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Laphroaig Whisky

Laphroaig Whisky

Some interesting facts about Scotch Whisky in general and Laphroaig in particular. Enjoy! [...more]

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Blitz Weinhard Brewery Tour

Blitz Weinhard Brewery Tour

A Tour of the Blitz Weinhard Brewery - the former home of Henry Weinhards in Portland Oregon. I (I used to sell this back in the day). The Brewery is closed now but the brands still have a small home within the SAB Miller portfolio. [...more]

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Chimay Brewery Tour

Chimay Brewery Tour

A tour of the Chimay brewery in Belgium hosted by Father Thomas, Director of the Brewery. [...more]

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What is Cachaça?

What is Cachaça?

Unknown to many outside Brazil, the cultural significance of cachaça, a distilled liquor, ranks among soccer, carnival, and samba. Although non-Brazilian’s compare cachaça to rum, their only similarity is that they both originate from sugarcane. Cachaça first gained popularity among slaves and peasants during Brazil’s colonial period but the spirit has recently become a favorite domestically and internationally regardless of the drinker’s class. [...more]

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How do they make Pink Champagne?

How do they make Pink Champagne?

In the past, pink champagne has often been considered inferior to the white variety. However, pink champagne, or rose, has been going through something of a revival in the past few years. If white champagne is seen as a celebratory drink, then pink champagne is sometimes seen as a celebration of romance. Turning white champagne into pink champagne comes down to one crucial part of the winemaking process. [...more]

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What Is Bourbon?

What Is Bourbon?

Bourbon is a variety of whiskey that uses at least 51% corn in the distillation process. But, oh, how much is compacted into that one dry sentence. All whiskeys are made from grain, often using barley as a base. The barley is soaked to germinate, then dried and mixed with water and yeast. The liquid is heated and the evaporate flows up through a bent-neck still where it ultimately condenses into another container. The brew is then placed in barrels to age for a few years to make the golden beverage enjoyed by millions. [...more]

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A Guide to the Distillation of Gin

A Guide to the Distillation of Gin

Most Gin is initially distilled in efficient column stills. The resulting spirit is high-proof, light-bodied, and clean with a minimal amount of congeners (flavor compounds) and flavoring agents. Genever is distilled in less-efficient pot stills, which results in a lower-proof, more flavorful spirit. [...more]

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The Origins & History of Gin

The Origins & History of Gin

Gin is a juniper berry-flavored grain spirit . The word is an English shortening of Genever, the Dutch word for juniper. The origins of Gin are rather murky. In the late 1580s a juniper-flavored spirit of some sort was found in Holland by British troops who were fighting against the Spanish in the Dutch War of Independence. [...more]

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What is Gin? – A Guide

What is Gin? – A Guide

Gin and its Lowlands cousin Genever (Jenever in Belgium) are white spirits that are flavored with juniper berries and so-called botanicals (a varied assortment of herbs and spices). The spirit base of Gin is primarily grain (usually wheat or rye), which results in a light-bodied spirit. [...more]

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A Guide to the Classifications of Gin

A Guide to the Classifications of Gin

London Dry Gin is the dominant English style of Gin. As a style it lends itself particularly well to mixing. London Dry Gin is the dominant Gin style in the United Kingdom, former British colonies, the United States, and Spain. [...more]

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An Introduction and Guide to Wheat Beers

An Introduction and Guide to Wheat Beers

Brewing with wheat instead of barley is an ancient tradition that stretches back to the earliest days of brewing. Although not an easy grain to work with, beers brewed with a proportion of wheat do not require maturation, as is the case with lagers, and can be drunk soon after brewing. Most importantly wheat ales are very refreshing. Traditionally they are cloudy or hazy, though with modern filtration they can easily be made clear. Bavarian "weizen" beers are the best known examples of wheat ales and are widely imitated. [...more]

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What is Madeira Wine?

What is Madeira Wine?

It is made on the Portuguese-owned island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean, these wines are very resilient and long-living thanks to their high acidity and the way they are made. They even keep indefinitely after they have been opened. This is because the wines are exposed to heat during wine-making, so they are effectively 'baked' and thus protected from oxidation. This process is known as estufagem. [...more]

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