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Sierra Nevada A West Coast Adventure

Sierra Nevada: A West Coast Adventure

By: Melissa Hildreth | November 4, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

There are three places in the world I feel at home; in the villages of Bavaria, the streets of Brooklyn and sunny California. So my trip out to visit the infamous Sierra Nevada Brewery this past September was a special one. My entrance to the wonderful world of craft beer started with a bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and I knew I needed beer this great regularly. I’ve heard my share of wonderful things about visiting this brewery but nothing, and I mean nothing, could hold a flame to actually seeing it myself. The smell of malt lingering outside the brewery, the side view of their impressive gardens, all just a background on the majestic front entrance to the brewery and brewpub.

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Brooklyn Brewery A Brewery With Heart

Brooklyn Brewery: A Brewery With Heart

By: Melissa Hildreth | October 7, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

Coming from Manhattan it's a quick taxi or subway trip and nice walk through the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. Williamsburg is a fun place with some tasty restaurant stops, thrift stores and a cool industrialized feel to it. It’s known to have a few great music venues in this area as well and a fun overall environment. Throw in the Brooklyn Brewery and how could you go wrong?

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Olde Saratoga Brewing Company A Well-Kept Secret

Olde Saratoga Brewing Company: A Well-Kept Secret

By: Melissa Hildreth | September 23, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

Right in Saratoga Springs, New York we have Olde Saratoga Brewing Company. At a quick glance you might miss it, but on a side road, behind the hustle and bustle of downtown Saratoga you will find yourself a large scale brewery with charming tasting room ready for you to visit!

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Today is International India Pale Ale Day

Today is International India Pale Ale Day!

By: Erik Budrakey | August 7, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

Founded in 2011, National IPA Day was created as a day for craft beer enthusiasts to celebrate craft beer’s #1 style, IPA’s. The day is not meant to serve any particular brand; rather it’s an equal opportunity for all breweries and consumers to share their love for India Pale Ales.

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Brown’s Brewing Supporting Ales for ALS

Brown’s Brewing Supporting Ales for ALS

By: MacKenzie Zarzycki | May 22, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Brown’s Brewing Company to observe how their beer is made. Not only did I learn about the brewing process and the different varities of hops, I also learned about a much greater cause. For the second year, Brown’s has chosen to participate in Ales for ALS, a program to raise money for ALS research.

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Adirondack Brewery A Gem in Lake George

Adirondack Brewery: A Gem in Lake George

By: Melissa Hildreth | January 21, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

Nestled snuggly in the village of Lake George is a brewery larger than its visible size, Adirondack Brewery! At first glance you can tell that the brewery is also a restaurant and brew pub, and while this might have been their starting point of pints, the word is out – and it’s all about Adirondack.

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Browns Brewing Opens New Location on the Walloomsac River

Brown's Brewing Opens New Location on the Walloomsac River

By: Melissa Hildreth | September 5, 2013 | in: Craft Beer

I was lucky enough to get to check out the new location for Brown's Brewing Company in Hoosick Falls, New York, before they are fully ready for visitors, of course I jumped at the chance!

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