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Brooklyn Beer School

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One of the perks of being “The Craft Beer Girl” is making friends in the beer industry. One of the perks of making friends in the beer industry is having the opportunity to attend special craft beer events. Brooklyn Beer School is one such event. Periodically, Brooklyn Brewery invites industry members (distributor reps, bar owners, etc.) to come down to Brooklyn and learn more about the history and culture of the brewery and a little about beer in general.

Located at 79 North 11th Street in Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Brewery has been at the center of a cultural and gastronomical renaissance, taking place in Brooklyn over the last 20 years. We arrived on a Thursday afternoon, greeted by Steve Hindy, president and co-founder. The tasting room is simple, a large warehouse with concrete floors. We grabbed a beer and sat at picnic tables while Steve told us the story of how he, a foreign correspondent, and his neighbor Tom Potter, a banker at the time, came to start the brewery 25 years ago. To hear stories of Steve’s time in Beirut, and of his other experiences as a journalist, I am inspired. Enchanted by his sense of adventure and nostalgia, like falling in love.

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Visiting Saranac Brewery

Last week I traveled out to Utica, NY to visit the Matt Brewing Company, home to Saranac beer. As the second oldest family-owned brewery in the country, and the oldest in New York State, the Matt Brewery is rich with history. As soon as you enter the tour center at 830 Varick Street, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a museum. Originally the bottling works of the brewery, the tour center was designed and decorated back in the 60’s, by Walter Pfeiffer – a leading Victorian architect at the time. The room, featuring high-ceilings and Italian tile floors, is filled with Victorian-era antiques… Certainly not the type of decor that I’m used to seeing at a brewery!

The tour begins with a history lesson as our guide points out a display case full of old bottles and cans representing the numerous products and brands produced at the brewery over the years. From the first 1888 Lager made by The West End Brewing Company, founded by F.X. Matt the same year, to the current line-up including Saranac Beer & Soft Drinks, Utica Club, and a number of other specialty products for smaller breweries. Recently ranked the 12th largest* brewery in the United States, and 6th* out of the top 50 US Craft Breweries, the Matt Brewing Company has a lot to be proud of.

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Custom BrewCrafters Haunted Brewery

Still looking for something to do for Halloween? This Saturday, October 27, from 5pm-9pm the brewery at Custom BrewCrafters will be “bewitched” with all sorts of mischief and mayhem! Take the Haunted Brewery Tour to catch a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes when the night crew is on duty. What really goes into the craft beer you know and love?

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Visiting Southern Tier Brewing Company

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This past weekend the gang and I traveled to Lakewood, NY to visit Southern Tier Brewing Company for the second time.  I still cannot recommend this brewery enough, I don’t think I have ever had a beer from Southern Tier that I didn’t like.  If you ask me, they are the best brewery in New York State and quickly becoming one of the top breweries in the country.

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33 Bottles of Beer Pocket Journals

33Beers.com - FrontThese pocket journals, part of the 33 books series by Dave Seldon, are the perfect companion for the established or aspiring craft beer connoisseur. Each booklet contains 33 pages waiting to be filled with flavor notes, observations, and ratings of your favorite (and not-so-favorite) craft beers. Made of 100% recycled papers sourced in the Pacific Northwest and printed using US-grown soy-based inks in Portland, OR, these handy helpers are a product you can feel good about.

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Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Southern Tier Brewing Co

I started to develop a taste for craft beer when JD and I visited Rogue Ales at the start of last year.  Our trip to Oregon was fantastic, leaving a deep impression on both of us, and Rogue will always have a special place in my heart as a result.  But our visit to Southern Tier Brewing Co. in June ’11 is when I really started to fall in love with the craft beer industry.

We first visited the brewery in Lakewood, NY for a beer and cheese pairing event at their brewpub, The Empty Pint.  Despite unseasonably cool weather (read: classic summer day in upstate NY), we enjoyed the outdoor patio with several comments made about the laid-back but well executed aesthetic of the place.  A partnership with Wegmans brought a tasty array of NYS cheeses together with carefully selected craft beer from west coast brewers Anchor Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Anderson Valley, and Stone Brewing, along with Great Lakes, Dogfish Head, and Ommegang. Of course we drank plenty of Southern Tier Brews too!

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