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Learn to appreciate Belgian Deliciousness

As a senior about to graduate in an ungodly short amount of time, let me give all you students my best piece of advice: Take HPM 422 Wine and Beer Appreciation. Trust me, it’s as sweet as it sounds. And you’ll learn a ton (i.e. this blog). I’m not talking about anything that’s likely to get you a job, but once you do land one you’ll have some ammo ready to impress your boss at his/her next dinner party. And when your parents ask what you learned this semester, you’ll finally be able to fire back something relevant and interesting, like “Dad, you know that Blue Moon in your hand? You’ll get a better taste if you drink it out of a glass rather than the bottle. And don’t put that orange slice in your beer—the acidity ruins the taste.”

Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown,NY

Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown,NY

Probably the best part of the class is during the second half of the semester when local breweries like Saranac and Empire visit, bringing along straight-from-the-brewhouse beers. Last week, Brewery Ommegang (based in Cooperstown, NY) came to SU with a few of its staple brews. Overall, they brew some hefty beers with complementary alcohol percentages. Read on for details on our in-class tasting and some follow-up notes courtesy of an afternoon at Blue Tusk in Armory Square. (more…)

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You can’t miss the Syracuse Suds Factory. It’s a huge brick building in Armory Square, on the corner of South Clinton and Walton Streets. The inside feel is a big, open warehouse with brick walls and rustic red accents. There’s plenty of bartop space, tables, and 13 TVs in total—nine of which were tuned to sports channels during a recent visit.

Its a bar, but it also gives off a slight museum feel, especially when you catch a glimpse of the wax figure in overalls manning the replica of a keg distribution line on one of the walls, complete with mini keg replicas. Add in some black and white pictures of the building back in the day and framed memorabilia here and there and it’s almost like a history lesson. In fact, all you need to do is flip over your menu to learn about the whole history of brewing in Syracuse. (more…)

 

River Horse Brewing Company opened in Labertville, NY in April 1996

River Horse Brewing Company opened in Labertville, NY in April 1996

Wandering through the wonderful world of Wegmans’ beer section one recent day, my boyfriend and I stumbled upon a strange looking variety pack with an intriguing label. The tan and light blue box, which sported a logo that mimicked the weathered graphic t-shirt look, read “River Horse Brewing Company” and hailed from New Jersey.

 

 

River Horse is actually another name for a Hippo

River Horse is actually another name for a Hippo

Always drawn to alcohol named after animals (even though I’ve been told brewers who do so usually don’t take their craft seriously), I was especially tickled that this brand included the word horse, and persuaded a purchase. Read on for the often delicious and slightly surprising delights we found inside. (more…)

Saranac showing its SU pride in the brewery gift shop

Saranac showing its SU pride in the brewery gift shop

Saranac Brewery in Utica, NY, was one of the first microbreweries to open in the United States. Also known as the Matt Brewing Company after the family who founded the brewery in 1888 and still run it today, this historical gem is responsible for quite a few other firsts in the beer world as well (which your tour guide will be more than happy to point out). (more…)

Outside Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub, there stand two red phone booths – one regular, and one leprechaun-size. You’ll also find a door just for leprechauns to the right of the main entrance.

Leprechauns are people too...

Leprechauns are people too...

Still not convinced on the “authentic” claim? Step inside, and you’ll find yourself instantly transported to the other side of the pond. The pub boasts intricately etched glass windows at every corner, dark wood furnishings, and more Celtic decorations than you’ve ever seen – and I mean that in a good way. Add some Flogging Molly in the background and it all comes together to give this place the cozy, friendly feel you can only get from your favorite pub (Ah, The Victory, I remember it well).

You’ll find Guinness on tap, of course, along with Smithwick’s, Harp Lager, Killian’s, and Coleman’s infamous green beer. Yup, it’s really green. How Irish can you get?

Here are the stats on my favorite Irish brews before the celebration of beer begins.

Guinness: Black silk in a glass. This is the king of Irish beers and not for the faint-hearted. It’s almost a meal in itself, so try one or two pints with the beef stew or another lighter meal. What the heck, order the corned beef and cabbage – I’m willing to bet it’s the best you’ll get this side of Dublin. (more…)