Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • Posted by Erik Budrakey
  • May 24, 2016

Brooklyn Opens New “Bigger, Badder” Brewery

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....

  • Posted by Tim Martone
  • May 16, 2016

Summer Craft Beer Trends

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...

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • May 10, 2016

Why You Should Drink Beer From a Glass

Next time you order a bottle of beer or enjoy one at home don't forget the glass. Beer, especially craft, is meant to be poured in a glass to enjoy it the way the brewmaster intended. Why you ask? Aro...

  • Posted by Ben Fredette
  • May 3, 2016

The Science of Hangovers

We've all been there, waking up on the morning after a big summer brew festival. Your eyes flutter open and you're crumpled at the bottom of your tent that was haphazardly pitched on a hill the night ...

  • Posted by Melissa Hildreth
  • April 26, 2016

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

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...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • April 20, 2016

An Evening with Brown's Brewery's Sour Beer Brewers

Capital Region beer drinkers should be very familiar with the Brown's Brewery. Their Oatmeal Stout, Cherry Razz fruit ale and Riveter IPA have been mainstays in the pint glasses on the bar in the Tapr...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • April 12, 2016

The Best Apps For Craft Beer Geeks

The ongoing demand for instant information at our fingertips has created several new innovations in the application marketplace. The phrase “there’s an app for that!” can literally now be applied to e...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • April 5, 2016

Adirondack Brewery Barrel Program

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 ...

  • Posted by Joel Jaffe
  • March 29, 2016

Answering the Impossible Question: What is Your Favorite 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...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • March 22, 2016

Keegan Ales: Meet Our Helga Pilsner

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 ...

  • 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 MacKenzie Zarzycki
  • March 8, 2016

Irish Beers to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. Being half Irish (the other half is Czechoslovakian) I like to think I have beer in my veins. There’s just something about a dark, creamy stout that g...

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