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Ode to An Old Friend

By: Zebadiah Pagerie | March 22, 2017 | in:

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 most likely a few more; but you loved them all. Well, sometimes it pays to go back and visit your old loves. Obviously, I am talking about beer.

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What Are Hops?

What Are Hops?

By: Dave Wilfore | March 15, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

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 and water. However, in many American style beers, they tend to steal the spotlight.

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Experimenting With Craft Brewing

Experimenting With Craft Brewing

By: Ben Richards | February 23, 2017 | in: Homebrewing

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 different reasons. One of my best friends from college and I started making a lot of weird beers. In the fall, we made a 13% ABV red ale that we pretended was a barleywine that was awful (until it sat for about seven months, then it was suddenly delicious). In the dead of winter, we made a grapefruit IPA with way too many grapefruits squeezed into it, which turned out truly mediocre.

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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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