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  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: De Ranke

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 16, 2013

    Located in the Belgian town of Wevelgem, the Brewery De Ranke was founded in 1994 by longtime beer enthusiast and home beer maker Nino Bacelle. Though he started brewing in the mid-'80s, Bacelle took his time to develop his recipes until he felt they were ready to be tasted by the world and eventually started Brewery Nino Bacelle. It wasn't until a couple of years later that Bacelle joined forces with acclaimed Belgian beer enthusiast and Belgian beer association H.O.P. founding member Guido Devos to form Brewery De Ranke.

    De Ranke produces a strong collection of interesting beers year round. All of their ales are unfiltered, unpastuerized, and fermented at hotter than normal temperatures (between 65° and 68° Fahrenheit) bringing out richer tastes and aromas. For this tasting, we sampled their Saison and Noir.


  • 5 of The World's Most Expensive Beers

    Beer List - April 15, 2013

    With tax season finally coming to a close, by now you've gotten everything squared away with the IRS and are just waiting for your tax return in the form of—hopefully—a big, fat check. Now that you've paid your dues to Uncle Sam, take some money and splurge on yourself with a case of your favorite beer or, if you're really feeling flush with cash, check out this list of some of the world's most expensive beers.

    From the more well known Sam Adams Utopias to the ultra rare Vielle Bon Secours, only available at one London restaurant, the beers on this list range from the readily available to nearly impossible to find. If you can get your hands on some brews on this list, you will not be disappointed. So go ahead and treat yourself - you've earned it.


  • Best Breweries of 2012, Catch A Foul Ball With Your Beer

    Beer News Mashup - April 12, 2013

    • The Brewers Association Announces Their List of Top 50 Breweries of 2012 [Brewers Association]
    • Take Me Out To The Ball Game, Catch A Foul Ball With Your Beer [USA Today]
    • Dogfish Head Brewery Lets Their Caps Do The Talking For High ABV Beers  [Dogfish]
    • The Challenges Facing Craft Breweries [Beer Business Daily]
    • German Researchers Find Traces Of Arsenic in Beer, Is That Enough To Deter You? [NPR]


  • Weekend Beer Events 4/13

    Beer Events - April 11, 2013

    Whether you like to drink beer made close to home, or want to try something from around the globe, there are plenty of festivals this weekend to satisfy any craving. Raleigh and Hong Kong's international festivals will bring together beer from around the world, while Boston and Johnson City's events will put more of a focus on locally brewed offerings. Either way, grab your buddies and a few beers at one of this weekend's great events.


  • Recipe: Everyday IPA Hummus

    Cooking with Beer - April 10, 2013

    While we drink a lot of Everyday IPA, we don't often cook with it. The bright zingy citrus notes that we love so much in the glass are broken down quickly by heat leaving just the bitterness.

    That's why the idea of Everyday IPA hummus was so refreshing - with only a minimal amount of heat being generated pureeing those refreshing citrus notes would remain. The result is a fantastic smooth and creamy hummus with a touch of citrus hop bitterness and zing.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Emelisse

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 9, 2013

    Located in the small town of Kamperland in the south-western Dutch island province of Zeeland, the Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse, or the Emelisse Brewery and Pub, is one of the more exciting craft breweries in a country well-known for excellent beer. Helmed by brewmaster Kees Bubberman—who in 2011 was awarded the Zilveren Knuppel (or "Silver Bat") by the Dutch craft beer enthusiast society PINT for contributions to his nation's beer culture—Emelisse started in 2005 with a focus on handcrafting beers from traditional recipes, but has lately been doing more experimenting with speciality beers, including taking classic styles from around the world and putting their own unique twists on them.


  • Hop of the Month: Saaz

    Hop of the Month - April 8, 2013

    One of the four "noble" hops (meaning a race of wildly occurring hops which are low in bitterness and high in aroma), Saaz hops are extremely popular in Bohemian style beer and are the main hop component of the Czech pilsner.

