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2014: A Year of Beer in Review

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2014: We got married, Kevin grew a mustache for a good cause and the New York Islanders are currently tied for first place in their division, so all in all it’s been a good year. As such we figured why not take a look at the year that has been pretty good to us and celebrate the Beer Loves Company moments we have enjoyed the most. Heading toward the end of 2014 there is much to remember and celebrate. We wish the same for you in 2015. Happy New Year!

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In 2014 we brewed quite a few beers and even one called Saider that was a mash-up of a saison, cider and mead. This was also a year of cider brewing for us, once we discovered that you don’t have to stand in a freezing or sweltering garage, exposed to the elements, to produce this delicious beverage. Conveniently enough, cider can be “brewed” in the comfort of your home and though it seems simple there are many tweaks that can be made along the way to make the final product your own. We experimented with sour yeast, assorted fruits and our wedding toast was even made with a slightly sour raspberry cider (carbonated with maple syrup).  We’ll take that over champagne any day. Or most days.

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2014 American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference – Grand Rapids, Michigan

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The 36th annual American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference (AHA NHC) was held June 12-14 in Grand Rapids, Michigan which is appropriately nicknamed Beer City USA. To be perfectly honest, when we were sitting at the 35th annual NHC last year in Philly and they announced this year the homebrewers would be “mashing in Michigan”, all we really knew to expect was Founders Brewing Company. Turns out, Grand Rapids is way more than just Founders and this years NHC had a few surprises up it’s sleeve as well.

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Perrin Brewing Company – Comstock Park, Michigan

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One of the hidden gems on our recent trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the National Homebrewers Conference was hands down Perrin Brewing Co. in nearby Comstock Park. With a bit of downtime from the conference, we decided to rent a car and drive to Kalamazoo to visit Bell’s Eccentric Cafe and a couple smaller nearby breweries. On the way back from that venture, which will of course be getting it’s own post, we remembered that a bartender at Hop Cat had mentioned Perrin to us. A quick consult with Google Maps showed that it was basically on the way back to Grand Rapids, so to Perrin we went.

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Photo Update: National Homebrewers Conference 2014 in Grand Rapids Michigan (NHC 2014)

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We are currently attending the 36th annual American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewing Conference (or AHA NHC) in Grand Rapids Michigan. Between seminars on everything from ice cider to harvesting your own yeast, we have been able to get out and explore the city a bit. They’re not kidding when they say this is “Beer City USA”. Look for a full recap of the conference to come, but for now here is a brief look into our adventure so far.

Want to join the American Homebrewers Association? Discounts, a free subscription to Zymurgy and a chance to attend the NHC next year in San Diego await you. Oh, and you might just get to meet this guy (Charlie Papazian, father of the AHA). Click him if you’re into it.

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The 35th Annual A.H.A. National Homebrewers Conference (2013)

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Next week, the 35th annual American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Though the conference is officially Thursday, June 27-Saturday, June 29, there are pre-conference activities taking place earlier in the week including a BJCP tasting exam, which we here at Beer Loves Company will be taking (fingers crossed!). So, what exactly does a homebrew conference entail? Well, to be honest, we are not 100% sure as this is our first time attending, but we are more than eager to find out!

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