Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • January 11, 2017

The Craft Drinker's Guide to Lightening Up Your Beer Choice

The Holidays have come to a close, and as you're sifting through the leftovers from holiday parties, you're coming to the realization that you need to start thinking about New Year's Resolutions. Weig...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • January 3, 2017

A Year in Beer

The year 2017 has arrived and with it comes a plethora of drinking possibilities! Historically, certain styles of beer have been brewed during different times of the year based on traditions, availabl...

  • Posted by Melissa Hildreth
  • December 19, 2016

Pairing Classic Holiday Movies with Beers

It's that time of year... the holidays! The time for everyone to hibernate and watch their favorite snow day movies to get into the spirit (or not, if you're a Grinch!). This list is completely subjec...

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • December 13, 2016

Homebrew Holiday Gift Ideas

Tis the season to buy gifts for your loved ones, but what should you get for that beer geek looking to start the adventure of homebrewing? Here is a quick gift guide with some ideas for a beginner hom...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • November 23, 2016

Cheese Pairing Tips From the Experts

If trying every new beer on the market isn’t enough craft exploration for you, have you ever considered escalating your interests by pairing craft beer with food? We mostly hear of beer-paired dinners...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • November 17, 2016

The Best Beers for Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, gratitude, and of course, great food and drink. The official kick off to the holiday season to round out the year is an amazing feast to be shared with thos...

  • Posted by MacKenzie Zarzycki
  • November 9, 2016

History of German Beers Part 2: The Rise of the Lager

Believe it or not, the history of German beer begins with the ale. Actually, the history of all beer begins with the ale. Ales have been around for more than 3,000 years! Brewers have only been produc...

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • October 31, 2016

The Winter Seasonals Are Coming

It's that time of year again. The leaves are falling off the trees, there is a cold chill in the air and it's getting dark earlier. The bars have switched from Sam Octoberfest to Sam Winter Lager. The...

  • Posted by Melissa Hildreth
  • October 18, 2016

The Return of the Dank Lord

In the gorges of Ithaca's Finger Lakes lives a mythical place where hops live life to their full potential. The air smells of whiffs of grapefruit, orange and pine and the drinks flow freely from the ...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • October 11, 2016

Adjuncts, Additives and Extra Ingredients: Are they always a bad thing in beer?

There is a stigma attached to the terms "adjunct" and "additive" in the craft beer world. The BJCP defines a style of lager with the term adjunct, and a lot of craft beer drinkers view that style, the...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • October 4, 2016

The Great Pumpkin...Beer (Or How to Brew One)

If Charlie Brown brewed beer, I imagine that he would brew a beer called "The Great Pumpkin Ale." Regardless of how farfetched this may sound, at least I have your attention. Pumpkin or pompion beers,...

  • Posted by MacKenzie Zarzycki
  • September 27, 2016

History of German Beers Part I: The Reinheitsgebot

This past April, Germany celebrated 500 years of the Reinheitsgebot or “The German Purity Law.” For those of you who don’t know what the Reinheitsgebot is, it’s a German law that limits brewers to fou...

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