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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Russian River

    2 O'Clock Tastings - October 1, 2013

    The Russian River Brewing Company is a brewpub located in the city of Santa Rosa, in the heart of Wine Country. Many have heard of the brewery’s flagship brew, Pliny the Elder, and their even more notorious beer, Pliny the Younger. Originally owned by Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville California, the brewery was given over to brewmaster Vinnie Cilzuro and his wife Natalie in 2003. They relocated and opened up a new brewpub in downtown Santa Rosa in 2004 and began self-distributing to nearby clients. In 2008, they opened up a production brewery less than a mile away from the brewpub, tripling their production and allowing them to distribute in four more states.

    Today, Russian River is considered one of the best breweries in the states, and because of their small area of distribution, their brews are highly sought after. Because of his background working in the wine industry, many of Cilzuro’s beers are incredibly unique and implement the use of wild yeasts and wine barrel aging. We’ve managed to get ahold of two Russian River Bottles, Pliny the Elder and Damnation, a somewhat difficult feat for us folks here on the East Coast.

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  • Brew Bot, Left Hand Survives Flood, Craft Beer Boom

    Beer News Mashup - September 27, 2013

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  • Weekend Beer Events 9/28

    Beer Events - September 26, 2013

    The fall air is thick with the smell of orchards, farmers markets, hayrides, and the sweet smell of fall brews. What better way to watch the colors change than with a beer in your hand? That's why September is such a great time for beer festivals. So many beers to drink, so little time before the leaves are gone from the trees.

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  • Recipe: Spent Grain Blondies

    Spent Grain Chef - September 25, 2013

    Since our Spent Grain Brownies were such a success, we thought we'd give Spent Grain Blondies a try. Upon first glance, this recipe, which is packed full of chocolate and butterscotch chips, may appear sickeningly sweet - but we promise these Spent Grain Blondies are just sweet enough. The spent grain flour adds a fantastic nuttiness and hearty texture in addition to the chopped pecans (or walnuts).

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Gigantic Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - September 24, 2013

    Portland, Oregon-based Gigantic Brewing Company is masterminded by former headbrewer at Hopworks Urban Brewery, Ben Love, and gonzo Ph.D. dropout Van Havig. Opening its doors in 2012, Gigantic's mission is to make “the best damn IPA in Portland,” as well as produce eclectic seasonal brews, most of which will be one-offs. Serious right-brain pundits, Love and Havig add creative twists on classic styles, avoiding mainstream style guidelines like the plague.

    “Stubbornly” pledging to remain small, Gigantic focuses its efforts on creating quality instead of quantity, questioning the very nature of the brewing process, always focusing on infusing their imagination and creativity into every bottle. As Havig likes to puts it, "just because you had an idea, doesn't make it a good one."

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  • 5 Nerdy Beers for Comic Book Day

    Beer List - September 23, 2013

    September 25 is National Comic Book Day and we've put together a list of comic and beer pairings to help you embrace your inner-geek. So as you may ask yourself, how do I celebrate this most special of special occasions? It’s simple - read a comic! But if you happen to come across some crazy comic book fanatics today and they act like they’ve never heard of today’s celebration, they’re probably lying. You may want to take that edge off by celebrating with a beer.

    In honor of National Comic Book Day, we bring to you some beers that have been themed or inspired by comic books. So take the comics out of their protective plastic for a change and kick back with a beer for a good read.

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  • Stomach Beer, A Visit to Hill Farmstead, Winter is Coming!

    Beer News Mashup - September 20, 2013

    • "Auto-Brewery Syndrome" enables Texas man to brew beer in his gut [NPR]
    • Video from the "Vermont Craft Beer Series" will give you a closer look at Hill Farmstead [YouTube]
    • Winter is coming...and so is Take the Black Stout [Brewery Ommegang]
    • Brewpub Craftworks Brewing Co. leads the craft beer movement in South Korea [Wall Street Journal]
    • Jack's Abby working on getting approval to sell pours of beer in their tasting room [Holland Sentinel]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 9/21

    Beer Events - September 19, 2013

    It's the last weekend of summer, so what does that mean? Oktoberfest! The official event in Munich begins this weekend. Odds are you are pretty far away from Munich, but don't fret! There are plenty of events paying tribute to tasty fall beers stateside this weekend. But if you're heading off to Munich, we're jealous.