    Known for their delicate, spicy aroma and low bittering effects, Saaz have been used for centuries in the Czech region, but have since also become very popular in everything from a classic Czech pilsner like Pilsner Urquell to a variety of American craft beers like the Sierra Nevada Summerfest and Redhook Brewery's Late Autumn Ale, and even the classic American Budweiser. We also love using it in our Bel-Gin Strong.


  • Beer Ice Cream, Topless Cans, Beard Beer is Real

    Beer News Mashup - April 5, 2013


  • Weekend Beer Events 4/6

    Beer Events - April 4, 2013

    This weekend, as the weather continues to warm up and Spring really kicks into high gear, there are plenty of great beer festivals all around the country, and each with their own unique twist. From a barrel-aged beer festival on the West Coast, to a celebration of music and beer on the East Coat, to a Hobbit-inspired festival across the pond, this will be a great weekend of beer and fun.


  • Recipe: Spent Grain Popovers

    Spent Grain Chef - April 3, 2013

    Popovers are a little bit like magic. The ingredients for the batter are as simple as can be (flour, egg, milk). You can scrape everything together and into the oven in under 5 minutes. But the delightfully crisp shell and impossibly-airy, still-steaming insides make you wonder if it's really this easy (and it is), why aren't these coming out of your oven everyday?

    The key to really tall popovers is definitely a proper popover pan. A muffin pan will deliver shorter (but totally tasty) versions. We add just a touch of spent grain to ours for a light nuttiness. And while we normally think of them for brunch, this recipe has popovers vying to be our go-to dinner roll.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Yeastie Boys

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 2, 2013

    Although sometimes you do have to fight for your right to party, luckily you don't have to fight for your right to enjoy the delicious artisan ales from New Zealand's Yeastie Boys Brewing Company.

    Formed in 2008 by kiwi beer activists Stu McKinlay and Sam Possenniskie, the Yeastie Boys took off soon after with their double award winning Pot Kettle Black American-style porter. This beer, along with their Hud-a-wa' Strong amber ale and Rex Attitude peat-smoked golden ale make up their year-round selection, while a variety of seasonal bottled and draught beers come in and out of rotation depending on the season. And instead of matching their beer with food, the Yeastie Boys like to name their beers after music, films, places, or people.

    For this tasting, we tried the year-round favorites Rex Attitude and Pot Kettle Black, as well as the Digital IPA, a late 2011 release which the brewers describe as an open-source beer—the exact recipe is publicly available on their blog.


  • 5 Beers That Aren't April Fools Jokes

    Beer List - April 1, 2013

    We love a joke as much as the next person, but we've already seen enough fake proposals and pregnancies this morning on Facebook, so we are taking this year off from April Fools pranks. Admittedly, we are no strangers to making beers with unconventional and adventurous flavors (Lobster Saison, anyone?), but the beers on this list go beyond merely defying conventions.

    Made with deadly hot ghost peppers or extremely rare civet coffee (more on this later), these beers might sound too outrageous to be true, but we assure you that each and every one of these beers really does (or will soon) exist. No fooling.


  • Women Want Beer Over Wine, MLB Stadiums Cut Beer Prices

    Beer News Mashup - March 29, 2013

    • Beer Edging out Wine as Drink of Choice for Young Women [Journal Sentinel]
    • 24 Things You (Maybe) Didn't Know About Beer [Gizmodo]
    • Some MLB Teams Are Cutting Beer Prices in their Stadiums [Time]
    • The Beer Industry Accounted for $246.6 Billion and 2 Million+ Jobs in U.S. Economy in 2012 [Coloradoan]
    • Breaking Down The Average Craft Beer Drinker By The Numbers [InTheCapital]


  • Weekend Beer Events 3/30

    Beer Events - March 28, 2013

    If you want to learn more about craft beers, this might be your weekend. While simply tasting new beers is always an easy (and fun!) way to soak up knowledge, several of the events this weekend include a roster of seminars that are sure to teach you a thing or two about your favorite craft beer. Plus, this weekend, the judging for Asia's best craft beer will take place in Tokyo as part of the region's larger annual craft beer festival, with events throughout the year.


