Seasonal Drinks: Hard Cider & Lemonade

Downeast cider can and bottle behind a few cut lemons. Downeast Cider cans stacked in the background.Hard cider is one of the most popular drinks in the United States and its popularity is still on the rise. Production has tripled throughout the US since 2011. Hard lemonade has increased in popularity as well, with many brands adding it to their repertoire due to its crisp, bold flavor flavor. Hard cider and lemonade are drinks that have two distinct tastes. Both of which as perfect for the summer and fall seasons. [Read more…]

Nitrogen Beer: A Fresh Homage to the Past

Three sorts of beer on a wooden tableIn a culture taken over by foodies, nitrogen beer—also known as nitro-beer—is increasing in popularity. Nitro-beer differs from a classic carbon dioxide beer in color, flavor, and texture. The thick foam floats like a cloud atop the smooth mix of nitro-beer, while the brew underneath remains smooth. Nitro-beer is an ode to beer of an earlier era, but has increased flavor due to the refined methods of the 2000s. [Read more…]

Prosecco: The Italian Wine

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With the warm summer weather in the air, it is time to switch from a gin and tonic to a light, refreshing, bubbling wine. The only question that remains is which one to choose? With the wide array of choices to make in the liquor store, finding the right wine to fit your taste buds can sometimes be overwhelming. The best call to make is always the Italian call. Do wine the Italian way with prosecco. [Read more…]

How to Taste Beer (And Store & Pour It Too)

Top view of male hand pouring dark beer in a glass placed on textured rustic wooden boards.Beer is a drink for every occasion, but in order to truly experience beer one must store, pour, and taste beer correctly. Whether you’re running a bar, getting ready for a party, or just making your own beer experience the best it can be, it’s important to learn how to do it the right way. By following the correct method for each of these steps, one can truly engage in a flavor experience that enhances the natural flavors of the beer. Read on to learn how to taste beer, store it, and pour it too! [Read more…]

3 Great Japanese Distilleries

A bottle and glass of Yamazaki whisky.Japanese whisky is gaining momentum in recent years due to its mild and smooth taste. Its sophistication is seen in the impressive spirit blends of marzipan, nutmeg, orange marmalade, chamomile, quinces, lemon, and apricot jam that have come out of Japan. Japanese whisky is reminiscent of northern Scottish whisky, but some would argue, with more complexity in its flavor. [Read more…]

Understanding French Wine Regions

Julio's Liquors, Westborough, MAFrench wine is known for being among the crème de la crème of the wine industry. In other words, French wine has left a strong impression on the world, and the region is known for producing some of the best tasting wines available. In fact more than 5 billion bottles of wine are produced in France each year, ranking the country as one of the largest wine producers worldwide. Across France there are seven distinct regions where the best French wines reside, they include: Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhône Valley, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Champagne, and Alsace. [Read more…]

What Makes a Good Seasonal Summer Ale?

Julio's Liquors, Westborough, MASummer is knocking at our door, and that means that is time to kick back and enjoy something a bit different from what we drink the rest of the year… a delicious seasonal summer ale. Certainly, ale can be good to you 365 days a year, however since summer provides an awesome opportunity to enjoy some new brews of the season, we thought we’d talk a bit about how seasonal ale came about. [Read more…]

Mezcal vs. Tequila: The Difference

Gold tequila shots on rustic wood backgroundCinco de Mayo is approaching quickly, so what better way to celebrate than with some authentic Mexican liquor! Before you break open that bottle with “the worm” in it, you should understand exactly what it is you’re about to drink. [Read more…]

What is an IPA?

Hand holding green hops for beer making. There is beer and then there is an IPA. To a normal alcohol consumer this is just another beverage, although to a beer connoisseur it is a whole different world. IPAs have a rich tradition and embody a very special place in many people’s hearts. With such a strong following and such unique flavors it’s impossible to shy away from a frosty IPA. But before you order one the next time you are at the bar, take a moment to learn a little more about what makes this beer so great. [Read more…]

What You Need to Know About Rosé Wine

Bottle of rose wine with bunch of grapeRosé wine is often classified as a sophisticated wine that has a great taste. Rosé is unlike any other wine on the market, as it is neither a red or white wine, and instead it falls into a category of its own. The color of the wine is what distinguishes it from any other. It can vary from a slightly yellow-orange tint, to a vibrant pink, or even a purple, while its flavors can range from savory, sweet, and fruity. [Read more…]