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Homebrewing a Stout + Saison



Kevin is a saison man. Alicia is a stout lady. Though both have been known to stray from these styles and enjoy the wide spectrum that craft beer has to offer, they always come back to their tried and true favorite. Inevitably, this has caused it’s fair share of problems within the Beer Loves Company household. There have been many a cold night where Kevin will crack open a Saison Du Pont, eager to pour it into two glasses, only to have Alicia say she “isn’t thirsty” and is going to bed. The empty bottles of Old Rasputin Kevin finds hidden in the trash the next morning, however, tell a different story. keep reading...

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January 16th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

MALT-n-PEPA & WHATTA MAN-GO – Brewing up TWO Wheat Beers




Recently we here at BLC brewed two wheat beers for the American Homebrewers Association’s 35th Annual National Homebrewers Conference. These takes on the wheat/hefeweizen style/s were crafted with our good friend Frank Filacchione. Our well received and LIB Magazine “Top 5 Beers from local Long Island Brewing Companies” (even though we aren’t a brewing company) Saint Remo Gruit Ale was conceived of and brewed with big FRANK. He is an award winning home brewer and is one of our favorite brewing partners. Each of us are hard at work on a new ale recipe for the upcoming North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards (it will be delicious). We are all members of Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts (L.I.B.M.E.) a local Long Island homebrewing club and brewed Malt-n-Pepa and Whatta Man-Go to be poured at Club Night event during NHC 2013. This evening was a gathering of homebrewing clubs from around the country pouring beers ranging from an old bay gose all of the way to a three year aged cherry lambic. We will be providing a full run down of the night and our adventures featuring two grodzikies, beer served from a mine cart, talking with a brewing legend and more soon. For now back to Malt-n-Pepa and Whatta Man-Go keep reading...

BROWN (out) – Brewing up an American Brown Ale



YOU: Hello.

BLC: Hey.

YOU: So you guys brewed a Brown Ale huh? You don’t often see those available.

BLC: Hell yeah we brewed a Brown Ale!!!

YOU: This Brown Ale was served in a cask?

BLC: Yeah, cask ale = real ale (at least according to CAMRA)

YOU: How did it go over?

BLC: We kicked a 10 gallon firkin in one night and got nice feedback, in other words: GREAT.

YOU: Nice now how did you guys over at Beer Loves Company come to brew this beer?

BLC: Read on to the next paragraph to find out!

Still with us? Good. Now, this Brown Ale we brewed was truly the brain child of our friend Matt Bollerman. We were both lucky enough to have the chance to brew this beer with Matt who is an experienced Beer Judge Certification Program judge and an award winning homebrewer. All of us belong to both the Brewer’s East End Revival (B.E.E.R.) and Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts (L.I.B.M.E.) and met through these local clubs. keep reading...

Beer Loves Company + Hops is En Route to Long Island!


Well, it’s finally here…almost. The officially named Beer Loves Company + Hops is currently on it’s way to Condezllas Farm in Wading River, New York. Condzella Hops raised the funds to bring the European hop picker to Long Island via a Kickstarter campaign a few months ago and it is now actually in transit. We will be heading out to the farm this weekend for a Port Jeff Brewing Company beer dinner and are anxious to see how the hop plants are coming in. Before you know it, the machine formerly known as the Wolf WHE 140 Hopfen Pflückmaschine will be here and ready to start picking. And of course, Beer Loves Company will be there as well to bring you pictures, updates and a look at the first major hop harvest on Long Island in many years. 999662_490251554378927_40773889_n keep reading...

Blue Point Cask Festival 2013: Until Next Year…


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...