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  • Glassware Guide: Weizen

    Brew School, Glassware Guide - August 11, 2014

    Bottles and cans are great, but we'll be drinking our beers from a glass. The right glass ensures a beer smells and tastes how the brewer intended.

    The Weizen Glass (or weissbier vase) resembles something you'd find at an old soda fountain. It's tall and slender frame curves inward from the base, flares out to a bulb near the top, and then tapers in again. The narrow shape traps in a fluffy head and allows lush, fruity and spicy aromas to be directed to the nose. Read More...


  • Weekend Beer Events 8/8

    Beer Events - August 8, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Starting in sunny California and heading east to pastoral upstate New York, this week in beer events we see some of the most beautiful locations in the U.S. (and drink some of the country's most delicious craft beer!). From the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado, to Atlanta in the south and onto New York City, there are beer events for everyone featuring some of the finest brews.

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    Brew School, Glassware Guide - August 6, 2014

    Bottles and cans are great but we'll be drinking our beers from a glass. The right glass ensures a beer smells and tastes how the brewer intended. 

    The right glass zeros in and amplifies the qualities that make that specific style of beer special. This means focusing your attention on the fruity fragrance, hazy body, and voluminous head of a wheat ale, or inky blackness and complex aroma of a stout. It gives a  Belgian beer room for a strong head and captures the elaborate hop aromas of an IPA.  Read More...


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Tin Man Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - August 4, 2014

    One of our favorite things about craft brewing now is the amount of new breweries popping up in unexpected places; areas not traditionally associated with brewing are now flowing with delicious locally made beer. Indiana is a great example of this. We recently tasted Munster's 3 Floyds Brewing and today we're sampling another new Indiana brewery, Tin Man Brewing.

    Founded in 2012, Tin Man makes their beer in a 20 hectoliter (approximately 528 gallon) brewhouse that is notable for using a mash filter to squeeze wort from the grain, as opposed to the traditional lautering through the grain; they're is only the 3rd brewery in the country to use this technique. Tin Man's beer can be found on draft or in 16 ounce cans. We sampled four of these cans - Circuit, Rivet, Overlord, and 3Gear - at our tasting table. Read on for our tasting notes and be sure to leave your own in the comments if you've tried these tasty beers.

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  • Weekend Beer Events 8/1

    Beer Events - August 1, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Run, lay, sit or stand at this weekend’s beer events! While Cary, North Carolina holds a Beer and BBQ filled weekend, New Haven’s 5K Craft Brew Race puts a new twist on drinking beer. This weekend in beer events calls for variety, and there are options for beer-drinking from Oregon to Colorado celebrateing a 21st birthday featureing session-style beers.

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  • Bacon and Beer Classic 2014

    Brew Trips & Fests - July 30, 2014

    If anything goes together, it's bacon, beer and baseball! This past weekend, we were lucky enough to be a part of New York City's Bacon and Beer Classic - held in Queens at Citi Field, the home of the Mets - serving up Bacon Dubbel and Jalapeno Saison the thirsty crowds and gave a demo on beer making. With more than 40 restaurants cooking up bacon-infused delights and over 60 craft breweries - like Barrier Brewing, Broken Bow, and Flagship Brewing Co. - pour beer, we were in great (and delicious) company!

    What's even better is that our light, spicy Saison won for Most Creative Beer Style of the Classic's Brunch Session!

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Cigar City Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - July 29, 2014

    If you were to list the best beer states, Florida would likely not rank very high. The great Tampa Bay-based Cigar City Brewing is aware of this reputation while also fighting against it. From the "Tampa Bay Brewing History" essay on their website, to the first line of their About page (which acknowledges their state is better known for theme parks), to beers with names like Florida Cracker, to the many Florida-centric ingredients they use, Cigar City is deliberately inseparable from their home state. It's a mutually beneficially relationship. Florida gives Cigar City a unique identity and Cigar City, with their hundreds of unique beers released since opening in 2009, has seriously elevated Florida's beer reputation.

    We talked to Cigar City's Vice President Justin Clark while writing Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg, so check out our book outtake if you want to more about some of the brewery's most experimental beers.

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  • Make Some Beer Book Outtakes: Evil Twin Brewing

    Behind the Scenes - July 28, 2014

    We love Evil Twin Brewing’s sensibility, from its tongue-in-cheek beer names to the vibrant design of its bottles and cans (not to mention the globally-respected beer!). Brooklyn-by-way-of-Denmark founder and brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø has developed a cult following for Evil Twin’s inventive beers, irreverent attitude and his much-loved Brooklyn bar, the beer mecca TØRST.

