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Ode to An Old Friend

By: Zebadiah Pagerie | March 22, 2017 | in:

Remember when you were young and you found something exciting, then fell in love? Suddenly a new object, shiny and different came along, you got distracted and moved on to a new love, then another and most likely a few more; but you loved them all. Well, sometimes it pays to go back and visit your old loves. Obviously, I am talking about beer.

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What Are Hops?

What Are Hops?

By: Dave Wilfore | March 15, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

Today’s craft beer scene is all about big, hoppy beers. While it may seem like hops are the main ingredient in craft beer, they are actually one of four essential ingredients, along with barley, yeast and water. However, in many American style beers, they tend to steal the spotlight.

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Stouts to Enjoy on St. Patricks Day

Stouts to Enjoy on St. Patrick's Day

By: Chris Farnam | March 8, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, March is the perfect month to enjoy a warming stout beer. Most often made with roasted barley and malts, the word stout has evolved from being used to describe a strong beer to a synonym of dark beer. The deceiving dark coloring of stouts leaves many with the false impression that stouts are filling and high in alcohol content. Quite the opposite, however, many (but not all) stout beers are lower in alcohol by volume, lower in caloric value, and rarely leave the stout drinker feeling overly full.

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Browns Brewing Debuts New Cans

Brown's Brewing Debuts New Cans

By: Guest Author | February 28, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

Since 1993, Brown's Brewing Company has crafted its own revolution, and this year (our 24th!) we are realizing a dream we've been working hard to achieve. We will switch from bottles to cans, and in doing so provide our fans with many more styles at retail than ever before! The cans, beautifully designed by our Troy neighbors id29, contain liquid tested by all of you, our loyal hero patrons. Putting our liquid in a can is a dream come true for us, but ultimately we're doing it for you. We want you to take our humble brews with you everywhere your adventures deem. Cans are infinitely portable and go where glass can't. Plus these are very cool looking beer containers.

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Experimenting With Craft Brewing

Experimenting With Craft Brewing

By: Ben Richards | February 23, 2017 | in: Homebrewing

My senior year of college was the time that I truly dove head first into beer. I started a brewing club on campus and also joined one led by professors on campus, both were a lot of fun for much different reasons. One of my best friends from college and I started making a lot of weird beers. In the fall, we made a 13% ABV red ale that we pretended was a barleywine that was awful (until it sat for about seven months, then it was suddenly delicious). In the dead of winter, we made a grapefruit IPA with way too many grapefruits squeezed into it, which turned out truly mediocre.

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Trying to See Through the Haze The Causes of Haziness in Beer

Trying to See Through the Haze: The Causes of Haziness in Beer

By: Matt Zaloga | February 15, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

While the majority of beer drinkers look for a clear, clean tasting liquid, the growth in popularity of the so-called "New England-style IPA" has raised the question, does a hazy beer mean a bad beer? While there are some traditional styles, such as Hefeweizen, that are unfiltered (therefore hazy), India Pale Ales are not traditionally known for being murky.

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Beer Forecast Cloudy With a Chance of SOURS

Beer Forecast: Cloudy With a Chance of SOURS!

By: Nate Reynolds | February 8, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

Spring is on its way and with it brings wacky weather, new leaves, baby animals, and… SOURS? It seems the beer industry is already shaping up their spring portfolio with an ample amount of sour offerings. Just in New York State, both Ithaca and Brooklyn released a brand new sour for the spring season to add to the multitude of sour offerings in the Northeast. Sours can have flavors as simple as a tart lemonade or they can be amazingly complex like a big red wine. If you have had the pleasure of enjoying some of these unpredictable, bacteria-spiked brews, then you might be able to relate. However, if you’re just getting into the realm of face puckering sours, you might be asking the question “Why are sour beers becoming so popular?”

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Valentines Day Beer & Chocolate Pairings

Valentine's Day Beer & Chocolate Pairings

By: MacKenzie Liptak | February 1, 2017 | in: Beer Tips

Chocolate. It’s synonymous with Valentine’s Day. It comes drizzled over strawberries and displayed in heart shaped boxes. It’s chock–full of antioxidants and known to be a mood booster. So, why wouldn’t we pair it with craft beer? Beer and food pairings are becoming very popular these days. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I would offer some tips for pairing two of my favorite things: beer and chocolate.

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