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2014: A Year of Beer in Review

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2014: We got married, Kevin grew a mustache for a good cause and the New York Islanders are currently tied for first place in their division, so all in all it’s been a good year. As such we figured why not take a look at the year that has been pretty good to us and celebrate the Beer Loves Company moments we have enjoyed the most. Heading toward the end of 2014 there is much to remember and celebrate. We wish the same for you in 2015. Happy New Year!

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In 2014 we brewed quite a few beers and even one called Saider that was a mash-up of a saison, cider and mead. This was also a year of cider brewing for us, once we discovered that you don’t have to stand in a freezing or sweltering garage, exposed to the elements, to produce this delicious beverage. Conveniently enough, cider can be “brewed” in the comfort of your home and though it seems simple there are many tweaks that can be made along the way to make the final product your own. We experimented with sour yeast, assorted fruits and our wedding toast was even made with a slightly sour raspberry cider (carbonated with maple syrup).  We’ll take that over champagne any day. Or most days.

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How to Simply Make a Cider: Our (Very) Basic Guide to Homebrewing a Gluten Free Hard Apple Cider

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At several recent craft beer themed events we have served homebrewed hard cider. It’s a drink that is easy to make and quite delicious. Many people have come up to us and asked,”Just how do I make a cider?” as they envision making some for their cider loving or gluten-free girlfriend/son/friend. Well, the honest truth is that a basic cider is much less complicated to make than beer or wine and requires far less equipment. All you need is regular apple juice/cider (preferably locally obtained), a vessel for fermentation like a glass carboy or a food safe bucket, an airlock, a bung, a little sanitizer and some nice healthy yeast. So, for all of those who have enjoyed our cider and asked us how to make one we present: Our (Very) Basic Guide to Homebrewing a Gluten Free Hard Cider. Here is a list of the items you will need followed by instructions.

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Written by A+K

April 30th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Brewing a Local Gluten Free Cider w/ Bourbon Oak Chips

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20140414-094159.jpgFor this year’s 10th Anniversary Blue Point Brewery Cask Ale Festival Alicia suggested we brew a cider. We have crafted several ciders (succesfully) for many events held across Long Island over the last few years so this was an easy decision to make. The 10th Anniversary of the Blue Point Brewery Cask Festival would mark the first time, ever, Beer Loves Company would make a cider and cask condition it.

To create our product we decided to go with unpasteurized apple cider from local Richter’s Orchards in Northport, NY. At first we were a bit hesitant to use cider in this state but after talking with the people at Richter’s we thought, what the hell. Our goal with this cider was to try and make something we would enjoy. We weren’t thinking about anyone else’s palates but ours when putting ideas together. So if the people who essentially live apples suggest unpasteurized cider (which they said would give us a truer apple taste) then that was good enough for us.

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J.K.’s Cuvée Winterruption Farmhouse Organic Hard Cider – Almar Orchards (2013)

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BLC Says:
At it’s core (ouch!) Cider is a beverage made from apple juice and yeast. It is a beverage that is gaining in popularity with numerous varieties springing up in numerous styles and flavors. With the weather changing and becoming colder as the fall season stretches on, we wanted a richer fuller cider and J.K.’s Cuvée Winterruption Farmhouse Hard Cider was the one we chose.

This cider, with a mouthful of a name, comes from the great and chilly state of Michigan. Almar Orchards has a long and storied tradition of growing apples and producing cider. Currently the fourth and the fifth-generations of Koan’s own and operate the produce, grain and livestock which sprawls on for 500 acres featuring organic meadows and pastures. They suggest stopping by to enjoy a “slice” of Old-Tyme of American farm life. That sounds like some fun but tasting some farm-fresh cider makes it sound even better.

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Woodside Orchards Brings Hard Apple Cider to Aquebogue, Long Island

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Woodside Orchards has been a Long Island apple staple since 1982, with orchards in both Jamesport and Aquebogue. They offer fresh baked pies, apple butter, donuts and U-pick, as well as ready to go bags of the over 20 varieties of apples they grow.

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However, the Aquebogue location has recently added another apple based delight to entice people to their roadside farmhouse: hard cider. Though they have produced delicious apple cider for quite some time, this season marks the first that they have added an alcoholic twist. With the use of onsite fermenters, they produce all the cider within a few feet of where it is served.

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Written by A+K

October 23rd, 2013 at 5:32 pm