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Louisiana Road Trip: Lafayette

Louisiana Road Trip: Lafayette

No Louisiana road trip is complete without a stop in Lafayette.  Lafayette, Louisiana is home to Cajun Field, the stadium used by several local and state teams such as the Ragin’ Cajuns and has been loving nicknamed The Swamp.  However, this is not the biggest draw to this beautiful city.  The nightlife of Lafayette is pretty darn hot.  This culture-rich city has a lot to offer from outstanding nightlife to a museum list that offers a deeper look into the world and the local development of the area. Drinks and Nightlife in Lafayette’s hot spots on your Louisiana road trip […]

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Dec 26, 2016

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Beers and bikes: Runamucca

Beers and bikes: Runamucca

Runamucca, the Nevada version of bike week, is likely one of the most well-known events in the western states.  With hundreds of bikes showing up every year, several casinos hosting events, and some interesting shows being featured, it’s hard to resist making a trip each year.  Although the past couple of years have seen some down-slide to event-goer numbers, this was largely due to rain and a higher number is expected in years to come.  We certainly hope people continue to see the value of the many great beers and bikes that are involved in this yearly event! The event itself […]

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Dec 26, 2016

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Big names buying in to the niche

Big names buying in to the niche

It seems that Anheuser-Busch is feeling the pinch as the craft brewing industry rises higher in popularity.  Already having purchased Devil’s Backbone, they’ve also set their sights on, and acquired, Birra del Borgo, an outstanding Italian brewery whose large size just might keep A-B in the market a while longer.  However, what does this mean for craft breweries around the world?  What will new craft breweries do with big names buying their way to power in the industry? Why are big names buying up smaller craft breweries? We all know that the craft brewing industry is a widely varied one, […]

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Dec 26, 2016

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Science in a glass: Viscosity Bar

Science in a glass: Viscosity Bar

When it comes to creativity, we have to say that Viscosity takes the gold medal.  Located in Queensland, Australia this place is one of the brightest hot spots in the country.  Serving up science in a glass, they have become famous across FaceBook, YouTube, and due to this, the entire world! From their mind-blowing drinks (which have even been mentioned by George Takei!) to the wide variety of patrons whose antics are sure to amuse, this place has it all.  And who wouldn’t want to see them create cocktails that seem to be made of magic?!  Heck, we were amazed […]

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Dec 26, 2016

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Vineyards of the World : Yealands Family Wines

Vineyards of the World : Yealands Family Wines

Today we’re traveling to New Zealand, where wineries have proven themselves time and again, producing some of the best premium wines on the market from delicious reds to zesty whites and a variety of blends as well.  One vineyard showing specific promise is Yealands Family Wines, located in Marlborough.  This beautiful vineyard even won the International Wine and Spirit Competition of 2014 which does not surprise us here at West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault one bit! Yealands Family Wines has a story of diversification and ecology This glorious winery features seven, yes seven, lovely vineyard sites over the […]

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Dec 26, 2016

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Wines of Washington and Oregon : Sineann Winery

Wines of Washington and Oregon : Sineann Winery

When we think of wine, we tend to think of places like France, Italy, Spain, and even California.  However, these are not the only places where premium wines are produced, nor are they the only regions finding great success in the premium wine industry.  States such as Washington and Oregon are coming up quickly as top producers and aficionados all over the world are beginning to take notice. Sineann Winery is one of the leading causes of this change, with their wineries located in Oregon, Washington, and New Zealand.  Winemaker, Peter Rosback, began the operation with David O’Reilly in 1994 and […]

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Dec 26, 2016

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U.S. Beers and bikes style events : Biketoberfest

U.S. Beers and bikes style events : Biketoberfest

When it comes to great brews and gorgeous bikes in Florida, there is one event that pretty much trumps all of the others.  Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach is THE place to be during the fall season.  With a wide variety of bars and pubs dotting the city, you’ll have no end of choices for places to hang out and have fun.  If you’re there for the bikes, you’re in luck!  This event certainly does not disappoint, with thousands of beautifully crafted bikes lining the streets where everyone is family. During this three-day weekend event in Daytona you will have the […]

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Dec 26, 2016

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The History of the U.S. brewing industry : Vol. 1

The History of the U.S. brewing industry : Vol. 1

When we think of craft beer, we often think of the interesting pubs and tap rooms we currently find across the U.S.  However, the industry itself was established as early as the 1600s, when Dutch and English settlers were first colonizing the land.  Dutch immigrants were the first to notice that New York had outstanding ground for producing the necessary crops for their trade and old maps of New Amsterdam denote a surprising number of breweries in that time, showing that yes, we’ve always loved craft brews. Brew-your-own was the common practice of the time and the majority of the […]

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Dec 25, 2016

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Hot craft breweries : Reformation Brewery

Hot craft breweries : Reformation Brewery

We here at West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault want to give a big shout to Reformation Brewery!  These guys work hard and play hard, something we respect and rejoice, especially during the holidays.  Their belief that beer deserves freedom from large brand views is outstanding and their dedication to bringing their community together is more than admirable. Besides their obviously awesome outlook, their craft beer is delicious!  And when we say delicious, we mean you need to check it out, now, before you see something shiny and forget what we were saying.  Defeat your inner squirrel and plan […]

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Dec 25, 2016

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Craft brewery industry news : Leaked memos could bite you in the backside

Craft brewery industry news : Leaked memos could bite you in the backside

When it comes to craft beer, the idea is to have options.  A lot of options.  Going against that grain can come back to kick you, as one franchise manager found out the hard way.  Apparently, they didn’t realize that brewery owners just might be a bit upset when they sent a memo out to their franchise stores with both an accepted label list and a list labeled as “not fit for consumption”. Leaked memo creates a ruckus in Massachusetts Craft Beer Cellars founders were certainly surprised when that memo was leaked and several on their “not fit” list were […]

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Dec 25, 2016