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The Return of the Dank Lord

The Return of the Dank Lord

By: Melissa Hildreth | October 18, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

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 conditioning tank. This glorious land of the dank is Ithaca Beer Company and Box of Hops is the gift they give to us every year.

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Adjuncts Additives and Extra Ingredients Are they always a bad thing in beer?

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

By: Matt Zaloga | October 11, 2016 | in: Craft 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 American Adjunct Lager, as the antithesis of all that is craft. The truth is, many of the beers you may have consumed, including those from craft breweries, may have contained some form of adjunct or additive.

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History of German Beers Part I The Reinheitsgebot

History of German Beers Part I: The Reinheitsgebot

By: MacKenzie Zarzycki | September 27, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

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 four ingredients: malt, hops, yeast, and water.

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Sierra Nevada Collaborates with Germany’s Mahrs Bräu

Sierra Nevada Collaborates with Germany’s Mahrs Bräu

By: Melissa Hildreth | August 30, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

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 Oktoberfest is about. Which brings me to one of my most recent favorite beers, Sierra Nevada's Oktoberfest brewed with Germany’s Mahrs Bräu.

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Oktoberfest Marzen or Festbier?

Oktoberfest: Marzen or Festbier?

By: Matt Zaloga | August 17, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

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 for fall is the Oktoberfest, a German lager beer that was originally brewed and aged to celebrate the fall harvest.

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Welcome Revival Brewing Company to the Capital Region

Welcome Revival Brewing Company to the Capital Region

By: Erik Budrakey | July 26, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

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.

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To Can or Not to Can Why You Shouldnt Be Afraid of Canned Beer

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

By: Matt Zaloga | June 14, 2016 | in: Craft 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 the liners in cans has now created a vessel that is light, easily transported, and super protective of the liquid that is inside. With summer rapidly approaching, cans will become a much needed way to consume beer! Here is why you should not be afraid of beer in a can…

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The Rise of the New England IPA

The Rise of the New England IPA

By: Nate Reynolds | June 8, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

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 far, the winning strategy has been to add more hops. IPAs now have skyrocketing IBUs (International Bitterness Units) and it’s nothing to be drinking at an 8.5% ABV to balance it out. West Coast bigger and “hoppier” beers have taken the show, that is, until now. The East Coast has a different set of tactics. They have engaged in creating IPAs and have thrown all of the “common” practices out the window. In an all-out Guerilla warfare, it’s a true Biggy vs Tupac rivalry, and the East is taking over the battlefield by storm.

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