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  • Glassware Guide: Tulip

    Brew School, Glassware Guide - September 10, 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.

    An elegant stemmed glass, the Tulip is best for beers with strong and complex aromas. The sides of the tulip flare outward from a stem attached to a rounded foot, then pinch inward before flaring again at the top of the glass. This flared top disperses and spreads a beer's complex aromas, allowing them to be detected individually. The stem keeps the beer at a constant temperature by avoiding direct hand contact with the beer. Read More...

  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Grimm Ales

    2 O'Clock Tastings - September 8, 2014

    We think that Brooklyn is an incredible hive of inspirational, creative energy (we're based here for a reason!). Two people contributing to this energy in a major way are Joe and Lauren Grimm, the husband and wife duo behind Grimm Ales.

    The Grimms are nomadic brewers (they brew their beer at breweries with extra capacity) who are responsible for every aspect of Grimm Ales, including the bottle art. They started brewing out of their Chicago apartment in 2005 before eventually moving to New York and founding Grimm Ales in 2013. Their beers, creative twists on Belgian styles, are brewed in small batches with no repeats.

    We sampled three recent Grimm offerings; With Love From Grimm, a tripel; BFF, an Imperial IPA; and Double Negative, an Imperial Stout. Read on for our tasting notes and be sure to contribute your own if you've sampled these delicious beers!


  • Recipe: Beer & Pretzel Ice Cream Sundae

    Cooking with Beer, Recipes - September 5, 2014

    Beer & Pretzel Ice Cream Sundae: Pretzel infused ice cream and stout spiked fudge sauce make for the perfect craft beer sundae.
    Craft beer and ice cream - two of our favorite things (for summer, and we'll be honest - in any season!). One afternoon, while we drank a few Oatmeal Stouts and had some vanilla ice cream, we decided to break out some hard pretzels to enjoy as well. Not surprisingly, the saltiness of the pretzels paired perfectly with the ice cream's rich vanilla, as well as the deep chocolate flavors in our stout - and the idea for a craft beer lover's dream sundae was born. Our version has a pretzel-infused ice cream as the salty-sweet base that we then top with stout fudge sauce to bring it all together.


  • Glassware Guide: Nonic Pint

    Brew School, Glassware Guide - September 3, 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 most common and versatile glass is the pint. We prefer the Nonic Pint (with the bulge) over the shaker pint because the wide mouth and flared walls of the shaker allow more of the beer's aroma to escape. A slight bulge near the top of the Nonic glass redirects bubbles towards the center, allowing more aroma to be directed into the nose. The bulge also prevents glasses from sticking together when stacked.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: New Belgium Brewing's Lips of Faith Series

    2 O'Clock Tastings - September 2, 2014

    A fixture of the craft-brewing scene since launching in 1991, New Belgium Brewing Company has built a mini-empire on the success of the amber ale Fat Tire. Five years after opening in Fort Collins, Colorado, former Rodenbach brewer Peter Bouckaert was brought on to launch New Belgium’s sour program. Since then, New Belgium has continued to expand their sour beer production, including the well-loved experimental Lips of Faith series.

    We sampled four bottles from this special line: Yuzu, an Imperial Berliner Weisse Style Ale; Pluot, a Fruit Ale; Wild2, a Belgian Style Dubbel; and La Folie 2013, a Sour Brown Ale.

    Read on for our tasting notes and if you've tried others from the series, add your own in the comments!


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Maui Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - August 27, 2014

    We're always eager to try beers that don't distribute to New York, so we stashed some cans from Maui Brewing Co. in our luggage after a recent West Coast trip. The popular Hawaii-based brewery, located two blocks from the ocean at what is nearly the westernmost spot on Maui, was founded in 2005 and distributes their canned beers to 11 states, primarily west of the Rockies. Their beers is also available on taps, including at their brewpub, located a few miles down the coast from their brewery.

