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We made the OBO 100 Innovators List!

We made the OBO 100 Innovators List!

We are so honored, humbled, and thrilled to share that Suzanne, as the founder of The Crafty Cask, has been included on the inaugural OBO 100 Innovators’ list for 2020! This means so incredibly much to us because OBO and their definition of innovation is centered...
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...
Ciders of the World: A Boozy Geography Lesson

Ciders of the World: A Boozy Geography Lesson

Geography Time! Cider is like a wine: the terroir, temperature, and the apples themselves create a unique, regional profile. This makes the many ciders of the world unique because you aren’t simply drinking fermented apple juice, but you’re drinking a local tradition...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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