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February 15, 2019

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New York City’s Most Coveted Beers Are Made in a Jersey Garage

Getting your hands on a Mindful Ales beer can prove a difficult task. Brewer Dave Martin only nets 25 to 40 750mL bottles per batch. This, combined with that fact that he can’t legally sell them, means you’ll need to track him down in person—either handing out bottles at a local New York City-area beer event, or at his two-car garage out in central New Jersey.

February 15, 2019

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Follow the River North — Hudson Valley Brewery in Beacon, NY

New York City casts a long shadow, one that extends beyond the literal silhouettes of steel, glass, and concrete that stretch across Manhattan. Culturally, it’s imposing. Mention “New York” and few will think “State,” or call to mind the city’s northern neighbors in the Hudson Valley. New York City acts as a black hole, absorbing any notoriety that might otherwise make it beyond the boroughs’ borders.

February 15, 2019

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Homebrewing Dogma: Try, Then Trust

If I had a dollar for every time I was told something “always” worked or “couldn’t” work in my brewery, I’d have many dollars. Questioning and testing dogma is useful (if you don’t believe me, skim “On Liberty” by John Stuart Mill, which I won’t bore you with here), but brewers seem reluctant to do so. Brewing is often a risk-averse enterprise, and the most-common answer I get when questioning brewing dogma (and which I’ve given myself, by the by) is “well, it can’t hurt,” or “better safe than sorry.”

February 15, 2019

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Orval Trappist Ale | Changes in Fortune and Secrets of Success

In 2013 a number of high profile publications, including Forbes and the Independent, published erroneous stories about Brasserie d’Orval – the producer of Orval Trappist Ale – and how it was in danger of running out of beer due to decreasing numbers of monks to make it. They focused on the fact that the Trappist Abbaye Notre-Dame d’Orval on which the brewery is situated is home to 12 monks where once there were over 100.

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Brewing the same beer on $1,500 vs. $150,000 equipment

I brewed the same Citra-Galaxy Hazy Double IPA (Snip Snap) on my old homebrewing setup and our new 10 bbl commercial brewhouse. Same ingredients, different scale! Includes blind tasting of the results, and a discussion of what 49 other people thought!

February 15, 2019