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All I Want for Christmas is Brew: Top Holiday Gifts for Craft Beer Enthusiasts

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…lights are everywhere, Santa is getting ready for his yearly sleigh ride and most importantly, holiday beers are on tap. Well, maybe that’s not the most important fact to you, but if you have a craft beer enthusiast in your life it is likely a highlight of the season for them. At a loss for what to buy the person who would happily spend 6 hours painstakingly brewing a beer and then embark on a road trip for the chance to purchase a breweries rare release? Well, we have just the list to help you out. And if you happen to be that person who has taken a pilgrimage or two for Pliny the Elder, well then pass this on to you favorite holiday gift giver and hopefully you’ll find a treat or two under the tree. keep reading...

Written by A+K

December 8th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Southern Tier Pumking vs Pumking

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Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin, PUMPKIN! It seems like every year the flavors of fall begin their spicy, sticky and sweet barrage on our taste buds closer and closer to beach season. Some people have called this slide into lunacy “Seasonal Creep” but we prefer to tag it with a what we feel is a more apro poe, Seasonal Sleaze.

That is right, Seasonal Sleaze. Pumpkin this and pumpkin that “season” is like a reeeeaaaalllllyyyy drawn out Shark Week where people go around telling anybody within earshot how much they loooovvvveee pumpkin. “Oh have you had the new pumpkin spiced latte at Suck a Ducks?”, no we haven’t but are sure you will fill us in. “Did you try the spicy pumpkin crusty holes from Dumpy Donuts?”, nah kid we don’t eat those but it sure looks like you enjoy them. This onslaught of spiced and iced goods lasts quite a long time and while people do seem to enjoy these “treats” we’d say it has nothing to do with pumpkin at all. In reality what do they love? They love sugar and spice and whatever tastes nice. These people do not actually love pumpkin or the flavor of pumpkins (or sharks for that matter) they love sweet, sugary shit. When they order a pumpkin beer they make sure they get a full brown rim job every time loads with spices and sugar. keep reading...

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October 31st, 2013 at 4:05 am

Brewing a Funky Fresh Hop Ale with Port Jeff Brewing Company

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Hops have been a hot topic with us lately. It is after all the season when breweries around the world release their freshly hopped brews on the thirsty masses. With these beers breweries and farms (or homebrewers and their gardens) are moving one step closer to providing a beverage that offers a sense of place. These beers also are a boon to the imbiber not inclined to sip a spiced, sweet beer from a glass rimmed with sugar or caramel syrup. Hops and the harvest season should be celebrated by all beer fans and we here at Beer Loves Company have taken full advantage of this. We have used them in our Amalgam in the Middle cider/beer hybrid, picked them ourselves straight from the bine, hauled them from Condzella Hops to Long Ireland Beer Company for their fresh hop brew day and even had a chance to dry them for (hopefully) later use. keep reading...

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September 27th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Long Island Potato Stout – Blind Bat Brewery (2012)

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BLC Says:
Long Island Potato Stout by Blind Bat Brewery is their offering in the category of “dry stout”. The beer is brewed using organically-grown, local, Long Island potatoes. These potatoes are boiled, mashed, and then added in the “mash” phase of the brewing process during which, a mix of milled grain (typically malted barley with supplementary grains or adjuncts such as corn, sorghum, rye or wheat), known as the “grain bill“, and water, known as “liquor”, are combined and heated. Brewing the beer by this process is why it is branded with the charming tagline “Twice Mashed”. You may ask yourself, “Why brewed with potatoes?” to which Blind Bat Brewery responds, “Potatoes add sugars that supply dryness to this extra-dry stout.”, on the beers well designed label. keep reading...

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March 31st, 2013 at 4:05 pm

All Day IPA – Founders Brewing Company (2013)

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BLC Says:
Founders All Day IPA is sub-labeled “Session Ale”, making this their take on that rapidly growing section of the beer market. A “session ale” essentially means is a beer you can drink during a period of time (or session) without becoming overwhelmed by its alcohol content. These session beers can be consumed in reasonable quantity but should have full depth of flavor. Basically a brew in this style could take the place of a “light” beer (having a similar alcohol by volume or ABV) while providing a world of flavor not found in the world of Macro “light” beer. To learn more about session beer head over to the aptly named, Session Beer Project by Lew Bryson. keep reading...

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March 21st, 2013 at 5:14 pm