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Education: What is Sekt?

Education: What is Sekt?

Sekt Sekt is the German term for sparkling wine. The majority of Sekt produced (around 95%) is made by the Charmat method with the remaining premium Sekt being made according to the méthode traditionnelle. [...more]

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History of Bourbon in the USA

History of Bourbon in the USA

A brief pictorial history of Whiskey and drinking of alcohol in America preceeds an exploration of the manufacture of Bourbon whiskey, with visits to the Jim Beam, and Maker's Mark distilleries. [...more]

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Education: What is Flash Pasteurisation?

Education: What is Flash Pasteurisation?

Flash pasteurization is a method of heat pasteurization of perishable beverages like fruit and vegetable juices, beer, and dairy products. Compared to other pasteurization processes, some experts claim that it maintains color and flavours better. [...more]

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Education: What is and What are Trappist Beers?

Education: What is and What are Trappist Beers?

Trappist beer is beer or ale produced under the supervision of Trappist monks. While only seven breweries are recognized in the 21st century as authentic producers of Trappist beer, the practice of monasteries brewing alcohol is more than 1000 years old. Authentic versions of the beer must conform to several standards set by the International Trappist Association. [...more]

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What is Grappa?

What is Grappa?

Grappa is an Italian alcohol which is made by distilling pomace, the leftovers of winemaking. The name grappa is in fact a reference to this, as it means “grape stems” in an Italian dialect. Many winemaking nations have their own versions of grappa, and these drinks tend to be very strong, fiery, and incredibly diverse. Grappa is probably most similar to brandy. Many Italian importers carry an array of grappa, and it can also be found stocked at some large markets. [...more]

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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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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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