A Beginners Guide to Beer Serving Etiquette

When it comes to serving beer, you have to think about your audience: the drinker. He is coming to a party, bar or restaurant and is intent on drinking a beer. He might be stressed out, celebrating or partaking in his nightly ritual, but he wants his beer and he deserves it with great service. […]

The Importance of Beer in American Society

At first thought, one would say that beer is just an alcoholic beverage. Beer is much more than just a beverage, it is an open doorway to endless societal avenues. It’s hard to imagine hearing two co-workers discuss going out after work for ice cream, because an after work beer has become the norm. Beer […]

Wine Refrigeration Guide

Wine refrigerators come in many different shapes and sizes. It would be good to know which sizes would fit the collector’s needs. It really depends on the wine collector and if they are serious hobbyists or just social connoisseurs wanting to have a few bottles kept in the home for family gatherings.  Even as the […]

A Beginners Guide to Beers Alcoholic Strength

The alcoholic strength of beers can vary greatly according to both the type of beer and the manufacturer. Well-known domestically brewed lager beers in the United States, from brewers such as Budweiser and Coors, tend to be in the ABV (alcohol by volume) range of 4.1 to 6.0 percent, though the UK imported Coors Breaker […]

Wine Smell how Wine should Smell

Each grape varietal will carry distinct aromatic markers which enables the wine connoisseur to identify the grape varietal in the glass.  This is also true of wine produced from the same grape varietal across wine growing regions.  The aroma, or bouquet of wine is one of the most delightful aspects of wine appreciation and contributes […]

The Importance of Beer in British Society

The importance of beer in British society evokes more history than may be imagined by the casual observer. True, the Public House or ‘pub’ has for generations been an important gathering place and focal point of British communities great and small, and beer was for years the staple product of the pub, but what accounted […]

Winetasting Brazil Uruguay

Brazil is the third largest producer of wine by volume in South America, after Argentina and Chile. The climate is suitable for viticulture in the most southern region, particularly around Serra Gaúcha, just north of Porto Alegre, at about 29 degrees south latitude, and accounts for the bulk of Brazilian wine. Neighboring Uruguay and to […]

Beer Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner

Coming from a very large, very dysfunctional family, requires a certain expertise in how not to have open warfare at the holiday table. Rather than consider what beer to serve, perhaps a better topic would be, should beer be served at all? Not that I am advocating abstinence (it would probably delay, if not prevent […]

Simple Inexpensive Coffee Maker

Coffee makers can be very personal appliances.  One person may want a coffee maker that uses a specific brand of coffee and dispenses one cup at a time, while another may prefer a coffee maker that can brew a pot large enough for a whole party.  But if you’re looking for an inexpensive coffee maker […]

A Beginners Guide to the different Types of Beer

Beer is actually a large family of drinks rather than a single drink and they are many different styles and varieties available. Finding your way through them is made even more challenging as the same drink may be called different things depending on where you live. Undoubtedly the most fun way to find out is […]

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