There are few names so well known throughout the craft beer community as Munster, Indiana's Three Floyds Brewing. For the past 19 years, the three Floyds behind the infamous brewery (brothers Nick and Simon, and their father Mike) have been leading force in spearheading the well-established Midwest/Chicagoland brewing scene. And they have the numbers to prove it: at the beginning in 1996, Three Floyds brewed 300 barrels, but in 2014, it was more 40,000. Currently, they're even fighting Indiana legislature to change the current hold law that caps most brewery production at 30,000 barrels to 90,000. Read More...
2 O'Clock Tastings - June 11, 2015
Taking a cue from chili-infused hot honey and our overall beer-mindedness, we got to experimenting with our own honey infused with hops. Citrus-packed varietals (like Centennial, Cascade and Chinook) add a bright zing and light bitterness that rounds out the honey's super-sweetness.
We've been slathering it on cornbread, savory waffles and used it in the sauce for a batch BBQ Beer Wings. With a 10 minute cook time (plus another 10 minutes for cooling) and so many hops to choose from, we foresee this being a cupboard staple for years to come.
Coming from a family of German aroma hops and open pollination, the Sterling hop was born in the U.S. as a replacement for the Saaz hop. Saaz is known agriculturally for its susceptibility to disease and fungus, of which the stronger Sterling is tolerant. Developed in the Northwest, this hop - an alternative to European hops - is a widely popular variety amongst American craft brewers.
The citric qualities of the Sterling are lemony with a hint of pineapple. Its spicy and herbal aroma gives it a sense of sophistication, while the citrus asserts itself on the palate. The Sterling’s noble hop aroma combined with its smooth bitterness makes it a no-brainer contestant for our June hop of the month.
Brew School - May 29, 2015
A true American classic, the Jonathan has created quite a name for itself. It has parented several different varieties over the years including the very popular Jonagold. Today the Jonathan can be found growing across the globe, but its original roots bring it back to a farm in Woodstock, New York. The Albany Horticulture Society named the apple Jonathan after the man who first introduced the fruit to the horticulture board. Today, the Jonathan is regarded as one of the best flavored apples in the world.
The Jonathan carries more than just its New York pride. This apple has an exceptional juiciness that makes it perfect for cider-making. With a wonderful balance between sweet and sharp, the Jonathan has high sugar content and low tannins, alongside a slightly spicy flavor. It’s no surprise that the Jonathan has such strong historical ties to some of the original cider makers in colonial America.
2 O'Clock Tastings - May 22, 2015
Mount Hood, Oregon is a region notorious for hop production in the United States (check out our Hops of the Month to see which flowers are from this region!). The Hood River Valley lies between the twin peaks of Mount Hood and Mount Adams in Washington, and also happens to be home to the family estate of David Logsdon, where he farms and brews beer. Logsdon Farmhouse Ales is a small, Belgian-inspired brewery with original partners David Logsdon, his wife Judith Barnes and head brewer Charles Porter. It has now expanded to a co-op where there are no employees, only partners. This intimate company structure translates to their carefully brewed beers.
Drinking beer and eating wings has forever enjoyed its place in the hall of culinary marriages alongside the likes of peanut butter & jelly, fish & chips and bread & butter. Well, we've decided to take this love a step further by soaking our wings in beer–-the biggest beer-wing experience since the duo made their game day debut.
Beer List - May 18, 2015
Warmer days are finally here to stay. We can’t think of any other way to properly celebrate the essence of spring jubilation than with some refreshing brews outside in the sunshine with friends. With summer creeping around the corner, all the outdoor bars and biergartens will be packed in our borough, so we’re here to give you a heads up of where to go and where to drink. You’ll be one step ahead of the game come sweltering June, but for now let’s enjoy the May flowers with a beer in hand.
