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The Science of Canned Beer

Mar 28, 2018
The Science of Canned Beer

  Since the 1930s, beer has been produced in cans. The initial cans were steel, looking more like a soup can than a modern beer can. They were opened by punching two holes in the top with a churchkey, and imparted a metallic flavor to the beverage. Soon, cone-top cans were invented that could run through a brewery’s bottling line. In the 1960s, pull tab cans gained popularity for their ease…

Beer is Love: How Our Craft Supports Nonprofits

Mar 05, 2018
Beer is Love: How Our Craft Supports Nonprofits

Our Beer Is Love program is just that. We believe we can help others do good through using beer as the liquid to bring people together. Established in 2012, the Beer is Love Program has focused on giving back to the communities where our beer is sold and enjoyed. Why Beer is Love? Why do we donate beer to nonprofit organizations? There are a few reasons for this.…

A Year of Giving: 2017 Beer is Love

Feb 28, 2018
A Year of Giving: 2017 Beer is Love

Last year, we expanded our Beer is Love program to reach beyond beer donations. We donated an amazing total of $126,168.00 to nonprofits across our distribution territory. Below is a recap of what our Beer is Love program was up to in 2017 and how these funds are working in our communities.  In-Kind Beer Donations to Organizations Across 12 States The biggest part…

Why We Taste: What does it take to be a professional beer taster?

Jan 25, 2018
Why We Taste: What does it take to be a professional beer taster?

  Welcome back! In our second installment of Why We Taste, we’re diving deep into the world of sensory, this time learning about what it takes to be a professional beer taster. (Missed our first post? Check it out here!). Each week, our sensory panelists evaluate our beers to make sure they are true-to-brand.…

Beers That Blew Our Minds In 2017

Jan 09, 2018
Beers That Blew Our Minds In 2017

And the ones we can't wait to try this year.

Announcing the 2018 Ninkasi Beer Calendar

Dec 19, 2017
Announcing the 2018 Ninkasi Beer Calendar

  We're looking forward to another year of crafting quality beers for our customers! The year ahead marks our first debut of Ninkasi in cans (ICYMI check out our can announcement here) dropping this January, our 12th year of brewing independent craft beer,…

Challah Beer Bread Recipe with Sleigh'r Winter Ale

Dec 15, 2017
Challah Beer Bread Recipe with Sleighr Winter Ale

  So… this was my first time making challah bread. Actually, it was my first time making bread in general. Needless to say, this was a healthy dose of fun, confusion, worry, and overall satisfaction (because it ended up tasting delicious!). The office doesn't have a Kitchenaid (although maybe it's time I make…

Hanukkah Beer Latkes with Pacific Rain Pale Ale

Dec 14, 2017
Hanukkah Beer Latkes with Pacific Rain Pale Ale

  I don't cook latkes often but when I do, it ends up being a crowd pleaser. What the heck are latkes?! Latkes are potato pancakes and are traditionally made for Hanukkah. This dish is best as an appetizer or a side dish. Then again, use your leftover latkes (as if there would be…

In The Lab: Caring for Spacefaring Yeast

Nov 21, 2017
In The Lab: Caring for Spacefaring Yeast

When Ground Control launches each year, the geekiness level at our brewery certainly reaches a new extreme. Brewed with yeast that traveled to space and back (77.3 miles above Earth to be exact!) we’ve enjoyed sharing this beer with space and beer nerds alike—including the one-and-only Neil…

Why We Taste: Inside the World of Sensory

Nov 16, 2017
Why We Taste: Inside the World of Sensory

  While it’s hard to deny that sampling beer as part of a job isn’t great, there’s actually a lot to designing and activating a sensory program that relies on trained tasters to help keep our beers in-check. Each week, we run a series of sensory panels (blind tastings) to gain deeper understandings when it comes to our beers. I sat down with…