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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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New Year New Beer - The Craft Drinkers Guide to Lightening Up Your Beer Choice

New Year, New Beer - The Craft Drinker's Guide to Lightening Up Your Beer Choice

By: Matt Zaloga | January 11, 2017 | in: Beer Tips

The Holidays have come to a close, and as you're sifting through the leftovers from holiday parties, you're coming to the realization that you need to start thinking about New Year's Resolutions. Weight loss and staying fit/in shape are consistently among the top of the list of resolutions every year. While you may want to start watching your figure, you don't have to give up on your favorite craft beers. Here are a few simple tips to help you choose beer styles that won't throw off your new weight loss regiment.

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A Year in Beer

A Year in Beer

By: Nate Reynolds | January 3, 2017 | in: Beer Tips

The year 2017 has arrived and with it comes a plethora of drinking possibilities! Historically, certain styles of beer have been brewed during different times of the year based on traditions, available ingredients and flavor profiles. For example, the Helles Bock, formally known as Maibock, is a lighter version of the bock meant to be enjoyed during the spring or brewing fruit and vegetable beers that can only be concocted during harvest months.

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New Year’s Resolutions For Beer Lovers

New Year’s Resolutions For Beer Lovers

By: MacKenzie Liptak | December 28, 2016 | in: Beer Tips

With the New Year approaching, everybody is starting to make resolutions. While they usually include cutting back on things we love, like sweets for example, why not encourage one another to pursue the things we love? I, for one, am on a mission to further my beer knowledge. It starts with trying new beers, reading more books and dabbling in homebrewing. Here are some New Year’s resolutions for other beer lovers.

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Pairing Classic Holiday Movies with Beers

Pairing Classic Holiday Movies with Beers

By: Melissa Hildreth | December 19, 2016 | in: Beer Tips

It's that time of year... the holidays! The time for everyone to hibernate and watch their favorite snow day movies to get into the spirit (or not, if you're a Grinch!). This list is completely subjective so obviously, you can pair whatever your heart desires, but here are some fun ideas to work from!

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Discovering the Tastes of Beer

Discovering the Tastes of Beer

By: Nate Reynolds | August 23, 2016 | in: Beer Tips

Most people simply like to sip, enjoy, and relax when it comes to drinking beer. This uncritical approach can be just the ticket on a hot summer day or after a hard day of work. Nevertheless, there are situations where a more focused approach to tasting beer is required. Possibly, the most critical analysis of beer can happen in competitions, where one beer is judged against another or according to the archetype of a particular beer style. However, there are many other applications. Sometimes you might dissect the flavor of an American IPA before pairing it with your favorite chunk of bleu cheese, or perhaps you might check for quality of taste of an imported Lambic before sharing it with your friends at a dinner party. Whatever the case may be there are over 300 recognized flavors that can occur in beer, and we have over 10,000 taste buds in our mouth biting at the bit to taste them.

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Importance of Beer Line Cleaning

Importance of Beer Line Cleaning

By: MacKenzie Liptak | August 2, 2016 | in: Beer Tips

Brewers go through a lot to make sure the quality of their beer tastes exactly the way they intended. From picking the right yeast strains and using the freshest hops to sanitizing their equipment and fermenting at the right temperatures, all the appropriate measures are taken to ensure that the final product comes out just right. That being said, it’s a shame, that after all that hard work, the quality and flavor of a beer can be ruined by pouring it through a draft system that has not been properly maintained.

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To Gluten or Not to Gluten?

To Gluten or Not to Gluten?

By: Bill Ramsey | July 5, 2016 | in: Beer Tips

There has been a lot of talk about gluten lately. Most of it is leaning towards the negative, but why has gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye and barley that acts as the glue that holds your bread together, been getting such bad press? For most people it's completely harmless and has many health benefits, such as being high in protein and iron as well as being low in fat and sodium. However, there are some people that suffer from gluten sensitivity or even worse, have Celiac disease. For these people, consuming gluten can cause headaches, bloating, chronic fatigue, abdominal pain, and more.

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