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Hop Harvest

Just harvested the hops, they smell so good.  Now for the drying process.  I literally cannot wait to make a brew with these hops.  I think I need some dog fish head 60 minute to satisfy my hop crave.

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Posted on: Aug 25, 2013 |  Original Post


This is my first year growing hops and they are doing pretty well.  I planted cascade and centennial, the cascade are doing the best, with multiple vines and plenty of hops.  Since they can grow upwards of 20 feet I built a cross trellis ...

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Posted on: Aug 10, 2013 |  Original Post

Monk's Blood by 21st Amendment

This is a Belgian style dark ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips and dried figs.  You can really taste the vanilla and cinnamon up front.  It also has hits of chocolate and caramel and makes for an ideal dessert beer. ...

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Posted on: Jul 21, 2012 |  Original Post

Margaritas Restaurant in Mystic

Meg and I decided to take a trip to mystic, CT and we ended up at Margaritas!  Meg had a Mexican Iceberg which is a frozen marg floated atop a draft dos equis... a weird combo but refreshing on this super hot day.  I had a palomos which ...

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Posted on: Jul 08, 2012 |  Original Post

Rascals Wild Raspberry

I'm not a huge fan of fruity beer with the exception of #9 but my sister loves it.  She tried this a week or so ago when she was traveling through NC.  Here is her take on it .  Red color, full of raspberry flavor, great dessert beer ...

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Posted on: Jul 07, 2012 |  Original Post

Grove Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc

This past mothers day my mom took a drive out from Myrtle Beach to visit my sister in Greensboro NC where she is going to school.  My sister made reservations at Grove Winery and Vineyard for a tasting and tour and this is their ...

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Posted on: May 21, 2012 |  Original Post

Home Brewed BEER!

For a while now my good friend Kevin and I have been talking about brewing our own beer.  Finally we bought the materials needed to brew our own beer!  We went with an intermediate prepackaged beer kit from The Grape and Granary. ...

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Posted on: May 16, 2012 |  Original Post

Wild Turkey Honey Infused

I was at the package store at the beginning of the week checking out some of the beer and wine options and found myself down the tequila, rum and whiskey aisle.  It was a Monday so I figured with the long week ahead it might be a good ...

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Posted on: May 03, 2012 |  Original Post

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat

Okay, this beer is probably one of the most unique beers I've ever tasted.  If you are from RI or close enough you may have first tried this beer at The Mews in Wakefield RI.  If not then hopefully someone near by has it on tap. ...

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Posted on: Apr 28, 2012 |  Original Post

Hi neighbor have a 'Gansette Summer Ale

On the way home from work this past Friday I got a call from Meg and she couldn't wait for me to pick up a 6 pack of beer.  I wanted to have something crisp and refreshing so I gambled and went with Narragansett Summer Ale.  Here is my ...

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Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 |  Original Post

Fetzer 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

I owe this  wonderful posting and review to my mom who took on the burden of trying some new wine ;)  for us all. She was tasked with finding something new for under 10 dollars and she came across this great wine that not only tastes good ...

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Posted on: Apr 16, 2012 |  Original Post

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

I love the holidays especially when you get together with family and amazing food is served.  This Easter was pretty low key however my step mom and dad always go all out when it comes to Sunday dinners.  On the menu was filet ...

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Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 |  Original Post

Magic Hat Pistil Dandelion Ale Chilled Soup

Summer is in the air! I cannot wait to fire up the grill and have my first cook out...fill up the propane tank stat! So tonight is day two and I am trying to contain myself from drinking all of the flavors from the variety pack...its ...

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Posted on: Apr 05, 2012 |  Original Post

Christmas In Summer! Magic Hat's Elder Betty

I don't know about you but whenever the seasons change I get super excited about all the seasonal beer that is just around the corner!!  I must say I am a huge fan the SUMMER seasonal variety packs.  Let's be honest there is not much ...

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Posted on: Apr 04, 2012 |  Original Post

Mark West - 2010 Pinot Noir Paring

Let me start off by thanking my step-mom for making such an amazing dinner to go along with this wine.  On the way home I got a phone call from her asking if I wanted her to drop off a dish of roasted duck with a apple and prune stuffing! Lets ...

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Posted on: Apr 02, 2012 |  Original Post

Apothic Red!

Last summer I had a blind wine tasting at my house with a bunch of friends.  Leanne had brought this wine and it was by far the crowd favorite.  I had been long overdue for a glass and my mom needed something to relax her before her ...

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Posted on: Mar 30, 2012 |  Original Post

Sakonnet Vineyards Rhode Island Red

Two summers ago Meg and I took a trip out to Little Compton for the RI wine festival and it was amazing.  Once a year all the vineyards on the trail come together as well as local food vendors and for about 30 dollars you can eat and drink all ...

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Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 |  Original Post

Trinity Brewhouse - IPA

If you are looking for some good food and drink then the Trinity Brewhouse in Providence RI is the place for you.  Here is a quick look at their IPA!Appearance: Poured a hazy copper color with a small frothy ...

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Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 |  Original Post

Southern Tier 2X IPA

My mom was in town visiting my little Emerson and after a few errands we decided it would be a good idea to stop at the Mews for lunch.  While I was sitting there trying to decide what beer to have I remembered my buddy Kevin recommending the ...

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Posted on: Mar 24, 2012 |  Original Post

Perry's Revenge Ale - Cottrell Brewing Co.

Perry's Revenge Ale! Talk about straight from the brewer.  What makes me so excited about this beer is that its made 10 minutes from my house and they have tours all week! Appearance: Pours dark, however it has some nice light brown hues ...

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Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 |  Original Post


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