab a sessionable beer when we're looking for an easy-drinking beer, but no doubt about it -- beers are getting more alcoholic. A lot more alcoholic. So alcoholic, in fact, that many beers on shelves today are topping out way past 10% ABV.

    Of course, as with any of the massively alcoholic beers out there, there's some dubiousness to it all. Beer lovers have had some serious doubts over the latest beer to hold title to the "world's strongest beer." Brewmeister’s media-hyped monster-ABV beers, Snake Venom and Armageddon, clock in at 67.5% and 65% respectively, but some lay lab testing estimated Armageddon’s ABV to be less than 20%. What's a serious amped-up beer lover to do?

    We wanted our list of strongest beers* to be a bit more than a numbers game. We’re more into substance and personality here, and even though some of these brews may be downright horrific to imbibe, all five have some form of pizzazz going for them, whether it’s the name, packaging or brewing method. If you plan on hunting some of these beasts down, bring a fat wallet -- the title of this list can easily be replaced with “Some of the Most Expensive Beers in the World.”


  • Ancient Brewer's Tomb Found in Egypt and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - January 10, 2014

    • Too Cold to Drink a Beer? Try Grilling It (Polar Vortex Be Damned) [Grist]
    • Ancient Egyptian Brewer's Tomb Found [New York Post]
    • Rare Brewdog Beer Stolen from Warehouse [Southend Standard]
    • Red Wine-Porter Hybrid: It's a Real Thing [NPR]
    • Icelandic Whale Beer Enrages Animal, Beer Lovers [The Atlantic]

  • Weekend Beer Events 1/11

    Beer Events - January 9, 2014

    Now that the holidays have wrapped up, it's back to the big, strong beers of winter -- not that we're complaining. After all, there's no better way to warm up than with a bold craft beer.

    This weekend's events celebrate the best of locally-made craft beer, all over the country. Whether it's beer made in Michigan, California, or the grand state of Alaska, one thing is clear: the state of craft beer is booming. We'll toast to that. Find out where to get a craft beer in your home state this weekend:


  • Recipe: Beer Soaked French Toast

    Cooking with Beer - January 8, 2014

    French toast is an unrivaled snow-day breakfast, and we thought we knew it well. Soak a few slices of a hearty bread in an eggy batter, throw it on a hot pan, get it crispy, drizzle on the maple syrup and some berries, and enjoy in front of the fireplace (or radiator in our case).

    The only thing that could make it any more rustic, we thought, was the addition of beer. So we swapped out the milk normally found in a french toast batter for a rich, dark, and roasty beer that lends a brand new depth to pancakes' cousin from the country. Read More...

  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Moa Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - January 7, 2014

    Located in Marlborough, New Zealand - the heart of wine country - Moa Brewing Co. takes a different approach to beer making. Master brewer Josh Scott's family history of wine making (his father, Alan Scott founded the note-worthy Alan Scott Wines), bears a strong influence on his brewing technique using barrel-aging and bottle conditioning, similar to the wine making process, to give his beers a hand crafted, labor-intensive, old fashioned taste.

    Using New Zealand hops and other local ingredients, like water from a natural artesian water spring that flows 200 feet below the Moa brewing facility, Moa beers have a flavor that is distinct to the Marlborough region. With a varied array of styles to choose from, today we are sampling three of their twelve brews: Moa Methode, Moa Breakfast, and Moa Imperial Stout.


  • Hop of the Month: Tettnanger

    Hop of the Month, Brew School - January 6, 2014

    Tettnang, a noble hop, is known for its all-purpose hop versatility, great for its aromatic and bittering properties. Grown in the Tettnanger region of Germany as a land-race hop, it is prized in the German-Style Lager and Pilsner tradition.

    It is also grown in the US, and Swiss where controversy brews about the legitimacy of their Tettnang hops. Many believe they are spawned from Fuggle hops since “Tettnanger” cultivation is traditional in Switzerland, it is most likely that the Swiss Tettnangers were never Tettnang Tettnanger’s to start with. US growers, in recent years, have tried to grow true Tettnanger hops, but because of the confusion in names it has become a hard task discerning the authentic Tettnanger.


  • The Starbucks 'Frappicino' Beer and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - January 3, 2014

  • Weekend Beer Events 1/4

    Beer Events - January 2, 2014

    The holidays have come and gone, but that doesn't mean you can't ring in the new year with a beer. If your New Year's resolution is to go on more brewery tours, educate yourself in beer 101, or simply have more fun drinking beer, this weekend's beer events will help you keep those resolutions. (Nice knowing that we can keep one of our New Year's resolutions.) Where to enjoy a craft beer this weekend:


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Mikkeller Spontaneous Series

    2 O'Clock Tastings - December 31, 2013

    What’s life without a bit of spontaneity? Mikkeller seems to live by this principle, and quite adamantly at that. Mikkeller also acknowledges the contribution of conservative brewers. After all, without them, how would we ever get to enjoy our weissbiers and lambics and English bitters?

    But with the spontaneous series, Mikkeller wants their predilections to be reflected directly on our taste buds. And it’s hard not to share their adventurous verve when sampling today’s beers: Spontankoppi, a beer that marries coffee with spontaneous fermentation; Spontangooseberry, a lambic with a healthy dose of gooseberries thrown in; and Spontankriek, an excellent take on the classic kriek. Keith Shore’s offbeat, quirky designs only add to the rebellious spirit of these beers.


  • Best of 2013: Beer Lists

    Beer List - December 30, 2013

    It's been a wild and wacky year of beers in 2013. We sipped beer during the Oscars, chugged a few through the Super Bowl; (kidding!), paired our favorites with junk food, brought them along during our camping trips - really, we'll find any excuse to find some themed beers. Our best lists from 2013:


  • Best of 2013: Cooking With Beer

    Cooking with Beer - December 27, 2013

    We don't just love making and drinking beer, we love cooking with it too. When added to your favorite appetizers, dinners, and even desserts, beer adds a whole new level of flavor and complexity to your standby recipes.

    We couldn't have had more fun cooking up our own beer-infused recipes over the year, and we sure had a hard time narrowing down just a few of our most talked-about recipes to share with our dear readers. But when it comes down to it, there are some recipes that are near-guaranteed to blow your friends and family away -- and boy, these are the ones that will do that. Whether it's braising your best brisket with beer, or adding a splash to your delectable icebox cake, you'll always be glad you kept a few spare bottles of beer in the fridge.


  • Beer Events 12/28

    Beer Events - December 26, 2013

    Holiday blues got you down? Resting up between Christmas and New Year's? We understand that you need a bit of a break from the holiday insanity. Take a breather, knock back a beer or two (preferably while watching "Space Balls" or listening to Grateful Dead covers), and relax -- beer is the best way to de-stress this time of year.


  • 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, Brew School - 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]

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