Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • 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 Ben Fredette
  • October 27, 2015

An Introduction to Water Chemistry in Brewing

When I began Home-brewing, I had no idea that one day, six years later, I would be emailing the head of my city's water department to ask how much calcium, bicarbonate, and magnesium was in my drinkin...

  • 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
  • September 22, 2015

Crazy About Ciders

As the summer quickly comes to a close and the leaves are on the verge of expressing their fall colors; there is only one thing on my mind, apples! Coming from a rather small town in the heart of New ...

  • Posted by Melissa Hildreth
  • September 15, 2015

Fun Facts About Munich's Oktoberfest

Everyone knows the Oktoberfest basics. Lots of malty beer drinking, lederhosen, stein hoisting, and seriously one big party. Lets dig a little deeper into the facts and tid-bits you might not have kno...

  • Posted by Ben Fredette
  • September 1, 2015

What to Eat with Oktoberfest Beers

Summer is winding to a close, and despite what the thermometer may say, the cold winds of autumn will be here in no time. As Oktoberfest style beers begin to make their way to the bars and store shelv...

  • Posted by Erik Budrakey
  • August 18, 2015

Five Ways to Pair Food and Beer

When one typically thinks about pairing food and beer you think about the direct interaction between them from simply taking a bite of the food and a sip of the beer. Flavors are complimented, accentu...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • August 10, 2015

Pairing Beer With Music

There is no doubt that when you are enjoying a beer in public, there is most likely music playing. Whether it be in a bar with a bumping jukebox, at a music venue, or even a backyard party, there is a...

  • 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 Melissa Hildreth
  • July 28, 2015

Harpoon Championships of New England Barbecue

I'm talking about the Harpoon Brewery's Championships of New England Barbecue! Located in Windsor, Vermont, it's nestled in the Green Mountains and surrounded by what makes Vermont so welcoming and be...

  • 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 beer...at least at first. But, for new c...

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