Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Heavy Seas Brewing recommended by Star-K

The featured list when it comes to Kosher Beer is the CRC. However, I would like to point out that the Star-K has a brewery that is not listed in the CRC list. That brewery is Heavy Seas  based in Baltimore, Md. Not all their beers are listed but here are the ones that are.

I hope this helps you choose good Kosher Craft Beer.

Beer News: Monday Night Brewing Goes Kosher

In a previous post we mentioned that Atlanta brewery Monday Night Brewing went kosher. Here is an article from the Atlanta Jewish Times featuring the news.

Here is to hoping that more breweries follow this path. L'Chaim    

*Update 9/27/17*
They are no longer certified.                                                                          

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Beer News: Brooklyn's Pilsner Tops in Blind Tasting

Paste Magazine blind tasted 62 Pilsners, (click Here for full article)
and Kosher Certified Brooklyn Brewery's Pilsner came in at #6.
Here is the clipping.

6. Brooklyn Brewery Pilsner 
ABV: 5.1%
The verdict: An old reliable pils that one could easily take for granted, Brooklyn Pilsner is all the more likely to be overlooked when their classic, better-known flagship is already a Vienna lager. Crackery, grainy malt is the foundation for balanced, moderate hops. The varietals are both German and Czech in origin but come through a little differently than most—floral, yes, but also with some nice citrus on both the nose and palate, an impression like lemon and even a bit of orange. It is, all in all, a milder pilsner than some of the other bruisers, but impeccably put together and reflective of its American heritage. It’s kind of crazy to think this is a beer that Brooklyn has been making for more than 15 years at this point. If it’s been a long time since you last sampled one, this might be a good time for another evaluation. 

New Belgium Fat Tire & Friends

As per LOC that I have received from the Scroll-K all the beer from the Variety Pack Fat Tire & Friends are certified Kosher.
They are:

  • New Belgium Fat Tire Ale
  • Allagash Fat Funk Ale
  • Avery Fat Wild Ale
  • Hopworks Fat Sour Apple Ale
  • Firestone Walker Fat Hoppy Ale
  • Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale
I hope this helps you choose good Kosher Craft Beer

New Beer Watch: New Belgium UPDATE

We have a new beer to keep an eye on to see if it becomes Kosher Certified.
New Belgium has collaborated with Ben & Jerry's for another Beer/Ice Cream
The first one Ben & Jerrys Salted Caramel Brownie was certified Kosher by the Scroll-K
This one is called Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale

Update 7/1/16
As of the latest LOC from New Belgium this beer when it releases will be Kosher

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Samuel Adams Summer Variety Pack

One of the biggest questions Kosher consumers have is the Samuel Adams Seasonal Variety Pack. The Star-K gives certification on all Boston Beer products. However as the seasons change so does the Beer, and their LOC isn't always updated. As soon as we have information regarding these beers we will post. Thankfully, we now have full info on the latest seasonal.
The Summer of 2016 Variety Pack as usual has six beers

  • Boston Lager (Star-K)
  • Summer Ale  (Star-K)
  • Whitewater IPA (Star-K)
  • Belgian Session (Star-K)
  • Heaven or Helles ( Not Recommended)
  • Got to Gose (Not Recommended)
I hope this information helps you choose great Kosher Craft Beer

Recent CRC Updates

The CRC has recently updated their beer list adding a few kosher Breweries

They also added a beer to the list of Ommegang Beer

  • Soothsayer

There are now 5 Ommegang beers that CRC recommends (Soothsayer is a renaming of Art of Darkness, which is one of the 5, so technically 4)

Opening Post

As a kosher craft beer consumer, there is always confusion. Is this beer kosher? Is it not?
So thankfully we have agencies that address some of these issues. 
The Crc has quite an extensive List.
The Star-K has as well. (List
However, as these agencies mention themselves there are always changes in the craft beer industry, and it always seems to take forever to find out about these changes. My goal is, to try to bring as much attention as I can to these changes so to better inform the Kosher Beer consumer.