Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Kosher Certified Brewery


There is a new brewery that is now Kosher certified. With the update of the the current Boston Beer LOC on Dec 14th, a brewery that is under the A & S Brewing division of BBC has been added. This brewery is called Angel City Brewing . There are currently 3 beers that are Kosher Certified, they are:

  • IPA
  • Pilsner
  • Saazberry
If any beers are added I will iy'h update this list.


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Sam Adams American Craft Lagers Variety Pack


With Spring just around the corner(yeah right), the Boston Beer Company has released their new seasonal variety pack. The 2018 version is called American Craft Lagers, and has three classic beers and three new ones.

For the first time in well over a year the Star-K has updated their LOC to include current beers! Therefore all the information on the pack's beers are on the current LOC.
The beers are:
  • Boston Lager (Star-K Certified)
  • Fresh as Helles (Star-K Certified)
  • Noble Pils (Star-K Certified)
  • Kellerbier (Star-K Certified)
  • Coffee Black Lager (Star-K Certified)
  • Smoked Lager (Star-K Certified)
Therefore the entire pack is kosher certified.


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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Sam Adams New England IPA

Sam Adams is catching on with the latest craft beer craze. That is the hazy New England IPA, that have been made famous by other New England Breweries.
The beer is less bitter than the classic IPA, along with tropical and juicy flavors, that has become notoriously famous for the Juice-like look, from the unfiltered Haze. Breweries around the country are brewing this style, with some having people line up for their canned releases. The older more traditional breweries have been a bit slow on brewing this style, however with this release Boston Beer is coming along for the ride.

The beer will be available on draft and in 4-Pack 16oz cans.
Click here for more info from the brewery.
A close look at the label tells us that indeed Sam Adams New England IPA is certified Kosher under the Star-K. Making it one of the few Kosher-certified NE IPA's.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Beer Review: Sam Adams Honey Rye Pale Ale

This beer is another from the Sam Adams Fall Variety Pack, and is called Honey Rye Pale Ale.
There seems like there is a lot going on in the name of this beer, as there are three separate titles.
Honey, which is based on the use of honey malts. Rye, which is another malt that is added to beer, usually for spiciness of the malt. Finally there is Pale Ale, which classifies a beer brewed with pale malt, and plenty of hops. For Sam Adams description of this unique beer click here.


Honey Rye Pale Ale pours amber with a huge cream head, that has amazing retention, and refuses to dissipate.  A citrus burst hits me in the face at first sniff, followed by the spicy rye. The taste is rye malt with caramel, followed by subtle grapefruit & pine, with a spicy rye finish. The feel is light to medium bodied, with average carbonation. Overall, a nice balanced Rye Beer that has the pine notes of a Pale Ale.

*Honey Rye Pale Ale is under the supervision of the Star-K*

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Beer Review: Boulevard Funkier Pumpkin

This beer is one of, if not the most, unique beer I've had the privilege of drinking. While Boulevard only released it one year (2016), it my humble opinion it's a great one.
They took the basic Funky Pumpkin (which I did not get to try), and added the wild yeast strain Brett, thereby making it Funkier. This isn't your typical Pumpkin Beer at all, as you'll see in the review below.
Funkier Pumpkin pours a pale orange/light pink (a really cool color), with a thin white bubbly head. The aroma starts off like Pumpkin spice with cloves and nutmeg, and then takes a wild turn with funky Brett. The taste again starts off as a classic Pumpkin beer, with the classic gourd-y pumpkin taste and spices, that is quickly followed, however, by a tart sour flavor that is just right, and finishes with funky Brett character. The beer is medium-bodied, with average carbonation, and was super drinkable, I couldn't detect a trace of the alcohol.
Overall this is not the average take on a Pumpkin beer, but this is quite the Pumpkin Beer! The most impressive factor was how all the flavors were balanced beautifully, despite the seeming random mix going on.

*Funkier Pumpkin is under the supervision of the Va'ad of KC*

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Info on Sam Adams Utopias


Sam Adams Utopias is a high alcohol (27%-29%) strong beer that is released every two years. For more info from Sam Adams click here. It retails at about $200-$250, and drinks like a whiskey.

Utopias Detail


Unfortunately Utopias is Not Kosher, as per the Star-K.


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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Beer Review: Saranac F.X. Matt's Haus Lager

This beer is another one from the Saranac German Roots Fall Pack. It is called Haus Lager, it is actually a German Style, called Munich Helles Lager.