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  • Recipe: Beer & Spinach Dip

    Cooking with Beer - September 18, 2013

    Spinach worked wonders for Popeye, so we thought we'd have some for ourselves. But of course we can't just have spinach on its own, so we decided to add a little beer to our healthy greens along with some not so healthy (but delicious) sour cream and cream cheese.

    A beer with a nice malty base like our Chocolate Maple Porter or Chestnut Brown Ale is perfect for this quick and easy to make Beer & Spinach Dip. Perfect for game day since it can be made in advance.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: William Bros. Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - September 17, 2013

    Located in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, the Williams Brothers Brewing Company remains steeped in Scottish tradition, the last brewery in what was once known as "Scotland’s Beer Capital."

    Now considered Scotland's largest independent brewery, it all started when a gaelic woman brought an old family beer recipe into the brewshop where founder Bruce Williams was working. In exchange for teaching the woman how to brew, she gave him the recipe. After lots of experimenting, Bruce eventually perfected the recipe for what is now the brewery's Fraoch Heather Ale.

    Twenty-five years later, the brewery has an eclectic group of beers from both contemporary and historic recipes. Today we are lucky enough to be tasting their flagship Fraoch Heather Ale as well as Scottish Joker IPA and Scottish Session Golden Ale.

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  • 5 Beers for National Honey Month

    Beer List - September 16, 2013

    September is National Honey Month, and what better way to celebrate than to pick up one of your favorite honey beers? Honey can be used in many different ways when brewing. When honey is added to the end of the boil it adds a light sweetness and bumps up the final ABV. It can also be used during the bottling stage to add carbonation in lieu of corn sugar. One of the earliest forms of alcohol, mead, is made with a combination of ingredients, the base of which are honey and water, and is often described as a "honey beer," although it is nothing like the modern honey beers we drink today.

    Today, honey is added to many styles of beer with porters, ales, wheat beers, and even Belgian strong ales being made with Pooh Bear's favorite treat.

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  • Pig Goes Ham on Beer, Zwanze Day 2013, Mikkeller In Cans

    Beer News Mashup - September 13, 2013

    • Pig Consumes 18 Cans of Beer, Goes Hog-Wild [The Guardian]
    • On Saturday September 14th Zwanze 2013 Will Be Tapped at 45 Select Bars Worldwide [Cantillon]
    • 3 Mikkeller Beers Coming Soon In 12oz Cans [BeerPulse]
    • "Godzilla" Producer Sues New Orleans Brewery Over "MechaHopzilla" [ABC News]
    • "Beer Geeks," Show About Craft Beer, Goes National [Vita.mn]


  • Weekend Beer Events 9/14

    Beer Events - September 12, 2013

    This weekend, you don't have to go very far to find yourself in the middle of a beer celebration. Throughout the country, fairgrounds and town squares will be packed with beer lovers of all kinds.

    If you were worried about missing Munich's Oktoberfest, Colorado has something for you. True beer connoisseurs may find themselves in Boston with the Beer Advocate crowd. If all you care about is drinking good beer, Long Beach, California has the place for you, and craft beer lovers in Wisconsin can find their inner beer geek in Racine. If none of that sounds good to you, Louisville, Kentucky kicks off their annual beer week Friday, and the whole town will be celebrating.

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  • Recipe: Spent Grain Cinnamon Apple Scones

    Spent Grain Chef - September 11, 2013

    We love apple season - it lets us know that Fall is on its way. And with Fall comes one of our favorite activities - apple picking. Made with spent grain flour, these scones are perfect for baking with the spoils from your trip upstate (or to the farmer's market). And as an added bonus, baking them makes your house smell amazing.

