What are New England IPAs?

So what are New England IPAs? Beer aficionados know that IPAs differ not only in style, but from region to region. To some degree, differences may be due to the area’s largest hops supplier or available beer supplies. But those factors don’t influence the popularity of an IPA’s style because, frankly, we can purchase the gamut at a good package store. New England brewers have developed a prominent style that tends to by cloudy and sweet, while avoiding the bitterness of traditional IPAs. West Coast IPA giants tend to amp up the ABV in conjunction with a classic bitter backend and citrus-tinged front-end aroma. Traditional IPAs and West Coast brews also present a clearer product with a lovely golden tint. The New England IPA blazes a different trail altogether. They embrace a rich golden turbidity that hop heads embrace and some have deemed the “Haze Craze.” Harpoon IPA was among the [...]

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34th Annual Craft Brewers Conference Touts Unity

More than 13,000 industry professionals recently descended on Washington, D.C. to make the 34th annual Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) the largest of its kind. The gathering brought together 900 exhibitors and 440 companies, some of which offered cutting edge beer supplies in the nation’s capital. While any large beer get-together always means a good time and a place for brewers to discover a new hops supplier, the CBC took the time to honor the achievements of several of its best. The Brewers Association Recognition Award was presented to Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing. The Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation went to Will Meyers, Cambridge Brewing’s brewmaster. Matthew McLaughlin of the Mississippi Brewers Guild earned the F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award. In many ways, the CBC gathering is about understanding the place of micro, independent and home brewers in the marketplace and world at large. The non-profit [...]

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The great lengths we go to appreciate beer – Dave Barry

Dave Barry alaways shared his love for Hops, Brewers, and Beer Supplies Dave Barry a writer who has a passion for Hops, Brewers, Beer, and Beer Supplies. The writer Dave Barry has always shared his love for Hops, Brewers, and Beer Supplies. Dave Barry once famously wrote the following: “Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.” It’s a flippant way of expressing his appreciation for time-honored beverage, but he means it. And he’s not alone. Barry wrote about about a lot of subjects in his long book-, column- and ephemera-writing career, at times documenting the extreme lengths beer-lovers go to protect their brew. Brewers large and small are encouraged to take note: once you have your hops and other beer supplies in line, all you need to do to get a following is tap [...]

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2015 Citra hops boosted grapefruit flavors to create a standout profile

2015 Citra Hops – a must have for your beer supplies! A must have for all Beer Supplies: 2015 Citra Hops a boosted grapefruit flavor to create a standout profile The hop market is growing, and every beer advocate needs to add 2015 Citra Hops to their beer supplies. Lets start at the top, with the growing popularity of craft beer in the United States, the hop market has seen exponential growth this was particularly apparent in the year 2015, when just the Pacific Northwest alone produced around 77 million pounds of these crucial beer supplies. That equated to about 96 percent of the entire United States crop. In fact, hops were able to thrive despite heat and water issues that occurred throughout the summer and during the blooming period. In particular, Washington and Idaho were hops supplier hotbeds, reaping yield percentages of 50 to 100 percent. These states success have helped the [...]

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Simcoe Hops a modern favorite for complex aroma

Simcoe Hops a modern favorite for complex aroma Simcoe hops is one of our favorite modern hops in the market today! You may have encountered this hop variety in your American Pale Ale or India Pale Ale, for instance in Green Flash Brewing Company’s West Coast IPA or Aspen Brewery’s Independence Pass Ale IPA. Many American craft brewers and homebrewers are choosing Simcoe to help give their brews bitterness and strong aroma, leading to it being a staple beer supply for brew setups around the U.S. Simcoe hops is a relatively new variety. It was released in 2000 by the Yakima Chief Ranch in Washington State. The Simcoe variety is used widely in the American craft brewing scene and with home brewers, and is known for its strong aromatic qualities. Brewers describe Simcoe’s strong aroma as possessing fruity characteristics as well as herbal, pine and earth fragrances. This is in part due [...]