 The beer pours clear gold, with bubbly white head. Not much on the aroma, slight yeasty dough, and floral notes. The taste is of light crisp malt, followed by doughy yeast, with a complex earthy and floral finish.Haus Lager is light-bodied, and moderately carbonated. Overall a nice drinking lager with a complex earthy finish, that upgrades the whole beer.

*Saranac F.X. Matt's Haus Lager is under the supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit*


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New Belgium Blend Like A Brewer Variety Pack


New Belgium has released a brand new and exciting looking Variety Pack called Blend Like a Brewer. (for more details click here).

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There are 6 beers in the pack, and 5 of them have already been released in the past, and are under the Supervision of the Scroll-K of Denver.
They are:
  • Fat Tire Belgian White
  • 1554 Black Lager
  • Citradelic IPA
  • Abbey
  • Tripel
The 6th beer, is new and called:
  • Cellar Blender
It is a sour, and therefore under the policy of the Scroll-K, not under Hashgacha
This would make 5 out 6 beers certified Kosher, with the final one not certified.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Beer Review: Shmaltz Vertical Jewbelation


Shmaltz Brewing He'brew Vertical Jewbelation is one special beer. It was brewed with all the Jewbelation recipes up until that point, and then barrel-aged in Sazerac Rye Whiskey Barrels. It was released in the year 2010 (before I was of beer purchasing age). I was lucky to come across this unique brew upon my visit to their brewery in Clifton Park, NY. I opened it over Shabbos, hence the bottle by itself with no beer by it's side.

Vertical  Jewbelation pours a dark black with thin tan head, that quickly dissipates. The first aroma is all barrel-aged....vanilla and oak, followed by the more subtle aromas of mocha and chocolate fudge. The taste is rich dark malt that is laced with coffee, and chocolate fudge, that is beautifully enhanced by the whiskey from the barrel-aging. It has full-bodied feel,  slightly carbonated, a nice creaminess, and very drinkable for 10.5% ABV.
Overall a great beer that stood the test of time, not oxidized at all, and drank just wonderfully.

*Shmaltz Vertical Jewbelation is under the supervision of the KSA* 


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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Beer Review: Sam Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin

Pumpkin beers are a classic fall beer, that almost every brewery produces a version of. As pumpkin beers are obviously flavored, there are only a select few us kosher consumers can drink. Sam Adams has produced a few different pumpkin beers over the years, with this year's version called 20 Pounds of Pumpkin, due to the almost twenty pounds of pumpkin in each barrel.
20 Pounds of Pumpkin pours a dark amber with an off-white head, that just sits on the beer for awhile, before slowly receding. It has a creamy pumpkin pie aroma, along with nutmeg as well. The taste is rich creamy pumpkin along with caramel toffee, that goes down in a spicy finish, with hints of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The beer is medium bodied, with a nice creamy feel to it. Overall a 20 Pounds of Pumpkin is a well balanced beer, where the sweetness is counteracted by the spices nicely.

*20 Pounds of Pumpkin is under the supervision of the Star-K* 

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Samuel Adams 2017 Winter Variety Pack


With Winter just around the corner, the Boston Beer Company has released their new seasonal variety pack. The 2017 version is called Winter Classics, and has four old classics and two new beers.

Before we get to the beers, a little heads up about the Kashrus info. Although three of the beers do appear on the current LOC, the Star-K has yet to update their LOC and therefore, I am going to go by the labels as I have done in the past. 


The following was copied and pasted from an email received from the Star-K. (some grammatical changes were made)
* Chocolate Bock has lactose. It is a milk sugar and is added cold. Lactose is derived from whey when it is split into whey protein concentrate and lactose.  It has a hechsher. We consider it dairy.*
In conclusion it seems that 5 out of the 6 beers are Star-K Certified Parve, with the last one Star-K certified Dairy.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Beer Review: New Belgium Fat Tire Belgian White

New Belgium Fat Tire Belgian White is a classic Belgian White, that takes on the name of the popular Fat Tire Amber Ale. New Belgium is an employee-owned brewery based in Denver, CO, with a brewery in Asheville, NC as well. They are under the Hashgacha of the Scroll-K of Denver. While not every beer they produce is certified, most of their mainstream beers are. Belgian White's are wheat beers with orange peel and sometimes coriander added.
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Fat Tire Belgian White pours a hazy straw color, with slowly receding huge fluffy white head. The aroma is doughy, like a freshly made yeast bread, along with citrus-y orange, and coriander. The taste is similar to the nose with a yeasty doughy-ness, and orange, almost like an orange marmalade on they yeasty bread. It has a nice creamy, light bodied feel, that goes down smoothly. Overall a refreshing thirst quenching witbier, that is above average for the style.

