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Sponsored ContentA “Dreamy” Hawaiian-Themed Drink — Tribe’s CBD Sleeping Giant Cocktail

This article was originally published on Tribe CBD. To view the original article and recipe, click here. The Sleeping Giant may be a “sleeper” in the Tiki cocktail pantheon, but that doesn’t mean you should pass it by. Indeed, if you love tropical-themed drinks, you’ll be glad you didn’t hit the “snooze” on this boozy beverage! Whenever you need to take a mental trip to Maui, the Sleeping Giant could help get you there.
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BrewVide brewing system is all about simplicity

Homebrewers looking for a simple yet reliable and versatile brewing system may be interested in the BrewVide, designed to provide users with an innovative brewer that can be added to any kettle for precise control of mash, boil, whirlpooling and transfer. The BrewVide brewing system is all about “simplicity” say its creators and is now available to back on Kickstarter and is already halfway to obtaining its required pledge goal thanks to over 200 backers with still 29 days remaining. The BrewVide brewing system offers precise temperature control from 70 degrees to boil using dual heating elements and a proprietary algorithm for control.
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What’s On Tap This Summer at Athens Breweries

Craft beer, which uses high-quality ingredients mixed in small batches, has exploded in popularity across the country as consumers continue moving away from corporate titans like Anheuser-Busch. Following this nationwide trend, Athens is now home to six local breweries offering a huge variety of craft beers, live music and more. Here’s what’s brewing in Athens this summer:
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Win A Braun BrewSense Coffee Maker

Fill in the giveaway information, and you’ll be entered to win a Braun BrewSense Coffee Maker. (ARV $89.95) Note: You can enter this giveaway two (2) times per e-mail address per day. Deadline is 11:59PM ET 8.4.21. With the continually changing circumstances due to COVID-19, there will be a delay of unknown length in delivering prizes in order to protect our team and our partners. Thank you for your understanding.
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Competition’s Gold Medal Wines Are the Toast of Virginia

The only challenge posed by Virginia’s new wine trail is having the time to taste each award-winning glass. As part of the 2021 Virginia Governor’s Cup, the state’s most rigorous wine competition, judges sampled 544 entries and then awarded 47 wineries, cideries and meaderies with gold medals. Wine enthusiasts can taste the award-winning libations by following the Virginia Governor’s Cup Gold Medal Wine Trail between northern Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley and the state’s coastal plain region.

Alcohol-Free Whiskey Alternatives

The Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative is a premium alcohol-free product for consumers and bartenders alike that will offer an alternative way to create high-quality cocktails and more. The alcohol alternative is crafted with a range of flavors in the recipe that aim to mimic the namesake spirit, while still...

International Beer Strategies Roundtable Forum – Wednesday 30 June

Those of you who work in the beer category are invited to the International Beer Strategies Roundtable Forum, which takes place next Wednesday. Organised by Just Drinks sister company Arena International, the all-day event includes presentations from Guinness’ global commercial director, a general partner at Anheuser-Busch InBev’s ZX Ventures incubator division and Heineken’s head of consumer market intelligence, innovation & media. All sessions will be held online, so you won’t have to travel far to gain powerful insight into the latest brewing developments.
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Tony Offill of William Chris Vineyards Winemaker Profile

One of the most popular wineries in the Texas Hill Country is William Chris Vineyards. The winemaking team there has been fortunate to have skilled winemakers over the years and the current winemaker is Tony Offill. Tony came to William Chris with an excellent reputation and has proven to deliver fantastic wines. We are proud to feature Tony Offill as this month’s featured winemaker!

The Winds Beneath Your Wines

The wind blowing through a vineyard shapes the flavors – even the colors – you find in your glass. In the holy trinity of wine, sun is God, soil is Jesus, and the wind is the Holy Ghost, mysterious and misunderstood. But a key player – in addition to influencing...

Review: The Family Jones Earl Grey Juniper Jones Gin and Automatic Jones Cocktails

The Family Jones is a Colorado-based distillery that produces a wide range of single-estate, grain-to-glass spirits, including vodka, gin, rum, rye, and bourbon — all with some level of “Jones” in the name. (Strangely, no one involved with the company seems to be named Jones… the “Jones” seems only to refer to the spirits family.

Mike And Matt Taste Two Rabbit Hole Whiskeys

The Rabbit Hole Distillery in Louisville has been distilling long enough to release whiskeys that they have distilled themselves. Before now, their whiskey had been contract-distilled at the New Riff distillery. These whiskeys are based upon the recipe and yeasts that they used in the contract distilling, but even so, I will say that there has been some flavor drift. That is to be expected with a new distillery.
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Will someone please just tell me WTF to put in my coffee?

Recently, Twitter users turned against oat milk (proving that you really never know who will be canceled next!). Citing an almost year-old deep-dive specifically calling out the popular brand Oatly, this article calls oat milk the "new Coke," stating the company masquerades as a so-called healthy alternative to dairy (and other nondairy) milks, but is essentially sugar water cut with oil, and a "bad" choice when it comes to creamy beverages.
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Next Round: Uncovering the Wine Bounty of the Côtes du Rhône

On this episode of “Next Round,” host Zach Geballe chats with Florence Quiot of Rhône Valley winery Famille Quiot and Christophe Tassan of The Battery in San Francisco to discuss the wines of Côtes du Rhône. Listeners will learn about this region — located in the very south of France — that produces high-quality reds, whites, and rosés.

Premium Mixologist Colas

The Fever-Tree Distillers Cola mixer is a new product from the brand that's arriving in the US to offer consumers with a high-quality way to craft their favorite drink recipes or try something new. The cola is reported to be formulated perfectly for mixing with the best rums and whiskeys...
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Wine Tourism: Sip The Sparkling Wines Of Veneto

The Veneto wine region of northeast Italy is best known for its sparkling Proseccos. But this region (whose capital is Venice) produces a variety of magnificent sparkling wines that differ in terms of both the grapes and the production techniques used to make them. In Veneto, wine tourists can visit...
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The Story Behind Wild Turkey 101 & the Proof of Whiskies

Ever look at a bottle of Wild Turkey 101 and wonder why 101? Why not 102?. You’re asking about the so-called proof, the number that tells you how much of the whiskey is alcohol (ethanol, to be precise). Almost all of the rest is water, except for a tiny but extremely significant bit of flavor and aroma compounds that accumulate during mashing, fermentation, distillation and barrel aging.