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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...
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...
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...
Mead: Your New Favorite Drink, Seriously.

Mead: Your New Favorite Drink, Seriously.

What Is Mead? Introduction, Brief History & Making Process 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!)...
Magical, Misunderstood Mezcal

Magical, Misunderstood Mezcal

What Is Mezcal & What Is It Made From? 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...
Tequila Talks. We’re Not In College Anymore

Tequila Talks. We’re Not In College Anymore

A Guide to the Different Types of Tequila & How They Are Made 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...
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...
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...
Rummy Rum Rum 101

Rummy Rum Rum 101

Part 1 of a 4 part series on Rum. What Is Rum Made From? Production, Styles & Characteristics… 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...
How to Drink (and Throw!) Asturian Cider Like a Pro

How to Drink (and Throw!) Asturian Cider Like a Pro

Become Expert in Asturian Cider Pouring! So you’ve taken our advice and are headed to Asturias! You’re welcome. If you’re headed to this amazing region you’re going to be drinking a lot of sidra, or cider! And I mean a lot. While this may seem like a straight forward...
Pack Your Bags…We’re Headed to Asturias!

Pack Your Bags…We’re Headed to Asturias!

Things to do in Asturias? Taste the Asturian Cider! What can I say about Asturias, Spain to convince you to visit? Let’s not pull any punches…that is the goal of this article. Why? It’s pretty simple. Asturias is incredible and a real hidden gem from most people...
My Very Own Cider Rollercoaster Romance

My Very Own Cider Rollercoaster Romance

Why I Love Spanish Cider 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...
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...
Wine Tasting in the Rogue Valley Wine Region

Wine Tasting in the Rogue Valley Wine Region

Welcome back to our exploration of the Rogue Valley – Oregon’s undiscovered wine country. In our last article we gave a history of the Rogue Valley Wine Region and a rundown of the geography and climate. In this article we are going wine tasting in the Rogue...
A Brief History of The Rogue Valley Wine Region

A Brief History of The Rogue Valley Wine Region

Photo Credit: Stefan CwikWhen Oregon wine comes up in conversation it's almost always focused on the famous Willamette Valley of Northern Oregon. Known for its world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this region has rivaled Burgundy in the quality of the wine, so...
The Laywoman’s Guide To How Wine Is Made

The Laywoman’s Guide To How Wine Is Made

What Is Wine? What have you, been living under a rock?! Maybe you’ve just turned 18? I’m not even going to be naïve and say 21. I tease, I tease. All right, I get it…sometimes we need a little high-level refresher course on the things we love the most, so join...
19% and Counting: Women in Craft Distilling

19% and Counting: Women in Craft Distilling

From innovative artists to scientific explorers – BigFish Spirits celebrates the stories of women in craft distilling. Our friends over at BigFish Spirits, a distribution company focused on craft spirits and currently serving all of IL with plans to expand, recently...
Bodega SuperUco…Truly Super In Every Sense

Bodega SuperUco…Truly Super In Every Sense

Part 6 of a 6 part series on Mendoza, Argentina Picking one producer to highlight for a series like this 6-part series on Mendoza is often very hard to do. So much so, that I’ll usually end up abandoning the thought and will instead write multiple articles or a...
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! New to sours? Check out the rest of our sour beer series here to get you ready to dive...

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