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

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

By: Matt Zaloga | February 15, 2017 | in: Craft 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? While there are some traditional styles, such as Hefeweizen, that are unfiltered (therefore hazy), India Pale Ales are not traditionally known for being murky.

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Beer Forecast Cloudy With a Chance of SOURS

Beer Forecast: Cloudy With a Chance of SOURS!

By: Nate Reynolds | February 8, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

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 offerings. Just in New York State, both Ithaca and Brooklyn released a brand new sour for the spring season to add to the multitude of sour offerings in the Northeast. Sours can have flavors as simple as a tart lemonade or they can be amazingly complex like a big red wine. If you have had the pleasure of enjoying some of these unpredictable, bacteria-spiked brews, then you might be able to relate. However, if you’re just getting into the realm of face puckering sours, you might be asking the question “Why are sour beers becoming so popular?”

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Valentines Day Beer & Chocolate Pairings

Valentine's Day Beer & Chocolate Pairings

By: MacKenzie Liptak | February 1, 2017 | in: Beer Tips

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’t we pair it with craft beer? Beer and food pairings are becoming very popular these days. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I would offer some tips for pairing two of my favorite things: beer and chocolate.

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Home Brewing for Competition

Home Brewing for Competition

By: Bill Ramsey | January 18, 2017 | in: Homebrewing

Home brewing 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 they are not jerks, will tell you they like your beer and how great it is and how you should start your own brewery, even if they dump it into the planter when your back is turned. That is where home brew competitions come into play.

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New Year New Beer - The Craft Drinkers Guide to Lightening Up Your Beer Choice

New Year, New Beer - The Craft Drinker's Guide to Lightening Up Your Beer Choice

By: Matt Zaloga | January 11, 2017 | in: Beer Tips

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. Weight loss and staying fit/in shape are consistently among the top of the list of resolutions every year. While you may want to start watching your figure, you don't have to give up on your favorite craft beers. Here are a few simple tips to help you choose beer styles that won't throw off your new weight loss regiment.

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A Year in Beer

A Year in Beer

By: Nate Reynolds | January 3, 2017 | in: Beer Tips

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, available ingredients and flavor profiles. For example, the Helles Bock, formally known as Maibock, is a lighter version of the bock meant to be enjoyed during the spring or brewing fruit and vegetable beers that can only be concocted during harvest months.

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Homebrew Holiday Gift Ideas

Homebrew Holiday Gift Ideas

By: Bill Ramsey | December 13, 2016 | in: Homebrewing

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 home brewer.

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Cheese Pairing Tips From the Experts

Cheese Pairing Tips From the Experts

By: Nate Reynolds | November 23, 2016 | in: Beer and Food

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 and often see food suggestions on our favorite beer labels, but if you’re no good in the kitchen and don’t want to purchase a ton of ingredients, there is a simpler solution…cheese! Food pairing is all the rage, and a perfectly executed cheese pairing at your next get-together is sure to impress your guests. The different distinctions of cheese and seemingly boundless beer styles are what makes pairing them so interesting.

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