Top 10 U.S. Craft Breweries (by sales volume)

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A few of these were obvious, but I was a bit surprised by some. Can you guess which breweries make the list?

  1. Boston Beer Company (Massachusettes): Top Selling Product: Sam Adams Boston Lager
  2. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (California): Top Selling Product: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  3. New Belgium Brewing Company (Colorado): Top Selling Product: Fat Tire Amber Ale
  4. Deschutes Brewery (Oregon): Top Selling Product: Black Butte Porter
  5. Lagunitas Brewing Company (California): Top Selling Product: Laguintas IPA
  6. Bells Brewery Incorporated (Michigan): Top Selling Product: Oberon Ale
  7. Matt Brewing Company (New York): Top Selling (beer) Product: Saranac Pale Ale
  8. Harpoon Brewery (Massachusettes): Top Selling Prodcuct: Harpoon India Pale Ale (IPA)
  9. Stone Brewing Company (California): Top Selling Product: Stone IPA
  10. Brooklyn Brewery (New York): Top Selling Product: Brooklyn Lager
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Drink Your Fiber & Enjoy It!

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Photo Courtesy of blogs.extension.iastate.edu

According to WebMD, “How much fiber do you need? Women need 25 grams per day and men should get 38 grams per day, according to an Institute of Medicine formula based on getting 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories.” Unfortunately, most Americans eat less than half of the recommended amout.

There are both soluble and insoluble fibers. Both types are good for your health and have been proven to reduce the risk of various types of cancer, obesity and coronary disease.

A 2009 study published in the  Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, found that beer contains soluble fiber. So put away that fiber powder, bran and leafy greens and drink a beer! Lager contain about 2 grams of soluble fiber per liter, while darker beers contain up to 3.5 grams of soluble fiber per liter.

Beer & Barbeque Flank Steak

Summer us here and that means grilling season is upon us! Fortunatley, there are tons of recipes that incorporate two of my favorite things- grilling and steak. This recipe for Beer & Barbeque Flank Steak from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs features a BBQ sauce that will leave you licking your fingers and reaching for another bite!
Ingredients: (Serves approximately 4-6 people)
  • 1 – 1½lb flank steak
  • ⅓ cup beer
  • ⅓ cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Montreal Steak Spice (If you don’t have this you can mix up your own blend using: ¼ tsp. paprika, ¼ – ½ tsp. black pepper, ¼ – ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes)
  • ¼ tsp dried rosemary, crushed
Directions:
  1. In a bowl combine all the ingredients for the marinade and set aside.
  2. Using a fork, pierce the flank steak all over, front and back.
  3. Put the steak into a large ziplock bag.
  4. Add the marinade and seal the bag.
  5. Make sure the steak is well coated in the marinade.
  6. Let the steak sit in the marinade for at least 2 hours. *TIP: Marinade overnight for extra flavor!
  7. When you are ready to cook it, preheat your BBQ to high heat.
  8. Brush the grill with a little bit of oil, add your steak, and sear it on both sides.
  9.  Turn the heat to medium, and cook each side about 7 minutes for medium temperature. Cook each side more or less if you like your steak rare of well-done.
  10. Remove the steak from the BBQ and let it rest about 5 minute.
  11. Slice it up your Beer & BBQ Flank Steak and serve. *TIP: When slicing flank steak, make sure to cut against the grain of the meat.

Rememer, marinating steak in beer significantly reduces the amount of carcinogens in the meat. Click here to read more. Following this recipe will result in fabulous-tasting meat, but will also make it healthier! Bon Appetit!

3 Fun DIY Beer Bottle Projects

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If you love to drink beer as much as I do, then I bet you have tons of empty bottles. If you’re looking for something crafty to do, here are 3 fun ways to recycle your bottles in an artisitic way:

1. Bottle-cap Coasters:

Materials (for 1 coaster):

  • 8 bottle caps
  • A piece of cork board (to absorb the condensation)
  • A glue gun (can use super glue if you don’t have a hot glue gun)

Directions:

  • Cut the cork in a circle with a diameter of approximately four inches or any shapre that you want your coaster to be.
  • Organize the eight bottle caps with one in the middle and seven around the center in a circle. (You can create other designs with different numbers of bottlecaps)
  • Put hot glue (or super glue) on the base of the bottom of the bottle cap and place it on the desired position on the cork circle.
  • Wait for the glue to dry and your bottle-cap coasters are ready to use!

2. Beer Bottle Lamp

Materials (for 1 lamp):

  • Bottle: Can you use beer or champagne bottle, but make sure it is sturdy enough to support the lamp’s hardware.
  • “Lamp” kit, which can be purchased from your local hardware store for about $11 or you can use these materials: a stabilizing plug to fit your bottle opening (rubber stopper) with a hole in the middle, a short section of threaded bar to fit inside the stopper, a basic bulb socket with cap, switch, and shell, some electrical wire and a wall plug.
  • Lamp harp to support shade
  • Lampshade
  • Wingnut to secure shade to harp

Tools:

  • Pliers
  • Utility knife
  • Small phillips head screwdriver

Click here for step-by-step instructions to make your own lamp.

3. Chalkboard Bottles

Materials:

Directions:

  • Remove labels from the bottle(s): You can soak bottles in water to make this process easier
  • Spray two coats of the spraypaint on each bottle and allow to dry thoroughly
  • Once the paint is dry, be creative and use chalk to write to write or draw anything you want

4. Beer Bottle Vase

Materials:

  • Glass Bottles (with label removed)
  • Spray Paint: Color of your choice
  • Painter’s Tape (Thinner is probably better so you can create more intricate designs
  • Puff Paint (Optional)

Directions:

  • Spray bottle with two layers of paint
  • Once it’s dry, you can make designs using the tape
  • Use puff paint to create artwork that “pops”
  • Fill bottles with water and add a flower of your choice

Beer of the Week: Ramstein Northern Hills

Ramstein Northern Hills

Ramstein Northern Hills Amber Lager (5.5 % alcohol): This Vienna-style lager from High Point Brewing Company in Butler, NJ pours medium amber brown. It has a refreshing aroma full of light floral and malt scents along with subtle hints of citrus. High Point says, “This is a hoppy and sessionable year round version of our Oktoberfest.” I completely agree! The beer is packed full of malt flavor, but light enough for those hot summer days and nights. I had this beer on draft at Tiff’s Casual Bar & Grill in Morris Plains, NJ and I would definitely recommend stopping by to try this beer. I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else-bottle or on draft. Cheers!

Young’s Double Chocolate Cheesecake

Beer adds great flavor to many dishes, but I never realized that it can also be used for desserts. I came across this great recipe for Young’s Double Chocolate Cheesecake on The Beer Cook.
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Photo Courtesy of http://www.thebeercook.com

Ingredients:(Serving size is about 18 mini-cheesecakes)
Crust:
  • 40 graham crackers (~ 1 1/2 cups crushed)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter

Filling:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • ½ cup Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

Chocolate Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Crush the graham crackers finely and combine with the butter and sugar.
  • Press mixture into bottoms of greased muffin tins or baking cups.
  • Bake the crusts alone for about 5 minutes.
  • For the filling, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar using an electric mixer.
  • Add in the vanilla and eggs as you continue mixing.
  • Mix in the beer.
  • Pour filling into the muffin tins and bake for about 22 minutes until set.
  • For the chocolate sauce, bring the half and half to a simmer with the butter.
  • Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips, sugar and beer.