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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wine Isn’t ‘Real’ Wine, and That’s O.K.

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wine Isn’t ‘Real’ Wine, and That’s O.K.

Bob Blue, Fetzer Vineyards’ winemaker and the unofficial baron of bourbon barrel-aged wines, famously describes his creation as a product of thrifty necessity. “I distinctly remember in the early ‘80s that getting French oak for wine was a big deal,” Blue is frequently quoted as saying. “Since there wasn’t a ton of capital, we used bourbon […]

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A Third-Generation Woodworker in Rural Maine Deals in Barrels and Craft Beer Controversy

A Third-Generation Woodworker in Rural Maine Deals in Barrels and Craft Beer Controversy

Matt Albrecht, a third-generation woodworker in rural Maine, provides highly specialized services to some of the most esteemed brewers in the country. “I came from a family of woodworkers and do-it-yourself-ers, so I always had an appreciation for woodworking,” Albrecht says. His company, River Drive Cooperage and Millworks, sells custom barrels to Allagash, Deschutes, and […]

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Barrel-Aged Stouts Have Gone From Curiosity to Cult Collectible Because Innovation is Expensive and FOMO Is Real

Barrel-Aged Stouts Have Gone From Curiosity to Cult Collectible Because Innovation is Expensive and FOMO Is Real

It’s officially #stoutseason. For some, that may mean simply shifting gears from session IPAs to darker brews. For others, it entails a crowded calendar of special events celebrating the release of sticky, sludgy, boozy barrel-aged beers. These coveted creations cost double, and sometimes even 10 times the amount of an ordinary stout. The elevated price […]

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