Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • 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 Ben Fredette
  • April 14, 2015

The Spring Growing Season Begins

As winter relaxes its icy grip, nature begins the cycle of reanimation. The earth softens, and plants send their first shoots up out of the dirt to meet the warm air and sunlight. Many people spend th...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • April 7, 2015

Keegan Ales: Milk Stouts and Coffee Beers

Let’s talk about the milk stout. Creamy, smooth and not very bitter, milk stouts (sometimes referred to as sweet stout or cream stout) are one of the most drinkable styles out there. They sometimes ge...

  • 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 Guest Author
  • March 9, 2015

Mike’s HARDER Launches New Fan-Picked Flavors and Can Designs

Mike’s HARDER is known for its bold, kick-ass flavor that brings refreshment to the next level. For those looking for a swift kick, it won’t let you down. It’s stronger and stiffer than the original w...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • February 24, 2015

Mike’s NEW Blackberry Lemonade Coming Soon

When Mike’s Hard Lemonade launched sixteen years ago in 1999, it was a different world. There was beer… and nothing else. These days, Mike’s Hard Lemonade is known for flavor innovation and cold, hard...

  • 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!

  • Posted by Richie Hayes
  • February 2, 2015

Welcome, Druthers Brewing Company!

This spring, Druthers Brewing Company will open it's second location in the downtown Albany warehouse district. The 23,000 square foot building, located at 1053 Broadway, will open as a brew pub and a...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • January 28, 2015

Beer and Food Pairing 101

Wine has always been viewed as food’s best friend. I can’t argue that when you pick the perfect varietal to match a dish, it is one of the best eating experiences you can have. However, with the rise ...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • January 20, 2015

SPARGING: A Strained Relationship!

Here’s an interesting word… Sparging! Many of you have probably been on a local brewery tour or have heard this term dropped by a homebrewer, but what does it mean? Well, I’m about to help you out so ...

  • Posted by Melissa Hildreth
  • December 2, 2014

Saranac Brewery: Utica is Brew-tiful

Once again I get to hop on a train and head to another one of New York's finest breweries for the day. Saranac Brewery is located in Utica, only about 1 and 1/2 hours away. Saranac Brewing Company jus...

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