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You’re Not Sexist, Walter, You’re Just an Asshole

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In response to Craft Brewing Has a Sexism Problem, from Slate.com.

Craft brewing has a sexism problem is a pretty bold statement to make. The better title would have been, “A Small Handful of Breweries Have a Maturity Problem.” Yes, sexism likely does exist in brewing as it unfortunately exists in many other industries in the United States. That obviously doesn’t make it okay, but it’s also not okay to let a few immature breweries give a bad name to an entire industry.

A name and label like Panty Dropper isn’t offensive to me as a woman, it’s offensive to me as a consumer. It should be equally offensive to men. Having never been a man, I can’t speak in absolutes, but I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t give my money to a company that thinks I have to get a woman tipsy on their beer in order to remove her panties. The implication that women can be coerced into non-consensual sex through the use of alcohol is certainly offensive; there is no debating that. But it’s equally offensive for a beer to label men out of control date rapists. It’s not sexist, it’s just in extremely poor taste.

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July 6th, 2015 at 4:00 pm

America the Beertiful

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Happy (almost) birthday, America. You’ve had a pretty good year, all things considered, and now it’s time for most of your inhabitants to head outdoors, eat a ridiculous amount of hot dogs and crack open a cold beer. Cold beer…what’s more American than that? Well, probably opening your own business where you brew beer and sell it to the public. Over the last year, many craft beer hopefuls did just that.

With such an influx of new breweries it becomes difficult to keep up with. Here on Long Island, we are up to 20+ breweries with another 10 or so on deck to open in the next year. Some of the newer ones we haven’t even had a chance to visit yet.

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July 3rd, 2015 at 11:22 am

Upping the Ante on David Chang’s Douchiness – by Andrew Luberto

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This post is by frequent contributor, award winning beer/mead maker, nationally ranked BJCP Judge, brewing aficionado and all around good guy Andrew Luberto. We understand that Mr. Luberto’s take could rub some the wrong way. Tough. We appreciate the sentiment, passion, wit and Big Trouble in Little China reference contained herein. So read on for some jabs at a celebrity chef from a craft beer heavy weight. Enjoy! <3 A+K

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I don’t typically take part in public commentary on the internet, simply because it’s too much of a messy process in a Wild West Royal Rumble sort of way. Posts stack on top of posts in an unending stream, most of the time barely literate, and rehashing the same worn out sentiments again and again leading to some sort of playground confrontation over the latest cat video on YouTube. However, when I came across this blog post by a GQ editor it was so outrageously absurd I felt that I had to either respond or burst like some David Lo Pan henchman (for all you Kurt Russell fans out there).

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July 1st, 2015 at 10:14 am

What’s Been Happening @ Beer Loves Company

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As you can probably see, it’s been more than a little while since we have written here on Beer Loves Company but all definitely hasn’t been quite on the beer front. Over the past three months we have done our fair share of traveling, brewery visiting and of course, craft beer drinking. Here’s a peek at what we were up to and what’s to come from Beer Loves Company.

April 11th was the 11th Annual Cask Ales Festival at Blue Point Brewery and we were there representing Beer Loves Long Island (and LI Craft Beer Week). We brewed a Saison with grapefruit and orange peel/juice and a secret blend of Crimson & Clove spices—more on that later. In addition we had a few under the table selections. One was our “Wedding Cider” (which yes we served at our wedding) and a sour ale we made from a group brewed stein (look for an article on brewing a stein beer by frequent contributor Andrew Luberto soon). As always, the event was a huge success and the tickets this year sold out in record time. People on Long Island are becoming increasingly open to unique craft beers, including cask ales, and the turnout at events like this proves it. Some standouts of the day were the bourbon barrel aged Ol’ Howling Bastard from Blue Point and Southampton’s red wine barrel aged porter with Brettanomyces. For more on the Cask Fest read our article on Edible East End.

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Spent Grain Blueberry Walnut Muffins – Made with Siggi’s Yogurt

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Once again we found ourselves with a lot of spent grain after a brew day and once again it seemed like a waste to throw it away. These muffins were totally improvised with ingredients we had around the house, but they turned out great. They are also very low in sugar and fat as far as muffins go (and just in general), so you can feel good about enjoying one with a homebrew or two.

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  • 1 cup spent grain
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 8 oz. container Siggi’s strawberry yogurt (or other thick, Greek style yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon to taste

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