  • Recipe: Spent Grain Thin Mint Cookies

    Spent Grain Chef - March 27, 2013

    So Erica wasn't a fantastic Girl Scout. In fact, she never made it out of Brownies (despite her best friend's mother being the troop leader). Perhaps if there was the promise of a beer-making-badge next to the the place-mat-making-badge she would have fared better. 

    But that didn't stop her from continuing to enjoy the best thing the Girl Scouts have ever done, cookies. Our 100% spent grain flour version has an even crispier cookie-base than the original. And is doused in melt-in-your mouth mint chocolate. Make them and earn your badge in deliciousness. 


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: La Brasserie À Vapeur

    2 O'Clock Tastings - March 26, 2013

    At the turn of the century, there were over three thousand small breweries sprinkled throughout Belgium. One hundred years later, that number dropped to only 117. One of those surviving breweries was the Biset brewery, located in the Belgian village of Pipaix-Lenze. Though it did not remain functional over those 100 years, it did remain mostly intact. In 1914, it nearly escaped ransacking by the Nazis. Occupying German military forces were looking to snatch up metal resources and tried to take the brewery's steam engine, but only ended up snagging the copper vat.

    Years later in 1984, the brewery was purchased by married beer-loving duo Jean-Louis and Sittelle Dits who renamed it La Brasserie À Vapeur, or "the Steam Powered Brewery." We sampled four of their steam-powered beers, including one that was brewed in 1996.


  • Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Pairing

    Beer News Mashup - March 25, 2013

    Is there anything more deliciously wholesome than a box of Girl Scout Cookies? What about a deliciously wholesome box of Girl Scout cookies and the perfectly paired beer? Sounds even better, doesn't it? The Girl Scouts of the USA have been selling these cookies since 1917 to raise funds for their various troops, selling over 200 million boxes a year. So let's raise a glass while raising money for a great cause!

    With cookie season gearing up, we've paired each of our favorite Girl Scout cookies with the perfect beer for an unbeatable snack. Whether you're a Thin Mints kind of person, or you think nothing beats the Samoas, we've got you covered. However, if you're still not convinced these are the best pairings, Cevercería de MateVeza, the San Francisco brewery and café, has been brewing their very own Girl Scout Cookie-inspired ales.


  • Addicting Hops, Self-Serve Taps, Craft Beer Is Selling Big

    Beer News Mashup - March 22, 2013

    • We Just Can't Help It, We're Addicted to Hops [Popular Science]
    • Could you Survive on Just Beer Instead of Water? Not for Too Long. [io9]
    • iPourIt Hopes to Bring Self-Serve Taps to Bars [Fox 40]
    • It's Official: Craft Beer Sales Are Outpacing the Big Breweries [Denver Business Journal]
    • Bells Brewery is now 100% Family Owned [Michigan Live]

  • Weekend Beer Events 3/23

    Beer Events - March 21, 2013

    Spring has sprung! As the weather warms up (hopefully!) and you brace yourself for April showers in hopes of May flowers, there are plenty of exciting beer festivals around the country ... and the world. Whether you're looking for very traditional ales, new and exciting brews, or something a bit sportier, there's something for everybody this weekend.


  • Recipe: Coffee Stout Tiramisu

    Cooking with Beer - March 20, 2013

    Tiramisu with its espresso dunked ladyfingers was just asking for a coffee stout update. The obvious choice was our Coffee & Donut Stout (you can sub in your favorite craft coffee stout) but it would be equally delicious with the Chocolate Maple Porter or Bourbon Dubbel with bourbon laced cream.

    We opted for the traditional raw egg approach for an impossibly light tiramisu that pretty much dissolves as soon as it hits your tongue. But if you are squemish or prefer a heavier whipped cream variety you can work the coffee stout into your go-to tiramisu recipe using the method below.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Jenlain

    2 O'Clock Tastings - March 19, 2013

    Known for their classic bière de garde (translating to, "beer for storage," a classic French country ale known for its toasted malt aromas and malt sweetness), Jenlain can trace its brewing roots back to the turn of the century. Originally based out of Felix Duyck's farm in 1922, people were coming to the Brasserie Duyck well before 1968 when they officially attached their most popular style, Ambrée, to the name of the village the brewery resided in, Jenlain.

