How to Have the Best Craft Beer Party

How to Have the Best Craft Beer Party

Everyone loves a good party, and there’s no better reason to throw one than to celebrate all of your favorite craft beers in one go! Invite all of your beer enthusiast friends and let’s get you started on decorations, games, and more to have the best party you can have.

Artificial Hops Garland

What’s a good craft beer without the thing that makes it hoppy as can be? The hops of course! From Mosaic to Citra Hops, there are all different kinds that make the beer the flawless drink it is. Of course, this means that you have to pay homage to them! 

This Artifical Hops Garland has got you covered, as they describe it, “Looking as if they have just been cut from a Kentish hop garden, these attractive trailing spikes add a fresh, naturally green ambiance.” It’s the perfect decoration for your sure-to-be ‘hopping’ party. Who needs streamers when you have this? 

Cheers Banner

A party isn’t complete without the hanging decorations, it’s what draws everyone’s attention! And you don’t even have to buy it, because you can DIY it! Follow different tutorials on how to create your own paper banners with just some scissors, glue, different colored paper, or even printed icons! We love the idea of Lia Griffith’s Cheers Banner but of course, you can find the one that fits your theme! 

Inflatable Beer Mug

If you really want to go all out, you could even purchase this 10 Foot Tall Inflatable Beer Mug, that will surely grab the attention of all your neighbors and your friends trying to find the party. 
And last but not least, you’ll need your favorites stocked up for the party! You can’t have a party celebrating them without these brews in attendance! We’ve got you covered, you can find all of your favorites with our Locator here: bsyl.ink/locator Let us know your favorites in the comments down below and maybe send us an invite too? (You don’t have to…but that’d be cool.) 

Spooky Drinks For This Halloween

Spooky Drinks For This Halloween

Your Halloween party plans may be in full swing, but have you found the right drink for the night of the dead?  We compiled a list of some of our favorite spooky beverages that will go along perfectly with your costume.

All Treats, No Tricks

It’s still fall, so pumpkin season isn’t over yet! Grab some of the last pumpkin treats of the season starting with McKenzie’s Pumpkin Jack Hard Cider. The mix of strong pumpkin flavors and mulled spices is sweet enough to make up for all the candy in the world! One reviewer noted it tastes like pumpkin pie mixed with rum.

If you’re looking for a more classic beer taste Wachusett’s Pumpkin Boo-Yeah is the perfect seasonal ale for you. A caramel malt taste is supported with hints of pumpkin and various spices with a 6.6% ABV.

Half Full Brewery’s Positively Pumpkin is another seasonal selection available from September to October. This medium bodied ale is slightly bitter balanced with pumpkin and notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.

As your premiere Rhode Island distributor, we can help you locate everything from alcoholic mixes to your next favorite lager and non-alcoholic beers across the state. Take a look at our locator today!

Revival Brewing Co. History

Founded by Owen Johnson and Brewmaster Sean Larkin, Revival Brewing Co. released their Double Black IPA in November 2011. Since then, they have created a selection of over 20 different unique and innovative craft beers.

Revival Brewing Co. has some of the best beers in the US. Brewmaster Sean Larkin has been perfecting his craft for over 20 years and has collected a number of awards including a medal at the 1996 World Beer Cup. Co-founder Owen Johnson shares his love of beer and has been brewing at home for more than three decades!
This New England based brewing company is the passion project of two beer lovers dedicated to bringing you the tastiest most innovative brews possible. If you want to have a true Revival Brewing Co. experience, visit their tasting room Monday to Thursday from 12-8pm, Friday and Saturday from 12-10pm or Sundays from 12-6pm. They also offer group tours to give you a behind the scenes look at their locations. You won’t be disappointed, head on over to our locator and find out where you can get your hands on your new favorite brew.

Summer Beer Pairings

Summer is here. It’s time to jump in the pool and feel that cool refreshing water hit your skin. After you find yourself out of the water, you’re hungry and ready for the perfect brew. Your palate will be salivating at the thought of these dishes and their pairings. Are you ready for this?

You can never go wrong with good barbeque. Beer + Barbeque = Beer-beque. Absolute perfection.

The perfect meals that we find go well with any good brew are:

-Pork Chops
-Steak
-Burgers

Do you agree? Luckily, a few of our breweries that we distribute for have created a few suggested pairings!

A fan of Heavy Seas Smooth Sail? This refreshing American wheat ale, brewed with lemon and orange peel is suggested to pair with tantalizing grilled white fish, citrus, wild rice, and of course: BBQ.

How about Kona Gold Cliff IPA? A brew we just recently began distributing has a delicious suggestion for a great pairing. “Have a Gold Cliff IPA with smoked pork, grilled ham, or chicken sausage to make any meal a luau. It even goes well with dessert. Try it with a piece of moist golden cake and you will have a pineapple upside-down experience that is sooo ‘ono (delicious)!”

