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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

Tap This: Oregon’s Rouge Ales brews world class beers

Tap This: Oregon’s Rouge Ales brews world class beers

The craft beer industry has grown in leaps and bounds. The current number of American breweries is about double the amount that existed in per-prohibition America. While the number of breweries opening has been on a steady and sharp incline as of late, in 1988 it was a vastly different story. In the mid ’80s […]

Tap This: Liquid gold at the end of the rainbow

Tap This: Liquid gold at the end of the rainbow

St. Patrick’s Day is when many claim to be Irish and celebrate by consuming mass quantities of green macro beers. If you’re a better-beer drinker, fear not; there is a plethora of great craft beers to enjoy. Stouts have long been an Irish tradition but many American brewers got on board and now brew phenomenal […]

Tap This: Big beer bubbles vs. small beer bubbles

Tap This: Big beer bubbles vs. small beer bubbles

Craft beer, like any other market, is full of fads and offerings to differentiate one beer from another. Some fads come and go with a whisper others stay around and continue to build in popularity. One such fad is the addition of nitro, or nitrogen, in beer. While this may not technically be a fad […]

Tap This: Move over hops, coffee is the new flavor on scene

Tap This: Move over hops, coffee is the new flavor on scene

The craft beer movement has brought forth a wide array of ingredients previously overlooked as possibilities within beer. Many of these ingredients are new and exciting and forever pushing the definition of beer. One ingredient has been viewed as a perfect addition — coffee. While coffee as an ingredient is not traditional in a historic […]

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