Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • Posted by MacKenzie Zarzycki
  • August 27, 2019

Best Beer Styles for Fall

Crisp fall nights call for darker, maltier and more complex beer. Luckily, there are lots of great brands producing seasonal offerings. From sweet and coppery Märzen-style brews to dark and malty brow...

  • Posted by Lauren Sawicki
  • February 1, 2019

"Flagship February”: What is THAT?

With the inevitable innovation of new craft beers, it’s often hard for people to stick solely to their holy grails. There are so many new craft beers to try, and of course you don’t want the FOMO (Fea...

  • Posted by Korey David
  • January 11, 2019

Pucker Up with Sour Beers

The term sour beer has become as vague as IPA. Without some details, it’s hard to know what to expect. Sour beers range in body and flavor all the way from a light, crisp Berliner Weisse to dark, robu...

  • Posted by MacKenzie Zarzycki
  • January 8, 2019

The Birth of the Brut IPA

With competition comes innovation, and the American IPA knows this phrase too well. Over the last twenty years American breweries have been constantly broadening the parameters of this hop forward bee...

  • Posted by Stephen Pendergast
  • December 31, 2018

A Simple Guide to European (and English) Hops

?The superstars of the beer world in the 21st century are hops. Everyone's talking about the “hoppiness” of beers, or the IBU, or what-have-you hop-related feature. In part, this hop-obsession was dri...

  • Posted by Rob Warner
  • December 10, 2018

6 Beers You Need to Drink This Winter

The winter is upon us, and with every snowfall comes a new winter season beer for you to enjoy. Here are some great winter inspired beers to warm yourself up with during the most wonderful time of the...

  • Posted by Stephen Pendergast
  • November 29, 2018

A Simple Guide to American Hops

Hops have gotten nearly all the attention in the beer world as of late, and they are, in part, pretty deserving. While we would have nothing without yeast, malted grain (usually barley) and water, hop...

  • Posted by Rob Warner
  • November 12, 2018

The Capital Region Runs on Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter

Many people pride themselves on how they take their coffee, but however you decide to drink it will not matter. This brand new coffee beer embodies everyone’s favorite tastes of coffee, caramel, espre...

  • Posted by Stephen Pendergast
  • November 9, 2018

A Guide to Proper Beer Glassware: Pilsner

Pilsners have a special relationship with glass because the beer we know and love today is directly related to our scientific advancements in glassware that occurred around the 19th century.

  • Posted by Stephen Pendergast
  • October 4, 2018

What are IBUs?

When choosing a beer, International Bitterness Units, or IBUs, are often indicated right below the ABV. While some people may ignore both entirely and others focus solely on ABV, IBUs are worth noting...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • September 19, 2018

Sierra Nevada Collaborates with Germany’s Weinstephan

Oktoberfest is a celebration of the changing seasons and the best way to celebrate is with friends! That’s why 4 years ago the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company set out to revamp the concept of the brewin...

  • Posted by Stephen Pendergast
  • August 1, 2018

Just What Is Summer Beer?

July has come and gone, and by now most beer drinkers have checked out the various "summer beers" on the market. I know I’ve been overwhelmed by the variety of beers with the sub-name “summer” availab...

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