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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!


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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?


  • 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...


  • 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]


  • Weekend Beer Events 7/20

    Beer Events - July 18, 2013

    More great festivals coming up for anyone who enjoys spending their weekends filled with fun, music, food and beer. Whether you're from the east coast, west coast, Germany, or anywhere in between, we suggest making some room in your schedule for a beer fest this weekend. Get ready for jazz in NYC, 10 days of beer gardens, a charity driven costume contest in San Diego and much more.


  • 5 Beer-Based Picnic Foods

    Spent Grain Chef, Cooking with Beer, Beer List - July 17, 2013

    With the combination of hot weather, beautiful green parks, and plenty of outdoor activities, family picnics and romantic outdoor lunches are a natural result. Beer is also a very big part of summer, from festivals to open beer gardens, to sitting outside on the porch (or balcony, roof, or deck) enjoying a cold one.

    Inevitably, the two should come together, and what is more natural than choosing some great picnic foods made from that refreshing libation? Whether basting some pork or enjoying some scrumptious spent grain crackers, putting these two great summer traditions together is bound to be delicious.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Wasatch Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - July 16, 2013

    Bundled within the peaks of Park City, Utah is Wasatch Brewery, Park City’s first brewery since prohibition. Wasatch Brewery has been faithful to their customers since its foundation in 1986 and loyal to its domain as it is named after the local Wasatch Mountains. Several years following its inception, Wasatch owner, Greg Schirf, passed a bill through Utah Legislator to make brew pubs legal in Utah. Upon this successful passing, Wasatch started to operate its first brewpub.

    Wasatch Brewery brews with a simple mission - to make the best ales and lagers possible. Through this facile approach, Wasatch has been able to crank out year-round, seasonal, and specialty beers that have earned awards from festivals such as the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. For this tasting, we sampled three beers: Summerbrau Lager, White Label Belgian Style Wit, and The Devastator Double Bock.


  • 5 Beer & Junk Food Pairings for National Junk Food Day

    Beer List - July 15, 2013

    Junk food and beer - who could ask for a better combination? And on a day that gives us permission to eat one, why not use it as an excuse to drink the other? July 21st is National Junk Food Day, and we're celebrating with junk food and beer pairings. With the return of the Twinkie and midsummer day drinking giving us cravings for nachos and french fries, this day could not have come at a better time.

    Even if junk food doesn't come to mind when talking about beer, we believe that, just like the pairings listed below, they are a great combination. So sharpen your sweet tooth, salt up those taste buds, and get ready for some greasy fingers. It's drinking time.


  • Cheap Beers Ranked, Swimming in Beer, Beer Branding

    Beer News Mashup - July 12, 2013

    • Deadspin Ranks Cheap, American Beers From Worst to Least-Worst [Deadspin]
    • Stay in a Castle, Swim in a Pool of Beer [MSN]
    • What's in a Name? Naming Beers is Serious Business [Colorado Public Radio]
    • First Woman in 30 Years Takes Brewer of the Year Title []
    • Too Much of a Good Thing? The Potential Over-Saturation of the Craft Beer Market [Time]


  • Weekend Beer Events 7/13

    Beer Events - July 11, 2013

    As the summer keeps heating up, we keep looking for ways to cool down, and this weekend is the time to do just that with a cold beer. Whether celebrating breasts in San Francisco, raising money for animals in Washington D.C., dancing the polka in Colorado, or schmoozing at premiere festivals in Cleveland and with CAMRA members in Edinburgh, Scotland, this weekend is bound to cool you off, even on the hottest of days.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Midnight Sun

    2 O'Clock Tastings - July 9, 2013

    Head to the highest point in the United States, the untamed tundra of Anchorage, Alaska, and you will find Midnight Sun Brewing Company. Since their kettles fired up in 1995, this brewery and brew pub has been warming the good folks who braved that last frontier with their multitude of year round, seasonal, and specialty brews.

