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  • Weekend Beer Events 6/21

    Beer Events - June 19, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Fun beer events abound this weekend at a wide range of localities. Sip craft beer while eating crabs at Baltimore's Inner Harbor (pass the Old Bay!). Take a scenic railroad to a craft beer festival in Colorado or run a 5k to one Georgia. Support a non-profit in Minneapolis while viewing beer-themed posters. And get a taste of Italy's burgeoning beer culture near Milan this weekend. We wish we could do it all!

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  • Recipe: Beer & Coffee Breakfast Cocktail

    Cooking with Beer - June 18, 2014

    Lovers of booze and chocolate covered pretzels rejoice--we've made a beer cocktail just for you. The perfect option for any Sunday brunch in need of a hearty cocktail, this combination of stout, cold-brewed coffee, and Averna (a tasty Italian amaro) is elevated to new heights by sprinkling of cocoa powder and coarsely ground sea salt just prior to service.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Gigantic Brewing, Revisited

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 17, 2014

    We recently gathered around our tasting table to try three beers from Portland, Oregon’s Gigantic Brewing. The 2 year old Gigantic focuses on one-off beers; they avoid brewing the same beer more than once and when a beer sell out, generally within three months, it's gone forever. Gigantic Brewing is also notable for the artwork that adorns their bottles. Featuring colorful and off-beat illustrations, the artist is actually listed on each bottle.

    This is not the first time we’ve tasted Gigantic Brewing’s beers; we had their only year-round offering, Gigantic IPA, along with their High Fidelity and Hellion last fall. Here we sampled three of their seasonal beers; Bang On!, a Bitter/Pale Ale, Dark Meddle, a Vienna Lager, and Most Premium Russian Imperial Stout, a Russian Imperial Stout.

    Were the flavors of these beers “gigantic”? Were they as whimsical and colorful as their labels would imply? Read on to find out! And if you've tried this Pacific Northwest brewery before, be sure to leave your tasting notes in the comments.

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  • Hop of the Month: Summit

    Hop of the Month, Brew School - June 16, 2014

    For a young hop, Summit is an unique and fascinating variety. First released commercially in 2003, Summit was developed in Washington's Yakima Valley and is the decedent of an openly pollinated Nugget hop plant that was then cross-bred with Zeus and other citrusy hop varieties. One of the few dwarf hops commercially available, Summit is typically grown on low trellises and must be picked by hand. The hop has an extremely high alpha acid content, ranging from 16.0% up to 19.5%, which makes it an excellent bittering hop.

    Summit hops were originally intended for use by large capacity brewers as a money-saver. Because the hop is so bitter, it can be used in smaller quantities and money can be saved on storage. Supplies of Summit are more stable than most hops because brewers need less, due to the extreme bitterness. Supply is also helped by Summit's mold and fungus resistance.

    But Summit is not a one-trick pony. It's highly valued for its unique citrusy flavors that call to mind orange zest and grapefruit. The hop, which pairs well with herbal hops, also can have garlic and onion aromas when used late in the boil. Summit is primarily used in IPAs and Pale Ales, but it also appears in stouts.

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  • Coolships Across the US, Beer Byproducts Used to Regenerate Human Bones, and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - June 13, 2014

    • All aboard the coolship: Several U.S. craft breweries are now using this age-old brewing technique for their American wild ales. [First We Feast]
    • Good news for canned beer fans! The number of craft breweries canning has doubled since 2012. [NPR]
    • Scientists are using beer brewing byproducts to regenerate human bones. Seriously! [The Drinks Business]
    • Bell’s Brewery will release The Planet Series, a collection of seven beers inspired by music from composer Gustav Holst, in August. [Michigan Live]
    • If the most popular beer from each of the 32 World Cup countries competed in a tournament, who would win? [The Big Lead]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 6/14

    Beer Events - June 12, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Great beer in great settings seems to be the commonality with this weekend's best beer events. Sip delicious beer in downtown Montreal, on a Texas lake, in beautiful Saragota, near the shores of Lake Michigan, or in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. So get outside and enjoy the last weekend of spring with a beer in hand.

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  • The 3 C's of Pairing Beer with Food: Cut

    Cooking with Beer - June 11, 2014

    There are lots of ways to approach pairing beer with food. You can pair beer and food that complement each other, contrast with each other, or, our final C, cut each other.

    Cutting is similar to contrast, but taken to the extreme. We're talking about big bold flavors or sensations when we think about cutting; think about biting into a rich, fatty piece of BBQ, or scorching your tongue on a spicy pepper. Much like contrast, you want to pair those intense, extreme foods with a beer that will take it down a notch. So, try cutting the richness of a fatty cheese with the bright sourness of a gueuze or fruited lambic.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 10, 2014

    The Midwesterners among us were giddy with excitement for our tasting of the Munster, IN-based 3 Floyds Brewing Company. Started in 1996 with a 5 barrel wok-burner-fired brew kettle, 3 Floyds moved to its current location in 2000 and opened a brewpub adjacent to their brewery in 2005. 25 miles south of Chicago, 3 Floyds has grown to become one of the most critically acclaimed breweries in the Midwest.

    We tasted five beers from 3 Floyds: Man-o-Awe, a pale ale, Arctic Panzer Wolf, an imperial IPA, Dreadnaught, another imperial IPA, Live a Rich Life, a Belgian-style IPA, and Topless Wytch, a Baltic-style porter. Read our tasting notes below and leave your own in the comments!

