August 30, 2009

Fresh Brooklyn Grown Hops

We just wanted to thank one of our customers for bringing us these beautiful Cascade hops, that he grew in his backyard right here in Brooklyn. We love presents!
Thanks again Matt.

So next spring we should all consider planting a small hop crop in our yards, if you have a yard that is (we know that we don't). One plant can produce enough to keep one brewer supplied all year long. Unless you happen to be a very prolific homebrewer. Then you may need several plants.
Hey everyone! We want to thank all of our customers for getting us off to a great start, and helping us to grow quickly. If you homebrewers keep multiplying, we'll have that store up and running in no time. Thanks for all the support!

August 19, 2009

Craft Beer Week!

Hey Everyone! Our Homebrew class is completed, and it's time to move on to the next big thing. Beginning September 11, is the 2nd Annual NY Craft Beer Week. We insist that everyone go to at least one event. Better yet buy one of the Passports, and get beer deals on tons of bars and lots of the festivities. You can drink yourself silly for the whole week! We can't wait for the Scary-Dive Bar Crawl or the Bike Brooklyn Beer Blitz. We hope to see some of you guys there.

And in homebrew supply news.....

We have redesigned our website! It looks much prettier now. It's also easier to navigate and look through the Products in stock. We have added some Gambrinus Munich malt, 6.5 gal Carboy's, Better Bottles and some Nottingham Ale dry yeast. So don't forget to check it out!

Tomorrow we will begin our protype Pumpkin Ale recipe kit! Fall is (sort of) around the corner and we can't wait!
We also wanted to let everyone know that we have been selling out of Equipment kits SO fast! We are so excited about all of the new homebrewers. We will continue to do our best keeping the kits in stock and look forward to bringing NYC a whole mess of new homebrewers.

And lastly, we were wondering if anyone knew a place that would refill CO2 tanks, without making you trade your nice, shiny new one for one of there old, cruddy ones. If so send us an Email. Thanks Everyone!

August 5, 2009

It's Better To Drink Beer After Exercise Than Water

We have been meaning to post this for everyone for a while now. And we would like to thank Miss Mira for bringing this very important information to our attention. Here it is, the proof of course, that beer beats water....

"Researchers at Granada University in Spain have come across a discovery that will undoubtedly please athletes and sports enthusiasts - a pint of beer post-workout or match is better at rehydrating the human body than water.

Professor Manuel Garzon, a member of Granada's medical faculty, made the finding after tests on 25 students over several months. Researchers believe that it is the sugars, salts, and bubbles in a beer that may help people absorb fluids more quickly.

The subjects in the study were asked to run on a treadmill at temperatures of 104F (40C) until they were close to exhaustion. Once they had reached the point of giving up, researchers measured their hydration levels, motor skills, and concentration ability.

Half of the subjects were given two half pints of Spanish lager to drink, and the other half were given just water.

Garzon said that the rehydration effection in those who were given beer was "slightly better" than those who were given only water. He also believes that the carbon dioxide in beer helps quench thirst more quickly, and that beer's carbohydrates replace calories lost during physical exertion.

The average person loses around 1 liter (33oz) of water for every hour of exercise in sweat. Rehydrating after a workout is crucial, as a lack of hydration is more likely to make one feel tired, fuzzyheaded, and suffer from headaches.

Based on the results of the study, researchers recommend moderate consumption of beer as a part of athletes' diets. "Moderate consumption" for men is 500ml per day, and for women is 250ml per day.

So that explains why Babe Ruth was so good. His method of training was nearly 100 years ahead of its time."- article from The Cleveland Leader

If that doesn't make you tingle inside, we don't know what could....

Onto a different subject. Our first Homebrew class went incredibly smooth. We can't wait to taste the beer for the bottling class. We also wanted to thank everyone who participated, and we hope to inspire all of you to make a batch of beer at home.

We also have updated our product list. We will have a whole mess of new yeast strains, our debut of hop plugs, a few pieces of equipment, and some new grains coming next week. And we need to thank everyone who has been stopping by for products! Thank you for being so patient with us. We hope to be apart of the brew community for years to come.