Cider to the Rescue Recipes
Nov22

Cider to the Rescue Recipes

A few years ago on Thanksgiving Eve, I was prepping for my big Thanksgiving dinner and decided to get a few dishes out of the way so I wouldn’t feel stressed Thanksgiving morning. I baked pumpkin cake, threw together veggie dips, and whipped up cranberry sauce. But I managed to forget some ingredients for my cranberry sauce. The stores were closed and I had to utilize whatever I could find in my kitchen. So I grabbed an...

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Homebrew Tinctures
Jul25

Homebrew Tinctures

When I first began home brewing, I always added ingredients in secondary to give my beer a kick of flavor and personality. With so many festivals so frequently, it was hard to get the flavor that I wanted by just dropping them into secondary for a few weeks, not to mention I always ran out of time. I decided to spend some time learning about tinctures for my cider and beer that would give me the flavor and scent that I needed. What is...

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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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2017 Hops & Props
Feb07

2017 Hops & Props

Once again, I’m pouring at Hops & Props on Feb. 11 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Last year Jason Scott and I brewed a 6% gluten-free beer, so this year, I brewed a cider instead. I had originally planned to bring my Cosmo-inspired cider, but it isn’t ready so look out for it at the next festival! If you missed my Instagram post, check out the ingredients I added to it.   Bringing “Sex in...

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More Beer: NY State To Let Homebrewers Go ‘Small Scale’
Nov15

More Beer: NY State To Let Homebrewers Go ‘Small Scale’

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will soon allow homebrewers to rent out space and equipment at beer, wine and cider production centers, allowing them to take their hobby to the next level. The small-scale production centers were authorized by a new state law signed Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Previously, homebrewers were typically limited to what they could produce in their own homes. Under the new law, businesses interested in...

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Busy Brewing
Jul07

Busy Brewing

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. I haven’t been outside the beer culture, in fact, I’ve been super busy at events and brewing this summer! I just finished “11:11,”  a dry-hopped cider that I brewed with citra hop leaves. I’ve brewed this type of cider before for the Great Beer Expo (Belmont) last November, but I made a no-no and didn’t write down the recipe. Although...

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2016 Hops & Props Festival
Feb26

2016 Hops & Props Festival

Words cannot express how excited I am to pour a gluten-free beer for this year’s Hops & Props festival (*Evening Session*), which takes place tomorrow Feb. 27 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Hops & Props is a draft only festival and located at truly unique and historic venue. Since I’ve been told that the festival is one of the best festivals to attend on Long Island, I immediately wanted to brew a...

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News on Tap – August 21, 2015
Aug21

News on Tap – August 21, 2015

It’s easy to let time pass by when you’re schlepping to your job that you love too much, but then Friday comes and you grab that ice cold beer (or in my case, cider), and everything is forgotten. All of the times you got pinged at work, the nagging supervisors, and dumb coworkers who you don’t even know how they even got hired. Maybe you’re heading home by train, bus, subway…or maybe you’re stuck in traffic (hopefully not texting and...

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Going Gluten-Free at NoFo
Aug11

Going Gluten-Free at NoFo

photo by liz ohl photos by liz ohl One of the toughest obstacles I face living with a gluten allergy is going to beer festivals: experiencing the energy, smelling the hops, and walking away without a single taste of beer because I break out in hives with just one sip. Now that I’m back in the beer community, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, there are so many more options available to people like me, especially...

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Biking on the Brew Crew Cycles Express
Jul24

Biking on the Brew Crew Cycles Express

Flashback an entire year to July 4, 2014. Somewhere amidst the drinking, fireworks and barbeques, Vicki Clacherty and several other women in her family launched an idea. Less than a year later in April, Vicki and her family members were cutting the proverbial ribbons on their collective venture, the Brew Crew Cycles located in Riverhead, New York. The Brew Crew Cycles is a unique experience, a 1.3 mile bike ride hitting three local...

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