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  • 2 O'clock Tastings: Rogness Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - September 10, 2013

    Just outside of Austin in Pflugerville, Texas is a newcomer to the craft beer market, Rogness Brewing Company. Owned by Forrest and Diane Rogness, the brewery began mass production after launching a kickstarter campaign in 2011. With the money they received from the campaign they were able to purchase a 30 bbl brewing system. Their first beers, Ost, a porter, and Bella, a Belgian golden ale were released in March 2012.

    Currently the brewery offers 11 beers, but we should expect many more. Recipes are developed by Forrest, who claims to have developed more than 1000 over the last 23 years of brewing at home. Today we'll be trying out three of his big ideas, Beardy Guard (Biere de Garde), Gigantophis and Yogi.

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  • Hop of the Month: Sorachi Ace

    Hop of the Month, Brew School - September 9, 2013

    During the hop crisis of 2008, brewers were delighted to discover a newly available high alpha hop - Sorachi Ace. Originally developed in Hokkaidō, Japan for Sapporo Breweries in the late 1970s, the hop wasn't commercially available until 1984 and not available in the US until 2006.

    Known for its intense lemony flavors, Sorachi Ace also runs the gamut from white flowers, dust, and tea, to bubble gum, dill, and coriander. This hop is ideal for IPAs, saisons and wheat beers. In fact, we chose it for the spicy version of our Jalapeño Saison (recipes available in Brooklyn Brew Shop's Beer Making Book: 52 Seasonal Recipes for Small Batches).

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  • Case Coolie, Hello Kitty Beer, Brooklyn Defender Returns

    Beer News Mashup - September 6, 2013

    • New Case Coolie Keeps Beers Cold Without Ice [NPR]
    • Hello Kitty "Beer" Debuts in China; Tastes Like Fruit Juice [Kotaku]
    • Brooklyn Defender Returns to Defend Beer at NY Comic Con [Gothamist]
    • All 32 NFL Teams Paired with Beers to Predict 2013-2014 Performance [Sports on Earth]
    • Local Man Finds Snake in Case of Beer [ABC News]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 9/7

    Beer Events - September 5, 2013

    Early September is just right for beer festivals because it's not too hot, and it's not too cold. Let's throw on a sweater and have a drink, shall we? From the north comes a celebration of Canadian beer, and the south a party with plenty to drink. To the west a collection of rare brews to bid on and sour beer to sip on, and if you go a little bit east of there, you'll find a little bit of puppy love. Cheers!

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  • Recipe: Lambic Sangria

    Cooking with Beer - September 4, 2013

    Sangria is a fantastic and refreshing warm weather drink with only one problem - there's no beer in it! But we fix that with our peach and tequila infused lambic sangria. We used Lindeman's Peche for our sangria which gives a super peachy flavor, but we also tested the same recipe with a raspberry lambic as the base and it turned out just as delicious. So go ahead and experiment a bit to see what flavor you like best!

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Brøckhouse Bryghus (Brewhouse)

    2 O'Clock Tastings - September 3, 2013

    Brøckhouse Bryghus is a Danish microbrewery located in Hillerod, Denmark, a rich cultural city just north of Copenhagen. Founder Allan Poulsen gave up his IT job to found the brewery in 1995. Brøckhouse thrived under Paulsen at first, however, the brewhouse experienced financial trouble during the 2007-2010 financial crisis and filed for bankruptcy in February 2009. As a result, Premium Beer Imports took over the company.

    Brøckhouse continues to brew in accordance to ancient traditions. Many of the beers are developed in cooperation with historical recipes by using similar ingredients and inspiration from the Cistercian and Viking eras. By adopting these methods, Brøckhouse has helped revive and propel today’s Danish beer market.

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  • N. Dakota Leads Drinkers, Kirin Frozen Beer, CrowdBrewed

    Beer News Mashup - August 30, 2013

    • New Frozen Foam Keeps Tap Beer Colder Longer [MSN]
    • State to State, Who Drinks the Most and Least? [Fox News]
    • Hop Production in New York is on the Rise [Wall Street Journal]
    • Expansion of OSU's Fermentation Science Program [Oregon Live]
    • CrowdBrewed: Build a Brewery through Online Investors [The Vermont Cynic]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 8/30

    Beer Events - August 29, 2013

    Perhaps you’re dreading post labor-day weekend (sorry, no more wearing white pants) but don’t get too down on yourself because we’re looking out for you. Yet another weekend is upon us and as always, it will be full of festivals and events across the country and abroad.

