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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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Turning the Tables: A Brewers Profile of A + K by Jim Thoms

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Brewers Profile of Alicia & Kevin (aka: A+K) by Jim Thoms

Appeared in the September 2014 B.E.E.R. Newsletter

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Alicia and Kevin joined B.E.E.R. just over 2 years ago and have become two of the most active members, organizing and participating in all sorts of club activities; truly the Dynamic Duo. Kevin was elected club VP last November. This is the first time I’ve profiled two member brewers at once.

JT: When did you start brewing?
A+K: The first time we ever brewed was a stovetop kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop. It was supposed to be some sort of IPA and though it didn’t really taste like one, it was still pretty enjoyable. They didn’t really list that we needed a straining/filtering device so that was a bit crazy and they also didn’t list at that time on the box that you needed a large pot. It was a full mash 1 gallon batch. It turned out lighter and fruitier than an IPA and with lots of natural carbonation. Weird experiment.
After attending a few meetings of both B.E.E.R. and L.I.B.M.E, we decided we wanted to try again on a bigger scale and brewed with Frank Filacchione. The first beer we brewed with Frank was a Rauchbier which was November or maybe December 2012 and was served at the 2013 RPAB Cask Fest. The beer ending up getting a little sour in the cask (perhaps a little lacto snuck in) but it tasted pretty good to us, or Kevin at least.
From there we went on to brew with a few other club members before finally purchasing some equipment and setting up our own garage mini brewery. It was through brewing with these other members that we learned the many different ways you can brew a beer. Our beers are still “not to style” though (screw the BJCP).
JT: That’s the longest answer I ever got to that question—and I’ve done 50 of these interviews in more than 13 years—but I love it!

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Written by A+K

December 1st, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Top 5 Memorial Day BBQ Beers

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First of all, Happy Memorial Day everyone. It’s shaping up to be a beautiful day here on Long Island, so what better way to celebrate America and the unofficial beginning of summer than with an outdoor beer or two? Here are our top staple BBQ/beach/picnic/general time in the sun beers. What beer will you be enjoying today?

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Founders All Day IPA: Though this one comes in bottles and cans, our summer vote is for the canned version. Easy drinking but not light on flavor, All Day IPA delivers the perfect hop blast for a hot day. Also, it never hurts that you can get a 15 pack for around $20.

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Written by A+K

May 26th, 2014 at 9:54 am

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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Blue Point Brewing Company 10th Annual Cask Ales Festival – April 5, 2014

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This Saturday, Blue Point Brewing Company will hold their 10th annual Cask Ales Festival. This is one of the oldest and most widely anticipated beer events on Long Island, often selling out extremely quickly. This year was no exception, as tickets are now sold out so hopefully you got yours early. The event will run from 2-6 pm and is held rain or shine (or snow, though our fingers are crossed that spring is finally here). Over 30 breweries will be on hand pouring cask ales and food will be available for purchase. A couple years ago, a giant cask of Blue Point Sour Cherry Imperial Stout paired with a smoked turkey leg was quite memorable.

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Written by A+K

April 3rd, 2014 at 3:32 pm