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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All About Whisky

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How many ways can you say whisky? For that matter, how many ways can you spell it? Scotch, Irish whiskey, Canadian whisky, rye whisky and Bourbon—all are distilled from a fermented mash of grain aged in wood. And no, we didn’t spell it wrong. The Canadians and Scottish leave out the “e”; the Irish keep…

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How to Buy German Beer

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German breweries often use prefixes or adjectives with their style names to highlight a characteristic of their beer. Ungespundet means a low-effervescence beer fermented to the finish in an unpressurized fermenter. The carbon dioxide in the solution is minimal, and the beer tastes very smooth. Hell or helles means “light,” but this refers to color…

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All About Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest beers were traditionally made in the märzen style, which got its name from the last month in which the beer was brewed. Before refrigeration, March was the last month that beer could be “lagered,” or put in cold storage. It aged during the summer and was enjoyed during fall harvest. The first Oktoberfest was…

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Tailgating Tips

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Somehow, a beverage just tastes better drunk while standing in a parking lot with a crowd of people decked out in sweatshirts, hats and face paint, the smell of grilled hot dogs in the air and the echoes of a marching band in the background. Get out your camp chair and then stock your cooler…

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