Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • May 16, 2017

Homebrewing for Competition: Part Two

This year I decided to enter a couple of my homebrews into the National Homebrew Competition. The National Homebrew Competition is the largest homebrew competition in the U.S. and is held every year a...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • May 9, 2017

Samuel Adams Pour One Forward

Join Samuel Adams in their quest to support our servicemen and women this summer. Each 12-pack of Boston Lager bottles purchased at participating locations will contribute $0.50 to American Dream U, a...

  • Posted by Brian Coffey
  • March 28, 2017

Evaluating Your Beer (AATMF)

When tasting beer, we often enjoy the intricacies of different styles and variations. We consider this evaluating beer. There are five steps to evaluating beer, which are Appearance, Aroma, Taste, Mou...

  • Posted by Zebadiah Pagerie
  • March 22, 2017

Ode to An Old Friend

Remember when you were young and you found something exciting, then fell in love? Suddenly a new object, shiny and different came along, you got distracted and moved on to a new love, then another and...

  • Posted by Dave Wilfore
  • March 15, 2017

What Are Hops?

Today’s craft beer scene is all about big, hoppy beers. While it may seem like hops are the main ingredient in craft beer, they are actually one of four essential ingredients, along with barley, yeast...

  • Posted by Chris Farnam
  • March 8, 2017

Stouts to Enjoy on St. Patrick's Day

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, March is the perfect month to enjoy a warming stout beer. Most often made with roasted barley and malts, the word stout has evolved from being used to describ...

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • February 28, 2017

Brown's Brewing Debuts New Cans

Since 1993, Brown's Brewing Company has crafted its own revolution, and this year (our 24th!) we are realizing a dream we've been working hard to achieve. We will switch from bottles to cans, and in d...

  • Posted by Ben Richards
  • February 23, 2017

Experimenting With Craft Brewing

My senior year of college was the time that I truly dove head first into beer. I started a brewing club on campus and also joined one led by professors on campus, both were a lot of fun for much diffe...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • February 15, 2017

Trying to See Through the Haze: The Causes of Haziness in Beer

While the majority of beer drinkers look for a clear, clean tasting liquid, the growth in popularity of the so-called "New England-style IPA" has raised the question, does a hazy beer mean a bad beer?...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • February 8, 2017

Beer Forecast: Cloudy With a Chance of SOURS!

Spring is on its way and with it brings wacky weather, new leaves, baby animals, and… SOURS? It seems the beer industry is already shaping up their spring portfolio with an ample amount of sour offeri...

  • Posted by MacKenzie Zarzycki
  • February 1, 2017

Valentine's Day Beer & Chocolate Pairings

Chocolate. It’s synonymous with Valentine’s Day. It comes drizzled over strawberries and displayed in heart shaped boxes. It’s chock–full of antioxidants and known to be a mood booster. So, why wouldn...

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • January 18, 2017

Homebrewing for Competition

Homebrewing is a great hobby. Your friends will always love the free beer you share with them and tell you how awesome it is. But how do you know how awesome it really is? Most of you're friends, if t...

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