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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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History of German Beers Part 2 The Rise of the Lager

History of German Beers Part 2: The Rise of the Lager

By: MacKenzie Liptak | November 9, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

Believe it or not, the history of German beer begins with the ale. Actually, the history of all beer begins with the ale. Ales have been around for more than 3,000 years! Brewers have only been producing lagers for the last five hundred years. It wasn’t until the 16th century, about the same time Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, that Germans began brewing the lagers we know and love today.

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The Winter Seasonals Are Coming

The Winter Seasonals Are Coming

By: Bill Ramsey | October 31, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

It's that time of year again. The leaves are falling off the trees, there is a cold chill in the air and it's getting dark earlier. The bars have switched from Sam Octoberfest to Sam Winter Lager. The stores have switched from Halloween to Christmas decor. Even Home Depot has snow blowers out front instead of lawn mowers. Winter is coming and it's the time of year when those lighter beers are replaced by darker, heavier beers.

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The Return of the Dank Lord

The Return of the Dank Lord

By: Melissa Hildreth | October 18, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

In the gorges of Ithaca's Finger Lakes lives a mythical place where hops live life to their full potential. The air smells of whiffs of grapefruit, orange and pine and the drinks flow freely from the conditioning tank. This glorious land of the dank is Ithaca Beer Company and Box of Hops is the gift they give to us every year.

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Adjuncts Additives and Extra Ingredients Are they always a bad thing in beer?

Adjuncts, Additives and Extra Ingredients: Are they always a bad thing in beer?

By: Matt Zaloga | October 11, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

There is a stigma attached to the terms "adjunct" and "additive" in the craft beer world. The BJCP defines a style of lager with the term adjunct, and a lot of craft beer drinkers view that style, the American Adjunct Lager, as the antithesis of all that is craft. The truth is, many of the beers you may have consumed, including those from craft breweries, may have contained some form of adjunct or additive.

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History of German Beers Part I The Reinheitsgebot

History of German Beers Part I: The Reinheitsgebot

By: MacKenzie Liptak | September 27, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

This past April, Germany celebrated 500 years of the Reinheitsgebot or “The German Purity Law.” For those of you who don’t know what the Reinheitsgebot is, it’s a German law that limits brewers to four ingredients: malt, hops, yeast, and water.

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Sierra Nevada Collaborates with Germany’s Mahrs Bräu

Sierra Nevada Collaborates with Germany’s Mahrs Bräu

By: Melissa Hildreth | August 30, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

It's about that time of the year, one of my favorites... Oktoberfest time! Ok, well facts are I am German, love beer and dominate the chicken dance. I was destined to be in love with everything that Oktoberfest is about. Which brings me to one of my most recent favorite beers, Sierra Nevada's Oktoberfest brewed with Germany’s Mahrs Bräu.

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