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Q&A with Matty-O From Fiddlehead Brewing

Q&A with Matty-O From Fiddlehead Brewing

By: Guest Author | February 7, 2018 | in: Craft Beer

We get up close and personal with Fiddlehead Owner and Brewmaster, Matt Cohen, in this intimate Q&A.

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Spring Beers We’re Excited For in 2018

Spring Beers We’re Excited For in 2018

By: MacKenzie Zarzycki | January 9, 2018 | in: Craft Beer

As the days begin to get longer, the beer selection at your favorite retailers will begin to switch from heavier winter offerings to lighter spring beers. Here are 8 brand-spanking new releases you can expect this season.

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FX Matt Brewing Wins 37 Medals in 2017

FX Matt Brewing Wins 37 Medals in 2017

By: Guest Author | December 14, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

The FX Matt Brewing Co. brought home the bling in 2017, winning 37 medals from prestigious competitions around the globe. We put a lot of focus on brewing great beer at a great value to keep our fans happy and to build our fan base.

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Skiing and Beer An Age-Old Combination

Skiing and Beer: An Age-Old Combination

By: Guest Author | November 14, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

Ski season is fast-approaching. While many people this time of year are visiting apple orchards and leaf peeping, many are bringing their skis in to their local ski shop to get sharpened, or checking out the latest gear or clothing and waiting for winter to show it's familiar face.

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The History of Porters and Stouts

The History of Porters and Stouts

By: MacKenzie Zarzycki | October 17, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

The approaching cold weather has inspired me to write about two of my favorite beer styles: porters and stouts. Often synonymous with winter, porters and stouts have complex and rich flavor profiles often tasting of coffee, dark or milk chocolate, and roasted maltiness. They are dark, sometimes black in color, often with a creamy mouthfeel. My mouth is watering at the thought. Without further ado, let’s dive into the history of porters and stouts.

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New Yorks Take on the Traditional Märzen

New York's Take on the Traditional Märzen

By: Ben Richards | October 3, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

With the changing of the seasons comes the quick and feverous shifting of the craft beer drinker's palate. Rolling into the fall weather, beer enthusiasts start to seek out the heavier, maltier, and all around full-bodied offerings, not only from their local breweries, but from the nation-wide producers as well. Today, I want to talk a little bit about the fall seasonal offerings from our New York State breweries, specifically their take on a traditional Oktoberfest style, the Märzen.

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A Brief History of Märzen and Oktoberfest

A Brief History of Märzen and Oktoberfest

By: Brian Coffey | August 24, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

As the air becomes crisper and the leaves begin to change, beer enthusiasts turn their attention from summer quenchers to darker and maltier beers. The beer that best represents the autumn season in both taste and appearance is the copper colored, malty lager known as the Märzen.

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Guinness The Perfect Introduction to Dark Beer

Guinness: The Perfect Introduction to Dark Beer

By: Zebadiah Pagerie | July 18, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

Previously in "Ode to An Old Friend" I talked about my first true love, Ithaca Flower Power. That post was wax poetic, exemplifying how much I loved that beer and how it molded me into the craft beer drinker I am today. Initially, I almost exclusively drank IPAs and wouldn't touch a dark beer. They were too mysterious.

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