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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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Brooklyn Opens New “Bigger Badder” Brewery

Brooklyn Opens New “Bigger, Badder” Brewery

By: Erik Budrakey | May 24, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

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. The new brewery, which is slated to open in 2018, will call the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard their new home. It will have a divine view of Brooklyn and the Manhattan skyline.

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Summer Craft Beer Trends

Summer Craft Beer Trends

By: Tim Martone | May 16, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

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 drinking season are sour and fruit beers.

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A Visit to the Mothership that is New Belgium Brewery

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

By: Melissa Hildreth | April 26, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

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 distribution of New York State, I had the pleasure of heading out to Colorado to see what this Brewery was all about. I've had a few of their beers previously from visits out to the West Coast, but the brewery as a whole was always a slight mystery to me. I am happy to say that this place is a Willy Wonka like land of beer and I had a complete blast getting to know what they were all about, of course while sampling all beer they had to offer.

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Adirondack Brewery Barrel Program

Adirondack Brewery Barrel Program

By: Guest Author | April 5, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

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 notes from the bourbon and the oak barrel itself. Pleased with the results, the brewery’s barrel program has grown slowly over the past few years. Currently, the brewery has over 50 barrels from various origins that are conditioning many different styles of beer. Barrels that once contained spirits from producers such as Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Jack Daniels, and even wine barrels are being used to age styles of beer that tend to be higher in alcohol content or are wild/sour ales.

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Answering the Impossible Question What is Your Favorite Beer?

Answering the Impossible Question: What is Your Favorite Beer?

By: Joel Jaffe | March 29, 2016 | in: Craft 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, but would eventually come up with an ultra witty, sarcastic response like "free, cold or the next one." The truth is, it's a trick question. And in my opinion, an impossible one to answer.

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Keegan Ales Meet Our Helga Pilsner

Keegan Ales: Meet Our Helga Pilsner

By: Guest Author | March 22, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

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 to as Southern Hallertau, Helga is known for its delicate and subtle herbal aroma. She makes an excellent companion for the strong malt character prevalent in Bohemian Pilsners. We brewed this beer with 100% Helga hops.

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Welcome Champlain Orchards Cidery to the Capital Region

Welcome Champlain Orchards Cidery to the Capital Region

By: Erik Budrakey | March 16, 2016 | in: Craft Beer

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 Champlain and the Adirondack range to the west. In all other directions, their 220 rolling acres are home to over 104 varieties of apples, as well as plums, peaches, nectarines, European and Asian Pears, raspberries, cherries, and blueberries.

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