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On Being a Woman in Beer

Thrillist recently ran a listicle entitled “Six Dirty Lies Men Spread About Women and Beer” written by Ashley Rouston, aka the Beer Wench. I’m not going to link to it here because I’m not about to give it direct web traffic. When you write a story that includes sweeping generalizations, you discredit yourself and make people angry. I’ve…

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The New (New) BeerUnion

Hi there. You may notice that things look pretty different around here. About two months ago we were clued into the fact that as of this week, if your website isn’t mobile friendly, Google will tank your search results. Unfortunately, our website was woefully out of date and not at all optimized for mobile devices. Being…

#HashoftheTitans With Goose Island

Through tomorrow, November 7, Goose Island is partnering with doNYC, the “place to find out what to do in New York City,” holding a Twitter game called #HashoftheTitans. Each day at 1 p.m., Goose Island will tweet out a hashtag theme for the day. To enter the contest, tweet a hashtag back along the theme. So far there have been some awesome themes and tweets. On Monday Goose Island tweeted #failales. Our response was Barley Swine. Some other great ones were India Kale Ale and (The Rent is) Too Damn IPA. Official contest rules can be found here. Though Goose…

Blue Point Sale to Anheuser-Busch: Mixed Feelings

If Anheuser-Busch had purchased Blue Point a few years ago, our reaction would have been a lot like what many craft beer fans have been tweeting. “How could they do this? We’re never drinking Blue Point beer, ever again!” we would have said. But hearing this news today, we have mixed feelings. Blue Point Brewing Company is the largest craft brewery on Long Island, where we grew up. It was the first brewery we ever visited, even before we started BeerUnion. It’s part of New York beer history, and will remain that way. It’s just now owned by a giant…

Harlem Brewing

With all the collaboration in the craft brewing industry sometimes it’s easy to forget that brewers are businesses in a competitive market. They battle it out in stores and bars for tap handles and shelf space. With this has come the occasional trademark dispute and New York breweries have participated in several this year. Earlier this year Narwhal Brewery changed its name to Finback Brewery (not open yet) after a trademark conflict with Sierra Nevada’s Narwhal Stout; and Sixpoint Brewery issued a cease and desist to Renegade Brewing in Colorado for their canned beer Ryetous, which Renegade then changed to…

BeerUnion Bottle Openers

Here are BeerUnion we’re woefully in need of some branded swag. Don’t you think? Sometimes it’s hard to tell what type of item you’re going to get when you order it: could be exactly what you want, could be something cheap, and could be nothing like you imagined at all. Unfortunately this wisdom comes from our experience. So when promotional products company Custom On It offered to send us a couple of branded bottle openers, we agreed, but kept our expectations neutral. Fortunately for us we weren’t disappointed! The bottle openers are hefty and strong, and our logo happens to…

KelSo Pilsner Can Misses the Mark

KelSo Beer Co. joined a growing craft beer trend this month with the release of its pilsner in 12 ounce cans. In most cases we think the canning wave has been a good one for craft beer with its protection from light, and the fact that cans don’t weigh as much as bottles. Craft beer cans are also fun conversation starters: “I’ve never had a beer this good out of a can!” So we were pretty excited when we heard that KelSo Pilsner, brewed in Brooklyn, would also be canned at Greenpoint Beerworks in Brooklyn on a mobile canning line…

The Blue Dot BeerUnion Hops Pendant

It’s always awesome to have talented and artistic friends. This year for my birthday my great friend Caitlin made me a silver necklace with a hops cone pendant. Pause to think about how amazing that is: a hops pendant! Caitlin designs and makes jewelry out of precious metal clay through her business Blue Dot Jewelry. She forms pieces in the clay and fires them off in the kiln. The clay is made of small particles of silver mixed with particles to bind it together. When fired, the binding particles burn away, and you’re left with pure silver. We’ve decided to…

There is great beer in New York.

“I thought starting a brewery was cool, but what you guys are doing, going around trying beer at all these breweries, that’s really cool.” Mark Gillis, founder and brewmaster of Blue Line Brewery in Saranac Lake, said this to us. It is pretty cool. We’ve been having such a great time traveling across our home state for book research, visiting places we’ve never been to. And trying many, many New York beers. Here is what we’ve discovered thus far: New York State is highly under-appreciated for its beer. We get it, we really do. When you think of states with great beer,…

Growing Hops

This is our hop plant. We have named her Eleanor.  Wednesday evening the Brooklyn Brewery hosted a discussion on hops growing, featuring Jaclyn Van Bourgondien and Andrew Tralka, a husband and wife team who launched Farm to Pint in 2012, a hops farm in Peconic, Long Island. In the late 1800s, 80 percent of all hops in the US were grown in New York State. It was interesting to hear Bourgondien and Tralka’s take on their desire to join the wave of people who are trying to make New York State the hops producer it once was. “We’re re-learning the…