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A few months back we tried and very much enjoyed a cider from Superstition Meadery located in Prescott, Arizona. Andrew has had a few things from them but the one we had was Lemonade in Retrograde which was fermented with lemons, honey and hops. It was delicious and scary-easy to drink at 13.5% ABV. For this week's show we return to Superstition Me…
 
Traditionally at About Beverages, once the calendar turns to September and October we start to feature pumpkin beers on our podcasts. For several years we would have anywhere from four to six different options (sometimes spread over two shows). We would pick our favorite and declare it our winner for that year. For the next years show we would brin…
 
In the past few weeks we have been on somewhat of a “blind-tasting” binge. It wasn’t necessarily something that we had planned, it just manifested itself before our eyes. This week's show is the latest in that series as we will be trying two scotches side by side without knowing which one is which. The two we have for this episode are the Finlaggan…
 
Private labeling is a concept that has been around for a very long time. Private label products are those manufactured by one company for sale under another company's brand. This is done in a wide variety of industries including food and beverages. Trader Joe’s is well known for doing this and it is always fun to speculate as to what company might …
 
Recently Andrew was in Southern California with some friends. While waiting outside of a bottle shop for one of those friends to make their purchase, he received a text from the friend in the bottle shop saying that a beer had been discovered that had to be tried for a podcast. A picture of this beer soon followed. Once he had a chance to digest al…
 
Near the end of our podcasts we wrap things up by mentioning the variety of ways that you can access About Beverages content. We talk about where to find our videos (YouTube), our audio only content (Spotify, iTunes, etc), and about how to keep up to date with us via social media. Since we have three such platforms that we use (Instagram, Tim Tok, …
 
If you are at all familiar with About Beverages then you know that we are quite fond of bourbon. We have had bourbon from a wide variety of distillers and from different states, but until this episode we have not had any bourbon that was made in Nevada. For this week's show we will be trying the Smoke Wagon Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Thi…
 
For several years both of our families were fortunate to be able to visit Disneyland in October. Disneyland is a magical place anytime of the year, but during the weeks leading up to Halloween it is transformed into a spookier version of the “Happiest Place on Earth.” In a few of those years, our families' visits to the park overlapped and we all w…
 
Change is a part of life. Change is inevitable. When it's time to change, you’ve got to rearrange. Whether it is a quote, a cliché, or lyrics from a Brady Bunch song, all of these things are true. As Cubs fans know all too well, change was on display last week as a championship era came swiftly and somewhat surprisingly to an end. We were forced to…
 
The past year or so we have found ourselves frequently venturing into previously uncharted territory (for us) on the beverage map in our ongoing attempt to have a more thorough appreciation of the beverage world. One of the categories that is relatively new to us is mead, which we first tried on a show in the autumn of 2020. We tried two offerings …
 
This week once again finds us trying an offering from one of our favorite beverage categories; bourbon. There are so many great choices on your local merchants shelves (and also many that are not), that making a choice can be intimidating to say the least. We, however, remain undaunted and are happy to dive right in and make a selection. Whether it…
 
People outside of the state may not know this, but Arizona has several grape growing and wine producing areas. Two of the wineries, Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, are owned by Maynard James Keenan. While he is more well known for being the founder of the bands Tools and A Perfect Circle, he has also made a name for himself as a vintner. Cur…
 
While the gin and tonic is a classic and delicious cocktail year round, it is especially refreshing as the weather begins to get warmer. We are big fans of gin and always on the lookout for new ones to try. We do have our favorites and one of them is Hendrick’s. It has a delicious blend of botanicals that complements the ubiquitous juniper berry wh…
 
During the over 12 years that we have been About Beverages, we have only tried one mezcal. In June of 2020 we tried the Espada Pequena Mezcal from Trader Joe’s. We drank it straight and also used it in a Paloma. We liked it in both applications but our experience with mezcal is somewhat limited so we didn’t really have much to compare it to. It was…
 
This week's episode finds us trying the third and final wine in the Empathy Wine collection, the Empathy Red. We enjoyed the previous two, the Rose and the White, so we were looking very forward to trying the Red. Our hopes were even more heightened when we saw what grapes comprised the blend-Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel-w…
 
Since the beverages featured in our previous two episodes were both wine, we decided we would mix things up a bit and try some tequila. In recent years, many celebrities have collaborated with distilleries to make their own unique spirit, with a high percentage of those being tequila. One of the first to do this was Sammy Hagar with his Cabo Waco b…
 
Last week we began our journey to a better understanding of Empathy. Empathy Wines, that is. Empathy Wines is a company started by Gary Vaynerchuk in 2019. Even though he sold the company to Constellation Brands a year later, he remained with the company as a consultant. They partner with several wineries to make their wines and they offer a rose, …
 
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines the word empathy as “the ability to imagine and understand the thoughts, perspective, and emotions of another person.” Depending on what dictionary you use, you will find slight variations of this interpretation, but they essentially say the same thing. This concept has never been more important than it is…
 
We are always excited when the world of beverages and the world of music come together to create a unique libation. About two years ago, we featured the Blackened Whiskey, Batch 88 on a podcast. Blackened is a collaborative whiskey made by the band Metallica and, at that time Master Distiller Dave Pickrell. There are different batches and each batc…
 
Recently we were made aware of a new alcoholic beverage category, Active Lifestyle. This consists of such things as hard seltzer’s, and low or no-alcohol beers, as well as a few others to be sure. Somewhat unintentionally we began dabbling in this arena a couple of months ago and now we can’t seem to stop. This week's show features another beer tha…
 
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