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The 7 Sins Brewery cherry wheat uses real cherry juice to flavor. Real ingredients. All the time.

This beer is a refreshing, luscious craft beer perfect for summer.

Lust is erubescent in color – a cherry copper that almost blushes. It comes in at a 9 on the SRM scale. Lust cherry wheat has a low bitterness (IBU of 10) and its ABV is only 4.2% – both of which make it easy to drink.  At the same time, it is full of body and flavor and simply divine. All these qualities will quench your thirst for damned good craft beer.

Here is the minutia: 

  • Ale Yeast
  • Grains/malts: 2 Row, Wheat, Munich
  • Hops: Liberty, Saaz
  • IBU: 10
  • SRM: 9
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Nose: fruity
  • Flavor: hint of cherry
  • Medium body
  • Average effervescence
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The 7 Sins Brewery Pilsner is made right. In a world of ales including IPAs, stouts and sours, we have heard the Pilsner is on its way to the craft brew market with 7 Sins Brewery’s Pride sure to lead the pack! One ingredient that makes it a pilsner is the yeast – ours is brewed with a German Lager yeast (instead of an ale yeast like many other craft beers).

And yes, it does taste like a refreshing, thirst-quenching American beer, as it should. Being hand-crafted by our head brewer, Bear, it also has a craft beer feel with layers of flavor and lots of depth.

Try it yourself and you will agree. It stands alone.

Pride is a brilliant golden blonde color – right at 4 on the SRM scale. It has less alcohol content than most craft beers yet, more than your everyday beer at 4.8%. Again, in true pilsner fashion it is not as bitter as some beer styles – just bitter enough to make it a BEER at 26 IBU.

Pride has a fruity nose and (almost) sweet flavor with a light body. Finally, Pride has a velvety finish – offering a fresh experience to your day.

The deets

  • German Lager Yeast
  • Grains/malts: 2 Row, German Pils, German Carapils
  • Hops: Hallertau Hersbrucker, Tettnanger, Saaz
  • IBU: 26
  • SRM: 4
  • ABV: 4.8%
  • Nose: fruity
  • Flavor: (almost) sweet
  • Light body
  • Average effervescence


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Don’t be fooled, Wrath is not your typical MMO fighter pale ale. True to an IPA brewed with strong hops, a bit bitter and with significant alcohol content, Wrath was also created with a smooth malty backbone and a crisp orange hop flavor, placing it in a league of its own. Swill this brew with your favorite cigar and experience a 7 Sins anticipated prize-winner.

For all you craft beer enthusiasts, here is an in-depth look at the 7 sins Brewery IPA.

IPA is almost synonymous with craft beer, with an infinite number of India Pale Ale beers in the market. With that in mind, we wanted to make sure you don’t forget our Wrath and created a unique brew – Wrath IPA has a high IBU (68) yet with lots of other flavors to round out the bitterness including hints of citrus, pine and carmel. Scents of citrus and carmel are also distinguishable. Wrath has a crisp finish – bringing all these qualities together to produce an ambrosial experience.

Finally, its color is ablaze – a rich copper, 14 on the SRM scale and has a light-to-medium body. And to be expected, the ABV is 7 %.

If you are obsessed with IPAs, here’s the minutiae:

  • Ale Yeast
  • Grains: 2 Row; Carapils; Carabrown; Crystal 40
  • Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Liberty
  • IBU: 68 -70 (high)
  • SRM: 14 (copper)
  • ABV: 7
  • Nose: citrus, carmel
  • Flavor: crisp hoppy orange/citrus, pine, carmel
  • Light/medium body
  • Average/slightly below average effervescence
Pint of beer with background image of an envious woman


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What they wish they could drink. It sounds cruel but it is certain to hit the spot upon sunset. Some say Envy is the best craft amber around.

I thought you might like to get a better feel for our most popular beer, Envy, an Amber Ale – so, here goes…

First, why did we name our Amber beer, Envy? Amber may refer to a bay – a woman who is smokin’ hot, with amber highlights in her eyes and hair – one who everyone envies.  Well, that is what we thought of when making this amber style craft beer of ours and it is our hope that you too envy this brew.

