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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...

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August 12th, 2015 at 11:06 am

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...