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Hopless Romantic: A BLC/Big C Brewing Collaboration

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Hopless Romantic is a gruit ale we brewed alongside Frank F. of “Big C Brewery” for the North Fork Craft Beer, Wine & BBQ Fest. In keeping true-ish to this historical style, it was brewed with shiso, spruce, tarragon, rosemary and mint, but no hops. Traditionally all ales used a “gruit” (a mix of herbs, roots, flowers and/or spices) instead of hops as a bittering and flavoring agent which is what we tried to achieve with Hopless Romantic.

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The idea to brew this beer was born out of our previous gruit ale effort, Saint Remo. As you may recall this beer was served at the 2013 Spring Craft Beer Festival at Nassau Coliseum (and was a favorite of LIB Magazine). We really enjoyed the brewing process combined with the sometimes challenging aspect of avoiding hops. Saint Remo was a bit on the heavier side, as spruce was the main flavoring agent, so we wanted to do something lighter for summer. keep reading...

North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ and Wine Festival @ Martha Clara

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This Saturday, August 10th, the 7th annual North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ and Wine Festival will take place at Martha Clara Vineyard in Riverhead, New York. The festival will run from 2 pm-6 pm, with VIP entry starting at 1 pm, giving those patrons an extra hour of tasting, eating and socializing. Unfortunately, tickets are completely sold out, though there are a few pairs floating around on Craigslist if you decide to make a last minute appearance. north fork beer fest For those of you who have your tickets purchased and ready to go, this is one of our personal favorite beer festivals so you are in for a real treat. There will be tasting booths set up from virtually all the Long Island breweries, as well as national favorites like Founders, Captain Lawrence, Jolly Pumpkin and more. Additionally, some of these booths will have timed releases of special brews (such as Goose Island Bourbon County Stout), so be sure to set a festival schedule for yourself. If for some reason you need a break from beer, there will also be selections from several Long Island wineries and food supplied by Maple Tree BBQ. We will be pouring our Hopless Romantic gruit we brewed with Frank F of “Big C Brewery” as well as a small selection of BLC ciders at the Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts table. The gruit is a summer take on our Saint Remo while the ciders were our first venture into the genre, inspired by a seminar we attended at the AHA Conference. In addition to (hopefully) delicious beverages, we will also have custom made “Beer Loves Long Island” T-shirts and an array of buttons for sale. We hope to see everyone there, as it is sure to be a day filled with good beer, food and company. blcshirtbuttons

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. keep reading...