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Sake Day

Sake Day.  Sake Day?  Sake Day!  October 1st is international Sake Day.  The amazing Japanese drink will be celebrated around the world on October 1st.  There will be parties and celebrations to enjoy and savor the venerable rice based drink. Contrary to popular belief Sake is not wine, but rather is more similar to beer in its production method.  It is not fermented—but rather it is brewed, as it is starch that must become sugar to produce the alcohol. Sake is made with rice and as with virtually any alcoholic beverage there is a difference in the quality of the product.  Factors in the quality of sake are, the rice, the water, the terroir and the production methods.  The rice...

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Oktoberfest

“It’s the most wonderful time of year” Fade music.  When you hear these words many people may think of Christmas, but if you are a beer lover there can be no other time than the fall with so many seasonal beers and the annual beer celebrations that happen throughout the world.  The annual tradition started in 1810 when Bavarian Crown Price Louis, later King Louis I of Bavaria, marries Princess Therese Sachsen-Hilburghausen (pronouncing that should be a drinking game at Oktoberfest)  The royalty invited all of Munich to attend festivities and it was a smashing party.  The decision to repeat the festivities the following year gave rise to the tradition that we so love.  Over time, beer has become the...

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