    The Portland Brew Festival is back again, Heavy Seas is pouring beer at a Grand Prix Party in Baltimore, MD, and a craft beer festival is taking off in Rapperswil, Switzerland. In the south? Check out the Lexington Fest of Ales in Kentucky or the Ocoee Fest in Tennessee.
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  • 5 Beer Based Recipes for Your Labor Day Cook Out

    Spent Grain Chef, Cooking with Beer, Beer List - August 28, 2013

    Labor Day is approaching and that means the last big cookout of the year is almost here. To ensure a successful beer-filled party on all fronts, we've put together a list of Cooking with Beer and Spent Grain Chef recipes perfect to send Summer out in style this year.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Gisberga

    2 O'Clock Tastings - August 27, 2013

    Up in the mountains of Aragon, Spain, lies a brewery whose origins begin in the United States. Ferran Ferrer Escola, Brew Master for Gisberga Brewery, began his love affair with beer while studying eonology (wine and winemaking) in California. After years of experimenting with his own brews and even designing his own specialty brewing equipment, he opened Gisberga on the momentous date of 11-11-11.

    Using grain and yeast native to Aragon and the pure water flowing from the Pyrenees Mountains, his flagship beers, a farmhouse wheat (Trigo) and a Porter (Porter) are traditional beers with a one of a kind, purely Aragonese twist.

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  • 4 Late Summer Beers

    Beer List - August 26, 2013

    Labor Day is approaching, which means that summer (and the remaining time to wear white pants) is drawing to an end, but we aren't giving up on the warmest season of the year just yet. We've put together a list of beers that are perfect for savoring while soaking up some rays.

    So dedicate these last few weekends of the summer to a relaxing day at the beach with sand between your toes or a leisurely boat ride enjoying the views of the shore. But most importantly, enjoy your last few weeks of outdoor summer activity time with one of these refreshing and crisp summer brews in hand.

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  • Brewing with Freedom, Redbull Sues, Hangover Free Beer?

    Beer News Mashup - August 23, 2013

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  • Weekend Beer Events 8/24

    Beer Events - August 22, 2013

    As summer winds down, staying home starts to sound better and better. As it turns out, the beer fests this weekend seem to agree. Sticking around town and celebrating what your local community has to offer will pay off this weekend, as many of the featured events celebrate just that - regional brews.

    New York will bring forth all its most famous brews for the NYC Brewers Guild and NYC Beer Week, California will celebrate some of its local brews and food, and the Midwest wants to make sure you know what it has to offer. If you feel like learning something new, Wisconsin will get you out on the farm to see what hops are all about, and Colorado is going to show you how to pickle up some fun. Read More...


  • Recipe: Chocolate Maple Porter Fudge Pops

    Cooking with Beer - August 21, 2013

    It's no secret that we love combining beer into frozen treats (see Shandy Ice Pops, Raspberry & Rose Beer Ice Pops, and Malted Apple Ice Cream), but these Chocolate Maple Fudge Pops may be one of our best ideas yet. The ingredients couldn't be simpler - Chocolate Maple Porter and hot cocoa mix - then after some time in the freezer you've got a delicious chocolate and beer-filled treat!

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: The Perfect Crime

    2 O'Clock Tastings - August 20, 2013

    Months after a terse and cryptic clue from Stillwater Headbrewer Brian Strumke - a facebook post reading simply, "The Perfect Crime" - a new collaboration of that name has emerged from the playful mystery Strumke and partners Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin Brewing and Brian Ewing of Twelve Percent Imports have cultivated around it. The noir-inspired project is brewed at Schelde Brouwerij in Belgium and for now features two dames, an American and a European - both Blonde. Who knows which will capture your heart? We love a good sleuth-story, so we're hoping for a sequel from this all-star team.

