Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • Posted by Ben Fredette
  • June 30, 2015

The Beauty of Session Beers

It's a brutally hot summer day. Maybe you're headed to the pool, barbecue, or a camping trip. Maybe you're working on your next home brew recipe and don't know what to make. Your beer fridge is full o...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • June 23, 2015

Q&A With Nick Matt From Saranac Brewery

We had the opportunity to sit down with Nick Matt from Saranac Brewery for a little Q&A. From their epic High Peak series to their new Disruption Nitro, here's what Nick had to say.

  • Posted by Joel Jaffe
  • June 2, 2015

Otter Creek: The Rebirth of a Brewery

Otter Creek Brewery opened in March of 1991 in beautiful Middlebury, Vermont, one of the best craft beer states in the country, if not the world, with their flagship Copper Ale. Soon there after, Otte...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • May 26, 2015

Warm Weather Styles to Whet Your Palate

As the days get longer and the nights get warmer, it becomes natural for our beer choices to lighten up and become more refreshing. A lot of craft brewers are brewing seasonal beers to coincide with t...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • May 12, 2015

Brewing With Captain Lawrence

One of the perks of working in the beer industry is that because of partnerships, there are opportunities to work with suppliers, or brewers, in their natural habitat (i.e. breweries). Having been in ...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • May 5, 2015

Unearthing Terroir in Beer

I was recently sitting in a wine lecture and amongst the droning about blending, residual sugars and Napa Valley, I eventually heard the speaker bring up the term "terroir," pronounced ter-war. I thou...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • May 4, 2015

Empire Brewing Breaks Ground on Farmstead Brewery

Empire Brewing Company broke ground this past Friday, May 8th 2015, to begin construction on the Empire Farmstead Brewery – a new manufacturing and agri-tourism facility in Cazenovia, New York. When c...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • April 28, 2015

Sessionability: The Answer to More Social Drinking

As breweries use labeling and marketing tactics to differentiate themselves from others, you often find odd terms that define their latest styles, like imperial, farmhouse or dry-hopped. New to this l...

  • Posted by Ben Fredette
  • April 21, 2015

Introduction to Sour Beers

Craft beer has always dared to go against the norm. Its gradual, but powerful uptrend in the commercial beer market has surfaced with a daring attitude—choosing a craft beer has become synonymous with...

  • Posted by MacKenzie Zarzycki
  • April 1, 2015

Four Beers That Are No April Fool's Joke

I love a good joke as much as the next person. However, when it comes to beer, I don’t kid around. Today, while your Facebook newsfeed blows up with fake birthdays and engagement announcements, I offe...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • March 30, 2015

Yuengling: America’s Oldest Brewery

Everyone remembers their 21st birthday. Most times, it includes a few drinks to celebrate your coming of age. For D.G. Yuengling, it was moving to another world and starting what is now considered Ame...

  • Posted by Erik Budrakey
  • February 16, 2015

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

As more and more people are discovering great tasting craft beer, I’ve heard a lot of drinkers say, “I do not like dark beer.” Well, I'm here to encourage you not to be afraid of the dark!

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