Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • November 1, 2017

Why Beer Shouldn't Be Served in a Frosted Glass

Controlling the temperature of beer during storage is very important to help maintain freshness, flavors, and aromatics. According to the Brewers Association Draught Beer Quality Manual, kegs should b...

  • Posted by Kate Brennan
  • October 24, 2017

?Pairing Halloween Candy With New York State Craft Beer

Halloween is my favorite time of year because, what is better than having the excuse to eat all the candy you want? Well, I think I know one thing: eating all the Halloween candy you want while drinki...

  • Posted by MacKenzie Zarzycki
  • October 17, 2017

The History of Porters and Stouts

The approaching cold weather has inspired me to write about two of my favorite beer styles: porters and stouts. Often synonymous with winter, porters and stouts have complex and rich flavor profiles o...

  • Posted by Ben Richards
  • October 3, 2017

New York's Take on the Traditional Märzen

With the changing of the seasons comes the quick and feverous shifting of the craft beer drinker's palate. Rolling into the fall weather, beer enthusiasts start to seek out the heavier, maltier, and a...

  • Posted by Brian Coffey
  • August 24, 2017

A Brief History of Märzen and Oktoberfest

As the air becomes crisper and the leaves begin to change, beer enthusiasts turn their attention from summer quenchers to darker and maltier beers. The beer that best represents the autumn season in b...

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • August 15, 2017

How to Brew a Munich Dunkel

As a home brewer, I love to try different styles of beer. Name a style and chances are I tried it. One of my favorite styles, which isn't very well known, is the Munich Dunkel. Its name comes from the...

  • Posted by Tim LaFore
  • August 1, 2017

Best Beverages to Drink on the Golf Course

The weather is finally breaking, the sun is shining, and the days are longer. This can only mean one thing: it's time to break out the wrenches, golf season is here! Here at, we strive to ...

  • Posted by Zebadiah Pagerie
  • July 18, 2017

Guinness: The Perfect Introduction to Dark Beer

Previously in "Ode to An Old Friend" I talked about my first true love, Ithaca Flower Power. That post was wax poetic, exemplifying how much I loved that beer and how it molded me into the craft beer ...

  • Posted by MacKenzie Zarzycki
  • June 27, 2017

Wheat, the Other Brewing Grain

Brewers have been brewing with wheat for as long as they have brewed with barley. Like barley, wheat has high diastatic power, which refers to the malt’s ability to break down starches into fermentabl...

  • Posted by Conor O'Brien
  • June 12, 2017

Beer and Baseball: Celebrating America's Pastime

What's more baseball than freshly cut grass, the roar of the crowd, the crack of the bat, and the seventh inning stretch? The sound of someone yelling "cold beer here." Baseball and beer have had a ti...

  • Posted by JP DeCarlo
  • May 30, 2017

Shandy: The Official Beer of Summer

The other day, while sitting at home, I heard a knock at my back door. Upon opening it, standing before me were the signs of summer. It's been a while since we've experienced a summer day, but when su...

  • Posted by Kaylie Radliff
  • May 24, 2017

Your Beer Guide For Memorial Day Weekend

It's finally that time of the year – the sun is hot, the grill is ready, and the beer is ice cold. Nothing screams "hello summer" like Memorial Day weekend. Whether you spend your weekend at a backyar...

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