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  • Recipe: Ultimate Beer Burger

    Cooking with Beer - June 9, 2014

    Simply-made or indulgently complicated, a good burger can come in a slew of mouth-watering iterations. But one thing's for sure: It's best served with a cold beer. We've taken our love for the classic combination of burgers and beer to the next level by stacking a stout-spiked patty with some of the most beer-filled and burger-ready recipes around including our Hop Mayo, Beer Bacon & Onion Jam, and Spent Grain Burger Bun.

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  • How A Yeast Vault Saved an English Brewery, Great Divide and 21st Amendment Are Expanding, and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - June 6, 2014

    • Shiner Bock sold 100,000 cases their first year in NYC [NY Times]
    • Great Divide Brewing announced plans for a new $38.2 million production facility and tap room [Denver Post]
    • 21st Amendment Brewery is also expanding with a $21 million production brewery, tasting room, and restaurant [SF Business Times]
    • A "yeast vault" in England saved Jennings Brewery's ale after a massive flood [Gizmodo]
    • A professor was fired from Charleston Southern University after his unusual likeness was used on a beer can [The Drinks Business]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 6/7

    Beer Events - June 5, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    It's an excellent weekend for beer as our diverse event picks show. You can learn how to barrel age your beers from the head of Firestone Walker's Barrelworks, you can support worthy charities while watching a Beatles tribute band playing on a rooftop with craft beer in your hand, or you can sample beers from the Hudson Valley's exploding craft beer scene at a small festival just north of New York City.

    If like really cool sour beers and other alcoholic concoctions with fruit, Portland is hosting the 4th annual Fruit Beer Festival. And if you like to combine your craft beer with rock climbing or biking, Madison, WI is the place to be. No matter what your preferences, there is a fun event for you this weekend.

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  • 9 Beer Gifts to Make or Buy for Dad

    Beer List - June 4, 2014

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Pizza Port

    2 O'Clock Tastings - June 3, 2014

    This week’s tasting is from Pizza Port, a pizza brewpub in the San Diego area. We sampled their three canned offerings: Pronto S.I.P.A., a sessionable American IPA, Swami’s IPA, an American IPA, and Chronic Ale, an American Amber Ale.

    The unusually named Pizza Port traces its origins back to 1987, when Gina & Vince Marsaglia purchased a pizza place in Solana Beach, California. Vince used their surplus space to experiment with making beer, releasing their first “official” beers in 1992. Expanding to five locations in the San Diego area since then, Pizza Pub has become a staple of the fantastic San Diego beer scene.

    Read on for our Pizza Port tasting notes, and don’t forget to add your own tasting notes in the comments if you've tried these beers!

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  • Recipe: Hop Mayo

    Cooking with Beer - June 2, 2014

    Mayonnaise might just be one of those things that you know are possible to make at home, but you've just never tried it. Kind of like beer before you took the leap. And just like beer, making and customizing your own mayo is really simple. We whipped up a batch of something we like to call Hop Mayo with our Everyday IPA. The result is rich and creamy with a pleasant hop aroma--perfect for sandwich spreading or french fry dipping.

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  • The DNA Of Yeast And More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - May 30, 2014

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  • Weekend Beer Events 5/31

    Beer Events - May 29, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Looking for a beer festival this weekend? You're in luck. From Firestone Walker's amazing craft brewer lineup at their Invitational Beer Fest, to the massive American Craft Beer Fest in Boston, to the laidback vibes of Burning Can in Colorado, to the great Philly Beer Week, there is a beer festival for every taste this weekend. Read on for our event picks for this weekend.

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  • Recipe: Beer, Bacon & Onion Jam

    Cooking with Beer - May 28, 2014

    Bacon's easily the star of any breakfast plate or burger-top. It's almost indescribable how delicious it can be. Typically best served at the very moment it's cool enough to pick up and eat for a super crunchy surge of umami, it's understandable to not get too adventurous with your bacon-eating habits. But imagine a spreadable, picnic-ready jam made with loads of bacon, beer, brown sugar, caramelized onions and a few other simple ingredients, and you have our Beer, Bacon & Onion Jam. And with this recipe, you may never look at a cheese plate or any meal in need of condiments the same way again.

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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Dogfish Head's Minutes

    2 O'Clock Tastings - May 27, 2014

    It is an understatement to say that Dogfish Head is an interesting brewery. They're one of the largest craft brewers in America but yet there may be no brewery today that exhibits such a dedication to experimentation and boundary pushing.

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  • A "Johnny Man'z Ale", Green Flash to Reformulate Some Beers, Two Roads Brewing Expansion and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - May 23, 2014

    • Johnny Man'z Ale created by Cleveland Browns fan [CBSSports]
    • NYC's old school Irish pubs are struggling [Crain's]
    • Green Flash is reformulating several beers, including the popular West Coast IPA [Beer Pulse]
    • CT's Two Roads Brewing Co. is undergoing a $2.5 million expansion [Stratford Star]
    • There is a legislative battle over a South Carolina bill that aims to attract Stone Brewing's new East Coast brewery [The Post and Courier]

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  • Weekend Beer Events 5/24

    Beer Events - May 22, 2014

     Photo courtesy Brooklyn Brew Shop Instagram 

    Opportunities to sip the praise-worthy beers of Vermont, New Mexico and Paris highlight our weekend beer event picks for this Memorial Day Weekend, along with a lambic and sour beer festival in Chicago and an fun event that will allow you to sample New York State craft beer on the (not so) high seas of New York Harbor. Enjoy!

    And don't forget, our Beer Making Class in DUMBO, Brooklyn is on Wednesday! Every ticket includes a signed copy of our new book, Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg. Get your ticket now while they're still available!

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