We can’t pass up that offer. Who’s ready for that delicious meal? (We’ll take everything please.)

And, last but not least Bell’s Brewery has created their very own recipe to pair with their brew: Porter! Check out their “Porter Beer Cheese Soup” concoction here. And for dessert, they recommend vanilla bean ice cream.

Think you can handle all of these delicious, tasty foods and brews? Find your favorites using our Locator today. And as always, please drink responsibly.

Bell’s Brewery Partnership

We’re proud to announce our latest partnership with… Bell’s Brewery! We were one of the eleven distributors chosen to help them bring their famous brews to New England!

Laura Bell, CEO of Bell’s Brewery says, “As we add any new state, it is very important to us that we remind all of our fans about our dedication to quality. Part of the process of selecting new distributor partners is making sure that is a shared passion.”

“We are all very excited to welcome each of these distributors to our extended Bell’s family and look forward to launching New England and New Jersey with partners who share our commitment to craft beer and quality,” she added.

We’re thrilled to be able to bring Bell’s beers to our area! Stay tuned for more information by following us on all of our social media platforms to keep you up to date.

Learn more about Bell’s Brewery at www.bellsbeer.com

Brewery Spotlight: Lough Gill Brewery

Located in beautiful Sligo, Ireland, with many sites to behold, Lough Gill Brewery is the first brewery to be located in Sligo in over 100 years since Foley’s Brewery ceased brewing on the site of what is today the Velvet Rooms building. This brewery strives to think outside the box and brew unique and complex high-quality specialty brews never seen before.

Their mission is to brew interesting, tasty handcrafted beers using the best ingredients available to them and also some unique indigenous ingredients. Their team takes pride in creating these unique, wonderful and adventurous handcrafted beers.

They’ve surpassed their mission of creating interesting beers, with unique flavors and the ability to create dark and mysterious brews. One of their beers is titled Mac Nutty. “Some would say we’ve gone nuts – but taking our time over each and every step is part of what makes every one of our craft brews unique”. This beer exhibits a rich nutty flavor and luxurious dark brown color. Brewed with real macadamia nuts toasted in their own kitchen along with top quality malts and hops.

For those who love to try new and unique beers, with some traditional ingredients, Lough Gill Brewery’s beers are the perfect choice.

Learn more about Lough Gill Brewery here: loughgillbrewery.com and use our locator today to try out their unique flavors, ‘Round the Clock, Mac Nutty, and Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Cream Stout.

What’s the Difference Between Beer and Cider?

Beer is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages around the world, but cider, a staple in Britain, is growing in popularity in the states. Most cider and beer lovers have a hard time differentiating between the two. Here are a couple of differences you should be knowledgeable of.

Ingredients

Beer is made from malted barley while cider is made from fermented apple juice. There are several beers that contain fruit and other ingredients, but the core is always malted barley. No true cider contains malted grains.

Color

Beer comes in a variety of colors from pale to very dark depending on the malt. Ciders are often yellow, orange or brown. Ciders may also vary in cloudiness and sediment due to the fermentation process and filtering.

Sugar Content

The amount of sugar in beer compared to cider is the biggest difference. Beer contains a larger amount of complex sugars post fermentation which aids in balancing bitterness and rounds out the mouthfeel. Beer and Cider both can have sugar added to it in order to dry it out or even to increase the sweetness. Sugar is not used post fermentation to sweeten beer while with cider it can be used pre or post filtering to balance the acidity or mouthfeel. Cider contains a higher quantity of sugar and varies per brand. Dry ciders allow the yeast to feed on the natural sugars to create a less sweet and higher alcohol content. As well as the difference in fermentation, beer is boiled while cider is more often than not, not boiled.

Health Benefits

The fruit juice in ciders contain antioxidants including polyphenols. According to one study, these antioxidants have been linked to protecting against certain types of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Naturally occurring polyphenols are present in hops and malts, but brewers often remove it during the beer-making process because it makes the beer cloudy. In a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, beer does contain flavonoids (a type of polyphenol compound) that may be good for your heart.

Alcohol Content

Beer and cider have a similar alcohol content, but in America cider can be alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic. In most English speaking countries, cider is synonymous with alcoholic apple fermented products and apple juice encapsulates all of the other varieties of non-alcoholic apple beverages. Beer always contains alcohol.

These differences don’t make one better than the other. Some may say people who aren’t beer drinkers should start off with ciders and work their way to beer. Regardless of preference, there are a variety of ciders and beers to choose from. If you would like to taste the difference between a cider and beer, try McKenzie’s Hard Cider and Stella Artois Cidre.