    Update now includes Hollow Point, a quadrupel ale weighing in at 10% ABV, also brewed by Schelde Brouwerij in Belgium.

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  • End of Summer Beer & Book List

    Beer List - August 19, 2013

    In Brooklyn, your summer beach reads are more often consumed with a beer on your roof than in the one weekend you escape to that friend-of-a-friend's overcrowded house-share on the shore (though, in fairness, there is probably still beer).

    Since you're stuck at home, and the Q train sounds like a mini earthquake occurring every twenty minutes, the ability to fall completely into a book is a necessity. So we have gathered a list of our favorite recent reads for your last few weeks of summer - and, in case even that isn't enough to drown out the noise, some beers to imbibe along with them.

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  • State Brews, Just-add-water beer, Order Beer Anywhere

    Beer News Mashup - August 16, 2013

    • 50 Beers Named to Honor Their Home States [Buzzfeed]
    • How Local is your Local Beer? [Slate]
    • Easy to Carry, Just-Add-Water Beer for Hiking, Camping, Life [Huffington Post]
    • USPS May Start Shipping Beer, Wine, Liquor [Yahoo]
    • New App Will Help You Order Beer in 59 Languages [WebProNews]

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  • Weekend Beer Events: 8/17

    Beer Events - August 15, 2013

    Summer is still here, another weekend is upon us, and the beer continues to flow. No plans? Thirsty for beer? You’re at the right place.

    Stone hosts their 17th Anniversary, Founder’s caters Long Island City’s NYC Hog Days of Summer, and HopHead Beer Tours takes you on a journey of craft beer history in Madison, Wisconsin. The Franklin Park Zoo entertains Boston with their fourth annual Brew at the Zoo and Philly hosts a sour beer tasting, so don’t even think about staying home this weekend.

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  • Recipe: Spent Grain Corn Dogs

    Spent Grain Chef - August 14, 2013

    The only thing better than a hot dog is a hot dog on a stick, dipped in batter, and fried. And now that you can make your own delicious corn dogs whenever you'd like with this spent grain-based cheesy recipe, corn dogs aren't just for the state fair anymore. So grab a beer and some dogs and get to frying!

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Hofstetten Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - August 13, 2013

    Brauerei Hofstetten is a historic, farmstead brewery that has been sitting atop the hills of Mühlviertel, Austria since 1449. Although established in the fifteenth century, Hofstetten has been family owned by the Krammers since 1847. The family’s great, great grandfather, a cattle trader, procured the brewery from its former owner who couldn’t afford to keep up with the payments any longer.

    Brauerei Hofstetten is proud of its Austrian heritage as it acquires all of their raw materials locally. Perhaps the most unique ingredient of Hofstetten Beer is the water. Hofstetten collects soft, bedrock water that has flowed through granite rock from nearby aquifers. Hofstetten has sustained small-scale brewing operations since its beginnings and currently has 11 people on staff and produces nearly five thousand barrels of beer each year.

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  • 5 Beers for Summer Fun & Games

    Beer List - August 12, 2013

    Are you busy ganging up on your friend in Canadian doubles tennis or strutting some cultural knowledge by tossing some bocce ball in the backyard? Understandable, but why not do it with a beer in hand? This is August and it's just one of those months when you need to take advantage of the weather.

    August is national golf month (now you know) and also features some classic sporting events like the Tennis US Open, and baseball (it is America’s pastime). Whether you decide to watch one of these events on TV or indulge in some summer games yourself, make sure to do it with style (that is, with a beer). So check out one of these thirst-quenching, craft beers that will match perfectly with any summer game you decide to play.

