Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • Posted by MacKenzie Zarzycki
  • September 27, 2016

History of German Beers Part I: The Reinheitsgebot

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 fou...

  • Posted by Melissa Hildreth
  • August 30, 2016

Sierra Nevada Collaborates with Germany’s Mahrs Bräu

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 O...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • August 17, 2016

Oktoberfest: Marzen or Festbier?

Despite the heat and humidity, the time of year has come when we start seeing less citrusy, light beers of summer and more of the malty and spice forward beers of fall. One of the most popular styles ...

  • Posted by Erik Budrakey
  • July 26, 2016

Welcome Revival Brewing Company to the Capital Region

More and more it seems that craft beer enthusiasts are searching for high quality and hard-to-get brews. If this is you, look no further than Revival Brewing Company out of Cranston, Rhode Island.

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • June 14, 2016

To Can or Not to Can: Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid of Canned Beer

The stigma of canned beer is a thing of the past... Or at least it should be! There are still people that expect that tinny, aluminum dosed flavor of the beer cans of yore. However, technology with th...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • June 8, 2016

The Rise of the New England IPA

It’s a call to arms! For the best IPA that is… and the East Coast is ready to defend. For years the battle has been to create the next best IPA that steals the attention of craft beer enthusiasts. So ...

  • Posted by Erik Budrakey
  • May 24, 2016

Brooklyn Opens New “Bigger, Badder” Brewery

Suddenly trips from the Capital Region to the New York City beer scene just got a bit more interesting! Brooklyn Brewery just announced that they will be opening a second brewing facility in Brooklyn....

  • Posted by Tim Martone
  • May 16, 2016

Summer Craft Beer Trends

Breweries know that whoever gets hot right before the summer dominates the landscape. Who holds the keys this year? What are the pivotal factors? As I see it, the two trends to watch as we enter prime...

  • Posted by Melissa Hildreth
  • April 26, 2016

A Visit to the "Mothership" that is New Belgium Brewery!

What does a twisty slide, a director of fun & Fat Tires all have in common? Well, they all are part of the wonderful world of New Belgium Brewery! As New Belgium starts to embark on their journey into...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • April 5, 2016

Adirondack Brewery Barrel Program

Adirondack Pub & Brewery first started to barrel-age their beer five years ago when they aged their French Louie’s Belgian Triple in Maker’s Mark barrels. The beer picked up some unique and wonderful ...

  • Posted by Joel Jaffe
  • March 29, 2016

Answering the Impossible Question: What is Your Favorite Beer?

Working in the beer business and being the social butterfly that I am, the question I am asked most frequently is, “What is your favorite beer?” The first hundred times I actually gave it some thought...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • March 22, 2016

Keegan Ales: Meet Our Helga Pilsner

Come and meet Helga, our crisp, refreshing pilsner. For those of you who don’t know her, Helga is a hop variety much like Germany’s Hallertau, but grown in Australia instead of Europe. Often referred ...

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