Tasting Etiquette

Here’s an article by Esther Mobley, entitled “An Etiquette Guide to Wine Tasting in California” in the The Press that is timely for the tourist season in wine country.  Many of these guidelines are applicable for all of the local events and wineries, distilleries and breweries here in Maryland and surrounding regions. A few other considerations would have […]

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Whisk(e)y of the Week Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey  $104.99 > $92.99   750ml    For our first featured whisk(e)y we present Yellow Spot from Irish Distillers. This is the recreation of an old brand originally bottled by the merchant Mitchell & Son. The pot still content in Yellow Spot is medium weight, similar to Green Spot but […]

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Why is There Sediment in My IPA?

We occasionally get inquiries about the “lees” (sediment) that sometimes appears in IPA bottles. “What is it and why is it there?” people want to know. It is a combination of malt proteins, hop tannins & yeast, which occur naturally in a dry-hopped, unfiltered beer such as Smuttynose IPA.

Because many mass-produced beers are subjected to filtration – mostly for aesthetic reasons – many people have grown accustomed to crystal-clear beers. Breweries, like Smuttynose, could make a beer that is pretty and bright by processing it that way, but they believe that would sacrifice flavor.

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