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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Brouwerij West

    2 O'Clock Tastings - September 29, 2014

    Inventive bottle art always catches our eye, and San Jose-based Brouwerij West does not disappoint (in both looks and taste)! Founded in 2010 by Brian Mercer & Nick Brown, Brouwerij West makes exclusively Belgian-style beers with mostly Belgian ingredients - that means no IPAs. Mercer originally got into beer by concocting sugar syrups for brewers under the name Dark Candi, Inc.


  • 6 Killer Beer Dips for Football Season

    Cooking with Beer, Beer List - September 26, 2014

    The air is crisp, leaves' edges are browning and pants are being reintroduced to your wardrobe - it can really mean only one thing: autumn is coming. We don't know about you, but autumn reminds us of football and when throwing a pigskin comes to mind, we think beer (not surprising, as we're always thinking about beer)!


  • Glassware Guide: Snifter

    Brew School, Glassware Guide - September 24, 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.

    Traditionally used for complex spirits like cognac, the Snifter has become popular among beer drinkers in recent years. A short stem and foot are connected to a wide mouth bowl that tapers inward at the top, allowing complex aromas to open up and develop. The wide bowl is intended to be cradled with your hand, allowing the beer to warm, bringing out additional aromas. Ranging in size from 5 to 12 ounces, the snifter is ideal for heavy high alcohol beers that are enjoyed in smaller quantities. 5-ounce snifters, like our Tasting Set, are great for analyzing the appearance, aroma, and flavor of beers during a tasting session. Read More...

  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Carson's Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - September 22, 2014

    This week’s tasting is from Carson’s Brewery, a microbrewery from Evansville, Indiana. We tried three of their six core beers: Eville, an American Wheat Ale; RIPA, an American Red India Pale Ale; and Brown Cow, an American Brown Ale.

    Founded in 2012 by Jason Carson, Carson’s Brewery is located in Evansville, Indiana, the state’s third largest city. Carson’s Brewery started out with single-barrel batches, and now produces six beers—all of which are ales—and several seasonal/specialty brews.

    Read on for our Carson’s Brewery tasting notes, and don’t forget to add your own in the comments if you’ve tried any of these brews!


  • Hop of the Month: Mosaic

    Hop of the Month, Brew School - September 19, 2014

    Released just two years ago (and previously known only as a string of numbers and letters), the Mosaic hop is the daughter of the bittering hop Simcoe. The wonderful tropical and citrus fruitfulness of Mosaic is complemented by a contrasting earthy, piney taste.

    The high-alpha (11.5 - 13.5%) Mosaic hop is fantastic (and predominately found) in American pale ales and IPAs - including Dinner, the fantastic double IPA from Maine Brewing Co.

    One of the younger hops out there, Mosaic calls the United States home and was developed thanks to Hop Breeding Co.



  • Glassware Guide: Pilsner Flute

    Brew School, Glassware Guide - September 17, 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 point-like bottom and lightly flared sides of the Pilsner Flute leads to a centered release of bubbles from the bottom of the glass, giving the beer a lovely visual appeal as fine-beaded carbonation moves through the clear beer. The pilsner's skinny diameter helps form and retain a thick head while creating a direct path for the noble hop aromas to enter your nose. Read More...

  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Eagle Rock Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - September 15, 2014

    As the first brewery to open in Los Angeles in close to 60 years, Eagle Rock Brewery was established in 2009 and has become go-to Southern California beer, found in numerous bottle shops and restaurants across the bottom half of the state. Started by Jeremy Raub, his wife Ting Su and his father Steven Raub, Eagle Rock has a popular taproom connected to its brewery and have planned a soon-to-open Public House serving pub fare. Eagle Rock’s bottles are distinctly adorned with graphic barley plants and modernist-style typography, adding to the mid-century inspired names.


  • 6 Beer Brunch Cocktails

    Beer List - September 12, 2014

    It's no secret we love weekend brunch - in addition to eggs or maybe waffles, it's routine to end up with multiple beverages on the table and most likely one of them is a beer or cocktail! We like to have a little beer in our cocktails, and these six beer brunch concoctions are perfect examples of how to do it - from spicy and light to a little bitter and velvety. Whether you enjoy a refreshing sangria, a remake of the classic Tom Collins, or just want to up your Mimosa game, we know you'll love brunch more with more beer (all the cocktails can be made with our beers, too, including Jalapeno Saison, Everyday IPA and Grapefruit Honey Ale.)


  • 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!


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