    Midnight Sun is Alaskan proud. Everything from their beer names to the beer labels portrays the pride they have in their heritage. Even the name of the brewery reminds us of the north - where else but Alaska do you ever see a midnight sun? For this tasting, we've taken seven offerings from their vast, eclectic collection.


  • Hop of the Month: Simcoe

    Hop of the Month - July 8, 2013

    First cultivated in 2000 by Yakima Chief Ranches, the proprietary Simcoe hop is known for its bitter and aromatic diversity. Although it's parentage is kept mum by its creators, it is compared to Cascade and is one of the most sought after hops in craft brewing.

    Mostly used for bittering due to its high alpha acid, Simcoe is also often used to create a fruity or herbal piney aroma, making it a key component in many IPAs, Double IPAs, and American Ales. We certainly enjoy it, using it in both our Simcoe IPA and O Tannenbock Spruce Ale (recipes available in Brooklyn Brew Shop's Beer Making Book: 52 Seasonal Recipes for Small Batches).


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Bad Seed Cider Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - July 2, 2013

    Based in Highland, New York, Wilklow Orchards has been a fixture in Brooklyn's greenmarkets for over a decade selling apples, sweet cider, and an ever-rotating variety of fruits and baked goods. But it wasn't until more recently that the farm decided to venture into the hard cider business and develop their own recipes for a collection of hard ciders that would both make use of and highlight the Wilklow Orchards excellent apple crops. Selling their products under the label of Bad Seed Cider Co., demand immediately sky-rocketed and Wilklow Orchards has been hard at work developing new recipes and keeping up with demand.

    For this tasting, we got our hands on four of Bad Seed Cider's offerings: Dry, Raspberry Reserve, Belgian Abbey, and Bourbon Barrel Reserve. Each offered a unique and distinct flavor profile that simultaneously highlighted the excellent products going into the brew and also demonstrated Bad Seed's creativity and imagination.


  • 4 Beers for International Joke Day

    Beer List - July 1, 2013

    July 1st is International Joke Day, a holiday created to help you forget your troubles for a day and unwind with a joke. You’re probably in a pretty good mood already since the weather is nice and the beer is flowing, but who couldn’t use a laugh? The concept is easy enough to swallow. So whether you’re talking about a guy in a doctor’s office, explorers who finds a magic lantern, or former presidents, celebrate and be merry.

    Welcome to the world of humorously named beers and remember, no matter how outrageous the name, it’s always in good taste.


  • Breaking Bad Beer, Heineken's "Interactive" Bottle, iKeg

    Beer News Mashup - June 28, 2013

    • How to trick your friends into drinking craft beer [Esquire]
    • Breaking Bad beer isn't blue. Why even bother? [Consumerist]
    • Virgin Trains to serve exclusive beer. [Fox News]
    • Heineken releases "interactive" beer bottle [Technabob]
    • SteadyServ's iKeg helps bar owners monitor tap beer [Upstart Business Journal]


  • Weekend Beer Events 6/29

    Beer Events - June 27, 2013

    The final weekend in June rounds out the month with a comprehensive range of beer-related happenings celebrating beer (and brewing!) in all of its incarnations. Travel from pub to pub in Chicago, get back to the roots with old-world classics in Pittsburgh, or look to the future with organic and sustainable brewing in Portland; wherever you are this weekend, be sure to keep an eye out for the malty festivities closest to you.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Stillwater Artisanal Ales

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 25, 2013

    Known as the "Gypsy Brewer," Brian Strumke is one of the country's most well-regarded brewers, and he doesn't even have his own brewery. Though he's based out of Baltimore, Maryland, Strumke has spent the past few years brewing up some of the craft beer world's more interesting beers by travelling around from brewery to brewery, renting out their extra capacity, and using his own recipes to create very limited edition batches. In 2010 alone, he made beer in seven different breweries in three different countries around the world.

    As Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Strumke brews mostly Belgian-inspired ales, with an emphasis on saisons, or farmhouse ales. Unlike some breweries, Strumke prefers to think of saison not as a style of beer, but as an approach to beer, and allows his creativity, special ingredients, and feel of the host brewery to dictate his recipes. For this tasting, we sampled three beers from Stillwater's "Stateside" series: Premium, Débutante, and Autumnal.