*Fat Tire Belgian White is under the supervision of the Scroll-K*


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Beer Review: Sam Adams Harvest Hefe

Sam Adams Harvest Hefe is a unique stand alone seasonal. Hefeweizen is a German Wheat beer, not usually made with flavoring or spices. However, Sam Adams took the classic Hefe and made it Harvest Hefe by adding classic Fall Spices.

(best beer pic I ever took)

The beer pours a light brown/dirty blonde, with a slight haze, and a huge foam cap that leaves lacing. Smells like nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and bubble gum. The taste is more of the same, but not in a boring way. I never tasted a beer that liquefied the aromas like this one. Feels nice and crisp on the tongue, along with a yeasty twang. Overall not your regular Hefe, but nice tasting beer nonetheless.


*Harvest Hefe is under the supervision of the Star-K*



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Monday, October 16, 2017

Beer Review: Saranac 1888 Octoberfest



 My next beer review is of Saranac Brewing's 1888 Octoberfest Lager, part of their German Roots Fall Pack. Saranac is owned by FX Matt Brewing, and brewed in Utica, NY. They are under the Hashgacha of the Va'ad of Detroit. The beer pours a rich red copper, with a thin off-white head. The initial aroma is that of sweet malt, with hints of burnt caramel creeping in as well. Richly roasted malt hits the tongue at first sip, followed by sweet caramel toffee, and continues down with a dough-y finish. The feel is a bit light-bodied, yet crisp and well carbonated. Overall this is an above average Octoberfest, with a beautiful color, and nice taste.



*Saranac 1888 Octoberfest is under the supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit*


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Sam Adams Harvest Hefe

Sam Adams Harvest Hefe, a stand alone seasonal available in 6-Packs is certified Kosher as is noticeable from the Star-K on the label.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Blue Moon Info


Blue Moon
For all those wondering why I don't post information the Blue Moon Variety Packs, the reason is very simple. It is that all Blue Moon Beers are certified Kosher, as is noticeable by the OU on the Label. If this were to change I will definitely keep you all posted.

Blue Moon's Website

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Kashrus Alert! Monday Night Brewing

As per an email received from the AKC (Atlanta Kosher Commision) Monday Night Brewing is no longer Kosher Certified.

(copied and pasted from email)
The Following are no longer certified:
Monday Night Brewery

The CRC has already removed the brewery from their list.
Click here for original article of them becoming Kosher Certified.


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Beer Review: Shmaltz She'Brew

I always love reviewing beers from Shmaltz, as they are brewed by a member of the 'Tribe'.
This beer is a Double IPA, which is an imperialized version of an IPA.



The beer appears a peach color in the glass, with a chill haze, the thin white head dissipates almost immediately into ring of lacing. There is a sweet caramel aroma, along with tangerine, with resin and pine representing the hops. Tastes like sweet caramelized sugar, followed by candied Esrog, and a bitter resin on the finish. It has a thick full-bodied feel, making it a heavy sipper, with moderate carbonation. Overall an above average sweet Double IPA, that is balanced by the bitterness to create a 'quench' factor, only to be held back by the 9% ABV.

*Shmaltz She'brew is under the supervision of the KSA* 


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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Samuel Adams 2017 Fall Variety Pack

With Fall just around the corner, the Boston Beer Company has released their new seasonal variety pack. The 2017 version is called Beers of Fall, and has a couple of old classics and few new beers.

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There are only two repeats from last year, while the rest are all different, with some being brand new and others making reappearances. Before we get to the beers, a little heads up about the Kashrus info. Although three of the beers do appear on the current LOC, the Star-K has yet to update their LOC and therefore, I am going to go by the labels as I have done in the past. 
The Beers Are:

This would indeed make the entire pack certified.
This has not been confirmed by the Star-K & if there are any updates I will keep you posted.
I hope this helps you choose good Kosher Craft Beer.
*As per current LOC Feb. 2017



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Friday, July 28, 2017

New Kosher Brewery?

After contacting the brewery I have decided to remove the post.



