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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Beer Was Made for Hiking
Jun24

Beer Was Made for Hiking

Not too long ago, I hated nature, but I think it was mostly because nature loved me too much. Anytime I spent more than 15 minutes outdoors, I’d collect a new rash, make friends with a colony of bugs, or somehow trip on a tree root and make out with the dirt.  After years of suffering this love-hate relationship, I made a conscientious decision to divorce nature. I became a homebody, ventured off in the dead of winter, and...

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