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  • Brew from Beirut, Duff Gardens, Resilient Michigan Hops

    Beer News Mashup - August 9, 2013

    • 961 Brewery From Beirut Hopes to Bring Craft Beer to the Middle East [New York Times]
    • Dreams Really Do Come True: Simpson's Theme Park Opens Duff Brewery [Inside the Magic]
    • Stone Beers are Coming to San Diego's Int'l Airport [San Diego Source]
    • TTB Study: The ABV on your Label May Be Lying to You [Beer Pulse]
    • Michigan Hops Survive Severe Weather While Other Crops Fail [Bloomberg]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 8/10

    Beer Events - August 8, 2013

    We love weekends, because it gives us more time to drink beer, and you know how much we like beer. It looks like California is where it's at - three of our five events take place in The Golden State, and all of them sound like fun. If you're not in California, though, don't fret. Bangor, Maine has a brew fest of their own, and in Montana you can rub shoulders with the king of home beer makers himself, Charlie Papazian. Or learn about how space technology improves beer in Colorado Springs.

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  • Recipe: Vietnamese-style Beer Marinated Flank Steak

    Cooking with Beer - August 7, 2013

    The rich smoky flavor of Smoked Wheat really shines through in this Vietnamese-style Beer Marinated Flank Steak. If you have the time, we recommend marinating the steak overnight, but you can still achieve a great flavor after soaking for just a few hours in the fridge. After cooking, serve in Vietnamese-style tacos or lettuce wraps, or over rice or noodles.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Ayinger Brewery (Brauerei Aying)

    2 O'Clock Tastings - August 6, 2013

    All over the world, beer lovers agree that if it's made in Bavaria, it's the real deal. It is, after all, home to the first brewery on record, way back in 800 A.D., as well as the ultimate of beer festivals - Oktoberfest. About 25 kilometers from the Oktoberfest grounds in Munich, lays a little town called Aying, home to the beloved Ayinger Brewery (Brauerei Aying). This 135 year old brewery has a deep family history, and remained almost completely unchanged until a new, updated brewery was built in 1999 in order to keep up with the growing market.

    Again and again Ayinger has won awards for its beers, including the World Beer Cup, and the Deutschen Landwirtschafts Gesellschaft - DLG (German Agricultural Society) gold and silver medals. Today we taste two of the DLG gold medal winners - Bräu-weisse and Ur-weisse.

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  • Hop of the Month: Citra

    Hop of the Month, Brew School - August 5, 2013

    Citra is a relatively new hop on the scene (released in 2008 by Hop Breeding Company of Yakima, WA) and has since gained much attention for its unique tropical fruit flavors and aromas. These intense tropical notes make it the perfect candidate for a single hop IPA.

    The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company helped popularize the Citra hop when they used it as a dry hop in their Torpedo IPA in 2009. When Sierra Nevada first used Citra in Torpedo, there were only four acres of Citra hops, but today, there are about 140 acres dedicated to this hop variety. Citra's popularity is expanding more and more each year and shows no signs of slowing down.

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  • GABF Sells Out, History of Sour Beer, Non-Alcoholic Beer

    Beer News Mashup - August 2, 2013

    • GABF Sells Out in Record 20 Minutes [Denver Post]
    • Retired Man Turns House into Work of Art with Empty Beer Cans [NPR]
    • A Brief History of Sour Beers [New Yorker]
    • Dedicated Waiter has Bottle Opener Built Into his Prosthetic Leg [Red Eye Chicago]
    • Non-Alcoholic Beer on the Rise in Muslim Countries [Economist]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 8/3

    Beer Events - August 1, 2013

    This summer has been good to the beer fest goer, and we are happy to say that this weekend shows no sign of letting up. Maybe you'll be celebrating all beers Belgian in Cooperstown or maybe you'll be heading all the way to Tampa to drink with some animals. Or even swaying to the Blues in Mammoth Lakes, California, drinking and eating in Cary, North Carolina, or in Loveland, Colorado, cheering on fellow brewers. No matter what kind of weekend you're having, have fun, be safe, and drink beer. Cheers!

