BEER CLINIC :: Among the Coalfields of Northeast Pennsylvania: Breaker Brewing Company

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 12.04.2015

Breaker Brewing Company, BBC, is named for the coal breaker, a large structure used to break and sort coal as it comes out of the mines. Breakers, once common features in the hills of Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA), have all but disappeared, due to the collapse of the mining industry in 1959 when a river breach […]

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The Editor’s Desk :: Home Brew – Chocolate (Sour) Cherry Stout

by Harvey Gold 10.05.2015

YBN pal, Taylor McIntosh plays sax and keys for my band, Half Cleveland. An excellent musician and a great guy, Taylor is also a man of science (don’t get him started on Nicola Tesla) and as a logical extension, a fine brewer. For a time, he worked at the award winning Thirsty Dog Brewing in […]

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THE EDITOR’S DESK :: The Big Eating and Drinking Review … and stuff

by Harvey Gold 08.27.2015

There’s an art installation here in downtown Akron, Ohio, within a teeny tiny common space possessing a few tables, benches… a picnic area cum smoking section on the edge of what is now being called Akron’s Historic District. My band, Half Cleveland, rehearsed in the building that sits just across the alley from this little […]

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BEER CLINIC :: The Elusive Gose – How Far Would You Run to Catch a Gose?

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 07.29.2015

Gose (rhymes with “Rosa”) is a very old beer style that is starting to generate interest among craft brewers, if only because it is so challenging to brew. Summer is the best time to drink these unusual beers, but gose’s can be hard to find, and some can be downright unpleasant to drink. In order […]

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK :: Off to Exotic… wait for it… Pittsburgh!

by Harvey Gold 07.01.2015

As many of you know, we produced a video at Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA. It was great, but it was also in and out of the city, so I had experienced little to nothing of Pittsburgh outside of crossing bridges, identifying rust, and traveling to their Ikea (closest one to our homebase of […]

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THE EDITOR’S DESK :: The Big Eating and Drinking Review – Shrimp, Tequilla, and a Red Ale??

by Harvey Gold 06.17.2015

Chase Cutting “Where ya been Harv? Had anything noteworthy to eat or drink?” I’ve been taking notes, pictures, videotaping myself on an iPhone in bars and restaurants in order to insure my notes are properly taken and legible. The good news is that you won’t have to watch these videos… or rather I won’t have […]

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BEER CLINIC :: Church Brew Works

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 05.27.2015

It was late March, early springtime, the time of year when many religions celebrate the start of a new year. It was the time for Easter and Passover. I had to face it –it was time to go to Church. I’m referring here to a church-based brewery that I haven’t visited in a long time: […]

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BEER CLINIC :: An Abita Beer Tasting

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 04.20.2015

I was thrilled to receive a gift of Abita beer last week. Abita Brewing Company is in Louisiana, just north of New Orleans, and their beer is consistently good, so I was looking forward to trying these. Most beer lovers are familiar with Purple Haze, Abita’s well-known and beloved raspberry wheat beer, but their other beers […]

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FROM THE YBN’s EDITOR’S DESK :: Food and Brew… Brew and Food… and a Little Music!

by Harvey Gold 04.07.2015

So as we’ve been puttering along, there have been opportunities to enjoy some excellent brews of late. Here’s a few of them, sampled with some great eats: The most recent came on the occasion of a swell night hearing friend Tracey Thomas sing with a sweet band at a lovely venue, Jilly’s Music Room. The sound […]

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK :: Art & Ale @ The Akron Art Museum

by Harvey Gold 03.21.2015

Every year the Akron (Ohio) Art Museum holds an event called “Art & Ale.” We did our first piece (when they were calling it “The Art of Ale”) on this excellent event a couple years ago, one that was a bit more of a primer for our readers on Akron itself, as we drank and ate […]

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