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Brewing With Captain Lawrence

Brewing With Captain Lawrence

By: Matt Zaloga | May 12, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

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 the business a few years, I've had the pleasure of visiting and brewing on equipment at a few breweries, both local and afar. Recently, myself and my colleagues had the opportunity to brew a beer of our choosing with the folks over at Captain Lawrence Brewing Company down in Elmsford, NY.

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Unearthing Terroir in Beer

Unearthing Terroir in Beer

By: Nate Reynolds | May 5, 2015 | in: Craft 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 thought to myself, why is this term not used in brewing industry? Here are my findings.

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Empire Brewing Breaks Ground on Farmstead Brewery

Empire Brewing Breaks Ground on Farmstead Brewery

By: Guest Author | May 4, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

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 completed, the 28,000 square-foot Empire Farmstead Brewery will be the largest farm brewery of-its-kind in New York State, with a major agri-tourism component.

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Sessionability The Answer to More Social Drinking

Sessionability: The Answer to More Social Drinking

By: Nate Reynolds | April 28, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

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 list of distinction is the word “session.”

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Introduction to Sour Beers

Introduction to Sour Beers

By: Ben Fredette | April 21, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

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 individuality, quirkiness and a sense of fun!

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Four Beers That Are No April Fools Joke

Four Beers That Are No April Fool's Joke

By: MacKenzie Zarzycki | April 1, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

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 offer you four beers that are the real deal.

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Yuengling America’s Oldest Brewery

Yuengling: America’s Oldest Brewery

By: Guest Author | March 30, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

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 America’s Oldest Brewery. He brought with him the traditions of German brewing and hard work which is still seen throughout our company.

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Dont Be Afraid of the Dark

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

By: Erik Budrakey | February 16, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

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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