Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • July 7, 2015

Bringing Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA To Life

New beer R&D usually goes one of two ways – you design a course and do your best to stick to it, or the course exacts its designs upon you. More than a year ago, I was asked to brew a low ABV Pale Ale...

  • Posted by Richie Hayes
  • July 2, 2015

Test Your Beer IQ

The other night, I was in one of my accounts and a customer asked the bartender, after being told the draft selection, what's the difference between a Lager and an Ale was. The bartender fumbled throu...

  • 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 Melissa Hildreth
  • June 16, 2015

Be Nice to the New Guy

Whether you are brand new to the craft beer world or an old timer, lets team up. If you see someone curious about a beer; help them out. Just remember we were all there once. You might now cringe at t...

  • 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 Melissa Hildreth
  • May 19, 2015

Beer Geeks Collaboration of Beer Books

Regardless if you are new to the sensory overload that is craft beer or if you have been sipping on speciality beers since the 1980's, there is always more to learn. Between the ever changing style ad...

  • 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...

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