    Still a family business, Jenlain is now entering its fourth generation with Felix's grandson Robert currently running operations, continuing to take Jenlain's classic beers into the future. Ahead of its time, Jenlain was the first beer to be bottled in 750ml champagne bottles with a wired cork. The bottles we sampled, though, were regular ol' 11.2 oz ones with caps.


  • Slideshow: Valentine's Beer Making Class

    Beer Events - March 18, 2013

    This Valentine's Day we decided to do something a little different. We traded in the heart-shaped box of candy for a night filled with beer. We invited couples and singles to attend a fun and informative Beer Making Class held in DUMBO. After class, everyone enjoyed a few cups of Chocolate Maple Porter, Chestnut Brown Ale and Smoked Wheat along with cheese pairings and sinfully delicious Chocolate Maple Porter Truffles. Enjoy the slideshow!


  • Google Loves Beer, Iron Maiden Beer, Beer For A New Pope

    Beer News Mashup - March 15, 2013

    • Google Drive Easter Egg for Beer Lovers [Tech Crunch]
    • Forbes Counts Down the Best Beer Commercials in Honor of St. Patrick's Day [Forbes]
    • Finnish Brewery To Recreate Beer From 200 Year Old Shipwrecked Recipe [GlobalPost]
    • Rock Legends Iron Maiden Introduce Their Own Cask Beer [Rolling Stone]
    • Selecting A New Pope Takes A Lot of Hard Work, White Smoke ... And Good Beer? [Osbnorcia]


  • Weekend Beer Events 3/16

    Beer Events - March 14, 2013

    May the luck of the Irish be with you this weekend! There's certainly no shortage of ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Sunday (and before), so skip the green beer and get in touch with your Irish roots at Boston's Beer Week or Austin's St. Patrick's Day Festival.


  • Recipe: Beer Braised Brisket

    Cooking with Beer - March 13, 2013

    Brisket. Braised in beer. There is so much to love. And while the laundry list of ingredients may seem daunting, you can easily sub out or omit anything not already in your pantry (besides the beer of course). The result is a deliciously tender brisket that is impossible not to devour straight from the cutting board.

    Our rules are simple. Rub your brisket generously the night before (salt, pepper, and something a wee bit spicy are a must for us). Use a delicious dark full-flavored beer (we like our Chocolate Maple Porter), whatever onions and root vegetables you have on hand and a little bit of heat in the braising liquid (chili flakes and a few extra cloves of garlic work if you don't have chili-garlic paste on hand). Get it in the oven, have a beer, and relax - it's going to be delicious.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Terrapin/Shmaltz Reunion Ale '11 & '12

    2 O'Clock Tastings - March 12, 2013

    Collaborations, we love 'em! When two great breweries get together for one great beer it can be a real treat. Reunion Ale has been a yearly collaboration spearheaded by Terrapin Brewing Company since 2009. Benefits from Reunion Ale: A Beer For Hope go to the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.

    For the past two years, Terrapin has collaborated with Shmaltz Brewing Company (they produce the Coney Island Craft Lagers line along with He'Brew: The Chosen Beer), with each brewery producing their own bottle of Reunion. We were lucky enough to snag Shmaltz's 2011 and 2012 versions of the beer. L'chaim!


  • Hop of the Month: Bramling Cross

    Hop of the Month - March 11, 2013

    Although it is sometimes said to have an American aroma, Bramling Cross was first harvested in England. This hop gets its name from being a cross between Bramling (which is a Golding hop clone), and a Canadian wild hop known as Manitoban. Bramling Cross is also very special in that it's the only hop of the male variety used in the United States. Female varieties are typically preferred because they don't have seeds, but the unique qualities of Bramling Cross have recently caused it to grow in popularity.

    Good for bittering, but also famous for its aroma characteristics, Bramling Cross is best in dark brews like stouts and porters.