    While writing Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg, we spoke with Jeppe about how Copenhagen resembles Brooklyn, working at NOMA (considered the best restaurant in the world), and what’s with all the triangles in Evil Twin’s label. Our conversations with Jeppe when writing the book also led us to our recently announced collaboration Beer Making Kit, bringing Evil Twin's Bikini Beer to the stovetop!

    Read on for an outtake of our interview with Jeppe!

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  • America's Preference for Beer Over Wine, Stone Brewing's Expansion to Berlin, and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - July 25, 2014

    • We had a feeling about this one, but now it's official: Americans prefer beer over wine and even bourbon (even though sometimes we like ours aged in bourbon barrels!). [TIME]
    • Europe's getting lucky these days! Stone Brewing just announced it will convert a historic German gasworks plant in Berlin into a brewery and international hub for its operations. [LA Times]
    • The Lonestar State has its fair share of popular craft breweries in Austin, but the small and mighty Big Bend Brewing Company has injected a jolt of excitement into its rural Texas home. [The New York Times]
    • Pint upgrade: by law, Washington DC breweries can now serve 16 oz instead of just a one-time pour of 12 oz to visitors. [The Washington Post]
    • Beer and dinner pairings are becoming a mainstay, but have you ever thought about what doughnut would pair best with your stout? [Vita.mn]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 7/25

    Beer Events - July 24, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    The varied beer offerings happening across the US this weekend makes us want to travel to every corner of the country to enjoy beloved stand-bys and find new craft favorites! From the established classic Oregon Brewers Festival-celebrating its 27th year-to newcomers like NYC’s Beer and Bacon Classic and superhero-themed Heroes Brew Festival (on the same day as Comic Con, no less!), there’s something for every kind of craft beer lover. Read on for the week’s top beer events!

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Evil Twin Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - July 23, 2014

    Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø is one of our favorite people in Brooklyn. We love his bar, TØRST, and we love the madcap beers he brews under the Evil Twin moniker. Just yesterday we announced a collaboration Beer Making Kit with the brewery - their Bikini Beer, scaled down to the kitchen!

    Jeppe, the founder and man behind Evil Twin Brewing, was a physics and English teacher in his native Denmark before starting Copenhagen's Ølbutikken, a highly regarded beer store. He founded Evil Twin in 2010 as a nomadic brewery, then moved it to Brooklyn in 2012 when he relocated there with his family, opening the beer bar TØRST the same year.

    The creativity behind Evil Twin's beers is evident in the spectrum of colors present in the five Evil Twin beers we sampled. Those beers were: Justin Blåbær, a Berliner Weiss; Ryan and the Beaster Bunny, a Farmhouse Saison; The Cowboy, a Smoked Porter; Even More Denmark, a Chocolate Stout, and Imperial Donut Break, an Imperial Porter (What other brewer would make a beer with actual glazed donuts and have it taste incredible?). Read on for our tasting notes and be sure to add your own in the comments if you've tried these Evil Twin beers!

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  • Pre-Order Today: Evil Twin Brewing & BBS Bikini Beer Beer Making Kit

    Behind the Scenes - July 22, 2014

    It's no secret that Brooklyn is a hotbed for beer-filled creativity, and we're thrilled to announce a brand new collaboration within our home borough alongside Brooklyn-based (by way of Denmark) Evil Twin Brewing and its master brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø! Inspired by our conversations with Jeppe while writing Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg, we’ve teamed up with him to bring the strikingly well-balanced, deliciously light-bodied, and heavily hopped Bikini Beer to the stovetop with an exclusive collaboration Beer Making Kit!

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  • Recipe: Micheladas

    Cooking with Beer, Recipes - July 21, 2014

    Light, refreshing, a little spicy – the Michelada has long been a go-to for bright summer mornings or the late, hot afternoon. We love this beer cocktail for its cool, vegetal quality and for its simplicity. Originating in Mexico, and cousin to the more tame Chelada (an equally thirst-quenching concoction consisting of just beer, lime juice, and sea salt), the Michelada takes a great light beer to the next level with the addition of tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and a bit of hot sauce. You can even swap out the tomato juice for Clamato juice (a mix of tomato and clam juice) to feel like you're right on the beach.

