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



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. keep reading...

Written by A+K

April 30th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Now Head Brewer for Port Jeff Brewing Company, MATT GUNDRUM



There’s a new brewer in town and his name is Matt Gundrum. Hailing from Pennsylvania, Mr. Gundrum is a friendly fellow who is very easy to talk to. He was kind enough to speak with us about his journey in the world of craft beer and how it led him to New York.

After talking to Matt one thing becomes clear, he is exceptionally passionate about brewing. As the new Head Brewer for Port Jeff Brewing Company Mr. Gundrum is focused and determined. He has lofty goals, hoping to brew EVERY recognized Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP)beer and to bring either a World Beer Cup or Great American Beer Festival medal to Port Jeff Brewing Company but more importantly home to Long Island. keep reading...

Written by A+K

March 12th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Visiting Newburgh Brewing Company – Newburgh, NY


On a recent fall foliage trip to Mr. Apples, the weirdest little apple orchard you ever did encounter, we planned to take the scenic route home and hit up a few breweries. On the top of our list was the home of Newburgh Brewing Company, conveniently located about an hour and fifteen minutes from Manhattan. After spending a couple days checking out the craft beer scene in the New Paltz/Kingston area (including a visit to Keegan Ales), we headed back downstate to spend a little time in the sometimes sketchy Newburgh and it’s neighboring city, the sometimes hip Beacon, which we heard referred to as “the new Brooklyn” at least ten times. But anyway, this is all about Newburgh Brewery so we will save the upstate adventures for another time. keep reading...

Written by A+K

December 10th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

First Annual Home Brew Contest at Fatty McGee’s Sponsored by Arbor Wine & Beer Making Supplies Judged by Beer Loves Company



Saturday December 7th 2013 at 7:30 pm the first annual Home Brew Contest will be held at Fatty McGee’s in East Islip, New York. The event was organized and is sponsored by Arbor Wine and Beer Making Supplies and they have asked us to be the judges. We are looking forward to meeting all of the brewers who are competing and of course trying their liquid labors of love. Two prizes are up for grabs: Most True to Style and Most Unique. Drink specials will be going on throughout the night and if we had to guess from the poster (which we do because we have no idea what the specials will be) they might have something to do with Blue Point Brewing Company beer. A homebrewing competition and specials on Blue Point beer, pretty cool eh? keep reading...

Written by A+K

December 5th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Homebrewing a Cherry Oatmeal Stout We Call Cherry-O



If you are a casual reader of Beer Loves Company then you no doubt know that we have been homebrewing quite often lately. We learned the art (or craft if you prefer) by brewing with other members of both homebrewing clubs to which we belong and by doing research as well as some experimentation. All of this knowledge and effort has been put into practice frequently over the past few months. The craft beer scene has been garnering increased interest seemingly every day with beer festivals, charity events and even breweries popping up like gremlins from Gizmo’s back after getting wet. If you don’t get that reference google Gremlins or better yet just watch the movie. This is the perfect time of year for a horror/Christmas movie mash up. keep reading...