  • Big Bombers, Chillsner, Brooklyn Eagle Brewery

    Beer News Mashup - March 8, 2013

    • Very Thorough Experiment Explains Why Brown Bottles are Better for Beer [Wired]
    • Are Bombers Too Big? [New York Times]
    • Hydrate With A Beer After Your Next Workout [Houston Press]
    • New Chillsner Cools Beer From Inside the Bottle [CNet]
    • Brooklyn Brewery was Almost the Brooklyn Eagle Brewery [New Yorker]


  • Weekend Beer Events 3/9

    Beer Events - March 7, 2013

    Beer, beer, beer. We've got plenty of it this weekend. Whether you are looking to plant yourself at a beer festival or be bussed to your favorite bars, we've got something for you. We've even got a Belgian beer bracket for all you hoop (or hop) heads out there.


  • Recipe: Spent Grain Banana Bread

    Spent Grain Chef - March 6, 2013

    Made with two ripe bananas and a healthy amount of Spent Grain Flour, our banana bread is hearty and delicious and couldn't be easier to make. The optional addition of pecans or walnuts makes for an extra nutty crunch or you could even throw a handful of chocolate chips into the batter for a bonus sweet treat.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Highland Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - March 5, 2013

    We whiled away our first afternoon in Asheville on Wedge Brewing Company's outdoor patio, but torrential downpours on day two sent us scrambling for the welcome shelter of Highland Brewing Company's tasting room atop a hill outside of town. We were drenched, so Dirk—the irrepressibly affable brewery expert—led us on a tour of the facility until we had dried off enough to sit down for a flight of Highland's staples and seasonals.

    Our Highland visit had actually started the night before when we stopped by Barley's Taproom, the downtown beer bar that loaned its basement to Oscar Wong's fledgling brewery in the early 90's. Since then, Highland has become one of the South's flagship craft breweries, and its iconic bagpiper graces store shelves from Florida to Virginia. New York, sadly, has so far eluded its reach, so once we were safely ensconced in the tasting room, we couldn't leave until we'd tried every style on offer.


  • Asheville Beer Tour

    Brew Trips & Fests - March 4, 2013

    The beer scene in Asheville, North Carolina is booming. It all started in 1994 when Highland Brewing Co. was the first brewery to open its doors in the city. Wedge Brewing and Green Man Brewery, among others, soon followed and all have been churning out fantastic beers for over 10 years. With Oskar Blues setting up shop in nearby Brevard, and Sierra Nevada and New Belgium moving in soon, Asheville is poised to become even more of a beer lover's destination in the future.


  • Sleeve Labels, Beer Vending Machine, Jester King Goes Wild

    Beer News Mashup - March 1, 2013

    • Is Sleeve-Labelled Beer Part of the Next Canned Frontier? [Packaging Digest]
    • Master's Certification in Brewing Science Green-Lit at Auburn [KCTV5]
    • Weak Beer: The Next Best Thing to Prohibition [Slate]
    • Illegal Beer-Dispensing Soda Machine Shut Down by Kill-Joys [ABC News 7]
    • Jester King Brews Its First Spontaneous Batch [Beer Pulse]


  • Weekend Beer Events 3/2

    Beer Events - February 28, 2013

    From the East Coast to the West Coast, there are tons of opportunities to drink some great beer this weekend. Sip on some suds at the Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan, get your fill of BBQ, beer and bourbon in Atlanta, and have some brews at the zoo in California.


  • Recipe: Beer & Mushroom Risotto

    Cooking with Beer - February 27, 2013

    There are certain recipes that lend themselves so well to beer that when you finally think to add it you can't imagine why you hadn't been cooking it that way forever. For us, risotto was one of those recipes. For this meal we paired our nutty Chestnut Brown Ale with shitake and crimini mushrooms, the result is a gloriously creamy risotto with a deep, rich flavor that belies its sub thirty minute cook time.

    And while we're eager to repeat this recipe as is, we also look forward to the citrus zing our Grapefruit Honey Ale would bring to a seafood risotto or what Smoked Wheat would bring to a hearty kielbasa version. So we will be making this again and again, and if you try it, we think you will be too.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Cascade

    2 O'Clock Tastings - February 26, 2013

    Art Larrance was no stranger to the Oregon craft beer scene when he established Cascade Brewing in 1998. He partnered with Brewmaster Ron Gansberg, who oversaw the design and installation of the brewhouse. Together, they took their over 40 years of combined brewing experience to create fantastic sour beers inspired by an abundance of local fruit. Each of their beers are then aged on wine barrels from the Northwestern Oregon region.

