Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • September 13, 2016

5 Tips For the Aspiring Homebrewer

I've been a homebrewer for about five years. It's a great hobby and one of the few that the end results make you feel so happy. After brewing my latest attempt at the world's greatest Belgian Witbier,...

  • Posted by Ben Fredette
  • September 6, 2016

The Basics of Home Brew Recipe Formulation: Part 2, Process and Repeatability

If you read the first post in this series, and as you research the subject of recipe formulation, you will find that it is more information than one should (or could) attempt to cover in a small forma...

  • Posted by Melissa Hildreth
  • August 30, 2016

Sierra Nevada Collaborates with Germany’s Mahrs Bräu

It's about that time of the year, one of my favorites... Oktoberfest time! Ok, well facts are I am German, love beer and dominate the chicken dance. I was destined to be in love with everything that O...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • August 23, 2016

Discovering the Tastes of Beer

Most people simply like to sip, enjoy, and relax when it comes to drinking beer. This uncritical approach can be just the ticket on a hot summer day or after a hard day of work. Nevertheless, there ar...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • August 17, 2016

Oktoberfest: Marzen or Festbier?

Despite the heat and humidity, the time of year has come when we start seeing less citrusy, light beers of summer and more of the malty and spice forward beers of fall. One of the most popular styles ...

  • Posted by MacKenzie Zarzycki
  • August 2, 2016

Importance of Beer Line Cleaning

Brewers go through a lot to make sure the quality of their beer tastes exactly the way they intended. From picking the right yeast strains and using the freshest hops to sanitizing their equipment and...

  • Posted by Erik Budrakey
  • July 26, 2016

Welcome Revival Brewing Company to the Capital Region

More and more it seems that craft beer enthusiasts are searching for high quality and hard-to-get brews. If this is you, look no further than Revival Brewing Company out of Cranston, Rhode Island.

  • Posted by Ben Fredette
  • July 13, 2016

The Basics of Home Brew Recipe Formulation: Part 1, an Introduction

So you took the dive and started home-brewing. After many trips back and forth to the LHBS (Local Home Brew Store), a pile of buckets, carboys, wort chillers, boil kettles, propane tanks and measuring...

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • July 5, 2016

To Gluten or Not to Gluten?

There has been a lot of talk about gluten lately. Most of it is leaning towards the negative, but why has gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye and barley that acts as the glue that holds your bread...

  • Posted by Melissa Hildreth
  • June 22, 2016

How to Make Beer Can Chicken

I've always seen recipes for it, but my lack of grilling experience always made me hesitate. Beer can chicken is one of those awesome summertime backyard recipes that never lets you down. Between seei...

  • Posted by Matt Zaloga
  • June 14, 2016

To Can or Not to Can: Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid of Canned Beer

The stigma of canned beer is a thing of the past... Or at least it should be! There are still people that expect that tinny, aluminum dosed flavor of the beer cans of yore. However, technology with th...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • June 8, 2016

The Rise of the New England IPA

It’s a call to arms! For the best IPA that is… and the East Coast is ready to defend. For years the battle has been to create the next best IPA that steals the attention of craft beer enthusiasts. So ...

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