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  • Brewing Beer with Yeast From an Ancient Whale Bone, the Growing Oklahoma Craft Beer Scene, and more Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - July 18, 2014

    • Yeast makes alcohol from sugar, but can it also keep you from overindulging? [NPR]
    • Beer's an ancient beverage, and when its brewed with yeast from a 35-million-year-old whale bone, you know it'll really taste like what the cavemen drank. [The Drinks Business]
    • Court's in session: Full Sail Brewing Company is claiming that a Georgia law firm has confusingly used the likeness of its popular Session Lager. [ABA Journal]
    • Five Oklahoma breweries are leading the craft beer renaissance in a state with some of the strictest beer laws in the US. [Paste Magazine]
    • No hands required: there's a trick to pouring beer with your head, and it's been caught on video. [Grub Street]

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  • Recipe: Beer & Ginger Grilled Chicken

    Cooking with Beer, Recipes - July 17, 2014

    A grill does amazing things to chicken on the bone—especially when that chicken's marinated in beer. Smoky and slightly charred, yet still super-moist and flavorful, it's the perfect platter-topper for any outdoor weekend by the grill. Adding a delicious beer means delicious chicken! If you don't have any Grapefruit Honey Ale on hand, try Left Hand Brewing's Good JuJu—a ginger-packed pale ale.

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  • Weekend Beer Events 7/18

    Beer Events - July 16, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    The summer continues to heat up, and if you’re like us, you’ll want to cool down with a beer this weekend. From relaxing at a lakeside beer festival, to altruistic beer-drinking in the Colorado plains, to celebrating Christmas in July, this weekend’s best beer events range drastically. Whether you’re in a bathing suit or a Santa suit, there will be beer to enjoy for all.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Ninkasi Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - July 15, 2014

    Ninkasi Brewing Company is smartly named for the Sumerian goddess of fermentation, whose credo dictated that making, enjoying and sharing beer enlightens us (we agree!). Not long after founders Nikos Ridge and Jamie Floyd began brewing out of a German restaurant in Springfield, Oregon in 2006, the duo started hand-delivering kegs to local establishments. Being extremely connected to their community has proved to work well over time—Ninkasi is one of the most popular breweries in the Pacific Northwest these days, generating 95,000 barrels per year!

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  • Hop of the Month: Nelson Sauvin

    Hop of the Month, Brew School - July 14, 2014

    Named after both its founding region in New Zealand and the Sauvignon Blanc grape, Nelson Sauvin is an exciting, distinctive hop varietal that was released in 2000. Hailing from a small bay on the north coast of the country's South Island, Nelson Sauvin is a perfect summertime hop; it possesses strong fruity aromas and flavors of tropical fruit and crushed grapes that mingle with citrus like tangerine and grapefruit. Known to impart a cool climate white wine "fruitiness", its bold, dominant hop character is at home in new-world styles and can be used to produce pithy ales as well as delicate yet bitter lagers.

    This bright, juicy hop has recently grown in popularity in the US with its fellow countrymen - Montueka and Riwaka. They're all lucky to call New Zealand home: the nation has hardly any natural pests (therefore no pesticides are needed, hooray!).

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  • The US Hits 3,000 Breweries, New Glarus Brewing's New Wild Fruit Cave, $120 Black Truffle Pilsner, and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - July 11, 2014

    • 2014: The new 1873. There are now over 3,000 breweries in the United States - the most since the 19th century! [CNBC]
    • Ever wonder how your city might taste like as a beer? A microbiologist and chemical ecologist in Richmond, VA are collecting local wild strains of yeast to create distinct batches. [Richmond.com]
    • Employees Only (at Harpoon): One of the Northeast's biggest craft breweries will become an employee-owned company as of August 1. [The Boston Globe]
    • An Oud Bruin is New Glarus Brewing's first release from it's new wild fruit cave. Move over, IPAs - sour beers are in. [Isthmus]
    • Culinary beers guide Moody Tongue Brewing, which will soon release a Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner that will cost as much as $120 a bottle. Thankfully, they're big bottles.[Chicago Tribune]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 7/11

    Beer Events - July 10, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Head outdoors (or out West) for this weekend’s best beer events! Whether you prefer to be near water, mountains, or barbeque, there’s an array of beer festivals to attend over the next two days. From a vast showcase of 100+ beers in Coney Island to a beer fest in the woods celebrating Minnesotan brewers and Breckenridge Brewery’s 24th Anniversary Hootenanny, summer is in full swing with these great craft beer events:

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