Craft beer is often misunderstood even within the liquor industry. Craft brewers are certainly not always given their due since there is a broad gap between those knowing how to savor a well-crafted high quality brew and those looking to spend less and drink more.
Will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with green beer or will you be going the Irish whiskey route? (Or perhaps a little of both is on the horizon?)
Irish whiskey is not just for the Irish, nor is it reserved for St. Paddy’s Day. In fact, the Irish Whiskey Society of America has made it it’s mission to “expand the appreciation and awareness of the full range of Irish whiskey.” [Read more…]
What was once called microbrew has now been termed craft beer. Why? Well, the size of the breweries now making craft beer have become larger than the legal definition allows. Also, several microbrew companies now distribute their craft beer nationally and are highly well-known throughout.
So what exactly is craft beer? It is a well-made, crafted, interesting beer that is usually a little more expensive than the large manufactured brands. Often, the companies that produce craft beer are relatively small. However, the term craft beer refers more to the brewer’s commitment to high quality rather than the size of the brewing company. [Read more…]
Is there an art to pairing wine and chocolate? Absolutely.
Wine and chocolate pairings are not just random acts – at least not for wine and chocolate connoisseurs. Of course everyone is encouraged to have fun and experiment with different pairings, but there are some dos and don’ts that have been declared by wine and chocolate experts. [Read more…]
Orange liqueur is practically required by law to be included in certain drinks, such as margaritas, but what else is it good for?
Is there an actual difference between the types of orange liqueurs or is it all just branding and hype?
For starters, not all orange liqueurs are created equal. The different types of orange liqueurs use different alcohols as their infusing medium, such as cognac, brandy or rum. They also offer different levels of sweetness and strength. Orange liqueurs are usually known as curaçao or triple sec. However, within these general classes lay a wide array of sweetness levels, accompanying spices, complexities, and costs. [Read more…]
Does hearing the word Irish whiskey leave you thirsty but confused?
Are you altogether new to Irish whiskey? Do you want to love Irish whiskey but don’t know where to begin?
Irish whiskey can be traced back to the 6th Century Ireland before crossing over to Scotland. Scotch whisky is spelled without an ‘e’ and so, to differentiate themselves, the Irish added an ‘e’ to their Irish whisk(e)y in the 19th century. [Read more…]
As you probably already know, the Super Bowl is this Sunday!
And even though we’re disappointed that the Pats didn’t make it, we’re always happy for a reason to get together with friends to watch football… and drink beer, of course. Yes, beer and the Super Bowl. They’re like chocolate and peanut butter. Jack and coke. Hall & Oates (or Oates and mustaches). It’s impossible to imagine a Super Bowl party without beer, so let’s not! Instead, why not put a new twist on a classic combination? This year try serving beer cocktails at your Super Bowl party. We know, we know. Beer cocktails? Hear us out. [Read more…]
It seems that nowadays wine drinkers and arts and craft lovers are paired as perfectly as fine wine and gourmet cheese.
This is partially due to the popularity of Pinterest, because now crafters have the ability to share their brilliant ideas with the rest of world. Wine cork craft ideas are one of the most common types of viral pins. Those who drink wine are known for saving the wine cork after opening, and who wouldn’t, with so many neat wine corks varieties available today? [Read more…]
Winter beers are a must this time of year for craft beer aficionados. The darker, fuller-bodied, and often elegantly spiced winter beers are just what you need during this cold season. Winter beers are tailor-made for the cold—because they can be enjoyed at room temperature or even warmed to take off that winter chill. While winter beers are often referred to as Christmas beers, they are appropriately enjoyed all winter long.
Winter beers vary in style by country, with American winter beers typically containing more spices, while English winter beers tend to have a sweeter finish. Whatever your taste, there is a winter beer out there for you to enjoy. All you need is a little guidance and perhaps a few tastings to see what appeals to your individual palate. [Read more…]
Before a time when getting warm merely involved flipping on central heating or switching on your remote start vehicle, hot drinks were one of the best ways to take off the winter chill.
When one craved a spiked drink, they would reach for mulled wine or a hot toddy. Those hot drinks now typically associated with an older crowd, are beginning to make a comeback among up-and-coming cocktail drinkers. [Read more…]