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Jeff Kupko

Jeff is a traffic engineer that loves his beer, and especially loves trying new beer. As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, Yuengling was a staple and the beginnings of liking something better than fizzy yellow water. This has evolved into an entire hobby, with Jeff keeping a blog of all of the beers he tries. Vacations most certainly involve at least one brewery or bottle shop visit to gather a region’s coveted fruits. Now, Jeff has ventured into homebrewing, and there is probably no saving him from being engulfed entirely by beer. While Imperial Stouts and IPAs rank highest in Jeff’s eyes, sours are sneaking up on those styles, and Jeff loves to try all different styles. Find Jeff Kupko on Google Plus

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Novice Homebrewer: Next of pumpKIN Review

Novice Homebrewer: Next of pumpKIN Review

I hope that you read my post on brewing my pumpkin ale, Next of pumpKIN. Here is the tasting review. I had decent expectations going in, but I did also expect some shortcomings due to the amount of pumpkin that remained in the beer since it came out of the muslin bag. Let’s just say I was more than pleased with the results. Lincoln Abbey Next of pumpKIN Beer Stats Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer Serving: Bottle Size: 12oz ABV: 7.80% BA Score: N/A RB … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brew It Yourself, Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Novice Homebrewer: Batch #6- Next of pumpKIN Pumpkin Ale

Novice Homebrewer: Batch #6- Next of pumpKIN Pumpkin Ale

In thinking ahead to the change of seasons and the arrival of one of my favorite styles, I decided to start putting together a pumpkin ale recipe. While the pumpkin beers arrived way too early for my taste this year, I knew that brewing at the end of August would allow me to have the beer ready for the start of fall. Obviously fresh pumpkins were not in season yet, but I elected to use … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brew It Yourself

Otium Brewery Pre-Launch Sampling

Otium Brewery Pre-Launch Sampling

I was invited by my friend to attend one of the more exciting events in my beer drinking career: a new brewery’s beer tasting. His brother, Casey, and sister, Stephanie, were starting a new brewery venture called Otium Brewery (Facebook), and they thought it would be a great idea to invite over friends and family to try eight different seasonal and year-round beers. Casey is an experienced homebrewer and has taken such an interest in it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Breweries, Otium Brewery

ISO: New Writer!

ISO: New Writer!

As we approach our six month anniversary one thing has been clear – we want to expand! This summer has turned out to be much busier than any of us expected and things don’t seem to be slowing down. We are looking for someone who loves beer, first and foremost, and wants to write about it! We need a writer who can do weekly posts, but also add to either a weak area of the site … Read entire article »

Filed under: The Beer Circle

The Beer Circle Central PA Second Tour Wrap Up

The Beer Circle Central PA Second Tour Wrap Up

The Beer Circle Brewery Tour of Central Pennsylvania kicked off at 11AM at Al’s of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing just outside of Harrisburg. We would’ve loved to have started earlier, but Al’s opens at 11 and we had to have something resembling respect for our livers. We had the usual group of degenerates from The Beer Circle and were joined by a few other drinking buddies for a great day of food, friendship, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Selin's Grove Brewing Co., The Beer Circle, Tröegs Brewing Co.

The Black Gryphon Beer Pairing Dinner

The Black Gryphon Beer Pairing Dinner

My fiancée and I attended a beer pairing dinner at The Black Gryphon in Elizabethtown, PA on August 6, 2012. The Black Gryphon typically hosts four dinners a year, varying from wine pairing to spirits and cocktails pairing dinners. One of the proprietors, Toeny, is an avid beer lover and an even bigger foodie. If you ever get a chance to stop by his restaurant, do it. The unique part of this menu is that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Pairing

Abita Brewpub – Abita Springs, Louisiana

Abita Brewpub – Abita Springs, Louisiana

I visited New Orleans, Louisiana for the first time in my life at the beginning of August 2012. As with every trip I go on, I researched local craft beers, beer bars, and breweries for places to visit and eat. Naturally, when one thinks of New Orleans, Abita comes to mind since their beers see a wide distribution. There are two choices for an Abita experience: the brewery and the brewpub. My fiancée and I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Abita Beer, Breweries, Restaurants

Cellar: Tröegs Flying Mouflan: 2011 vs. 2012

Cellar: Tröegs Flying Mouflan: 2011 vs. 2012

My friend Jack sent me a message and asked if I would like to share a two-year vertical of Tröegs Flying Mouflan, and I didn’t think twice about accepting his request. Not only do I love Flying Mouflan, this tasting has so many underlying stories. What does Flying Mouflan taste like after a year compared to fresh? What is the difference between the Harrisburg and Hershey Tröegs breweries? Do I like to drink beer? As many of you … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Barleywine, Beer, Cellar, Tröegs Brewing Co.

Novice Homebrewer: My First Infection

Novice Homebrewer: My First Infection

For my company’s golf outing, I agreed to brew an IPA and re-brew a batch of strawberry wheat since my coworkers loved it so much. My plan was to use the same Cooper’s kit that I used previously to make Batch #3. When I arrived at the homebrewing store, I was confronted with the fact that they did not have the Cooper’s Wheat Beer kit in stock. Therefore, I had to resort to using a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brew It Yourself

Novice Homebrewer- Batch #5 India Pale Ale Review

Novice Homebrewer- Batch #5 India Pale Ale Review

As you may have read previously, I brewed an India Pale Ale as batch #5 for my company’s golf outing. I started with the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA recipe and made a few alterations. The brewing and secondary dry hopping was rather successful, so this post examines the most important aspect of homebrewing: the taste. Lincoln Abbey Lincoln IPA Beer Stats Style: India Pale Ale Serving: Bottle Size: 12oz ABV: 6.00% BA Score: n/a RB Score: n/a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Brew It Yourself, Dogfish Head, IPA