Backyard Brews

Real Elderflower Thistly Cross Cider | $5.99 This cider is infused with elderflower tea creating a subtle floral taste. It drinks light and is reminiscent of a dry Riesling. Pair with cheese or on its own when the warm weather sets in. Try this if you like: Crispin Pacific Pear Cider   Flower Child IPA

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The HARD Choice

Hard cider is becoming more popular than ever and it’s apparent why. So this season, will you be drinking cider or beer? 7 reasons you should drink cider this fall: 1. It was the drink of pilgrims Cider was, in fact, the most popular drink in North America and England from the early settlers’ times, and

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Top Ciders this Fall

the season’s must-try ciders 1 Zeffer Red Apple Cider: An all natural, 100% organic, wild-fermented New Zealand apple cider that will change the way you look at ciders. It’s macerated with the skins, so it has a beautiful pink color and actually drinks more like a rose. Dry, with a light apple sweetness, crisp and

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A Crafted Couple

Here from one of our beer experts on pairing beer as well as a few suggestions to try! Wine isn’t the only player in the pairing game anymore. Beer has an amazing capacity to pair with all kinds of foods and is more recently being recognized for it. Consider the following when pairing beer. The

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Crawfish Beers

There is no denying it is Spring, AND crawfish season! But what brews pair best with your boil? Check below for our experts’ choice for the top beers to pair with your crawfish all season long. 1. Our First Brew is… Slumbrew Happy Sol Blood Orange Hefeweizen “This is a new product to Martin Wine Cellar.

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Beer Styles

Beer can be broken down into two main groups: ales and lagers. Ales are produced using top fermenting yeast that metabolizes the starch at a warmer temperature, approximately 64°F. Lagers use yeast that ferments at a cooler temperature, usually around 50°F. Ales tend to be heavier with fruity flavors; whereas, lagers are lighter and crisper

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Brewing Process

In the most simple of terms, brewing is the mixing of a starch source with water and then adding yeast to induce fermentation. Sounds simple, but the process can get a little complicated. Step 1: Malting the Grain Today, most beers use malted barley as the starch source for the brewing process. Malted barley is

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Ingredients

Malted Barley Other than water, the main ingredient in most beers is malted barley. Barley on its own doesn’t contain the right enzymes or starches to produce alcohol. Through a process called “malting,” the grain is altered to gain these ingredients. The malting process involves partial germination of the seed followed by drying the grain

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A Bit of History

Which came fist the chicken or the egg? Or better yet, was it beer or bread that made mankind settle down for the first time? While this question is debated to this day it is undeniable that beer and it predecessors enjoyed an important place in ancient cultures. Archeological finds indicate that beer (or its

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