Don't be afraid of the dark side of craft beer when it comes to the Thanksgiving Day meal. "Most of the foods we associate with Thanksgiving dinner are rich, filling, and savory," Stillmank Brewing founder Brad Stillmank said.
Northern Brewer's insight:
Any respectable home brewer will have at least 1 dark beer in their cellar. Here's a chance to impress family and friends with your food pairing ability!
Do you consider yourself a craft beer nerd? Here are five ways homebrewing will make you a better beer nerd, and up your beer prowess exponentially.
Northern Brewer's insight:
Home brewing takes beer nerdy to a whole other level. It's one thing to be a craft brew fanatic. But for a deep understanding of what really drives the taste and composition of a beer, it's home-brew experience all the way.
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. For seriously afflicted beer geeks, one of the most interesting beer-related semiannual reports ...
Northern Brewer's insight:
This is great news for home brewers! The Craft Breweries are always first in line to get hops that are in limited supply, due to their sheer buying power. Northern Brewer has been able to get our hands on many of these by way of our strong relationship with Hops suppliers. But we welcome having a more steady supply. More hops means more unique recipes. This year we've been able to build kits for Medusa, Azacca and Mosaic hops. Keep an eye out for some new ones coming soon; waimea & calypso.
The art of crafting homemade hooch isn’t just for the heroes of country music songs anymore. Ever since 1979—when President Jimmy Carter signed a bill allowing homemade booze for the first time since prohibition (!)—homebrewing has become an American pastime for self-declared connoisseurs of beer. (Though it wasn’t until 2013, when Alabama and Mississippi got on board with the bill, that the practice finally became legal in all 50 states.) In fact, many of your favorite breweries and bar staples were started by people experimenting with flavors in their own homes: Russian River, Dogfish Head, and Sam Adams all started that way... [click headline for more]
Seems like an obvious choice to many of us.... the merits of home brewing are too many to list. Don't underestimate the value of being the most popular guy in your neighborhood once the word gets around.
There have been a lot of emotions flying around the Internet lately.
Perhaps the anger and hurt feelings began when Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev announced its acquisition of Elysian Brewing Co. in late January 2015. These emotions intensified with the commercial Budweiser ran during the Super Bowl, belittling craft beer brewers and drinkers everywhere.
A war of words on social media and in articles ensued, further fanning the flames of verbal ugliness being spewed from every direction... [click headline for more]
The 7 Cent Brewery, based in Gisborne South, Victoria, has cut the cord on its latest beer saying it has been brewed from the navel fluff of it's creators, generating a strain of yeast grown on the fluff.
How is craft beer, a term seemingly synonymous with “scarce” or “artisanal” brew, somehow sudsing one in every ten pint glasses in the US? These days bars, restaurants, supermarkets, and bodegas all stock those cleverly-named, colorfully-labeled brews, complementing the Buds, Sams, and Stellas in the cooler. How do these places keep these special brews in stock? It turns out craft has little to do with size. The Brewers Association (B.A.) merely requires that a brewery produce fewer than six million barrels a year to qualify as “craft.” That’s 1.98 billion bottles, a volume achieved only by the world’s largest international mega-conglomerate brewers. So, size clearly isn’t everything...[click headline for more]
We applaud all of those brewers with the drive to create their own Breweries. However, as the definition of Craft Beer expands and erodes, we want to get back to our roots. Home brewing is the new Craft. Made by hand, in exceptionally small batches. Created by home brewers with a passion for hand-crafted, personalized beer, with no compromise in quality or ingredients. No catering to the masses, no accommodations made for transporting across the country.
Just pure, unadulterated beer for the love of brewing, drinking and sharing with friends.
Let's not forget the momentous occasion of the first ever beers homebrewed in the White House, Honey Ale and Honey Porter. Northern Brewer customers rate both of those recipes 5 Stars and many have brewed them more than once.
Onetime registered nurse and Allen Park home brewer Annette May is to the world of beer what a sommelier is to fine wine.
May, 56, a native Australian, is a certified Cicerone (pronounced Siss-er-rown). The first woman to pass the U.S.-based certification program in 2008, that means she has exacting knowledge of how to identify, store, serve, educate and opine about beer... [click headline for more]
Homebrewing is the start for many of us who ultimately open our own breweries. Deb Loch is an excellent example. Deb was part of our New Product Development team and ultimately went on to open her own brewery. Urban Growler in St. Paul is one of our hands-down favorites place to grab a pint.
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