Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • Posted by Stephen Pendergast
  • November 29, 2018

A Simple Guide to American Hops

Hops have gotten nearly all the attention in the beer world as of late, and they are, in part, pretty deserving. While we would have nothing without yeast, malted grain (usually barley) and water, hop...

  • Posted by Rob Warner
  • November 26, 2018

Best Brunch Spots in the Capital Region

Brunch is a beautiful time of the day, as it embodies everything great about breakfast and lunch. With that in mind, this post highlights some of the best places in Albany to brunch, along with food a...

  • Posted by Rob Warner
  • November 19, 2018

The Best Beers to Forget the In-Laws This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that could mean two things: turkey and perhaps dinner with “the in-laws.” For many of you, this can be a stressful time of the year.

  • Posted by Rob Warner
  • November 12, 2018

The Capital Region Runs on Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter

Many people pride themselves on how they take their coffee, but however you decide to drink it will not matter. This brand new coffee beer embodies everyone’s favorite tastes of coffee, caramel, espre...

  • Posted by Stephen Pendergast
  • November 9, 2018

A Guide to Proper Beer Glassware: Pilsner

Pilsners have a special relationship with glass because the beer we know and love today is directly related to our scientific advancements in glassware that occurred around the 19th century.

  • Posted by Rob Warner
  • November 7, 2018

The Albany 21st Birthday Bar Crawl

On your 21st birthday, you wake up in your downtown Albany apartment with one question in mind: "Where are we going?” You start to make breakfast, and your buddy comes over with a birthday present and...

  • Posted by Stephen Pendergast
  • October 31, 2018

The Importance of the Beer Clean Glass

One of the most obvious things to anyone when pouring a beer might not always be the type of glass or working on the proper pour.

  • Posted by Rob Warner
  • October 29, 2018

Best Costume and Drink Pairings for Halloween

Halloween is only a few days away and that means the costumes are coming! Nothing pairs better with a great costume than the perfect beverage in hand.

  • Posted by Rob Warner
  • October 24, 2018

Build Your Own Six Pack

It's Friday night, and instead of putting your go-to vodka soda on a pedestal, you decide to venture out into the wilderness and drink beer. You go to the local grocery store and are straightaway bore...

  • Posted by Stephen Pendergast
  • October 16, 2018

A Guide to Proper Beer Glassware: Brown Ale

It's at this point in the series that I am excited to cover possibly the most iconic beer glass in modern day drinking: the shaker pint glass and the slightly newer nonic pint glass. If you have ever ...

  • Posted by Stephen Pendergast
  • October 4, 2018

What are IBUs?

When choosing a beer, International Bitterness Units, or IBUs, are often indicated right below the ABV. While some people may ignore both entirely and others focus solely on ABV, IBUs are worth noting...

  • Posted by Stephen Pendergast
  • September 25, 2018

A Guide to Proper Beer Glassware: Märzen

There are few things in the beer world as traditional and characteristic as the stein glass or the modern rendition often called the beer mug. I find that there's nothing better than drinking beer out...

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