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Craft Beer Gift Guide

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What is the best gift to get someone who loves craft beer? A sometimes difficult question, but here is your answer. We have put together a list of items anyone interested in craft beer, whether they are an avid homebrewer or just getting into the beverage, would be happy to open on any holiday morning.

Spiegelau Beer Classics 19 Ounce IPA Glass

Set of 2, 4, 6 or 12

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Speigelau created their IPA glasses with a little help from their friends Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada, guys that know a thing or two about hops. The unique shape of the vessel, which kind of reminds us of a goblet perched atop a shot glass, is designed to showcase hop froward American style IPA’s by enhancing mouthfeel and preserving the head for longer than your average pour. Not to mention the wide opening that allows for that bitter, fruity aroma to really travel straight from the glass to your nose. The best part about these is that Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada are donating all their proceeds from sales of this glass to benefit advances in hop farming. So really everyone wins with this one.

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Saison du Buff – Dogfish Head Brewery, Stone Brewing Company & Victory Brewing Company (2012)

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Saison du Buff is an interesting trio of beers much like the three breweries who crafted each version. Born out of the formation of the BUFF alliance (Brewers United for the Freedom of Flavor) in 2003 these beers were a long time coming. This group was comprised of Sam Calagione, Bill Covaleski and Greg Koch. The goal of BUFF was to highlight the “passion and camaraderie of the American craft brew movement”, at least according to the Dogfish Head Brewery website. It was three young brewers trying something bold and building upon something that had been slowly growing since Jack McAuliffe first opened New Albion Brewing Company in 1976.

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March 28th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Hops & Props at The Cradle of Aviation – February 8th 2014

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Saturday, February 8, was the first ever Hops & Props Craft Beer Festival at the Cradle of Aviation. Though a similar event has been held at The Museum of Flight in Seattle for the past 12 years with great success, this was Long Island’s first introduction to the merging of craft beer and aviation. An unlikely match, sure, but they seemed to pair together almost flawlessly.

Since this was the first time this event was held, both the participants and attendees were not positive what to expect. We spoke to many brewers and exhibitors who told us when they arrived earlier in the day to set up they had no idea how the evening was going to pan out. Instead of having everything set up in a large, circular arena, which is how many craft beer festivals tend to operate, Hops & Props saw vendors sprawled throughout the museum in an almost maze-like set up. We admit that it took us quite a while to make our first pass through, though this was more due to lots of stopping and chatting rather than getting lost. The amount of aviation exhibits that were existing in harmony with the craft beer and food tables was really a sight to see, and to everyones credit it seems like the venue was treated with respect.

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Through Being Cool

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It’s no secret that the craft beer secret is out of the bag. Dive bars now boast taps of Sierra Nevada alongside Miller Lite, local bevys have expanded their craft section from one shelf to entire aisles and bartenders won’t look at you like you have two heads when you say you’re in the mood for an IPA. Though the popularity of craft beer is on the rise, it seems it is not in danger of peaking. At least, not yet. So where is craft beer headed in the next five years? And more importantly, what social implications will an increase in craft awareness have on the industry?

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February 1st, 2014 at 1:27 am

The 35th Annual A.H.A. National Homebrewers Conference: The Aftermath

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Last month (Saturday, June 29) the 35th annual A.H.A. National Homebrewers Conference wrapped up in Philadelphia. The commencement dinner banquet was preceded by three full days of seminars, events, tastings, meet & greets and vendor exhibits. Overall it was a hectic, information filled weekend that was hosted at the downtown Marriott but the festivities and craft beer enthusiasm quickly spilled out into much of the city of Philadelphia.

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Our time in Philly actually kicked off on Wednesday morning, a full day before the conference began, when we arrived to take the tasting portion of the BJCP exam. After passing the online test the previous week, and practicing beer tasting for the better part of the last couple years, we arrived a bit anxious but ready to go. The exam was 90 minutes long and the largest BJCP tasting exam yet, with over 60 participants. Six beers were served and each exam taker had 15 minutes to judge each brew as if it was a BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition. Though the experience was a bit intimidating, and after comparing notes after it seems everyone had their own opinions on the beers, it was definitely a fitting way to kick off the weekend. Plus, we don’t find out our scores for at least a couple months so the outcome wasn’t able to negatively effect anyones conference experience.

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