Homebrewing Reaches for the Extremes

If you want to know where beer is headed tomorrow, find a homebrewer today and drink his or her beer.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. It was homebrewers, after all, who launched the microbrewing revolution by turning pro. And it was homebrewers who originated many of the recipes that were refined for commercial products.

Judging by the homebrews I sampled throughout Philly Beer Week, I’d say we’re in for a round of big, unusual flavors that taste a lot better than they sound.

For example, Salted Caramel Chocolate Stout.

Yeah, it sounds like a treat you’d munch on the Wildwood Boardwalk. But this rich, dark ale was superb; I’d gladly drink another glass.

It was crafted by Sean and Andy Arsenault, a pair of 30-year-old South Philly twins who have been brewing together for about five years. The beer was the “People’s Choice” at Home Sweet Homebrew’s Extreme Home Brew Challenge at Jose Pistola’s in Center City.
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New York Serves Up Tax Break for Beer Brewers

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York brewmeisters can celebrate with some Saranac beer brewed in the foothills of the Adirondacks or Brooklyn’s Monster Ale now that state officials have found a way to restore a tax break for craft beer brewers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature not only restored a per-gallon tax exemption eliminated by a lawsuit from a rival Massachusetts brewer, but New York is increasing its bet on an industry that’s flourishing despite a slow overall economic recovery. The package of laws announced Wednesday will even allow farmers to sell craft beer at farmers’ markets.

“This legislation will give our state’s growing craft beer industry the tools needed to create jobs, promote agriculture, and encourage environmentally friendly economic development across New York state,” Mr. Cuomo said Wednesday.

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