Bright Spirits

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Blender drinks are always a hit when it’s hot. But we often have a hard time dragging ourselves away from the pool or getting off the boat. Pushing that button on the blender is so much effort! Good thing Cap n’ Cork carries a bunch of premixed beverages. Back to our fun in the sun……

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Special Days

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April 7: National Beer Day April 9: International Gin and Tonic Day May 24: Chardonnay Day June 14: National Bourbon Day June 19: National Martini Day July 24: National Tequila Day September 21-October 6: Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany) September 28: Drink Beer Day October 14: Day Homebrewing Legalized in U.S. November 2: Learn How to Homebrew…

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Toasts

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Christmas Toasts I wish you a Merry Christmas And a Happy New Year, A pocket full of money And a cooler full of beer. Here’s wishing you more happiness Than all my words can tell, Not just alone for Christmas But for all the year as well.   The light of the Christmas star to…

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Dine with Indiana Wines

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Even if you haven’t been to Oliver Winery, you’ve probably had their Soft Red. (Who hasn’t?) But Oliver isn’t the only one offering vine dining locally. Indiana also boasts Chateau Thomas in Indianapolis; French Lick Winery in French Lick; Satek Winery in Fremont; Turtle Run Winery in Corydon; and many, many more. See the Wineries…

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Choose Hoosier Brews

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True brewing talent is always just a hop, skip and a jump away. In addition to Mad Anthony Brewing Co. here in Fort Wayne, our state can claim Three Floyds in Munster; Four Horsemen and Evil Genius Beer Co. in South Bend; People’s Brewing in Lafayette; Barley Island in Noblesville; Triton and Flat 12 in…

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All About Cabernet

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Cabernet Sauvignon is, along with Merlot, one of the world’s most planted dark-skinned grape varieties. It’s also one of the most identifiable, with a nose that hints at green peppers and a consistent black currant flavor. The grape is a cross between the red grape Cabernet Franc and the white grape Sauvignon Blanc. Cabernet is…

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All About Tuscany

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It’s time for a trip to Tuscany—not by air, but by glass. Sangiovese is the perfect complement to a big bowl of pasta comfort or a slab of pizza. Turn on some football (or soccer—hey, when in Rome…) and we’ll be in a state of contentezza. Tuscany is in west-central Italy, the heart of the…

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All About the Black and Tan

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The famous Bass and Guinness drink with a not-so-splashy reputation (if poured correctly) actually shares ties to a violent date in Irish history. The original Black and Tans were British men hired to act as a police force in Ireland against the Irish Republican Army. They gained their name from the hodge-podge mix of uniforms.…

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All About Beer Styles

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LAGER Bright, clear, light-bodied, effervescent, a lager is made from malt, hops, water and occasionally corn grits, cracked rice or other cereals. TRY: Sam Adams Boston Lager PILSNER It’s not a separate type of beer; “Pilsner” is a label applied to light beers made in the style of the famous Pilsner Urquell from Pilsen, Czechoslovakia.…

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How to Make a Fruit Ice Block for Punch

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Give your punch a kick with an icy fruit block! Arrange fruit in the bottom of an aluminum bundt pan or ring mold. Add water just until the fruit is covered, then freeze. Dip the bundt pan or ring mold into a shallow baking pan filled with warm water to loosen the ice. Invert the…

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All About Bourbon

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Jim Beam offers these “5 Things You Should Know About Whiskey and Bourbon”: 1. All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Tennessee whiskey? Not bourbon. Canadian whiskey? Nope. Scotch? Definitely not bourbon. You get the idea. 2. Bourbon is all-American. In 1964, under President Lyndon Johnson’s administration, Congress declared bourbon America’s Native…

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All About Irish Whiskey

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It’s not made from potatoes, for starters. Irish whiskey is typically distilled from a fermented mash of malted barley, unmalted barley, corn, rye, wheat and oats. It’s dried in a kiln with a solid floor, so no smoke comes into contact with the malt, unlike Scotch whisky. And it’s traditionally distilled in three pots, vs.…

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