The Mount Hood hop has quite the extended foreign family tree. A descendant of the German Hallertau hop family, Mount Hood is also half-sister to Ultra, Liberty and Crystal hops. The first of the Hallertau triploid breeding program, Mount Hood was released by the USDA in 1989 after being cultivated in Oregon. Its namesake is the Mount Hood volcano just east of Portland. This hop has now become a staple of American craft brewing.
With a warm and inviting aroma, refined spices and mild sweetness, Mount Hood can also be slightly floral and herbal. This varied range and temperate bitterness allows it to be used principally as an aroma hop in a variety of brews.
Beer List - May 13, 2015
A wise man once said that you only need three ingredients to make a cocktail. Historically, recipes rarely included beer in the ingredients list, but at the Brooklyn Brew Shop we think beer should be part of the cocktail club. In honor of World Cocktail Day, we've compiled our favorite beer-based cocktail recipes for a warm summer's day. Check out the list below, and let us know which is your favorite beer-based cocktail!
2 O'Clock Tastings - May 11, 2015
The historical town of Kingston, NY is adding another chapter to its culinary past, partially thanks to Keegan Ales' top quality craft beer. Founded in 2003 by Tommy Keegan, the brewmaster purchased a building with a defunct brewery. After a lot of elbow grease and long hours at the ramshackle, the place was up and running with a handful of beers that were sold locally to bars and restaurants.
Beer News Mashup - May 10, 2015
Brooklyn Brew Shop would like to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! This post is dedicated to the mothers of Brooklyn Brew Shop's very own employees, who have given the members of our team endless support and love, even if they aren't as wholesomely beer-minded as their children. We have taken the time to recall our favorite beer memories with our moms, whether they inspired us or we inspired them to convert to loving beer! Cheers to good beer and to a day of celebrating these very special women. Read on for our stories, and don't forget to have a beer with mom today!
2 O'Clock Tastings - May 8, 2015
There's something changing in Paris--especially if you're a fan of craft beer. Amazing bars such as Les Trois 8, La Fine Mousse, Brewberry, and more are bringing great beer from all over the world to thirsty Parisians. And with every passing month, breweries like Brasserie Goutte d'Or and Deck & Donohue (see our tasting here) are ensuring good beer's being made very close to home.
Paris est changeant—particulièrement si vous êtes amant de bière artisanale. Plusieurs bars fantastiques comme Les Trois 8, La Fine Mousse, Brewberry, et plus amènent de bonne bière de partout le monde aux parisiens qui ont soif. Et avec chaque mois qui passe, les brasseries comme Brasserie La Goutte d’Or et Deck & Donohue (regardez notre dégustation ici) vous assurez que bière artisanale est brassé dans le cœur de Paris.
Beer List - May 6, 2015
This Mother’s Day, show mom to a special homemade brunch, maybe even breakfast in bed! We’ve created a few beer-filled cocktails and delicious recipes to show mom how much you really love her. Never fear if she doesn’t dabble in brews, our recipes use the addition of beer and spent grain from brewing to enhance overall richness and flavor. Show her some beer love with a killer brunch, courtesy of Brooklyn Brew Shop original recipes.
If mom isn’t a beer drinker, maybe that’s because she has yet to brew her own! You can always give her the gift of beer this Mother’s Day!
Beer List - May 4, 2015
Our moms are our heroes of the world. Raising us was no easy task, as it often times involved driving us to soccer practice, helping us with our homework, and serving some awesome meals. These are just a few reasons we think all Mother's Day cards should have Superwoman on them.
So, in honor of our mothers, we’ve compiled a list of the perfect beers for the very first woman in our lives. Lift a glass and make a toast to the mothers of the world! Check out the list below, and let us know about any beers that you drink in honor of your mom in the comments!
Beer. Cured. Bacon. Really... need we say more?
This recipe is inspired from the barbecue icon Meathead Goldwyn. He has a method for bacon from scratch that allowed us to make the important addition of beer for more flavor. We used this bacon in our BBQ Bacon Beer, which was served at the recent Bacon and Beer Classic.
