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Tap This: Love of hops depends on the palate of the individual beer drinker

Tap This: Love of hops depends on the palate of the individual beer drinker

It is no secret that IPA’s are the most popular beer in the craft beer market, and this has begun bleeding into the macro beer market. What is hard to believe is not too long ago, a macro brewer was running a campaign around the “terrible” taste of bitter beer that would cause “bitter beer […]

I’d Tap That: The Waldos’ Special Ale by Lagunitas is not your average IPA

I’d Tap That: The Waldos’ Special Ale by Lagunitas is not your average IPA

Glassware: The true highlight of any IPA is in the aroma where the hops truly shine and make their presence known. This is true for the aggressively hopped Waldos’ Special Ale. While this beer has some heft, it still has a crisp hop bite. Glassware that traps the aroma and allows the beer to warm […]

Tap This: Spring beer has sprung: Beer for the backyard, friendly gathering

Tap This: Spring beer has sprung: Beer for the backyard, friendly gathering

As spring has finally arrived and the snow has fully disappeared from the landscape many shelves are starting to be lined with spring seasonal beers. The move from winter to spring is not only a transition into more light from the sun but also lightness in our beers. Winter is a time when beer lovers […]

I’d Tap That: Jai Alai king of Cigar City’s world-class roster of craft beers

I’d Tap That: Jai Alai king of Cigar City’s world-class roster of craft beers

Glassware Fruity aromatics are present throughout, and a glass that captures that will enhance the drinking experience. The Spiegelau IPA glass, snifter and tulip are best, but a nonic pint or oversized wine glass will do in a pinch. It should be noted this is a perfect IPA even when enjoyed straight from the can. […]

Tap This: Something is brewing in Hudson Valley, and it’s crafty goodness

Tap This: Something is brewing in Hudson Valley, and it’s crafty goodness

We are blessed here in NEPA with a variety of great breweries in our backyard. We are also favored with a lot of great breweries within a one or two-hour drive, and one of these locations, Hudson Valley, N.Y. is a veritable boom-town of great breweries. The Hudson Valley has been a secondary beer home […]

I’d Tap That: Divided By Zero — Southern Hemisphere leaves zero complaints

I’d Tap That: Divided By Zero — Southern Hemisphere leaves zero complaints

Glassware: As with all IPAs, experiencing the aroma is a must to truly appreciate the beer. The Spiegelau IPA glass is always a personal favorite for IPAs as it perfectly traps the aroma and allows the beer to warm slowly. It is not widely available, but picking one up is highly recommended. A snifter glass […]

Tap This: Beer hunting includes ‘line sharing’ and avoiding ‘beer braggers’

Tap This: Beer hunting includes ‘line sharing’ and avoiding ‘beer braggers’

While beer in general is seemingly available everywhere in some form, macro beers seem to have a presence anywhere that even the thought of drinking might occur. Craft brewers have been steadily gaining in the world of availability, and while the numbers may not be the same as macro, craft beers are nearly everywhere. But […]

Tap This: Sour beers can be an acquired taste but a pleasant exploration

Tap This: Sour beers can be an acquired taste but a pleasant exploration

Craft beers come in increasingly different combinations of flavors, colors and aromas, and craft beer brewers continue to push the boundaries of what constitutes beer. An increasingly popular beer style within the beer community is changing perception on what many have traditionally regarded as beer. Sour beers have begun to enter beer lineups for numerous […]

I’d Tap That: Old Chub an enticing introduction to dark beer for skeptics

I’d Tap That: Old Chub an enticing introduction to dark beer for skeptics

Glassware: Old Chub is best served in either an English tulip pint glass or a traditional nonic pint glass. It is also suitable for a dimpled English pint glass, especially if you are receiving the beer in a traditional English pub. Description: Old Chub pours a hazy mahogany brown with a ruby hue and a […]

Tap This: Spring is the season for saison: A drinkable, flavorful Belgian

Tap This: Spring is the season for saison: A drinkable, flavorful Belgian

With spring in the air — maybe not visible on the thermometer or with the sheer volume of snow still on the ground — there is one specific style of beer that reigns supreme this season. The saison is the perfect spring season beer, but what exactly is it and where does it come from? […]

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