  • 5 Beers To Celebrate National Zoo and Aquarium Month

    Beer List - June 24, 2013

    June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month and even though zoos and aquariums are awesome all year round, these few weeks are a celebration of the places that give us the opportunity to learn more about all the majestic animals, big and small, we share this planet with.

    So if you haven't already, you should take some time to visit your local zoo or aquarium and see what all the fuss is about. After your visit, keep the animal spirit going with some fish and animal themed (not flavored) beers from our list.


  • Pliny the Elder #1, Texas Celebrates, Baseball Bat Beer

    Beer News Mashup - June 21, 2013

    • Pliny the Elder voted #1 craft beer in American for fifth year []
    • New Texas beer laws have craft breweries celebrating [Houston Chronicle]
    • Experimental beer has ancient roots [New York Times]
    • Are CSAs the future of craft beer? Yes, says Queens brewery [DNAinfo]
    • Patriotic Homefront IPA aged with baseball bats [Huffington Post]


  • Weekend Beer Events 6/22

    Beer Events - June 20, 2013

    Summer officially starts on Friday, so that makes this weekend the first weekend of the Summer. We can't think of a better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a beer in hand at one of these great festivals. Whether you are headed to The Festival in Maine (we are!) or jamming out at the Gorge Blues and Brews Festival in Washington, this weekend will be a great one.


  • Recipe: Jalapeño Saison Gazpacho

    Cooking with Beer - June 19, 2013

    For summertime lunches, when the idea of turning on a stove is unbearable, we turn to to this bracingly refreshing gazpacho. We start with tart tomatillos and sweet tomatoes, add in onion and cucumber and then turn up the heat with a a double dose of jalapeño coming in beer and pepper form. The resulting soup is tart, spicy and entirely satisfying.

    While we reserve some tomatoes, cucumber and onion to mix in for a chunkier gazpacho, if you prefer yours smoother blend everything.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Allagash Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 18, 2013

    Like many other great American craft breweries, the Allagash Brewing Company started as a one-man operation. Founded by beer enthusiast Rob Tod in 1994 on the outskirts of Portland, Maine, Allagash began with a mission to fill a void that other American craft brewers at the time were leaving wide open: Belgian style beer. Though many breweries were making British and German style beers, Tod noticed a significant dearth of the Belgian styled beer he experienced on his travels. So Tod decided to open up his own small brewhouse to emulate Belgian wheat beers and sold his first batch in the summer of 1995. Since then, Allagash has gone from a one-man operation producing 120 barrels of its first (and now signature) style, Allagash White, to a company of around 50 people producing roughly 45,000 barrels of various styles.

    For this tasting, we've picked three Allagash beers: the Fluxus '12 from the Tribute Series, the Curieux from the Year-Round selection, and the limited-release Odyssey. Like all of Allagash's beers, these are bottled-conditioned, meaning , among other things, that as "living beers" their flavors develop and change over time.


  • Mapping Beer, Beer Pouches, Mythical Beer Bellies

    Beer News Mashup - June 14, 2013

    • Mapping the Rise of Craft Beer [New Yorker]
    • Are BeerPouches the Growlers of the Future? [Food Beast]
    • New Glass Forces You to Put Your Phone Down at the Bar, Drink a Beer [Telegraph UK]
    • Beer Bellies are Really Just Alcohol Bellies [Popular Science]
    • Small UK Brewery Fights for Rights to its Name [Daily Mail]

  • Weekend Beer Events 6/15

    Beer Events - June 13, 2013

    It's a weekend of beer celebrations in every form. From food and beer pairings in New York City, to brewing history in St. Louis, to a massive event with over 400 types of beer in Singapore, this weekend is sure to have something for everyone. If you're in the area, be sure to check out one of these great events for what's sure to be a great time.


