Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • Posted by Erik Budrakey
  • March 16, 2016

Welcome Champlain Orchards Cidery to the Capital Region

Champlain Orchards hard ciders are crafted from fruit grown with a conscience, in beautiful and pristine Vermont. Their beautiful orchard and cidery, an easy two hour drive from Albany, overlooks Lake...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • February 10, 2016

New York State Brewer's Association Draft Quality Program

All brewers strive to create a quality product that can be consumed by consumers at home or at their favorite bar or restaurant. Unfortunately, there is a lot that can happen to the liquid before the ...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • January 26, 2016

Welcome Boulevard Brewing Company!

Part of the fun of craft beer is the seemingly endless influx of new and interesting offerings that become available. With new breweries opening, and established breweries expanding to the point where...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • December 16, 2015

Dooley’s Belated Porter: The Naming of a Beer

It’s no secret that there is a lot of work that goes into naming a beer. Brewers are known to draw on styles, hop varietals, geographic references and beyond to develop a unique name for their brews. ...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • November 17, 2015

How Environment Can Change the Way You Drink

Imagine sitting on a fluffy, white sand beach, the sound of waves crashing on the shore as the last rays of light dip below the horizon. As the briny sea laps at your feet, you take a swig of whatever...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • November 10, 2015

An American Dream: The History of 1911 Sprits and Hard Ciders

1911 was a year full of great beginnings. It was the year Chevrolet officially entered the auto market to compete with Ford. The groundbreaking for Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts began. It marke...

  • Posted by Melissa Hildreth
  • November 3, 2015

Introductory Guide to Craft Beer

Everyone has got to start somewhere. I remember my craft beer journey. Once I started, I never looked back. Here are a few beers, tips and helpful hints to get you started on your own journey into the...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • September 29, 2015

Don't Forget About the "Old" Guys!

Working in the business, the most asked question is, "what's new?" The craft beer drinker is constantly looking for what is new and hot. In fact, the growth in craft beer seems to be continuing at a r...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • August 4, 2015

The Plight of Macro Breweries

It's becoming more common to see craft beer commercials on TV that express how special and unique one brewery is from another, how they hand craft everything, and really showcase that they are the lit...

  • Posted by Ben Fredette
  • July 21, 2015

Mexican Craft Beer Revolution

Craft beer brewers in the United states have spent the past few decades exploring the styles of the more established beer countries--Germany, Belgium, England to name a few. Over time, American twists...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • July 14, 2015

Pucker Up and Try a Sour Beer

Do you want to serve something totally unexpected, and completely fantastic, at your next party? Try a sour! Not everyone may like crazy tart, sour, and fruity least at first. But, for new c...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • July 7, 2015

Bringing Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA To Life

New beer R&D usually goes one of two ways – you design a course and do your best to stick to it, or the course exacts its designs upon you. More than a year ago, I was asked to brew a low ABV Pale Ale...

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