For ease of scaling, ingredients are listed for 1 lb. If you are doing a larger slab (we regularly do 3-4 lbs) just multiply the rest of the ingredients for the size your butcher has in stock.
2 O'Clock Tastings - April 29, 2015
Ever heard of BrewDog? We thought so. Based in the town of Ellon in Aberdeenshire Scotland, founders James Watt and Martin Dickie started the brewery in 2007. James and Martin had a simple mission: make beers they wanted to drink. The UK market at the time was dominated by industrial brewed lagers and stuffy ales. From humble beginnings as a tiny operation selling beers out of their van and at local markets, BrewDog has transformed into a multinational tour-de-force producing over 120,000 bottles a month with 25 bars in locations diverse as Japan and Sweden.
BrewDog is best known for pushing boundaries. From their freeze-distilled 55% ABV beer, The End of History, with bottles stuffed in taxidermied stoats and squirrels, to their 0.5% ABV Nanny State made as a response to criticism over the high strength of their beers, BrewDog has consistently proven itself as one of the most innovative breweries in the world. BrewDog also experiments and innovates with the way they brew their beer; they produced #Mashtag, a beer collaboration generated from ideas from Twitter, and Sunk Punk, a beer fermented at the bottom of the North Sea. The underlying drive behind these wild, crazy and headline-grabbing beers is BrewDog's passion for introducing people to great craft beer. They've made a huge impact in growing the UK craft beer community and revolutionizing the craft beer industry.
We're so excited to collaborate with James and Martin on our recently announced BrewDog Punk IPA Collaboration Beer Making Kit. Continue below for tasting notes on BrewDog's beers - including Punk IPA.
Deviled Eggs, when people remember their existence in the pantheon of appetizers, are the hero of any dinner party. Despite being part of the finger food group, they're perfectly filling — at least enough to keep the crowd happy until dinner time. They're also super easy to whip up. We like to put our usual spin on these sinful hors d'oeuvres with an Everyday IPA, adding a bright, citrusy kick on top of each creamy bite.
We suggest pairing your Hoppy Deviled eggs with a bright IPA, as the beer will cut right through the creaminess of the egg. A microplaning of a hops adds a layer of floral aroma to the dish, making the eggs feel right at home with a citrus-packed IPA.
2 O'Clock Tastings - April 22, 2015
Southern Indiana's rolling hills are a product of glaciers that knew when to stop almost 20,000 years ago. Nicknamed the uplands, these hills became the foundation for Bloomington and the hometown of Upland Brewing Company which opened its doors in 1998 and is now the second largest brewery in Indiana and a mainstay of the beer scene in the Midwest. We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate Sour Appreciation Month!
Brew School - April 17, 2015
The Northern Spy might just be the most versatile apple of them all. It has acted as an aid in a lot of rootstock research within the United States. Great for desserts, pies and savory cooking as well as juice and cider, it is no surprise that the Northern Spy has become one of the most popular apples in the U.S., especially in New York. This antique apple variety originates from the 1800s and produces a fairly large tree, with apples that are great for winter hardiness and long storage. So, even though it’s April, we can enjoy Northern Spies for months after the harvest (especially if it’s in a delicious cider!).
This apple is known for its cider-quality flavor, with slight notes of pear and sweetness, despite the bitterness to its bite. Northern Spies have less tannin and more acid than their European counterparts, making it great for lighter style ciders.
The heart of our gumbo is the slow-cooked, dark rue that requires a half hour of constant stirring (but the biceps workout will just build up your appetite!)
Our take on the official state dish of Louisiana is teaming with shrimp and andouille sausage and gets it's rich beer-base from our Chestnut Brown Ale (although any malt-leaning brew works fine). Imparting its nutty and additional maltier notes, the beer works hand-in-hand with the smokey andouille sausage and our creamy roux base to give the gumbo a warm, hearty taste.
Although we opted against adding okra, the gooey Louisianan gumbo staple can be added at your tastebuds' discretion.
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