  • Recipe: Chocolate Maple Porter Icebox Cake

    Cooking with Beer - June 12, 2013

    Icebox cakes might not be a household name when it comes to homemade sweets, but any cake that gets put into the fridge instead of the oven is technically an icebox cake (see our Coffee & Donut Stout Tiramisu). Just like in the oven when batter turns from something gooey to a firm yet fluffy cake, the flavors of an icebox cake meld overnight in the fridge.

    For our version, we blended Chocolate Maple Porter into some homemade whipped cream and layered it over classic chocolate wafer cookies. While in the fridge, the richness of the porter soaks into the chocolatey cookies for a super fluffy, beer-filled, cookies and cream chilled dessert dream.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Olde Hickory Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 11, 2013

    Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Hickory, North Carolina, the Olde Hickory Brewery began making beer in 1994 with a seven-barrel converted dairy system. But after soon outgrowing this set-up, founders Seven Lyerly and Jason Yates moved to their current 25-barrel facility located in a historic landmark built in 1880.

    Olde Hickory makes a variety of beers ranging from pales ales and pilsners to stouts and barley wines year-round. Their beers are brewed with mountain fresh water that trickles in from Blue Ridge, making for pure and delicious brews. For this tasting, we went with some of the brewery's limited production releases including two offerings from their 2012 saison series.


  • Hop of the Month: Willamette

    Hop of the Month - June 10, 2013

    Developed in 1976 and named after the mighty river valley in Oregon, Willamette Hops have long been a favorite among American craft brewers. Cultivated as an alteration of English Fuggle, Willamette quickly gained popularity and now accounts for 20% of all hops grown in America.

    With a fairly low alpa acid content, Willamette Hops are mostly used for their aromatic properties, and for good reason. With notes of flowers, earth, fruit, and spice, these hops can adapt to many different beer styles and add a lot of great character. We especially enjoy using them in our Rye P.A. and Cardamom Ale, recipes available in Brooklyn Brew Shop's Beer Making Book: 52 Seasonal Recipes for Small Batches.


  • Animated Beer Labels, Dunkel Dare, Pickle Beer

    Beer News Mashup - June 7, 2013

    • Does Beer Make You More Creative? [Fast Company]
    • Animated GIFs of Your Favorite Beer Labels [Beer Labels in Motion]
    • Beer Fridge Knocks out Cell Service Australia [NPR]
    • Marc Summers Hosts Dunkel Dare for the Second Time During Philly Beer Week (Slime Included) []
    • Kind of a Big Dill: Angel City Brewery Releases Pickle Weisse [Source]


  • Weekend Beer Events 6/8

    Beer Events - June 6, 2013

    With every weekend this summer comes even more great beer festivals. So as the weather keeps heating up and your summer gets into full swing, cool down at one of these great beer festivals around the country. From the northwest in Oregon to the southeast in Georgia and everywhere in between, there's plenty going on to satisfy all your craft beer cravings.


  • Recipe: Beer and Onion Dip

    Cooking with Beer - June 5, 2013

    The rich and nutty taste of our Chestnut Brown Ale is the perfect complement to the caramelized onions in this scrumptious dip. We like to let the dip firm up in the fridge for a few hours before serving to let the beer and onion flavors really shine through, but it can certainly be served immediately if you can't wait. Dip is delicious with pretzels, chips, or your favorite crackers.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: St. John Brewers

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 4, 2013

    Like so many other breweries, St. John Brewers began when two people realized 1) that they weren't really enjoying their lives, 2) that they wanted to do something they loved, and 3) that they loved beer, especially good beer. About ten years ago, former University of Vermont roommates Chirag Vyas, who was working in California for NASA, and Kevin Chipman, then a physical therapist in Boston, became frustrated by the 9-5 lifestyle and decided to quit their jobs, sell their belongings, and purchased one-way tickets to the Virgin Islands. After years of working at bars, Vyas and Chipman realized the Caribbean beer scene was missing the kinds of hand-made craft beer they'd learned to love while in college. Fast forward a little bit after several batches of homemade beer and St. John Brewers was born.

