At North Baltimore County’s Black Locust Hops, over 5000 lime-green hop vines cling to rows of towering poles. For over a decade, the husband-and-wife hop farm team of Che’ and Lisa Carton has grown and supplied hop varieties like citrusy Cascade and pinecone-reminiscent Chinook to local breweries, including Maryland’s Flying Dog. In 2010, however, the […]
Wine, Beer And Spirits Articles
It seems slightly unnecessary to pit two classic cocktails against each other. It kind of feels like asking Meryl Streep and Sally Field to fight it out in the boxing ring. They’ve both earned their place in our collective national esteem. But understanding the differences — and several similarities — between these two classic cocktails will […]
There are bar crawls and then there are “beer trails.” And while we’re more than happy to join the slow-moving conga line of beer drinkers as they make their tipsy way from bar to bar, we’re kind of more intrigued by the prospect (and quality) of this newfangled craft beer tourism. So what is a […]
Over the past decade there has been a craft beer boom in America. One can find craft beer at almost any bar across the country, and the options only continue to grow. At this point craft beer already represents 10% of the American beer market, and the trend suggests the number is rapidly increasing.
This week I was hunting for fresh fruit to serve in drinks at a friend’s outdoor party and came across some deliciously ripe nectarines. These beauties gave me the inspiration to combine them with strawberries and mix the two fruits together with some lemonade and cranberry juice to cut the sweetness with a bit of […]
Rioja is one of the great wine regions of the world, producing wine that is not only delicious upon release, but that is also extremely age worthy – if you’re looking to build a bit of a wine collection, this is a great place to start.
Sports bars might not be your thing, especially if you don’t like sports, or don’t like them enough to endure a wall of flat- screen TVs and a lot of sports-themed profanity. But for many, sports bars have become a way to gather with like-minded fans (and sworn sports enemies) and catch a game. Plus […]
Getting married was the best decision I’ve ever made for any number of the usual reasons, and also because my father-in-law has recently revealed that he blames Michelle Obama for daylight saving time. He’s a kind and reasonable man, and I sense that he likes Mrs.
Someone brings some good Bordeaux to a party. Great. Someone opens said bottle. Even better. Someone starts talking about the differences between the Left Bank and the Right Bank in the Bordeaux region. Reasonably, you grab your glass — after it’s been filled — and jet to the other side of the room. Bordeaux can […]
Mimosas are a brunch staple, and while they are delicious just the way they are, let’s be honest, it’s a bit simple and can be kinda boring. But a slight twist can take this drink from good to great in an instant, and we have just that twist, Champagne Ice Cubes!