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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 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...

Crafting a Beer: Execution – Fünke a Mint Blueberry Kölsch (2013)


About a week after our careful recipe planning (which you should read about by clicking here), it was time to brew our Fünke a Mint Blueberry Kölsch. Well, technically we would just be brewing a kölsch base beer at this point. Quickly, for those who do not know, a kölsch is a traditional style of German beer originating in Cologne. It is brewed with an ale yeast but is lagered for a time linking it with some other central Northern European beers such as altbier. Our mint and blueberry additions won’t be mixed with the beer until it is time to put the brew into the cask. The kölsch recipe we came up with was a hybrid culled from various influences one being Brewing Classic Styles (which is a book all aspiring home brewers should pick up). With this beer we would have one foot (ok, maybe a few toes) in tradition and the other deeply in experimentation, new ideas and thirsty optimism. Using Brewing Classic Styles and it’s theories on brewing a kölsch as well as Bobby’s vast experience in brewing to style we would have a solid foundation upon which to paint with our flavor palette. keep reading...

Crafting a Beer: Inception – Fünke a Mint Blueberry Kölsch (2013)


As members of B.E.E.R (Brewer’s East End Revival), we will be pouring a cask beer that we brewed with none other than Bobby Rodriguez, a seasoned and award winning home brewer. Bobby runs the club only competitions for B.E.E.R. each month, has brewed a myriad of styles and is a good friend. He graciously allowed us to brew with him on his excellent home brew set up. Much like our Saint Remo Gruit Ale we brewed (with Frank) for the Spring Craft Beer Festival, a great deal of thought went into the recipe. This is a pivotal step where you decide what type of beer you will be creating and it really is where the whole process begins.

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Written by A+K

April 6th, 2013 at 10:50 pm