    Combining classic American beer styles with the flavors and flair of the Caribbean, St. John Brewers have released a variety of award-winning beers and gained increasing popularity in the U.S. Virgin Islands and mainland America. For this tasting, we got our hands on four of their main brews to see what Caribbean craft beer is all about.


  • 5 Session Beers For Your Next Day of Drinking

    Beer List - June 3, 2013

    Memorial Day was last weekend and that means we've reached the official start of the summer party/BBQ/all-day drinking season. We can't necessarily help you figure out how to party (we think you've got that covered), so we thought we'd help you with a few suggestions on beers to facilitate your outdoor drinking.

    Sure, hours and hours of drinking can sound like a fun idea on a hot summer day, but to make sure you don't get ahead of yourself and keep your senses sharp, we've put together a list of some great session beers with plenty of flavor but relatively low ABV levels. Check out the list below for a variety of low alcohol content beers to suit every taste and occasion.


  • Mmmhops Beer, 20 Beer Science Facts, Dogfish Head Eats

    Beer News Mashup - May 31, 2013

    • Hanson Launches Their Own Mmmhops Beer [USA Today]
    • Dogfish Head Beer Unveils Beer-Centric Foods To Pair With Their Brews [Dogfish Head]
    • 20 Things You Might Not Know About The Science and History of Beer [Discover]
    • Top 10 Up-And-Coming Beer Companies [Ask Men]
    • Pittsburgh Bar Bans Boston Beer During NHL Playoff Series []


  • Weekend Beer Events 6/1

    Beer Events - May 30, 2013

    June is here and the weather is finally heating up. Why not cool things down this weekend with a relaxing day of good beer, good food, and good fun? And where better to find all those than at your local beer festival. There's plenty of festivals being held this weekend, but here are a few you might want to check out.


  • Recipe: Lambic Fruit Leather

    Cooking with Beer - May 29, 2013

    This recipe will work best if you have access to some equipment. First you'll need a really good blender and a dehydrator, but if you don't have a fantastic blender, you can substitute apple sauce for the whole apple. And if you don't have a dehydrator, you can use your oven on a low temperature. No matter how you go about drying your fruit, we promise this lambic fruit leather will be delicious!


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Pittsburgh Beers

    2 O'Clock Tastings - May 28, 2013

    Pittsburgh, the city of steel, bridges ... and beer? Though Pittsburgh is a city known for many things, beer doesn't always come up at the top of that list. But several great craft breweries in the city are working to change that. We sampled a few lighter beers from two of Pittsburgh's craft breweries: Full Pint Brewing and Penn Brewery.

    Full Pint Brewing started a few years ago when several brewers working separately decided to combine their efforts and open up a brewery that would try to redefine Pittsburgh beer with inventive flavors and a collaborative, forward-thinking mindset.

    Penn Brewery, on the other hand, has been brewing and bottling in its current form since 1986 (though it can trace its roots back to 1848 when a group of Germans settled in what is now Pittsburgh's Northside). Although Penn Brewery still adheres to many of those German brewing traditions, it has since also developed many exciting beers that it's been sharing with the rest of the country.


  • Beer of Thrones, Hoppily Ever After, Vulcan Ale

    Beer News Mashup - May 24, 2013

    • Beer of Thrones Parodies Beer Commercials [Uproxx]
    • L.A. Hotel Offers Hoppily Ever After Wedding Package [L.A. Weekly]
    • New App Lets You Buy Beer From Your Seat at the Game [CNBC]
    • Boldly Go Where No Beer Has Gone Before with Vulcan Ale [NBC News]
    • Beer Mapper Visualizes Your Favorite Beer Styles [Wired]


  • Weekend Beer Events 5/25

    Beer Events - May 23, 2013

    It's Memorial Day Weekend! That means BBQ, sun, parties, and (hopefully) great beer. Maybe you're planning on spending the weekend relaxing with friends or family, but if you're still looking for the perfect way to celebrate the holiday, check out these craft beer festivals going on around the country—and world!


