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The Spring Growing Season Begins

The Spring Growing Season Begins

By: Ben Fredette | April 14, 2015 | in: Homebrewing

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 their winter planning their gardens for the spring and summer growing season to come. Cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, and peppers all have their place in the garden, but this year, why not add hops to the list of plants to cultivate?

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Keegan Ales Milk Stouts and Coffee Beers

Keegan Ales: Milk Stouts and Coffee Beers

By: Guest Author | April 7, 2015 | in: Homebrewing

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 get a bad rap (or at least the stink eye) from folks who don’t think they like dark beer. However, despite a pitch-black hue, milk stouts generally drink a lot lighter than they look.

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

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

By: Guest Author | March 9, 2015 | in: Beer and Food

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 with 8% ABV, but just as refreshing. Mike’s HARDER puts fans first in everything from flavor innovation to can design - and HARDER’s new Collectable seasonals have done it again! Introducing two new HARDER flavors with fan-sourced can artwork, Dragonfruit and Jamaican Lemonade.

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Mike’s NEW Blackberry Lemonade Coming Soon

Mike’s NEW Blackberry Lemonade Coming Soon

By: Guest Author | February 24, 2015 | in: Beer and Food

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, refreshment. Each season, limited edition flavors are launched and this spring does not disappoint!

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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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Welcome Druthers Brewing Company

Welcome, Druthers Brewing Company!

By: Richie Hayes | February 2, 2015 | in: Bars and Restaurants

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 allow production of 24,000 kegs per year. The Saratoga location currently produces 2,500 kegs per year.

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