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Rickard’s Lederhosen Oktoberfest-Style Lager

by Charles Wangersky October 20th, 2014
One of the major events of the beer year is, of course, the Munich Oktoberfest, a week of getting drunk and more or less disorderly in public, complete with traditional German costumes and traditional German lager. Every beer drinker carries within him some image of Oktoberfest, usually of beer waitresses wearing traditional dirndls and carrying an impossible number of huge mugs of beer. Appearances would indicate that the standard mug is about a quart (legally, I suspect it has to be a liter), and that the mug is oversized because there is far more head on the beer than
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Beer

Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout

by TK October 14th, 2014 | Beer
Beer It is important to note as you read this article that I am not from Rhode Island.  While I have visited "The Ocean State" many times, I can't say that I have an deep personal connection to the state.   So when I decided to review a beer that was described to me as a "unique collaboration between two Rhode Island staples", I came in with no expectations.  There were not childhood memories or sentimental warm and fuzzy emotions that were going to cloud the tasting of Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout.  The beer was going to have to stand
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Cocktails

Root Beer Float Cocktail — Minus the Ice Cream

by Michele October 17th, 2014 | Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
Cocktail How can you have a root beer float without the ice cream, you might be asking yourself.  It is pretty simple.  In fact, there's a chewing gum that's root beer float flavored.  Having tried it, I can vouch that it tastes pretty similar to the soda and ice cream treat.  So, why not make a cocktail that tastes like a float?

Of course, you also may be wondering how I came to make a root beer float cocktail in October when the weather has turned chilly. This isn't exactly the time of year when one envisions ice cream-topped treats.  However,
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Bar Destination

Craft Beer in Sioux Falls, SD

by R. Carnavale October 16th, 2014 | Bar Destination
If you're interested in craft beer, the Granite City Food and Brewery brews their own beer in-house. Ale highlights include the Broad Axe Stout, with its thick and creamy head sitting atop the opaque blackness of oatmeal ale, which has roasted chocolate and coffee notes. The Bennie is a German-style lager, with a brownish color, medium body, and malt and sweet caramel notes. The Duke is a bitter pale ale with strong malt
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Wine

La Scolca, Gavi Oro, 2013

by Jason Lightner October 15th, 2014 | Italian Wine, Wine
Wine La Scolca

Italy, Cortese di Gavi, 2013

$24.99

Italian wine seemingly lives in its own little world, with its own set of rules, and its own agenda. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I've never met an Italian wine I didn't like. We can chalk that up to chance, or we can take it as an indication that the Italian winemakers really know their craft. I'm going to take the latter as fact and carry on. Cortese di Gavi, or simply "Gavi," is new to me. A wine made in a restricted area of the Province of Alessandria, Piedmont, near to the Ligurian border, Gavi is produced
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Spirits

Smirnoff Wild Honey Vodka

by TK October 7th, 2014 | Spirits
Spirits When someone thinks of something in the wild, thoughts that may pop into his/her head are things that are unshackled, uncompromised, and have an overall freshness that can't be found in the human-manufactured or tainted world.  So when I was walking through my local liquor establishment and saw Smirnoff Wild Honey Vodka, I figured I had to give it a shot.  Because frankly, what man can't use a little bit of wild in his life?

Before I opened the bottle for the tasting, I decided to look on the Smirnoff website to see how they describe the liquor They wrote,
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