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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Best Beverages for Grill Seekers

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Wine o’clock is always our favorite time of day. But we switch it up during the summer in honor of all things sunny and grilled. Here’s how it’s done: Swap big, tannic reds for leaner Rhone Valley varietals such as Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah and Carignan. They have great earthy, smoky flavors that go well with…

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Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

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You don’t share your dad’s taste in ties; you’re not sure what size golf shirt he wears; and he has a chest full of tools. For Father’s Day, get him something he’ll keep and enjoy: Buy dad a bottle of his favorite beverage. If you want to go an extra step (he’s your dad, after…

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Summer Beers to Try

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Lightening up does not require resigning yourself to something that tastes like water with a twist of hops. Cap n’ Cork carries lots of bright, crisp, fresh and flavorful brews. The stout will be there when the leaves turn; while the sun shines, try sipping these suds. You can absolutely taste the kombucha tea in…

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White Wines to Try

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CHENIN BLANC: (shen-in BLAHnk) If you like Moscato but want to branch out, Chenin Blanc is a great place to start. It’s typically a bit sweet, with a hint of honey and apples, but it also has good acidity, so it’s crisp, not syrupy. Try it with corn on the cob, cream cheese and smoked…

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