Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • Posted by Zebadiah Pagerie
  • July 18, 2017

Guinness: The Perfect Introduction to Dark 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 ...

  • Posted by MacKenzie Zarzycki
  • June 27, 2017

Wheat, the Other Brewing Grain

Brewers have been brewing with wheat for as long as they have brewed with barley. Like barley, wheat has high diastatic power, which refers to the malt’s ability to break down starches into fermentabl...

  • Posted by JP DeCarlo
  • May 30, 2017

Shandy: The Official Beer of Summer

The other day, while sitting at home, I heard a knock at my back door. Upon opening it, standing before me were the signs of summer. It's been a while since we've experienced a summer day, but when su...

  • Posted by Dave Wilfore
  • March 15, 2017

What Are Hops?

Today’s craft beer scene is all about big, hoppy beers. While it may seem like hops are the main ingredient in craft beer, they are actually one of four essential ingredients, along with barley, yeast...

  • Posted by Chris Farnam
  • March 8, 2017

Stouts to Enjoy on St. Patrick's Day

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, March is the perfect month to enjoy a warming stout beer. Most often made with roasted barley and malts, the word stout has evolved from being used to describ...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • February 28, 2017

Brown's Brewing Debuts New Cans

Since 1993, Brown's Brewing Company has crafted its own revolution, and this year (our 24th!) we are realizing a dream we've been working hard to achieve. We will switch from bottles to cans, and in d...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • February 15, 2017

Trying to See Through the Haze: The Causes of Haziness in 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?...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • February 8, 2017

Beer Forecast: Cloudy With a Chance of SOURS!

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 offeri...

  • Posted by MacKenzie Zarzycki
  • November 9, 2016

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

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 produc...

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • October 31, 2016

The Winter Seasonals Are Coming

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...

  • Posted by Melissa Hildreth
  • October 18, 2016

The Return of the Dank Lord

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 ...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • October 11, 2016

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

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