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Filtered versus Unfiltered Beer

Filtered versus Unfiltered Beer

You wouldn’t think that something as seemingly mundane as filtration could elicit such strong emotions among brewers and beer drinkers, but it does. Most mass-produced beers are filtered to give them a bright clarity. Most home brewers and many craft brewers do not filter their…

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Have you met Weedy?

Have you met Weedy?

Have you met Weedy? He’s our bearded assistant brewer who’s a long time homebrewer and a big part of the big batch brewing with us.  He’s been homebrewing for much longer than you’d expect (especially given his age) and does a damn fine job of…

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A Brief History of the Craft Beer Industry

A Brief History of the Craft Beer Industry

In 1890, there were over 2,000 breweries in the United States. In 1933, after Prohibition ended with the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, only about 300 breweries renewed production. More than 800 breweries died during Prohibition. As the U.S. ramped up the commitment to freeing the…

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What’s in a Glass

What’s in a Glass

Once upon a time, beer was sorry-looking stuff, cloudy and dark. Fortunately, our ancestors drank their brew from heavy ceramic vessels in ill-lit taverns, so it didn’t matter much that beer looked like old dishwater. But two technological innovations worked in synergy to change what…

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The Be-attitudes of Beer Drinking

The Be-attitudes of Beer Drinking

Be tolerant. Tasting beer is a very personal thing. Don’t assume you know what another person is going to like or dislike. If you are asked to recommend a beer, it’s acceptable to talk about things you enjoy tasting or experiencing in a certain beer….

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Brewers Make Wort. Yeast Makes Beer.

Brewers Make Wort. Yeast Makes Beer.

There was a time when the role of yeast in brewing was unknown. In the days of the Vikings, each family had their own brewing stick that they used for stirring the wort. These brewing sticks were regarded as family heirlooms because it was the…

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Why Hops are a Key Ingredient in Beer

Why Hops are a Key Ingredient in Beer

Historically speaking, hops are a fairly recent innovation in the brewing world. Although evidence exists of their cultivation as early as 200 AD in Babylon and 700 AD in Germany, they were not widely used in brewing in Bavaria until the 11th century. They didn’t…

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Lautering

Lautering

Lautering is the method most brewers use to separate the sweet wort from the mash. A lauter (mash) tun consists of a large vessel to hold the mash and a false bottom or manifold to allow the wort to drain out and leave the grain…

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How the Mash Makes Wort

How the Mash Makes Wort

Blue Pants uses a 15 barrel mash tun. Inside the mash tun are rakes which are used to mix the water and grain mixture. The floor of the tun is slotted to allow the liquid (wort) to be drawn out during the lautering process. Mashing is the…

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Blue Pants Events Update

Here’s what’s happening this week at Blue Pants… We’ll be tapping a cask of Breeches ESB in the taproom this week.  Come try our firkin version of the ESB – it’s awesome! Friday, March 1 – Live music by Robby Eichman!  He’ll be playing from…

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