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Why Beer Shouldnt Be Served in a Frosted Glass

Why Beer Shouldn't Be Served in a Frosted Glass

By: Guest Author | November 1, 2017 | in: Beer Tips

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 be stored between 36-38 degrees Fahrenheit, while draft lines should be refrigerated or insulated to properly maintain the serving temperature of the beer you're serving. So, what happens when a frosted glass causes the beer to be served at a lower temperature than recommended?

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​Pairing Halloween Candy With New York State Craft Beer

​Pairing Halloween Candy With New York State Craft Beer

By: Kate Brennan | October 24, 2017 | in: Beer and Food

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 drinking some of your favorite beers! Here is a list of my favorite Halloween candies paired with some great New York State craft beers.

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The History of Porters and Stouts

The History of Porters and Stouts

By: MacKenzie Zarzycki | October 17, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

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 often tasting of coffee, dark or milk chocolate, and roasted maltiness. They are dark, sometimes black in color, often with a creamy mouthfeel. My mouth is watering at the thought. Without further ado, let’s dive into the history of porters and stouts.

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New Yorks Take on the Traditional Märzen

New York's Take on the Traditional Märzen

By: Ben Richards | October 3, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

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 all around full-bodied offerings, not only from their local breweries, but from the nation-wide producers as well. Today, I want to talk a little bit about the fall seasonal offerings from our New York State breweries, specifically their take on a traditional Oktoberfest style, the Märzen.

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A Brief History of Märzen and Oktoberfest

A Brief History of Märzen and Oktoberfest

By: Brian Coffey | August 24, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

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 both taste and appearance is the copper colored, malty lager known as the Märzen.

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How to Brew a Munich Dunkel

How to Brew a Munich Dunkel

By: Bill Ramsey | August 15, 2017 | in: Homebrewing

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 city it originated in Munich, Germany, while Dunkel is the German word for dark. It's a malt forward, brown lager that is low on hop bitterness and crisp and easy drinking. If you ask me, it's a great change of pace from all those super hoppy double IPAs on the market.

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Best Beverages to Drink on the Golf Course

Best Beverages to Drink on the Golf Course

By: Tim LaFore | August 1, 2017 | in: Beer Tips

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 gotbeer.com, we strive to provide our customers with world class beverages that will satisfy your tastebuds. I have taken the liberty and privilege to select some drinks that'll maximize your experience on the links this summer. Whether you're chasing a green jacket or hacking shots into the woods, we have exactly what you need this season.

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Guinness The Perfect Introduction to Dark Beer

Guinness: The Perfect Introduction to Dark Beer

By: Zebadiah Pagerie | July 18, 2017 | in: Craft 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 drinker I am today. Initially, I almost exclusively drank IPAs and wouldn't touch a dark beer. They were too mysterious.

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