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Bootlegger Bungalow

This article first appeared in Whiskey Network’s Barrel Report Oct 30th, 2020 Edition. What’s the strangest thing you’ve come across while renovating your home? Probably not much more than a lot of junk, dust, and spiderwebs, all while shaking your head at the shoddy DIY jobs done by the previous owner. Why would anyone doContinue reading “Bootlegger Bungalow”

Willamette Valley

Oregon, USA is gaining attention as a top wine producing region. Willamette Valley, located west of the Cascade Mountains and stretching south from Portland, is the most prestigious wine growing AVA in Oregon, with over 2/3rds of the state’s production happening here, along with housing nearly 700 wineries.  The Valley follows the Willamette River forContinue reading “Willamette Valley”

Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay is a wine growing region located on the North Eastern side of New Zealand’s North Island. It is NZ’s oldest and second-largest growing region (it boasts over 200 vineyards), producing about 10% of the country’s wine. There are 70 wineries (30 with cellar doors where you can actually go and taste) located throughoutContinue reading “Hawke’s Bay”

Tribus Beer Co.

I had the pleasure of visiting Tribus Beer Co. towards the end of the summer, on a gloriously warm day where we were able to fully appreciate their outdoor biergarten. Noted as Milford’s first brewery and tap room, you have a front and center view of the brewing portion of the establishment while you sipContinue reading “Tribus Beer Co.”

A History of Punch

One may think that cocktails are a modern invention. Indeed, the word “cock-tail” wasn’t used until around 1800, but people have been brewing, fermenting, distilling, and mixing drinks for centuries. Go back to the funeral of King Midas of Phrygia in 700 B.C. where guests were served a mixture of wine, mead, and barley beerContinue reading “A History of Punch”

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