Month: September 2014

West Coast IPA is Really an East Coast IPA: Ballantine IPA (video)

Last  year I purchased a home that I fell in love with from the moment I entered the door to the moment I left. See the house was littered with beer paraphernalia, specifically Ballantine beer. Being the beer lover I am I automatically fell in love with the house and started to grow an affinity for the brand. growing up in Newark, NJ I remember taking tours of the Ballantine house as a child and not really connecting with the grand home that I was walking through. About two weeks ago Pabst reached out to me to sample Ballantine IPA and I shared my story of buying a home with them and the fact that the former owner of my house worked at Ballantine. They responded that they where going to be in Newark shooting promotional video for the beer and would love to get me and my former owner in the video. So I found myself sitting in the Ballantine House once again but now as an adult and with a passion for the history behind the walls. I was able to meet and interact Greg Deuhs Brewmaster at Pabst and go over with him some of the techniques and nuances of the beer. I was glad to here that he kept the hop distillation technique in the process and surprised to hear that he put a modern...

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Real Women Don’t Drink Light Beer!

Women in Craft Beer I know this might throw some people for a loop, but I’ve never been about the conventional.   Something dawned on me a long time ago and recent cases have only bolstered my argument. Women seem to be an emerging market in the craft beer industry. Now before you get put-off or offended in any way, try to hear me out. For decades, beer has always been a man’s thing. Women would stick to wine while the guys would imbibe on their fizzy yellow water of choice. Now, with craft beer continuing to be on the...

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How I Nacho Libre Pint Glasses with the Govino Beer Glass

So let me put this out there … I am a beer snob, HEAR ME ROAR!  I know there is a lot of baggage that comes with being a self-proclaimed beer snob but I am just being honest with myself.  You are probably a beer snob too since you are here reading these words on a craft beer website.  So cheers to you and I.  Beer snobs unite! Since we have now established the fact that we are picky about our fermented beverages.  I am now willing to say that I am a beer glass snob as well.  I hate...

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A Craft Beer Wedding Done the Keg Tap Way

A Craft Beer Wedding On August 23, 2014 I officially became a spoken-for man by marrying my gorgeous wife Sonia. Since The Keg Tap is where I lay my beer blogging hat, I couldn’t have the typical wedding beers of Coors Light, Corona, etc. I had to do it the Keg Tap way. That being said, at my craft beer wedding we had the following beers: My Pliny the Elder clone (dubbed Tiny the Welder), Irving’s Hennepin clone (dubbed Jasonia Saison), Ballast Point Sculpin, South Hampton Double White and an assortment of macro beers for the non-believers. Also Jason C brought some Cascade The...

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Strapping on Lederhosen and Munich Dunkel … Ein Prosit!

Oktoberfest is almost underway! While I am not in Germany swinging massive liters of beer from side to side while listening to some good ol’ fashion polka band, I do celebrate in my own way, I BREW! While I have too many favorite German styles to list, two of my all time favorites are Munich Helles and Munich Dunkel. So I decided to try my hand at brewing a Munich Dunkel and it actually made it to the final round of the National Homebrew Competition in Grand Rapids, MI. A close brewing friend and I decided that we would...

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