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April 2015

Food Pairings

Spicy BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe

April 29, 2015
Spicy BBQ Wings

“And can I get that on the fly?”  Dreaded words in the kitchen, but so common that there is no point in having any reaction except, “Coming right up!”  Technically, when cooking on the line, everything you make is “on the fly.”  It simply means you are doing things quickly “in midair or in flight.”  In many of the places I’ve worked, BBQ sauce is not an item we would keep in stock. So when the infrequent request came in…

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Homebrewing Tips

How to Use a Hydrometer

April 24, 2015

We receive many calls and emails here at Mr. Beer on how to use a hydrometer. Many of the hydrometer instructions can be confusing to newbies so we thought we would create this primer on the correct way to use a hydrometer and the explanation of specific gravity. Understanding Your Hydrometer: The hydrometer is a simple instrument that measures the weight (or gravity) of a liquid in relation to the weight of water. Because the relation of the gravity to water is specified (1.000), the resulting measure is…

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Mr.Beer Buzz

Top Craft Beer’s To Try in 2015: The Brewmaster Edition

April 21, 2015

This month’s craft beer highlight comes from our resident brewmaster, Josh Ratliff, so you know this list is going to be good. When we asked Josh what his favorite craft beers are, it took him over an hour to come back with a response, and it’s an extensive one. In his own words, his favorite beers list is longer than Santa’s naughty list. Actually, when we first asked him what his favorite craft beers are, his response was Budweiser and…

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Craft Breweries

Interview with Black Bottle Brewery’s Founder and Head Brewmaster: Sean Nook

April 18, 2015
Black Bottle Brewery

This month, our Craft Brewery Series limited edition recipe was a collaboration with Fort Collins’s Black Bottle Brewery. We replicated their monthly Cerealiously milk stout, which uses a different cereal in the beer each month. Our recipe uses Lucky Charms and is magically delicious! Black Bottle Brewery not only has their own craft beers on tap, they also feature beers from craft brewery favorites around the country as well as having mead, wine and liquor for those odd balls who don’t…

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Beer Recipes

“CHIPA” Cherry IPA – Barley The Brew Pup’s April Recipe

April 10, 2015
Cherry IPA

Ah… I love the smell of hops in the morning! Like many craft beer drinkers, I love a nice balanced IPA. There’s something to be said about the rich flavors of citrus and pine, with a bitterness bite that reminds your senses that you’re alive! To give our IPA a hint of uniqueness, we wanted to use a flavor that would complement the hops, but not overpower them, so we thought… CHERRY! Come along on our brew adventure as we…

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Food Pairings

Pork Char Siu Bao Recipe

April 5, 2015
Pork Char Siu Bao

At first glance, it would seem like these two delights have nothing in common, like Bert and Ernie. But once you get to know them, it becomes apparent that they just work together. Two very different cultures, Cantonese and German, together producing complimentary flavors of plum and blackberry, gently cloved with five spice and a special wheat yeast. Slightly caramelized malts contribute to the honey bbq profile of the pork. A bright and bold combination, brought back to earth with…

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Mr.Beer Buzz

Top 10 MLB Stadiums for Craft Beer

April 3, 2015

Around two years ago, the Yankee Stadium made a glaring error that sent the beer world into a total frenzy. Attempting to fool their patrons into thinking they served craft beer, the Yankee Stadium put up the sign “Craft Beer Destination” above their bar… Which would be totally be fine if they did serve craft beer. So what did they sell? All the beers were made by the MillerCoors corporation including Blue Moon, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shady, Crispin, and Batch 19…

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