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Friday, July 21, 2017

Beer Review: Sam Adams Boston Lager

Samuel Adams is an iconic American Craft Brewery, and they were also one of the first. The beer they built their brand around is Boston Lager, which is a Vienna-Style Lager. They also have been Kosher-Certified by the Star-K since 2006. Therefore, it is quite an honor for me to present my review of the great Boston Lager.



Boston Lager pours a
light amber in color, with inch thick white head that becomes rocky, before dissipating into a ring of lacing. There is a sweet caramel malt aroma, along with yeasty, doughy notes. The beer hits the tongue with sweet caramel, followed by some toffee notes, it lingers with a floral hoppiness, and goes down in a yeasty doughiness. Leaving a well balanced aftertaste with medium bodied feel that is enhanced by the carbonation.

Overall this is  an extremely well balanced beer, very drinkable and great tasting, can't ask for anything more in a lager.

*Boston Lager is under the supervision of the Star-K* 


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Variety Pack

Samuel Adams has had the Brewing the American Dream Program since 2008. It is a program to help small businesses get off the ground with small to medium sized loans. (for more info click here)
Now for the first time they are releasing a Variety Pack brewed in collaboration with breweries that use the BTAD program.

The variety pack has six beers with five of them being brand new collaboration beers and the final one being the Sam Adams mainstay Boston Lager.
The beers are
  • Boston Lager ( (Star-K approved, based on last LOC Feb, 2017)
  • Boston Tea Party Saison (Star-K on Label)
  • ThreeNinety  Bock  (Star-K on Label)
  • Time Hop Porter  (Star-K on Label)
  • Oats McGroats Stout  (Star-K on Label)
  • Desert Kaleidoscope IPA  (Star-K on Label)
For more info on each beer click here.  
The great news is, that it seems like the whole pack is indeed Kosher-Certified (based on the labels). 
If there is any update to the Star-K LOC, I will post an update.
I hope this helps you choose good Kosher Craft Beer.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser IPA

The next beer I will be reviewing is from Samuel Adam's core lineup of beers. They produce many IPA's under the Rebel series, (Click here for my Review of Rebel Juiced IPA) and this is one of their two Double IPA's. A double IPA is similar to a single IPA. However, more hops are added to add bitterness. In order too balance it out, more malt is added as well, which then translates to more alcohol. Rebel Rouser IPA clocks in at 8.4% ABV.



Samuel Adams has updated their packaging and the lower left picture is their current label. However, the picture that I have with the beer in the glass (upper right corner) is of their old packaging.

The beer appears amber red in color, with a big fluffy white head, nice retention, and leaves lacing along the side of the glass. It smells exactly like you would want a big double IPA to, with a big citrus-y aroma, along with pine notes, behind a big malty background. The beer hits the tongue with toasted caramel malt, has a nice and fruity linger, which is followed by a walloping hop finish that is just beautiful, with notes of citrus & pine.
The beer has a medium-bodied feel, feels great on the tongue, and has the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall this a great brew, it's well balanced and delivers the hops quite wonderfully.

*Rebel Rouser IPA is under the supervision of the Star-K*


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Friday, July 7, 2017

Beer Review: Boulevard Saison-Brett

Boulevard Brewing in my opinion, is quite simply the most exciting Kosher-certified Brewery. The reason being, that aside from a core lineup of great beers, they have some extraordinary limited releases that are almost always kosher. For that I am grateful to the Va'ad of KC, for continuing to make sure that great Kosher Beer reaches us.
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The beer I will be reviewing today is called Saison-Brett. It is released once a year, usually in May, and is available in cork & caged .750 ml bottles. Saison is a loose term for a Belgian Farmhouse Ale, which they would drink after the harvest on the farm. Therefore it is an easy drinking beer, but may be a bit higher in alcohol. Brett is short for Brettanomyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy quality, which is added along with other yeasts to the bottle, making it a bottle conditioned beer. The alcohol content is 8.5% ABV.
The vintage I drank is 2015, & I cellared it for about a year after purchase.

It appears a slightly hazy blonde in the glass,with a huge white foam head, that leaves plenty of lacing. There is a sweet grainy bready aroma, some floral notes, along with pineapple. The taste is similar to the nose, with plenty of funkiness as well, which is complimented by the dry bubbly mouthfeel of the Brett. The feel is medium-bodied, dry and effervescent, with a tight bubbly sesnsation. Overall a great Saison, further enhanced by the Brett character.


*Saison-Brett is under the supervision of the Va'ad of KC*



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