    In this tasting we sampled Apricot and Kriek, made with local apricots and cherries, and further aged in the bottle since 2011.


  • NYC Beer Week

    Beer Events - February 25, 2013

    NYC Craft Beer Week is upon us! There are hundreds of happenings all over the city throughout the week, so finding a bar to celebrate New York City's fantastic beer scene shouldn't be too difficult. The extensive list of events can be a little overwhelming, we've gone through and selected our top pick for each night.


  • Condzella Hops, Westvletern Asheville Brewing Hop Bar, Sam Cans

    Beer News Mashup - February 22, 2013

    • Long Island Based Kickstarter Hopes to Unite Brewers and Farmers with Local Hops [Kickstarter]
    • Westvleteren Keeping Local Economy Afloat [NY Times]
    • Asheville Brewing Adds a Hops Bar With Fresh, Full-Cone Hops [Citizen Times]
    • Map: Two Giant Brewers, 210 Brands All Over the World [NPR]
    • Sam Adams to Package Beer in Custom-Designed "Sam Cans" [Brookston Beer Bulletin]


  • Weekend Beer Events 2/23

    Beer Events - February 21, 2013

    If you can think of something better than a beer fest, chances are we can probably find a way to disprove you. So dive right into this weekend's picks for beer events across the nation. You'll have the opportunity to savor dark beers and play video games in Illinois, kick off NYC Beer Week in DUMBO, and imbibe in a 19th-century mansion in Philadelphia.


  • Recipe: Spent Grain Brownies

    Spent Grain Chef - February 20, 2013

    We melt down two types of chocolate (with a fair amount of butter) to give these brownies a rich, nearly fudge-like consistency. Then amp up the nuttiness of the spent grain flour with a handful of chopped walnuts (but you brownie purists can certainly omit the nuts).

    The resulting brownie is delightfully decadent: a nutty crisp top gives way to a rich, creamy (and oh-so chocolatey) center. Think of it as your new brew day reward.


  • 2 O’clock Tasting: Wedge Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - February 19, 2013

    Even coming from New York City, we were amazed by how much was happening in such a small space at the Wedge Brewing Company. A micro-brewery amongst other artistic endeavors, the brewery is committed to making good beer with quality ingredients. Walking by studios and past gardens of eclectic sculptures, the motto, 'Beer is Art' came to life.

    We tasted the seven brews that they had on tap, while enjoying the local wild life (pigeons just look different outside of the city) and counting train cars going by. If only every tasting could be on a porch with a light jacket, surrounded by creativity and community. Thanks for a great start to our Asheville tour, Wedge Brewing Company!


  • Pliny the Younger, Beer-Dispensing Video Game, Beer Bellies

    Beer News Mashup - February 15, 2013

    • Russian River Brewing Co. Released Pliny the Younger, Much to Fans Adoration [Huffington Post]
    • Mother Earth Brewing Co. Becomes First LEED Certified Production Brewery [Mother Earth Brewing]
    • The Last Barfighter: To the Victor Goes the Beer [Big Boss Brewing]
    • It's Official! Beer Bellies Not Caused by Beer [NY Daily News]
    • Mikkeller to Open Beer Bar in San Francisco [Beer Pulse]


  • Weekend Beer Events 2/16

    Beer Events - February 14, 2013

    Beer events this weekend seem to fall into two categories: Strong beers and beer weeks (not to be confused with weak beers.) Omaha and Phoenix are both playing host to beer weeks filled with some fantastic events. Phoenix is staring its beer week off with a bang, serving up tons of high alcohol beers. You can also get your hands on more than a few beers that exceed 10% ABV in Tacoma on Saturday.

    If regular ol' beer fests are more your speed, we'll see you in an old armory in either Rochester, NY or Morristown, NJ. Because drinking unlimited beer in a castle trumps pretty much anything else you are considering this weekend.