  • Recipe: Spent Grain Mini Carrot Cupcakes

    Spent Grain Chef - May 22, 2013

    Cupcakes are great, but mini cupcakes are even better (you get so many more of them!) Made with equal parts regular and spent grain flour and freshly shredded carrots, these mini carrot cupcakes are delicious little treats. We topped ours traditionally with cream cheese frosting, but you can top with your favorite frosting. They also taste great on their own right out of the oven.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Church Brew Works

    2 O'Clock Tastings - May 21, 2013

    As the name implies, Church Brew Works, located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, calls a century-old church home. Construction on St. John the Baptist began in 1902 and the building remained an active parish until 1993 when the church was put under an act of suppression by the Bishop of Pittsburgh. Just three years later after extensive renovation and restoration, Church Brew Works opened its doors.

    Much of the church's original architecture was salvaged and meticulously restored in the conversion from church to brewery. Pews were cut and reassembled to make benched seating along salvaged oak tables for the brew pub, original lanterns were restored along with the original Douglas Fir floors. Stained glass windows, including the beautiful rose window are still in tact, but the centerpiece remains in the apse, where steel and copper tanks have replaced the alter. It's from these tanks that Church Brew Works produces its delicious beers, two of which we sampled for this tasting.


  • 5 Beers For Your Graduation Celebration

    Beer List - May 20, 2013

    The month of May means a few things: spring is in full bloom, May Day, and undergrads all around the country are earning their diplomas with a walk across the stage in their well earned caps and gowns. To help you or a loved one commemorate these four years, we've compiled a list of graduation celebration beer suggestions.

    For this list, we've hit some of the major themes of college, a few things you'll hopefully look back on fondly as you continue on in your life and remember these great years: school, hard work, professors, graduation, and enlightenment.


  • Grateful Dead Beer, Pandora For Beer, Too Many Hops?

    Beer News Mashup - May 17, 2013

    • Dogfish Head Brews Grateful Dead-Inspired Imperial Pale Ale With Granola Titled "American Beauty" []
    • DC United MLS Team Getting A Team Beer From DC Brau [WashingtonPost]
    • Beer Viz Suggests New Beers to Try Based on What You Already Like [LifeHacker]
    • At What Point Does Craft Beer Get Too Hoppy? [Slate]
    • Instantly Chill Your Bottled Beer With The "Chillsner" [FoodRepublic]


  • Weekend Beer Events 5/18

    Beer Events - May 16, 2013

    It's another weekend in May, which means another great weekend of delicious craft beer. Celebrate this weekend—and Armed Forces Day on Saturday—with a refreshing cup, bottle, or can of locally made brews at one of these exciting festivals.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Speakeasy Ales and Lagers

    2 O'Clock Tastings - May 14, 2013

    As San Francisco's population boomed during the American West's Gold Rush of the mid-1800s, the city's need for good breweries grew and, until 1919's Prohibition Act took old, it was the brewing center of the West. Now Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is reigniting the city's beer-making (and -loving) glory.

    "Legit since 1997," Speakeasy Ales & Lagers has focused on simple but exacting techniques in their steam-fired brewhouse where hands-on beer making practices maximize consistency and shelf-life. In Western U.S. tradition, Speakeasy dry-hops most of their beers, including their flagship Prohibition Ale and Big Daddy I.P.A. For this tasting, we sampled both of these, as well as a selection of their ever-rotating roster of artisan ales.


  • Beer Drones, Sustainable Beer, Cigar City Works With GWAR

    Beer News Mashup - May 10, 2013

    • Beer Drones!? South African Music Festival is Raining Beer [CBS News]
    • Stella Artois Gets Into The Cider Game [Food Republic]
    • How Sustainable is Your Craft Beer? [Grist]
    • Craft Brewers Not Interested In Bankers' Big Money Offers [Bloomberg]
    • Cigar City Brewing Working on Collaboration With Satirical Heavy Metal Band GWAR [American Craft Beer]
    • The Apprentice UK Takes on Brewing with Awesomely Bad Results [YouTube]


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