    We sat down to try four of their six canned beers, including their year round Big Swell IPA and CoCoNut PorTeR, plus seasonal offerings Lemongrass Saison and Lahaina Town Brown. Have you tried any of these beers from the 50th state? Leave your own tasting notes in the comment section below!


  • 9 Recipes for Your Labor Day Cookout

    Cooking with Beer, Beer List - August 25, 2014

    Forget that Labor Day marks the end of summer and pack in as much grilling and beer-filled fun into 3 days as you can.

    We’ve pulled together 9 of our favorite cookout recipes – from burgers, chicken (3 ways) and shrimp off the grill to make-ahead desserts and pitchers of beer cocktails – to help you plan the ultimate beer-filled Labor Day spread. Read More...

  • Hop of the Month: Falconer's Flight

    Hop of the Month, Brew School - August 22, 2014

    Named in honor of the late Oregon brewer Glen Hay Falconer, Hopunion (out of Yakima, Washington) created Falconer’s Flight. Differing from other Hop of the Month posts featuring specific varieties of hops, Falconer’s Flight is actually a blend of several different hops (including Citra, Simcoe, Sorachi Ace) native to the Northwest region of the United States. This hop mixture uses specifically aromatic and citrusy hops, and was designed to impart aroma and flavor to IPAs and American pale ales.

    Want to try it yourself? Falconer's Flight is one of the hops included in our recently released Evil Twin Bikini Beer Collaboration available in Kit and Mix.


  • 6 Chilled Beer-Filled Desserts for Summer

    Cooking with Beer, Beer List - August 20, 2014

    We'll always take a cold beer on a hot summer day, and often that gets us thinking about how we might incorporate our own beer into something delicious, sweet and chilled. There's hardly anything better than an ice cold treat, especially if it's infused with beer!

    If you're stumped about what to bring to your next (perhaps last, where did the summer go?!) cookout or just want to have an afternoon sweet from the freezer, here are six of our most refreshing recipes, whether you prefer chocolate or citrus. Our Grapefruit Honey Ale, Oatmeal Stout and more are great additions!


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Modern Times

    2 O'Clock Tastings - August 18, 2014

    Modern Times is a modern brewery. Founded in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego in 2013, a consistent and modern aesthetic permeates everything they do. From their beautifully designed cans to their sleek and minimalistic website, this 30 barrel production brewery and tasting room approaches things in a modern way. And that website. Not only do they list out the essential facts for each beer - ABV, IBU, Final Gravity, hop varietals used, malt varietals used - but they actually post the recipe for the beer, so you can make it at home.

    We tried three of Modern Time's four year round offerings: Blazing World, an Amber Ale; Fortunate Islands, a Wheat Ale; and Black House, a Stout. Surprisingly for a San Diego brewery, Modern Times has no year around IPA. But don't think these brews are light on the hops. They were born in San Diego, after all.


  • Belgium Comes To Cooperstown 2014

    Brew Trips & Fests - August 15, 2014

    Last weekend, we packed up our tents and a whole lotta beer and headed toward Cooperstown, New York for Ommegang Brewery's annual celebration of Belgian beer - Belgium Comes to Cooperstown! We joined over 70 other breweries, from Evil Twin Brewing and Other Half to Oxbow Brewing and Peekskill Brewery, for this revelrous festival on the beautiful grounds of the brewery. While we served up our Strawberry Rhubarb Strong Ale and Jalapeno Saison, we really enjoyed chatting with festival attendees, other brewers and tasting all the different beers available!


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America

    2 O'Clock Tastings - August 13, 2014

    Sierra Nevada Brewing Company was founded in 1980, and is credited with starting the craft beer movement. To celebrate the opening of their new brewery in Mills River, North Carolina, Sierra Nevada started Beer Camp Across America. This seven-city beer festival has moved across the country from the brewery’s current facility in Chico, California to the grand opening of their new facilities in North Carolina. In addition to festival days, Sierra Nevada has also released a pack of 12 beers all made in collaboration with craft breweries from across the nation!


  • 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.


  • Glassware Guide:

    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.


  • 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.


  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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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