Common Myths About Beer

There are several common misconceptions about beer, but you shouldn’t believe everything you hear. There’s no doubt you’ve heard about these myths, so let us shine some light on the truth.

Myth: Beer is Best Served Ice Cold

We’ve all seen the commercials advertising drinking beer ice cold or serving the beverage in a frosted mug, but this causes beer to lose its aromatics. Beer served at near frozen temperatures blinds the taste experience because your tastebuds will be more shocked by the frigid temperature of the liquid. Beer is typically dispensed between 38°- 42°. Some more flavorful beers may be served at warmer temperatures to ensure maximum flavor.  

Myth: Drinking Too Much Beer Results in a Beer Belly

We aren’t sure where this saying came from, but it is false. You’re more likely to get a large belly due to consuming unhealthy food and a lack of exercise. Yes, beer has calories, but not as much as a triple cheeseburger, fries, and a milkshake. Enjoying a beer now and again won’t give you a beer belly. Moderation is key.

Myth: Beer Kills Brain Cells

When a person consumes too many beers, they experience slurred speech, lack of physical balance, forgetfulness, and other symptoms. So, what’s going on? High levels of alcohol can interrupt the signals being sent to your brain, but it doesn’t kill your brain cells. According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, participants did not experience a decrease in brain cells or cognitive behavior. Nonetheless, it is not proposed that these findings be used to encourage increased alcohol consumption.

Myth: Canned Beer Tastes Cheap

Don’t judge a beer by its can. Canned beer doesn’t indicate the quality of a beer. This idea may stem from a personal preference similar to people assuming a wine bottle with a screwed top is automatically a lower quality than one with a cork.

The best way to preserve beer is to prevent oxygen and light from penetrating the beer. The most effective way to do that is to store it in a can. Oxygen can seep into the tops of beer bottles and dark glass bottles may not always block light. If you don’t want to drink beer from a can, pour it into a glass.

Myth: Dark Beers Have More Alcohol Than Light Beers

Many people think the darker the beer, the more bitter or stronger it will be. Guinness is automatically assumed to have a higher alcohol content due to its color, but it only has 4.2 percent compared to Bud Light Platinum’s six percent.

Regardless of your preference for bottled, canned, light, or dark, enjoy your beverage at the correct temperature and drink in moderation this holiday season.

What is a Pilsner?

When you go to a bar you’re always going to find plenty of different drafts to try. One beer that isn’t immediately gravitated to, but has inspired some of the world’s most well-known beers is the Pilsner. The Pilsner is the inspiration for all Pale Lagers made around the world, which includes Budweiser and Bud Light.

Pilsner is a type of pale lager that takes its name from Pilsen which is now located in the Czech Republic. The first pilsner came from a brewery called Citizen’s Brewery which is now known as Pilsner Urquell, which is still in production today.

Pilsner beers are medium to medium-full bodied and are characterized by high carbonation. Alcohol strength in these beers typically ranges from 4-5.5% ABV. Pilsners come in different styles based on what part of the world they are made in. Czech-style Pilsners use only Saazer hops vs “Noble” hops, which are the predominate flavor in other styles of Pilsner. These hops bring around an earthy and grassy flavor. All Pilsners, though, have a thick white head at the top of the glass, right above the golden liquid of a Pilsner.

Pilsner is a lager style of beer but has added hops. Josef Groll, who was from Bavaria brought Bavarian techniques to his brewing style, but the original beer was created in Pilsen. The first pale lager really focused on the creation of Pale Malts, having hop flavor become an afterthought while trying to balance the beer’s sweetness with the tastes of consumers.

For a Pilsner you should use a Pilsner glass (also known as a Pokal) this is a tall, slender and tapered 12-ounce glass. It allows for the beer to show off its light color but promotes the foam retention of the beer.

So if you’re looking for a light lager without a strong or bitter finish, try a Pilsner.

How to Pour the Perfect Pint

How to Pour the Perfect Pint

When pouring a draught beer there are several steps to follow to ensure a proper pint. Luckily, we’ve come up with this handy guide to help with your pouring needs.

First and foremost, make sure you have the correct glass for your pour. You can check out our handy guide if you need help.

Second, hold the glass at a 45-degree angle about one inch below the tap faucet. Now you’re going to want to open the tap fully and let the beer flow. Opening the tap partially will lead to excessive foam.

Third, let the beer flow down the side of the glass (still in the 45-degree angle) but don’t let the faucet touch the glass. Now’s the tricky part – tip the glass upright and pour down the center of the glass to create the perfect collar.

Once full, shut the tap off completely. If for some reason there is too much foam for your taste, allow the head to dissipate then pour again.

You’re only moments away from enjoying that cold beer, so take your time, follow our guide, and you’ll be sipping on a perfect pint.