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Rye Not? A Rise in Rye Beer’s Popularity

By Michael Engle | March 16, 2012

Photo:Paul Narvaez

For a grain with such wide recognition in popular culture (from the folk song/nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence” to the Don McLean rock anthem “American Pie”) as well as its status as an undisputed staple for New York delis (aside from the “marble” cousin, is there any other acceptable bread for a Reuben?), one would assume that rye’s potential has already been maximized.  However, as palettes and techniques have become more refined, rye has enjoyed a renaissance.  William Bostwick reported, in The Wall Street Journal, that it has become increasingly popular among brewers not just as an novelty flavor, but as a useful grain for accenting beers.

Even though rye whiskey distilling is a domestic tradition as old as the presidency, reportedly dating back to the 1790′s at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, VA estate, Americans have only recently discovered rye’s beer capabilities.   Read More

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Beer Searching Just Got a Whole Lot Cooler

By Jeannette | March 2, 2012

Photo: Adam Fagen

Photo: Adam Fagen

By: Justin Chan

It’s easy to grab a pack of generic beer at your local supermarket, but finding one that’s indigenous to a certain country is like finding Waldo in a sea of cartoon characters dressed in red and white.

Those who aren’t heavy consumers of beer are probably fine with a bottle of Heineken or Coors Light, but beer connoisseurs will tell you that there are many other obscure brands that will soothe your taste buds. Consider Boon Framboise, a Belgian beer that smells like a combination of vanilla and wood. The brand scored a 98 on a taste test conducted by the U.S. Beverage Institute. It also won the “Beer of the Year” award from Malt Advocate.

Though heavily praised by beer critics, Boon Framboise is one of the many beer names few people in the U.S. can recognize. Surprised? Don’t be. Most Americans are used to watching Guinness commercials where two scientists go back and forth yelling “Brilliant!” or Miller Lite ads where a poor fellow is on the verge of losing his man card. Major beer brands such as Heineken, Bud Light, Coors and Miller Light have complete dominance over the advertisements you see every day, while lesser-known brands often remain under your radar. Read More

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Freshly Brewed: Book Review of Brewed Awakening

By admin | November 7, 2011

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By: Ashley Bode

Oktoberfest may be over but there’s no need to empty your pint glass now. Many people consider beer to be the refreshing drink of summertime barbecues and baseball games, but consider learning more about beer’s heartier brethren that is sure to keep you warm throughout the winter. Former New York Press columnist Joshua M. Bernstein released his first book Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World’s Craft Brewing Revolution last Tuesday. Inside, Bernstein offers readers an extensive knowledge on craft beer and the blossoming industry in both the United States and abroad. Read More

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2011 NYC Oktoberfest Events

By admin | September 30, 2011

Photo: Esti Alvarez

Photo: Esti Alvarez

When a German asks you, “Was seinen Sie ihre Lieblings Freizeitbeschaftigungen?” don’t be alarmed by the large words.  Stare right into their Deutches Augen (German Eyes) and yell like a private in boot camp, “Practicing for Oktoberfeeeest!”  Make sure to draw out that last syllable to really drive home your dedication to The Fest, because this stuff’s important. Read More

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Five Refreshing Summer Beers

By Marcus Samuelsson | July 7, 2011

Photo: charlesdyer on flickr

Photo: charlesdyer on flickr

Whether it’s for a holiday weekend, a visit to a beer garden, or just an outdoor barbecue with your family and friends, trying a few refreshing beers is a fun way to enjoy yourself this summer. Happily, there is a wide selection of great summer beers available. Check out these five beers for something new help you stay cool in the hot sun. Read More

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