The amber may not be as popular as the IPA is in some craft beer circles, yet it certainly has its place. 7 Sins Brewery customers have found it to be their favorite 7 Sins Brewery craft.

It is an ale, not a lager, and typically uses a crystal malt to get the rich copper/light brown color.

7 Sins believes Envy is our most popular because it is  so “drinkable” while at the same time tasty and indulgent. It hits you at first with its medium/low bitterness (35 – 37 IBU) and is very smooth with a light body. Envy also has a light nose and hint of honey flavor to it. The color is a pleasing amber color – at 12-13 on the SRM scale.

beer drinker drinking Envy

Envy, down the hatch!

For you hop heads, here are the deets:

Yeast: Ale Yeast

Grain: 2Row barley, Carapils, Crystal 40 and Victory

Hops: Amarillo & Mount Hood

IBU: 35 – 37 (medium/low)

SRM: 12 -13 (copper)

ABV: 5.4

Nose: Light

Flavor: Hint of honey

Body: Light

Effervescence: Average/slightly below average

Enjoy! And remember it is ok to be a little sinful….


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Winter Concert Series

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Hey fans, 7 Sins is hosting a legit opportunity for you and your crew to be a little sinful…. live music and beer specials!

Three weekends in a row, you can experience kickin’ jams and indulgent 7 Sins Brewery craft beer. All are welcome at Sensory Winery & Art Gallery from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Music starts at 6:00 p.m. Gourmet pizza and pub pretzel munchies are on the house.

The series kicks off Friday, January 13, 2017 with Doug Phillips & Elly Vahey performing.

And so you know, Bear, Head brewer of 7 Sins Brewery has enjoyed the winter so far – so much so that he concocted fresh quality batches of our crafts. Beers on tap include Gluttony Stout, Wrath IPA, Envy Amber and Greed Brown! In addition to these sins, we will have two of our seasonal indiscretions – come on out and try them. Definitely worth being a little sinful.

Now back to the music, the first jam is with Doug Phillips and Elly Vahey. Click here and check out the Doug Phillips trio on YouTube and see a sample of Doug and Elly together. Both artists are from Erie with lots of local play. Doug sings, plays bass and guitar and is a producer who welcomes Elly to harmonize with him for the night. The duo will play classic rock covers from the 60s – 90s.

Phillips has performed in the Eastern Great Lakes Region for over 25 years. He is a 3-time RockErie Award finalist for Erie’s Favorite Acoustic Performer and winner of the 2014 RockErie Music Award for Bassist. Doug has organized and performed in tribute concerts to Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Band, Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa, Prince, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Woodstock and Jimmy Buffett.

Elly is also a well-known vocalist from Erie. In addition to the Doug Phillips trio she performs with Stiletto Erie.

Chris & Joylene

Chris & Joylene of the Honest Mistakes

On the 14th, The Honest Mistakes will take the stage. The duo joined us at our Grand Opening and Open Mics many times and have their fans wanting more! Check them out.

Let me say this again, you can join in on the fun over the next three weekends – Enjoy 7 Sins craft beer specials. Free live local music. Free munchies. Ripley-brewed craft beer specials. A free art exhibit from local artists. And Sensory cult wine. You won’t want to miss even one show!

And one last note, we are on social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – when you want to find us quickly or give us props, use this tag: #ok2bsinful.

Live Music and a Stout to die for

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7 Sins Brewery has co-hosted Open Mic for a good part of the year with Sensory Winery & Art Gallery. And it only gets better.

Now the audience gets to hear some really cool jams from renowned local bands.

This month Mark and Dinah of the Acoustic Gypsies will perform. The Acoustic Gypsies are from Erie and known for their acoustic rock covers – they play Allman Brothers, Van Morrison, Skynyrd, CCR and stuff like that. Sweet.

