Keep Track of Cider Pressing
Feb09

Keep Track of Cider Pressing

33 Books Co., which produces pocket tasting journals for wine, beer, and cider, released its newest logbook, 33 Cider Pressings, at CiderCon. 33 Cider Pressings is one of 16 booklets published by Designer Dave Selden. Selden developed his idea for these books from his interest in homebrewing in 2009. “I had a beer blog, and I started getting invited to tasting events by professional PR [Public Relations] people. The next day I...

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It’s CiderCon!
Feb05

It’s CiderCon!

CiderCon, which has taken place in Portland and Chicago in past years, was held for the first time in Baltimore Jan 30-Feb 2. The four-day conference featured workshops, presentations, and tasting events by cider makers, orchardists, and leaders of the cider making industry. In 2011, CiderCon was formed by a small group of cider makers that gathered in Salem, Oregon to focus on tax issues that were a concern to the industry. “We are...

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GABF Gluten-Free Picks
Oct16

GABF Gluten-Free Picks

Last year was my first time attending the Great American Beer Festival. As a Celiac, I was looking forward to trying many gluten-free [GF] and gluten-reduced [GR] beers at the festival. To my dismay, I found a total of three breweries. There were more breweries at the festival that offered GF/GR beers, however, a majority of them were scattered, not listed, and when they were listed, the volunteers couldn’t tell me which were...

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Going Gluten-Free to GABF
Oct03

Going Gluten-Free to GABF

In just a few days, I will be on my way to the 36th Great American Beer Festival [GABF] in Denver, Colorado. This will be my second brewventure to GABF! Last year, I planned on visiting gluten-free and gluten-reduced breweries outside of GABF. However, the festival itself was so incredibly overwhelming (even for a New Yorker like myself) that I was only about to taste what was available during festival sessions. With over 3,000 beers...

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Celebrating Beer on Long Island During GABF
Oct02

Celebrating Beer on Long Island During GABF

Tis’ the week for the Great American Beer Festival! While I’ll be in Colorado for the festival, I know many of you will be holding down the fort here on Long Island. I’ve put together a list of events that I would be attending. Hope you enjoy a week celebrating beer! Friday, October 6 Brewers Dinner  The Bronx Brewery 856 E 136th St Bronx, New York 10454 The Bronx Brewery and Edible Bronx are bringing a new focus to...

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Pour the Core, and a Little Bit of Autumn
Sep21

Pour the Core, and a Little Bit of Autumn

The sixth annual Pour the Core will take place on Saturday, September 30 at a new location, Heckscher State Park. Although it literally poured rain last year, it didn’t stop me and my fellow homebrewers from participating again. Last year I hung onto summer and brought a Pina Colada cider to Pour the Core. So this year I teamed up with Billy Burke, also a homebrewer, and remade a fun recipe that I created once before. We decided...

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2017 Long Island Craft Beer Week
May10

2017 Long Island Craft Beer Week

This Friday marks the first day of Long Island Craft Beer Week (LICBW), a nine-day celebration of local breweries in Nassau and Suffolk. Local businesses in the industry celebrate LICBW with tastings, events, special promotions, and LICBW’s free Pint Glass Pickup available at Bobbique, The Tap Room,  Rudi’s, Parlay Gastropub,  Eat Gastropub, or Tap and Barrel. Just as previous years, breweries teamed up to brew a...

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Gluten-Allergy? What to Drink at Beer Fests
May05

Gluten-Allergy? What to Drink at Beer Fests

As someone with a gluten-allergy, many people ask me what I drink at beer festivals. Although I am no able to taste everything, there are a great number of beers and ciders I can try if I know what to look for. Not all festivals have many options, but Blue Point Cask Ale Festival is one the best ones for Celiacs to attend. This year’s festival took place on Saturday, April 22 at Blue Point Brewery and it was expected to be the...

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2nd Annual Cask Ale Festival at The Mill Roadhouse
Mar15

2nd Annual Cask Ale Festival at The Mill Roadhouse

The second annual Cask Ale Festival fundraiser benefitting The Barton Center for Diabetes Education Campership Program will take place at The Mill Roadhouse on April 8. Once again, the fundraisier will feature cask ales donated by Long Island Breweries, live music, and raffles. However, this year, the festival will include wine from Martha Clara Vineyards and hard cider from Austineast Ciders. Cask Ale Festival is organized by Karl...

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Sex and the Cider: Carrie’s Cosmo
Feb23

Sex and the Cider: Carrie’s Cosmo

Finally, my Cosmo-inspired cider completed fermentation and officially kegged last night! I have always been a fan of Carrie from “Sex and the City” and her fancy pink drinks. I give her credit for always ordering one without knocking it over. Since I know I’m not as graceful as Carrie and her Cosmos,I thought I would make a Cosmo-inspired cider. My version: “Sex and the Cider” 9% ABV is made of zesty...

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