Inky Beer Factoid: December 22

On this day in 1964, Leonard Alfred Schneider (best known as stand-up comedian and satirist, Lenny Bruce), was convicted in an obscenity trial; however, was later pardoned.  Lenny paved the way for many comedians because of his landmark trial concerning freedom of speech.   Shmaltz Brewing Company pays homage to Lenny Bruce with its Rye-based…

Inky Beer Factoid: September 6

On this day in 1620, the Mayflower set sail on the most talked about voyage in the history of America. In order to have clean water (and a good source of carbohydrates) throughout the voyage, water was brewed into extremely low alcohol beer that was drank by all men, women, and children. To give the…

Take HOPUNION’s Hop Aroma Wheel For A Spin

Hey all! I’m sure you’re heard of my love of hops, little hops, big hops, fresh hops… now, we can use HOPUNION’s Aroma Wheel to better smell our beer and determine which hop varieties are used in our beverages. (The beer geek in me is super excited to drink!) Click on the wheel below to…

Hops in Your Armpits and Other Common Uses

Thanks to “Thank Heaven for Beer,” we’re able to bring you cool uses for hops in everyday life. Prost!   There is little need to doubt what I think the best possible use for the hop is.  There are good beers that don’t use hops, but in my mind, it is an indispensable product for…

10 hop flavors you should know

Thanks to Draft Magazine, we can share this great hop variety article with you today. Do you know what hops are present in your favorite hoppy beer? Check here to read the entire article and learn more about hop flavors! (Photo courtesy of 365 Days… 365 Beers Blog)

GABF Skillz: How to Taste Beer

Here we go… the last Skilz Post before Dr. B and I head off to the GABF, “How to Taste Beer (and not look like a (enter negative slur word here).”  Thanks to About.com, here are a few tips to keep in mind when going to a beer tasting. My personal comments are in (parentheses)….

International IPA Day is coming on August 2!

I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, participated in it last year, or are completely new to it, but tomorrow is international IPA Day! It was celebrated on 6 continents last year and frankly, I am surprised that I just heard about it two weeks ago! Colorado is trying to help make this year…

How to Dry Hop Your Home Brew

Beer Nerd Alert! Thanks to Jasper’s Homebrew and Winemaking (on Twitter at @boomchugalug), we have some choice pieces of information to share with those wanting to try dry hopping while homebrewing! Inky Beer is going to try this with our Imperial IPA. Dry Hopping Instructions Dry hopping is the process whereby hops are added uncooked…