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Homebrewers Guild Turns 25...Party Time!

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Is it just us or does homebrewing seem to stand at an epic tipping point? Today's interest in brewing not simply out of necessity but of desire, has skyrocketed and taken off at last Saturday's wildly successful NYC Homebrewers Guild 25th Anniversary soiree. We sported our Bitter & Esters shirts and took to the streets (really, Brooklyn Brewery), armed with four delicious brews: Hops Stoopid, Kevs Irish Red, Fresh Citra Pale Ale, and our Special Cider. All in all -- amazing brews, jovial conversations, impromptu photoshoots, and a lovely surprise by Garrett Oliver. Plus, we especially took to everything on...

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Happy Learn to Homebrew Day!

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                            To all the unitiated homebrewers out there, get this: Learn to Homebrew Day happens each year and luckily for you, that day is less than 24 hours away. November 2nd celebrates the magical moment we here at Bitter & Esters and surely all the other brewers out there have experienced once upon a time: love at first brew. Jon Katz from Food Republic shares the celebration's origins and evolution, breaking down myths (ie: putting the "home" back in homebrewing) and showing B&E a little love. Check...

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Blogger Meets Brewshop 101

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Last Friday, our friends at Vimbly gathered round a bunch of beer bloggers and enthusiasts for two back to back sessions of Brewshop 101, our intro class to getting you well on your way to BIY (brewing it yourself). The experience -- a win-win for all. Check out the blog posts below. "The Twenty-Something Foodie" by Melissa Kravitz (Tracy's New York Life) "Brewing Beers @ Bitter & Esters" (Sex with Candy) "How to Become 'More' Brooklyn: Attend a Beer Homebrewing Class" (Bored in Brooklyn) "Things We Love: Homebrew 101 Class at Bitter & Esters" (Brooklyn Brainery) "Home Beer Brewing 101 at...

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MADE BY PROJECT

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In January 2012, we participated in MADE BY PROJECT, a super fun pop-up DIY happening where artisanal brands came together for a night and created their product on the floor. All lines between user and maker disappeared in favor of something shared. There was all sorts of learning, exchange, and collaborations. Let's meet the makers... MADE BY PROJECT - January 2012 from PROJECT on Vimeo.

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Craft Beer Jam 2013 (ft. our very own John La Polla)

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This past July, a home brewer battle of sorts followed by live music took over The Greene Space featuring a ton of great minds and personalities. Hosted by Jimmy Carbone (owner of Jimmy's 43 and host of 'Beer Sessions Radio') and featuring our very own John La Polla, beer educator Sam Merritt of Civilization of Beer, homebrewer-turned-pro Chris Cuzme of 508 Gastrobrewery and Fuhmentaboudit and Mary Izett of My Life on Craft, all the essential beer do's and don'ts were exchanged including the much anticipated tasting pour at the end. You might have taken a class with cofounder John La Polla once before -- he probably made you laugh and realize the science...

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