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A Simple Guide to American Hops

A Simple Guide to American Hops

By: Stephen Pendergast | November 29, 2018 | in: Craft Beer

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, hops are the magical fourth ingredient that preserve and, lately, dominate the flavor profile of our beverages of choice. While hops are grown throughout the world, I want to focus this article specifically on American hops.

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The Capital Region Runs on Harpoon Dunkin Coffee Porter

The Capital Region Runs on Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter

By: Rob Warner | November 12, 2018 | in: Craft Beer

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, espresso and chocolate.

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A Guide to Proper Beer Glassware Pilsner

A Guide to Proper Beer Glassware: Pilsner

By: Stephen Pendergast | November 9, 2018 | in: Craft Beer

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.

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What are IBUs?

What are IBUs?

By: Stephen Pendergast | October 4, 2018 | in: Craft Beer

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 as an interesting feature to beer that is often overlooked and misunderstood.

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Sierra Nevada Collaborates with Germany’s Weinstephan

Sierra Nevada Collaborates with Germany’s Weinstephan

By: Guest Author | September 19, 2018 | in: Craft Beer

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 brewing collaboration by selecting authentic German brewers to partner with. This year’s partner Weihenstephan, the world’s oldest continuously operating brewery, might prove to be the best yet.

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Just What Is Summer Beer?

Just What Is Summer Beer?

By: Stephen Pendergast | August 1, 2018 | in: Craft 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” available at my local beer store. The style just didn’t seem to have a neat grouping, like fall has Oktoberfest, since summer beers range from IPAs to wheats to pilsners. This begged the question then: What even is a summer beer?

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5 Patriotic Beers for Your Summer Celebrations

5 Patriotic Beers for Your Summer Celebrations

By: MacKenzie Zarzycki | June 26, 2018 | in: Craft Beer

The summer has finally arrived! And with Fourth of July almost here, we’ve taken the liberty to compile a list of patriotic beers that you might want to enjoy this holiday.

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Q&A with Dan Mitchell From Ithaca Beer Co.

Q&A with Dan Mitchell From Ithaca Beer Co.

By: Guest Author | May 15, 2018 | in: Craft Beer

We get up close and personal with Ithaca Beer Co. owner, Dan Mitchell, in this intimate Q&A.

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