Posts in Beer & Wine
Prohibition and Pops, "I think this would be a good time for a beer”!

Normally, when I know my work schedule and the cities I will be visiting, I try to scope out activities (namely music…ok, breweries) and try to arrange myself accordingly. Very rarely does a musical happening coincide with my schedule, but the gods were smiling tonight.

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Spell Estate Winemaker Notes-2017 Vintage

Spell Estate released their 2017 Pinot Noir. This vintage produced wines of remarkable quality. Expressive aromatics are highlighted by deep, concentrated flavors and soft contours. These wines show great promise for those who wish to lay a handful of bottles aside for a later date. 

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Midwest Malteds

Marty Nopper found refuge in Omaha, Nebraska in the middle of Winter; yes, his airplane seat mate was really that bad. Don’t feel too sorry for him since his detour included a copy of his favorite. “A black ale at heart, this parietal puncher uses over 50 pounds of chocolate peanut butter and a nice roast flavoring to produce a very creamy brew, something to remember long after that 12-ounce pour is long gone.”

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Asheville Ales

One of the items on my wife's bucket list has always been to go to The Biltmore (Asheville NC) during the Christmas holidays. We made plans to go this year to see how this majestic palace had been converted into a winter wonderland. Next stop for Marty was beer land, better known as the Wicked Weed Brewery.

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“It Drink Pretty Good, Don’t It?”   

Marty’s beer adventures took him to Mobile, Alabama for work. His visit to Serda Brewery and Brewpub yielded an educational twist. Serda Brewing is the first brewery in Mobile since prohibition and their core brand beers are traditional German styles that have had an American craft beer face lift: richer in flavor, bolder in strength, more complex in character, a reflection of the past with modern craft brewing innovation.

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Ambrosia & Ales 

Marty Nopper’s beer adventures continue in Philly, the “City of Brotherly Love” and in this case love of beer! So much so I practically ran off the runway craving the local grub and something to wash it down.

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Humulus Lupulus

Looking forward to a trip to the left coast highlighted my October schedule. My welcome gift of Russian River was sublime. You see, this is not your everyday beer. This is a pseudo unicorn. Hard to get, peeps! Let me spin you a little yarn....kids, gather round. by Marty Nopper.

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The ultimate guide to visiting wineries in New Zealand

Irina Vishnevskaya and her team at allé custom travel provide The ultimate guide to visiting wineries in New Zealand + If you’re looking for even more wine: 4 New Zealand Wine Festivals Not to Miss.

WOW, Pack your bags!

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Lettuce Entertain You Opens Its First Wine Bar in Chicago

Check out Lisa Elbert’s tip for a great Chicago wine bar = Bar Ramone is among a new wave of wine bars where the lists are constantly changing, the service is casual yet soigné, and the experience is engaging and fun.

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