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I first met Fred Eckhardt as a fledgling homebrewer back in the early ’70s through his book “A Treatise on Lager Beers.” Fred’s was one of the first books focusing on the small-scale brewing of quality beer, and a major influence on my brewing.

Years later, during our 30th Anniversary celebration, I had the opportunity to brew with him, and we really got to know each other in a different way.

Fred was such a vocal and influential advocate for craft beer from its earliest days. He had impeccable taste and integrity, and his honest and plainspoken evaluation... Read More

August 12, 2015 – 1:21pm

It all started on a bus. Somewhere between the deserts of Arizona and the rocky shores of Maine, a plot was hatched and promises were made, and finally a new craft brewer collaboration is coming together.

But this isn’t a beer. We’ve done that. This is something different.

Last summer, on the epic cross-country bus trip during Beer Camp Across America, Jamie Floyd, the owner/brewer of Eugene, Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing and our own Ken Grossman became... Read More

July 28, 2015 – 9:50am

In the heat of the summer, there’s really just one rule in the kitchen: we’re not turning that oven on for nobody.

Fortunately, our chef de cuisine Jedidiah Amendola has got us covered with this lush, refreshing, perfectly tart gazpacho that—wait for it—literally involves no cooking. It might have a lot of ingredients (farmers market for the win!), but the recipe makes up for it with ease of preparation. Just grab a knife, some Kölsch, and a blender and you’re good to go.

“It’s a perfect summer dish,” says Jedidiah. “It’s really fresh and... Read More

July 13, 2015 – 4:46pm