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The Brewers Collective Winter Homebrew Contest

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This Sunday, January 19, The Brewers Collective will be holding their winter homebrew contest at Hoptron Brewtique in Patchogue, New York. The event will run from 3-7 pm and is open to the public with no entry fee. The only requirement is you have to be ready to taste and judge some winter themed homebrew, produced by various members of The Brewers Collective (and friends).

Speaking of friends of the collective, we will be pouring a stout-saison hybrid that we recently brewed in an attempt to merge two of our favorite styles in one glass. Fittingly enough, we named it A + K. We’ll be detailing the brewing process later this week, giving you a chance to follow the beer from brew kettle to your glass. keep reading...

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January 14th, 2014 at 11:36 am

Great South Bay Punktoberfest and Contract Homebrewing Sesh-On a Table Saison for Karp’s Hardeware & Homebrew

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Great South Bay Brewery recently held their first annual Punktoberfest. This event was described as, “…an event that combines Beers, Brats & Punk Rock!”, and it lived up to the billing. GSB asked brewers to focus on “fall beers” and there were certainly lots of pumpkin ales and Oktoberfest lagers to taste while downing brats and rocking out to some punk. The staff, brewers, brewery reps, vendors, bands, security team and especially the volunteers made sure this was a safe and fun event for all. keep reading...

Written by A+K

December 14th, 2013 at 8:00 am

Crafting a Beer: Inception – Saint Remo Gruit Ale (2013)

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This Saturday, March 9, Nassau Coliseum will be hosting its 7th annual Spring Craft Beer Festival. There will be over 50 brewers from Long Island and across the country in attendance pouring 2 oz. samples of their beers. There are two sessions (12:30 pm-4:00 pm and 5:30 pm-9:00 pm) and tickets are still available though the events website. We attended the event last year and were able to sample brews from many of our favorite commercial breweries, but home brewers are fairly represented as well. LIBME (Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts) will have a table at both sessions where home brewers from the club will be pouring their creations. On tap will be Saint Remo, a modern day gruit that Beer Loves Company brewed in collaboration with our friend Frank of “Big C” brewery. keep reading...

Written by A+K

March 4th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Fantôme de Noël – Brasserie Fantôme (No Bottling Date)

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BLC Says:
Brasserie Fantôme Fantôme de Noël is the Christmas saison from this Belgian brewery. It comes in a 750 ml bottle that is capped and corked with interesting label artwork featuring a ghost drinking a beer, Christmas tree and ornaments. We give them credit for getting more than one holiday involved and having their ghostly mascot drinking out of a tulip-like glass.

This saison emerges from the bottle bearing a hazy rust hue with mild visible carbonation. The foamy head is a cream white color and lasts for good amount of time. Eventually the head does settle into a light cap with clumpy lacing, but the brew easily comes alive after each sip or swirl. The aroma is a mingling of sweet, tart and funk along with some hay and a base of crisp malt. There is an underlying fruity, bright quality with a bit of Belgian yeast making an appearance as well. Fantôme de Nöel tastes tart and slightly lactic with refreshing fruit (apple and pear) in the background. Tiny tingling carbonation zips across the tongue and this brew feels light with a bit of weight to it. Notes of hay and malt echo in the finish. For a 10% abv beer this has surprisingly little alcohol presence in it and seems like it would be extremely easy to overindulge in. We suggest being careful or the Fantôme of drinking past may sneak up on you. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 7th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Saison Dupont (Vielle Provision) – Brasserie Dupont (2012)

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BLC Says
Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont (still labeled as Vielle Provision here in the USA) is considered the standard of this refreshing Belgian farmhouse style. Saison (season in French) originally referred to refreshing ales brewed by farmers to be consumed during the summer. These beers started out around 3% abv but modern interpretations hover closer to 5-6% range. Saison Dupont is 6.5% and most current American saisons copy the yeast used by the Dupont brewery because it ferments better at warmer temperatures. Saison Dupont is popular all over the world and we have had the pleasure of tasting it in several countries including Belgium. This review is of a 2012 bottle purchased and enjoyed locally. We had our bottle of Saison Dupont on New Year’s Eve so this was the first beer enjoyed by BLC in the 2013. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 5th, 2013 at 3:03 pm