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The Secret’s Out: Rocky Point Artisan Brewers & Secret Engine Brewing Release Collaboration Beer Sticke Handwerker

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Mike Voigt of Rocky Point of Artisan Brewers, left, and Mike Mare of Secret Engine.

“Sometimes the beer just tells you when it is ready,” says Mike Voigt of Rocky Point Artisan Brewers about their recent collaborative brew with Secret Engine Brewing of Brooklyn. Mike Mare, brewer and co-owner of Secret Engine, is currently trying to find a permanent home for the brewery while still getting his beer out there. Though the original plan was to wait until later this month, Sticke Handwerker, the Long Island debut from Secret Engine, will be released this Friday at Tap and Barrel, The Black Sheep Ale House and a to-be-determined location in Brooklyn. keep reading...

Rocky Point Artisan Brewers Nano Cask Festival & Farmer’s Market – January 25 2014

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It’s that time of the year again. Get ready to drink some lightly carbonated, near room temperature beer! The fourth annual Rocky Point Artisan Brewers Nano Cask Festival and Farmer’s Market is being held Saturday January, 25th 2014. This event has both professional and home brewers pouring their wares from, you guessed it, casks.

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For those who may not know a cask is literally a container for beer. To that you might reply, “Obviously”, to which we say well smarty pants did you know that cask conditioned ale has been christened (along with bottle conditioned beer) as “Real Ale” by CAMARA (the Campaign for Real Ale)? Cask conditioned beer served from casks is a traditional method of serving beer. Patrons used to belly up to the bar and order a flagon of ale which was poured directly from the cask/container. keep reading...

The 35th Annual A.H.A. National Homebrewers Conference (2013)

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Next week, the 35th annual American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Though the conference is officially Thursday, June 27-Saturday, June 29, there are pre-conference activities taking place earlier in the week including a BJCP tasting exam, which we here at Beer Loves Company will be taking (fingers crossed!). So, what exactly does a homebrew conference entail? Well, to be honest, we are not 100% sure as this is our first time attending, but we are more than eager to find out! keep reading...

Blue Point Cask Festival 2013: Until Next Year…

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Though the Blue Point Cask Fest did not begin until 2 pm, we arrived shortly after noon to help set up (and get a first look at what the other brewers had on tap). The parking lot of Blue Point Brewery was already buzzing at this point as everyone was congregating under the massive tent that had been set up to house the casks and breweries. We quickly found our way to the Brewers East End Revival (B.E.E.R)  table, which was conveniently located next to the Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts (LIBME) table. In total, B.E.E.R would be serving 8 home brews, one of which was our very own Fünke a Mint Blueberry Kölsch which we brewed with Bobby Rodriguez. Due to the large number of casks present, there was a bit of a tap shortage, but it seemed like everyone was eventually able to work it out and get their beer flowing. Since we were unable to be there when Bobby transferred the beer from carboy into the cask and added the mint and blueberry flavoring, the first time we actually tasted Fünke was a couple short hours before we would be serving it to the thirsty patrons of this event. keep reading...

Crafting A Beer: Cask Time by Bobby Rodriguez (2013)

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This is a first for us here at BLC. We have asked our friend and co-brewing conspirator Bobby Rodriguez to put something together on Cask Ale. The beer we made with him (Fünke a Mint Blueberry Kölsch) for the 2013 Blue Point Brewing Company Cask Ales Festival was, of course, put into a cask. Stop by the Brewer’s East End Revival (B.E.E.R.) table to give it a try if you are attending. Unfortunately we were not there for the process and left the transfer of beer from carboy to cask in the capable hands of Bobby. Since we missed out on the experience we decided to let Bobby talk a bit about his experience and to share some of his knowledge of cask ale with you. So without further rambling from us, here is Bobby Rodriguez’s “Cask Time”. keep reading...

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April 12th, 2013 at 11:30 pm