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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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Beer and Food Pairing 101

Beer and Food Pairing 101

By: Matt Zaloga | January 28, 2015 | in: Beer and Food

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 of finely crafted beers throughout the country, it has become more common to see beer placed alongside fine edibles, allowing the two to work together to created new and interesting flavor experiences. Super exciting as both a food and beer lover!

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SPARGING A Strained Relationship

SPARGING: A Strained Relationship!

By: Nate Reynolds | January 20, 2015 | in: Homebrewing

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 that next time you’re in this situation you can sound like a pro.

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Saranac Brewery Utica is Brew-tiful

Saranac Brewery: Utica is Brew-tiful

By: Melissa Hildreth | December 2, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

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 just celebrated their 125th anniversary this year and with doing so, started to revamp some of their classics and made some eye opening changes to their brewing techniques.

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Sierra Nevada A West Coast Adventure

Sierra Nevada: A West Coast Adventure

By: Melissa Hildreth | November 4, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

There are three places in the world I feel at home; in the villages of Bavaria, the streets of Brooklyn and sunny California. So my trip out to visit the infamous Sierra Nevada Brewery this past September was a special one. My entrance to the wonderful world of craft beer started with a bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and I knew I needed beer this great regularly. I’ve heard my share of wonderful things about visiting this brewery but nothing, and I mean nothing, could hold a flame to actually seeing it myself. The smell of malt lingering outside the brewery, the side view of their impressive gardens, all just a background on the majestic front entrance to the brewery and brewpub.

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Brooklyn Brewery A Brewery With Heart

Brooklyn Brewery: A Brewery With Heart

By: Melissa Hildreth | October 7, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

Coming from Manhattan it's a quick taxi or subway trip and nice walk through the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. Williamsburg is a fun place with some tasty restaurant stops, thrift stores and a cool industrialized feel to it. It’s known to have a few great music venues in this area as well and a fun overall environment. Throw in the Brooklyn Brewery and how could you go wrong?

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Olde Saratoga Brewing Company A Well-Kept Secret

Olde Saratoga Brewing Company: A Well-Kept Secret

By: Melissa Hildreth | September 23, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

Right in Saratoga Springs, New York we have Olde Saratoga Brewing Company. At a quick glance you might miss it, but on a side road, behind the hustle and bustle of downtown Saratoga you will find yourself a large scale brewery with charming tasting room ready for you to visit!

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