You can always show off your own skilz and score a free beer too, if you dare. The December event is coming up this week – Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Speaking of beer, the Gluttony Stout is like chillin’ by a warm fire after braving the winter weather, warms you up and tastes so good, with a perfect finish. Come try it. Pints are only $4. Additionally, Envy Amber Ale, Greed Brown Ale, Wrath IPA,  and Blood Orange Ale are on tap.

And – throughout December, when you buy a 64 oz. growler, you get to hang with the Sensory and 7 Sins crowd and drink a pint, on the house.

Sensory wine will also be served at $4 a glass. And free munchies for all as well.


Craft Beer Boom

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Ever wonder why so many craft beer breweries are popping up?

Nationwide, I believe it is simply a part of Millenials demand for local fresh organic food and in a way supporting the We Are The 99% movement – sincerely hoping to give props to the little guy.

Meanwhile, New York’s Southern Tier and Northwestern Pennsylvania have a ton of new breweries. Perhaps it’s because the most popular microbrewery in the country is literally in our backyard.  Or it could be that New York State got to the party on time and since 2013 offers lax alcohol laws as well as tax breaks to microbreweries and especially farm breweries.


The idea of this legislation is to promote economic growth (while still generating tax revenue for the state). It also promotes agriculture which is great for the local economy. For instance, farm breweries only have to serve finger foods instead of a more robust menu like other alcohol establishments – and if they use a significant percentage of New York state grown ingredients in their craft beer, are eligible for tax exemptions.

What great news, craft breweries will brew locally and use ingredients from local sources – sustainable! (Not to mention you the consumer get to imbibe in so many intense brews like Gluttony or Lust from 7 Sins!)

Grand Opening

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Here is your chance to be a little sinful – and I don’t mean going to Vegas to play the slots! I’m talking about a bash to celebrate 7 Sins Brewery craft beers respectfully named for the seven sins.

Our peeps at Sensory Winery & Art Gallery are co-hosting our Grand Opening, Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 5 – 9 p.m. There will be beer specials on all our crafts. You may also meet the Beer Demon, Bear, who keeps our brews tasting so sinfully good.

There will be a pig roast and live music to keep the party going – headlining the stage are The Mulligans from Erie at 7 p.m. The opening act will be Chris and Joylene a budding Erie duo who formerly performed with the Honest Mistakes in Baltimore.

As far as brews go, we will have an amber ale, blood orange ale, brown ale, cherry wheat and stout all on tap. So wrong, yet so right. See you on the 16th.

7 Sins Brewery Secrets to Brewing

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In case you care, here’s how Bear, the beer demon, creates our bad-ass brews. To start, he has taken his original recipes and modified them to be brewed on a larger scale. Running grain through the grist mill kicks of the process. It is here that the mill cracks the grain.

The milled grain then goes into the mash tun for an hour or so where the grain and water mysteriously meld to make the sinful mash. What really happens is: first, warm water is added to extract sugar; next, water is pulled out from the bottom of the mash tun and put back on top to make a cleaner beer; last, fresh water is poured on top, filtering the grain bed and picking up the sugars headed toward the boil kettle. The liquid sugar becomes the wort (that’s wort, not wart!).


The next step is to run the wort into the boil kettle – don’t worry the kettle is only for beer-making and not warlock brew. Hops are added in this step of the process, all in all taking about 60 – 90 minutes. The wort is then sent to the Fermentor where yeast is added. The fermentation process is when the beer is crafted from the wort and the alcohol content is calibrated. A hydrometer is used to gauge how much how much soluble sugar is in the wort, the yeast is added accordingly and the beer is made. After fermentation the hydrometer is used again to calculate the potency.

By the way, it is the variety of grain and hops and type of yeast that determines what style of beer is concocted. The temperature at fermentation contributes to the definition and nuances of the beer styles as well. And for some of the 7 Sins brews, the addition of natural flavors infuses an extra kick.

From the Fermentor, the brews go to the brite tank for a couple of days where it is carbonated and then kegged using CO2. 7 Sins Beer is kegged in stainless steel and stays below 38 degrees for maximum sinfulness – I mean freshness!


Each batch yields about 7 barrels of sinfulness – yeah-ah.