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  • Recipe: Spent Grain Corn Sticks

    Spent Grain Chef - July 31, 2013

    When we stumbled upon an adorable pan in the shape of mini corn on the cobs, we just had to have it. Little did we know that this pan was quite popular in the south for baking a fun variation of corn bread or corn muffins called corn sticks. Typically made with three parts cornmeal and one part flour, we've altered the ratios a bit for our favorite substitution, spent grain flour, making these corn sticks extra hearty and delicious.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Squatters

    2 O'Clock Tastings - July 30, 2013

    Take a trip out west to Salt Lake City, Utah and you will find world-class, handcrafted beer from Squatter’s Pub Brewery. As part of the Utah Brewers Cooperative along with Wasatch Brewery, Squatters has been providing their customers with thirst quenching beer since 1989 and have remained dedicated to this goal.

    Throughout their journey, Squatters has embraced the Triple Bottom Line philosophy (TBL) of People, Planet, Profit. Squatters ensures that they are always providing their customers with delicious beer made from wind power energy and delicious environmentally friendly ingredients sourced locally.

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  • Free Vacations, Royal Baby Beer Released, Edison Bottle

    Beer News Mashup - July 26, 2013

    • Commercial beers are made with scary ingredients [Food Babe]
    • Hop distributor claims frozen hops make better beer [Katu]
    • Heineken offers free vacations. The catch? You have to leave immediately. [Fast CoCreate]
    • Beer released for birth of royal baby [The Drinks Business]
    • Beck's creates the first playable Edison beer bottle [The Die Line]


  • Weekend Beer Events 7/27

    Beer Events - July 25, 2013

    Whether you are celebrating beer with live local music or a game of ping pong or cornhole at a festival, there is no shortage of beer on hand this weekend. From the high altitudes of Colorado to the innovation of Akron, this summer is showing no signs of slowing down. Read More...


  • Recipe: Shandy Ice Pop

    Cooking with Beer - July 24, 2013

    We go back and forth on shandies, the lemonade-spiked, official beer cocktail of summer. Done right it's a super refreshing way to make your pint a bit more session-able.  But done wrong (and we'll call any premixed bottled versions very wrong) and you've got a handful of lemonheads polluting your beer.

    When it came time for us to concoct our own shandy, we could think of no better way to combine the tartness of lemon, the essence of beer (in our case, the already citrus-packed Grapefruit Honey Ale), and the spirit of summer than in the form of a special adults-only ice pop.

    Plus it leaves one hand free for a pint.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Bell's Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - July 23, 2013

    Good news for home beer makers, Bell’s Brewery, which now makes 500,000 barrels of beer a year, began in a 15 gallon soup pot in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The company has grown from an experiment in Larry Bell’s kitchen to a brewery that distributes in eighteen states. At this rate, their beer will soon be available in Timbuktu!

    As they have expanded, they have not only increased beer production, but starting in 2008, they began growing their own two-row barley for use in their Midwestern Pale Ale, Christmas Ale and Harvest Ale. If those beers don’t get your mouth watering, check out the menu for the Eccentric Café, where you can eat good food, drink good beer, and enjoy music and entertainment. Who could ask for anything more?

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  • 5 Beer & Hot Dog Pairings for National Hot Dog Day

    Beer List - July 22, 2013

    At barbecues, picnics, or a cart on the street corner, boiled in water, or blown open in the microwave, hot dogs are an American staple. In fact, we Americans like them so much, we've designated July 23 as National Hot Dog Day. Should we be ashamed to celebrate these mysterious casings of meat? No way. They're delicious.

    You know what else is delicious? Beer. We love it alone and we love it when there's food along side it. Thankfully for us, there are nearly as many kinds of hot dogs out there as there are beers, so putting together a list of five great combinations of the two is not only fun, but pretty easy too. Now if we could only work on getting a national beer brat day...

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  • Redhook Hemp Beer, Craft Beer in Israel, Synthetic Yeast

    Beer News Mashup - July 19, 2013

    • Redhook Celebrates Washington Cannabis Legalization with Hemp Beer [The Weed Blog]
    • The Design for Surly's New Brewery Causes Unexpected Controversy [MN Artists]
    • Synthetic Yeast Could Yield Cheaper, Stronger Beer [Telegraph]
    • Craft Breweries Gaining Traction in Israel [Tablet]
    • Nanobreweries Becoming More Popular All Over the Country [NY Times]

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