  • Recipe: Chocolate Maple Porter Truffles

    Cooking with Beer - February 13, 2013

    Nothing says Valentine's Day like chocolate. This year, skip the heart-shaped cardboard box and make your own chocolates, but show that you really care by making them with beer.

    While this truffle recipe is wildly easy, it does take some time. If you are patient, they should rest in the fridge overnight, but if you can't wait (we couldn't), they should sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours to form their shape before serving. We make our truffles with Chocolate Maple Porter, enhancing the rich chocolate flavor. Any stout or porter will do the trick, but using a chocolate-y beer lends a rich creaminess that you'll be happy you had.

    This recipe makes about 20 medium-sized truffles.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Full Sail

    2 O'Clock Tastings - February 12, 2013

    In 1987, Full Sail Brewing founders Irene Firmat and Jamie Emmerson set up shop in an old Diamond Fruit cannery in scenic Hood River, Oregon. Just two years later they won gold for their flagship Full Sail Amber at the Great American Beer Fest in 1989.

    Nearly 20 years and many delicious beers later, the Brewer’s Share series began in 2008. This series gives the individual brewers at Full Sail a chance to shine. Originally only available on tap at the brew pub, bottles of the Brewer's Share series are now released seasonally. Each brewer also selects a charity and proceeds from the sale of their beer goes to the charity of their choice. For this tasting we were able to get our hands on two Brewer's Share beers and two from Full Sail's regular line up.


  • 5 Beers to Drink during the Oscars

    Beer List - February 11, 2013

    Have you made plans to watch the Oscars yet? Whether you decide to get dressed up and go to a viewing, or let the actors do the dressing up and curl up on your couch in your pajamas instead, we've got some beers that will put you in the award-winning spirit.

    We know that the Academy has decided to hearken back to the earlier days and nominate up to a dozen films, but we are creating our list circa 1944 (to 2008), when five films fought for the title of Best Picture.


  • Beer-Powered Beer, Coaster Charger, IPA Beer Glass

    Beer News Mashup - February 8, 2013

    • Alaskan Brewing Co. Soon to be Powered by Spent Grain [Yahoo!]
    • Unemployed Reporter Porter is Dark and Bitter [Daily Meal]
    • New York Has the Highest Beer Prices (Surprise, Surprise) [Business Insider]
    • Coaster Charger Juices Up Your Phone with A Cold Beer [CNet]
    • A New Beer Glass Designed Just for IPAs [NY Times]

  • Weekend Beer Events 2/9

    Beer Events - February 7, 2013

    Beer events this weekend range from the extreme in Boston to the decadent in Missouri. In California, San Francisco kicks off a beer week and Carlsbad raises money for a good cause. No matter where you are this weekend, there are plenty of places to experience great times and great beers!

    If you are still looking for a (somewhat) last minute Valentine's Day gift, we are hosting a Valentine's Beer Making Class in DUMBO on Tuesday. We'll teach you all about how to make some beer and then you can take your Everyday IPA Beer Making Kit home and try out what you learned in your own kitchen!


  • Recipe: Spent Grain Focaccia

    Spent Grain Chef - February 6, 2013

    Made with Spent Grain Flour and Dried Spent Grain, our version of focaccia is a bit heartier than the traditional version. After rising twice, the dough is coated with olive oil and placed on a layer of dried spent grain before baking for an added crunch.

    This bread tastes great on its own or dipped in olive oil, but also makes for a fantastic sandwich stuffed with your favorite Italian meats and cheeses.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: 8 Wired

    2 O'Clock Tastings - February 5, 2013

    Søren Eriksen was studying sea urchins at the University of Auckland when he discovered that there is only one thing cooler than studying sea urchins...making beer. After brewing  beer  from a kit he received from his wife, Eriksen began working at Renaissance Brewing Company, which later became the start of 8 Wired.

    Describing himself as a nomadic Danish brewer, Eriksen named his company after No. 8 wire, the duct tape of New Zealand. The image is also incorporated into the logo, and is a symbol of Kiwi ingenuity. 8 Wired brews show new and innovative takes on an age old tradition. Despite the distance they traveled to get to us, we were impressed with the four distinct styles we tasted.


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