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Do you like barrel aged craft beer?

Do you like barrel aged craft beer?

Here’s why you may want to consider trying a craft beer that was aged in a wine barrel or cask. Everyone seems to know that many Imperial Stouts are aged in bourbon barrels.  In fact, I have written about bourbon barrel-aged craft beers before.  Sometimes you get a “Scotch” burn and sometimes you get sweet oak.  This type of craft beer is interesting, to say the least. So, you have probably heard about blonde ales aged in Chardonnay barrels and casks or brown ales aged in red wine barrels.  The barrel aging is definitely not a trend in the world of […]

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Dec 31, 2016

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Featured Riesling Vineyard : Schloss Vollrads Wine Estate

Featured Riesling Vineyard : Schloss Vollrads Wine Estate

Today in our tour of the world’s Riesling vineyards, we come to Germany, a country that is steeped in historical muse and culture.  Schloss Vollrads Wine Estate, located in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany, is a place of wonder, dedication, and some of the best premium wines in Germany.  Their vineyards are dedicated to only one varietal, which is Riesling grapes.  Although they focus on just one varietal grape, they produce up to fifteen different wines!  While this may sound like a stretch, they have certainly proven it can be done and they have 800 years of experience to back them up. Premium Riesling […]

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Dec 31, 2016

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How you can help in changing the landscape

How you can help in changing the landscape

The future is a scary thought for some, but this is mostly due to the direction the world seems to be heading.  Pollution, unstable economies, and a bleak social outlook seem to be overtaking the landscape, creating a dull view of what could be a bright and shining future.  However, this certainly does not have to be the case, nor is it in all areas of the world.  Look at states in the U.S. like Florida.  Innovation is a driving force that has brought forth several new craft breweries, sustainable farming practices, and outstanding community art that inspires others to […]

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Dec 31, 2016

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Chateau Canon in Saint Emilion has beautiful vineyards!

Chateau Canon in Saint Emilion has beautiful vineyards!

Chateau Canon is located in Saint Emilion, an absolutely breathtaking region of France that is well known for producing some of the most delicious premium wines in the entire world.  The winemakers of this region follow tradition closely and their experience is deferred to by budding winemakers all over the world.  Chateau Canon in Saint Emilion is no exception to this, as their winemakers are renowned for their talents. The village of Saint Emilion is one steeped in history and nearly untouched by time.  Imagine walking into a fairytale full of white stone streets, vendors, old-fashioned shops, and a variety of […]

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Dec 30, 2016

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Vineyards of the world : La Maison Carrée

Vineyards of the world : La Maison Carrée

When it comes to homeopathic beliefs, the winemakers at La Maison Carrée have established this as one of the most eco-friendly vineyards of the world.  Their belief in herbal treatments of the vines, natural environment adaptation and proper aging of their wines has created a product truly worthy to be called premium wine.  Having purchased the property in 1827, the family has passed down their traditions and expertise generation by generation, holding true to their natural traditions and creating a brand that has already stood the test of time. The vineyard itself encompasses nearly 10 hectares of space (or 24 acres) and […]

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Dec 29, 2016

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Vineyards of the world : Weninger Vineyards

Vineyards of the world : Weninger Vineyards

Today on our trip around the world’s vineyards, we come to Austria.  That’s right, Austria.  While some would never think of this lovely country in terms of wine and spirits, they would be missing out on some great premium wines and gorgeous, well-established vineyards like Weninger Vineyards.  This estate has a variety of vineyard locations throughout Austria and utilizes the influence of a wide berth of soil ranges.  While this practice is not new in the winemaking industry, it is certainly useful for this vineyard, as the soil ranges in Austria go from a lime-based type to very stony areas […]

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Dec 29, 2016

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Vineyards of the world : Quinta do Tedo

Vineyards of the world : Quinta do Tedo

In the heart of Portugal, you can find a variety of delights, including a rich culture, heart-warming atmosphere, and delicious premium wines.  At Quinta do Tedo you can find a variety of products being created, including premier ports, premium wines, and even excellent cold-pressed olive oil from well-established trees.  While you would imagine such a diverse production process would create a bit of inequality, it certainly does not at this gorgeous vineyard. With olive trees ranging from 50-100 years old and a climate that is ideal for the process, Quinta do Tedo olive oils have gained a very strong presence […]

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Dec 29, 2016

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Great Craft Breweries: Birra Toccalmatto

Great Craft Breweries: Birra Toccalmatto

There are a wealth of people in the world who absolutely love craft beer, and this is no different in the beautiful country of Italy.  Birra Toccalmatto is located in Fidenza, this craft brewery has found plenty of reason to be proud of their beer.  Founded in 2008 by Bruno Carilli, who was inspired by both British and Belgian beers he had tasted over the course of his career in the food and beverage industry.  In just six years the new craft brewery found its place in the craft brewing industry, receiving awards internationally and gaining a place of many […]

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Dec 29, 2016

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The History of the U.S. brewing industry : Vol. 2

The History of the U.S. brewing industry : Vol. 2

Continuing on from our last entry, The History of the U.S. brewing industry: Vol. 1, we begin in the 1850s, during which time hundreds of small, local breweries popped up throughout the previous decade and many were subsequently lost due to the terrible tragedy of the Civil War.  During these years, it was not uncommon for breweries to be set ablaze, destroying not only the brewery but much of the surrounding landscape.  Thus are the trials of war and the Civil War has many well-documented events such as this throughout the entire period. However, there is a lot to be learned […]

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Dec 29, 2016

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West Palm Beach bar scene is hopping all year long

West Palm Beach bar scene is hopping all year long

If there is one thing we know for certain, it is that south Florida is always an active place for tourism.  With weather that simply can’t be topped and beaches that draw hundreds of thousands of people every year, we’ve got it made.  This has led to the opening of several attractions such as Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village in sunny Orlando, Jungle Island in Miami, Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach, and many more parks, museums, and events!  With so many attractions in south Florida, it’s only natural that several clubs, bars, and new craft […]

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Dec 29, 2016

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