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Newburgh and Blue Smoke Team up on a Kölsch & We (Almost) Named It



To quote Johnny Drama, “VICTORY!”.

Newburgh Brewing Company and Blue Smoke restaurant recently ran a campaign asking for help naming their new collaborative Kölsch. We won a (runners-up) prize for entering our suggestion, Jazz Flute. The grand prize winner’s suggestion was not listed on Blue Smoke’s Facebook page, but we are sure that the winning name (Newburgh East Kölsch) presented less of a challenge with the TTB and Ron Burgundy than Jazz Flute would have. After all, you have to assume that someone has made a Papa Burgundy inspired beer already, no? Either way, we are quite happy to have the $50 bucks (and lots of pride) to spend at this NYC BBQ landmark. keep reading...

Written by A+K

May 14th, 2014 at 11:18 am

Home from Germany with the Best Kind of Souvenirs (Hint: it’s Beer)



So our Christmacation through Germany is over. We’re back home on Long Island and thoughts of liverwurst, glühwein and gnomes sneaking about at night dance in our heads. Cologne and Düsseldorf were packed with more sights and delicious delights then we had bargained for. Both of us will always remember our trip fondly, from our memories and the fun treats we brought back.

Our small carry on suitcases which have been our travel companions through all of our journeys have had many delicious beers carefully stowed within them and this return trip from Deutschland was no different. We were able to fit many Kölsch and Altbiers in our two cases wrapping them in clothes and packing everything in tightly. This time we even brought along ziplock bags to place the bottles in before storing them. Of the many breweries we visited we decided that we’d pick our three favorites in each city and bring back two beers from each one. That lead to the following coming home to Long Island with us. keep reading...

Written by A+K

December 23rd, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Beer Loves Company in Dusseldorf, Germany!


Düsseldorf: home of Christmas markets, potato pancakes and Altbier. Düseldorf is home to nine brewpubs that all produce Altbier on site and we were able to visit a good chunk of them in just under three days (sounds like a tough job right?).

Geeky beer side note: Altbier came about in 1838 when the Schümacher brewery needed a name to distinguish their top fermenting beer from the other bottom fermenting beers being produced. Alt is typically a dark copper color with some fruity esters accenting the malty, hoppy backbone. As with the Kölsch in Cologne each Alt brewery (or brauerei in German) falls somewhere along the spectrum. We both found Altbier to be a very tasty and highly drinkable style. We would welcome craft brewers here at home to try their hand at producing this “old style” brew. keep reading...

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December 18th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Beer Loves Company in Cologne, Germany!


Cologne, Germany (know as Köln to it’s people) is the birthplace and home of Kölsch beer. Kölsch is warm-fermented & cold-conditioned (or lagered) and results in a brew that is straw yellow in color with prominent hoppiness. Kölsch, like Cologne itself, has been in direct competition with Altbier and neighboring Düsseldorf for many years.

As we are learning, there are 13 breweries in Cologne who produce Kölsch and they all serve it in a similar fashion: refilling your .2 L glass whenever it looks a bit low, without any prompting (most times). Take note, New York. Of course, this trip isn’t all about beer as we have been taking in the Christmas themed sights as well. Here are a few moments from our journey before we move on to Düsseldorf, home of the Altbier. keep reading...

Recipe – Okto-Beer-Feast!!!


Now that the east coast is finally starting to recover a bit from Hurricane Sandy and Nor’easter within the same week, we can get back to bringing you everything craft beer. Assuming you did not drink all your leftover Oktoberfest while being stuck inside with no power, here is a recipe that both uses and pairs well with this German style of beer. And even if you are fresh out, don’t let the fact that it is November stop you from buying more.

This meal came about one night last week. Having a few brews laying around we decided to purchase some ingredients to go with them. The plan was to cook up some Montreal marinated flank steak and Brussels sprouts, which we sadly didn’t know were named after the city, with walnuts. While shopping we decided to impulse buy some pork chops because who doesn’t love a side of pork with their steak? The real reason is the store was out of flank steak so we purchased skirt. Not knowing how this would go over, pork was the back up plan. We wound up making Oktoberfest & thyme marinated pork chops with a beer infused mushroom gravy. You could make two separate meals out of these recipes or get nuts, as we did, and have an Okto-Beer-Feast!!! keep reading...

Written by A+K

November 10th, 2012 at 8:20 pm