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Extreme Beer Fest® – February 3-4, 2017 #Boston

Extreme Beer Fest® is the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity. Join us as we celebrate brewers who push the boundaries of brewing and raise a fist at the norm. Minds will be blown. Palates will be inspired. Prepare for epicness. extreme beer [noun] a beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing. Hosted by BeerAdvocate. Sponsored by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Don’t accept (l)imitations. February 3-4, 2017 #Boston The 14th annual invitational Extreme Beer Fest will be held on February 3-4, 2017 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Mass. 21+ w/ valid ID. No kids. No pets. No moochers. Session #1: Friday, February 3 from 6-9:30pm (SOLD OUT) Session #2: Saturday, February 4 from 12-3:30pm (SOLD OUT) Session #3: Saturday, February 4 from 6-9:30pm (SOLD OUT) Respect Beer® Brewer attendance is required to ensure the highest level of representation and education. And, as always, BA pays for the beer and waives booth fees to further support the brewers. [...]

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Cupid’s Curse February 3, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – February 28, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

Welcome to the Cupid’s Curse Challenge. The first rule of Cupid’s Curse is: You do not talk about Cupid’s Curse. The second rule of Cupid’s Curse is: You DO NOT talk about Cupid’s Curse! Third rule of Cupid’s Curse: the Governor yells “Cheers!”, raises a glass, kegs are tapped, then you must drink. In honor of FeBREWary, we have challenged the Maryland breweries to craft a unique beer to be called; “Cupid’s Curse”. Each and every recipe will be unique and will remain a complete secret until the first pour. Breweries will be tapping their Cupid’s Curse on February 3rd at 5pm after the governor’s toast to FeBREWary. Help us put their brews to the test! See the list of participating breweries below and try to taste them all throughout the month of FeBREWary.  Use your social media to tell us which you liked the best using the hashtag #CupidsCurseMD. Participating Breweries: Black Flag Brewing Co Evolution Craft [...]

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THE THIRD ANNUAL BIG PHILLY BEERFEST!

Join us in 2017, as we celebrate great Craft Beer from Down the Street & Around the country! Breweries and beer enthusiasts from across the region will gather on two January evenings for an unlimited sampling of over 350 fresh craft beers of all styles, and tastes and a whole lotta fun! All while raising funds for Animal Rescue Partners, a 501-c-3 organization dedicated to supporting numerous animal rescues, pet adoption groups, and community spay/neuter programs in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Come join the fun!

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Why Virginia and Maryland are Lapping D.C. in the Brewery Boom

Greater Washington’s brewery boom merits a hearty hoist of the pint glass. After all, the number of breweries in the region has grown from a mere dozen to more than 75 in the past five years, with several more on the way. But most are in Virginia and Maryland, with only 12—six production breweries and six brewpubs—in D.C. proper. City swillers find themselves crossing state lines with envy, wondering why the District isn’t seeing more substantial growth. Despite the many ways in which D.C. is primed for progress, breweries looking to get started here face high costs, a limited supply of suitable spaces, regulatory barriers, and government bureaucracy. In the win column for D.C. is the city’s educated, enthusiastic clientele. The District’s thriving beer bars, initial wave of brewpubs and breweries, and constant influx of new brands have birthed sophisticated beer drinkers. “Folks drinking here know a lot and have so [...]

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Naptown Pint: Success of Maryland’s breweries tied to future of its farms

There is something unique about Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm in Mt. Airy. And it goes beyond the barrel-aged smoked peach ale of theirs I tried this spring, which still haunts my dreams. It’s a particular combination of their beer (of course), the idyllic backdrop of the rolling countryside, the family-friendly atmosphere — complete with handmade blankets for use during the colder months — and the warm feeling of community, as you survey their offered selection of local meats and cheeses. But one of my favorite things about Milkhouse is its motto, which is as powerful as it is simple. “No farms, no beer!” And I couldn’t agree more. That’s why, when it comes to the Maryland beer community, local farms — and the brewers that want to see them thrive — are what I’m thankful for most this Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, not everyone recognizes the connection between farms and beer. I get it, though. Most [...]

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