8 Perfect Ciders To Order Now for Thanksgiving

8 Perfect Ciders To Order Now for Thanksgiving

I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit of a nut job when it comes to Thanksgiving. I’m talking planning and cooking the perfect menu for days, joyfully! In the past Thanksgiving has been all about beer (both for my amaze-balls turkey brine* and the football) and...
The Botanical Journey of How Gin is Made

The Botanical Journey of How Gin is Made

If you’ve read our Simple History of Gin and Kick Off Your Gin Love Affair you likely already have a fairly decent grasp of what gin is and a few of our favorite bottles to get you started. But, before we get into the grit of how this fabulous botanical-infused staple...
VIDEO: Natural Wine 101

VIDEO: Natural Wine 101

Natural wine is hot these days, but they can also be confusing and hard to find. In today’s video we’re sitting down with Jenny Eagleton of The Punchdown Natural Wine Bar & Kitchen to get informed! What does natural wine really mean? Do they all taste...
Sake Styles: How To Order Like a Pro

Sake Styles: How To Order Like a Pro

You’ve made it! We’re finishing up our journey into the Japanese tradition of sake making with this third piece in our series. In our first piece we talked about the four critical components of premium sake…rice, water, koji and yeast. Then we dove...
The Art of Making Sake

The Art of Making Sake

In our previous romp with Sake, we explored what sake is. Now let’s move on to the how. While sake’s ingredients are simple and pure the process tends to be a bit more, shall we say, involved. If you are drinking sake, you are drinking something that has...
Sake 101: The Four Key Components

Sake 101: The Four Key Components

Like many Americans, we have to admit we’ve taken part in the cheap thrill of “sake bombing.” For a lot of people it’s the first, and sometimes only, introduction they have to sake. You know, yelling the only Japanese word one may know, while...
Diving into Rum…Our Full Series

Diving into Rum…Our Full Series

Let me be the first to say, rum is going to be the next whiskey! Ok, maybe I’m not the first to say that. In fact, I’ve already said that in one of our past rum articles. But I’ve been saying it a lot lately and plan to continue to say it a lot more....
Mead: Your New Favorite Drink, Seriously.

Mead: Your New Favorite Drink, Seriously.

Whiskey, check, vodka, sure, beer, you bet! But when it comes to venturing into the subculture of alcohol that steps past these norms one may meet the drink of times past (and hopefully times present!) – mead. Right now, we’d like to get you sweet on this...
VIDEO: All About Orange Wine!

VIDEO: All About Orange Wine!

Today we’re talking all about one of Suzanne’s absolute favorites…orange wine! Haven’t heard of them or tried them? Don’t worry, you’re in the majority. While orange wines have been around since the beginnings of wine they are...
Summer Showdown: Orange Wine vs. Rosé

Summer Showdown: Orange Wine vs. Rosé

Let me take a wild guess here…you’ve heard of rosé. I mean between all of the #roséallday #drinkpink and #yeswayrosé, how could you have missed it? Rosé has been hotter than hot for a few years now and with summer in full-swing it’s in it’s...
Undiscovered Summer White Wines

Undiscovered Summer White Wines

Summer is in full swing! If you’re like most people that means you’ve likely been drinking a lot of white wine and rosé lately. Sometimes you can fall into a bit of a rut, ordering the same Sauv Blanc every time you see it and not exploring new wines...
From Cave to Carafe: A Brief History of Wine

From Cave to Carafe: A Brief History of Wine

When the topic at hand has a storied history including fossilized grape vines 60 million years old, mentions in the original Old Testament and a wine jar found in modern-day Iran dating back to 6,000 B.C. it’s understandably a little tricky to truly pin down the...
My Very Own Cider Rollercoaster Romance

My Very Own Cider Rollercoaster Romance

As I’m sure you’ve all noticed we tend to be a little obsessed with cider here! Why? Well, honestly my very first cider experience is partially responsible for me founding The Crafty Cask almost 20 years later, so I have a slight soft spot. But beyond...
Innovative Craft Brewery Marketing Partnerships

Innovative Craft Brewery Marketing Partnerships

The craft beer industry is highly competitive, which is why breweries often ink partnerships with companies to gain leverage. Usually, these collaborations involve parties that have nothing to do with the beverage, but everything to do with the brand’s values,...
Magical, Misunderstood Mezcal

Magical, Misunderstood Mezcal

Let me guess, when I say mezcal you think smoke bomb. We’ve all had one too many craft cocktails featuring mezcal that sound delicious, but deliver a smoky BBQ pit in your mouth. Where’s the grapefruit? The thyme? All of those other ingredients that made this drink so...
Tequila Talks. We’re Not In College Anymore

Tequila Talks. We’re Not In College Anymore

Making memories over handcrafted drinks opens the door to a whole new world of fascination with the elements  used to create them. Over time, I’ve learned that sipping a margarita lakeside warms my heart as much a tequila served neat after a long, hard day. In central...
VIDEO: Rum from New England

VIDEO: Rum from New England

🥃 Part 3 of a 4 part series on Rum. We’re winding down our rum series with this week’s video all about New England rum history and a few of our favorites from the region. Check out the rest of our rum content here to get you ready to jump on the rum train...
The Tumultuous, Economy-Building History of Rum

The Tumultuous, Economy-Building History of Rum

🥃 Part 2 of our 4 part series on Rum. The story behind a spirit is often the most fascinating part of drinking. Not only do you get to sip on a delicious beverage, but you are able to be transported through history and learn about the culture of a people and sometimes...
Rummy Rum Rum 101

Rummy Rum Rum 101

🥃 Part 1 of a 4 part series on Rum. Let me be the first to say, rum is going to be the next whiskey! Ok, maybe I’m not the first to say that. But I’ve been saying it a lot lately and plan to continue to say it a lot more. If your last impression of rum was...
VIDEO: A Sampling of American Sour Beers

VIDEO: A Sampling of American Sour Beers

We’re finishing up our sour beer series with this week’s video as we dive into American Sour Beers. American sours, like many things we do here in the states, tend to break a lot of the classic rules and approaches. We’re innovators here and...
VIDEO: Classic Sour Beer Styles

VIDEO: Classic Sour Beer Styles

We’re continuing on in our sour beer series with this week’s video as we dive into 3 of the most classic styles. Why? To help you figure out where to start, of course! We’re persistent here at The Crafty Cask, convinced that there’s a sour beer...
VIDEO: A Sour Beer for Everyone!

VIDEO: A Sour Beer for Everyone!

Sour skeptics rejoice! In this video we’re here to convince you that there IS a sour beer for everyone given the incredible range of options that now exist from craft brewers around the world. This is the first video in a 3-part series to help turn sour skeptics...
Your Guide to Sour Beer Styles & Pairing

Your Guide to Sour Beer Styles & Pairing

Are you in the mood for something that’s both sour and refreshing? Did you read our lip puckering intro to Sour Beers and become inspired to take the plunge? There are so many different sour beer styles that finding that perfect pint of tart deliciousness is possible...
Sour Beer: It’s Lip Puckering Good

Sour Beer: It’s Lip Puckering Good

Sour Beers: they’re sour. Just reading this post will make your mouth water. (You’re welcome!) For those who haven’t tried a sour beer, it’s quite the experience. Your first sip will be a shock to your palate, and for some it may taste like a bad batch of beer. Give...

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