Apple Cider Mule

Apple Cider MuleA perfect fall drink. 
This is a delicious twist on a classic mule. And it’s great for holiday entertaining. It is easy to prepare and (if you’ve got one) a copper mug makes a great presentation.

Apple Cider Mule
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Anatomy of a Beer—Ales v.s. Lagers

Anatomy of a Beer—Ales v.s. LagersThere are a plethora of different types of beer on the market, and distinguishing between them can be confusing—especially considering all the hybrids being brewed today. As a generic term, beer includes all styles of fermented malt beverages. And this definition includes a vast array of different ways we brew and present beer.

But, there are a few basic distinctions that you can learn to sort through this vast array of flavors and styles. We will start by describing the difference between ales and lagers.

Ales are ancient brews that date back to antiquity. While, lagers are comparative newcomers, having only been around for several hundred years. The primary difference between the two happens during fermentation. Ales are fermented at a relatively warm temperature for shorter periods of time with top-fermenting yeasts. And, lagers ferment more slowly at lower temperatures with a yeast that sinks to the bottom of the beer. The yeast in ales has a higher tolerance for alcohol than the yeast used in lagers.

Every type of beer starts out as an ale or a lager, and their specific styles and flavors continue to expand from there.

Ale was a major source of nutrition in Europe during the Middle Ages when it was consumed in large quantities. As with most beers, ale typically has a bittering agent to balance the sweetness of the malt and act as a preservative. Contemporary ale is bittered with hops. Ale comes in a range of varieties from pale, to India Pale Ale (IPA), to brown.

Some recommend ales we carry at our store: 
Boddingtons Pub Ale
Boddingtons Pub Ale is an authentic English Cream Ale that pours with an initial clouding that clears slowly to produce a unique, pale golden color and thick creamy head. Thus, it is called the Cream of Manchester. It has been brewed since 1995 in England. Read more…

Stout Floats

Stout FloatsAt first thought, beer and ice cream might not sound like a great idea.
But wait…give this one a try…. The rich, creaminess of stout goes surprisingly well with vanilla ice cream and Kalúha. It lends bitter overtones that balance the flavors. A little chocolate syrup on top and its a recipe for heaven.

This recipe serves a crowd. Perfect for a tailgate or a gathering of friends.

Stout Floats
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The Apple Shrub Cocktail

Apple Shrub CocktailIt’s apple season and the market is bursting with beautiful, fresh fruit. One way to enjoy the apple bounty is by making this Cinnamon Apple Shrub.

Shrubs were popular in Colonial times and basically consist of an infusion of fruit in vinegar combined with a sweetener. They are a unique flavor enhancer for cocktails and sodas and can be the base for various celebratory drinks.

Shrubs are often topped with either sparkling water, ginger ale, or any clear soda. Combine 1 ounce of shrub with 5 to 6 ounces of water or soda over ice for an easy beverage.

And recently, shrubs have become a popular cocktail ingredient. The best way to experience shrubs is to experiment. You can start with our Apple Shrub Cocktail recipe. They’re wonderful once you get the hang of it. Read more…

Spiked Root Beer Float

Spiked Root Beer FloatOur Spiked Root Beer Float Cocktail is the perfect adult way to cool off this weekend with a nostalgic throwback to childhood flavors. There is nothing like a tall glass overflowing with root beer and vanilla ice cream.

We have elevated the root beer float by choosing our tastiest root beer (Yes! It does make a difference.) and a classic vanilla ice cream.

Spiked Root Beer Float also makes a great tailgate cocktail!

Spiked Root Beer Float
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