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Brewing a Berliner Weiss by a Friend of BLC

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image“Beer Loves Company? More like, ‘Everyone Loves Company.'” Yeah, yeah…we know a most of our posts lately have been guest posts, but other people have a lot of interesting stuff to say. Today, we give everyone a look at making a Berliner Weisse with digestive pills. See, we told you it was interesting. Enjoy!

The clerk at Wild by Nature didn’t even bat an eye at my response which was a sure sign she had no idea what I was talking about.  I decided to press on in the vain hope of trying to not seem like a nut, “There’s a particular strain of bacteria that was historically used in beer which I can only find in these digestive aid pills.”  She smiled politely, the way you do when finding yourself unexpectedly in a conversation with someone who has obvious issues, and then hoped it all works out for me.  In retrospect she was remarkably professional since I probably sounded like I was about to start cooking meth in my kitchen when I told her I was using the pills to brew a Berliner Weisse. keep reading...

Written by A+K

August 12th, 2015 at 11:06 am

Harvesting Barn Honey for Mead (Guest Post)

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My wife leaned in up against me on the couch, her index finger flicking across the iPhone screen like a master dealer flicking out cards at a Vegas black jack table. Although I have to admit I’m pretty indifferent to just about anything sentimental, the tiny subjects of each picture she was showing me really did have an endearing quality to them. As a self-respecting man I would never use the word “cute” to describe anything but I imagine that is the word someone much more in touch with their feelings than me would describe them as. Their furry little jackets made them look like some sort of insect Vikings or Manowar album cover and the neon yellow sacks on their hind legs shone with a vivid intensity. “We have Bees”. My Wife’s announcement was less of a statement then A STATEMENT! I imagined this was the level of excitement associated with other brief statements like “I’m pregnant” or “I’m cured” or “We won”. keep reading...

Written by A+K

August 15th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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Saider: Let the Great Experiment Begin!

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You: What’s a Saaiiideer?

Us: Saider (SAI-DER) is a saison brewed using apple cider instead of water. When that finished fermenting it was a little acetic so we balanced it with a black currant and pinot noir pyment.

You: That sounds weird.

Us: It is. Want to try it?

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We think that will be how most exchanges will go when people first come up to try Saider (remember it’s pronounced SAI-DER). The idea to brew a beer but use apple cider instead of water was unique enough but when the resulting brew turned out more acetic then some of us would like balancing it out with a pyment seemed like a good idea. So now we have a beverage that literally is comprised of three different drinks. This is the definition of experimentation. Let the Great Experiment BEGIN! keep reading...

2013 North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ and Wine Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards Wrap-Up (or Should we Say Bandage-Up?)

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So the North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ and Wine Fest held at Martha Clara Vineyards has come and gone for another year. This event truly has a lot going on with the beer, BBQ and to some extent wine (also some cider and mead showed up as well).

Gallons upon gallons of great beer was being served the entire day by breweries from around the country while music played, friends got friendy with it and pigs were roasted on spits. We here at BLC were able to sell our Beer Loves Long Island shirts as well as a variety of our buttons throughout the event. keep reading...

Written by A+K

August 28th, 2013 at 12:13 pm