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In England, Brewing Beer Was Women’s Work Until It Became Big Business

In England, Brewing Beer Was Women’s Work Until It Became Big Business

Denise Marlere runs a thriving brewing business from her home. Her husband, Nicholas, is a butcher. This may sound like a hipster couple in the Hudson Valley, but our duo lives in Bridgewater, England, in the 1300s. Our story ends in 1401, when Denise dies and leaves her brewing supplies and business to her servant, Rose. […]

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Ain’t No Party Like a Medieval European Wine Battle

Ain’t No Party Like a Medieval European Wine Battle

Those who equate wine with sophistication and civility must not know about the Battle of the Wines. Called La Bataille des Vins in its original French, this circa-1224 poem by Henry d’Andeli depicts an epic, wine-soaked battle royale. It’s rich with trash-talking clergy, nationalistic rivalries, and bathroom humor. The hero of our story is King […]

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The Complete and Slightly Insane History of Gin in England

The Complete and Slightly Insane History of Gin in England

Of all the various spirit categories that make up the dynamic culture of drink around the world, gin has arguably the most storied past. Its English heritage tells the story of British aristocracy, class warfare, technological innovation, the maritime industry, and more. Let’s go back to the very beginning, shall we?

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Climate Change Is Putting English Sparkling Wine on the Map

Climate Change Is Putting English Sparkling Wine on the Map

English Sparkling Wine is having a moment. What was once Champagne’s invitation-only pool party, attended exclusively by the world’s most finely honed palates, is now being invaded by cannonballing English sparkling wine producers. This is thanks to a number of fortuitous elements coming together to create a right-time, right-place kind of scenario. First of all, […]

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This Is Why the Classic British Pub Won’t Make It in America

This Is Why the Classic British Pub Won’t Make It in America

I’ve recently been re-watching ”The Cornetto Trilogy.” It’s a terrific series of farcical British genre spoofs from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. One thing I love about the series is the feeling that I’m getting a small taste of authentic British culture, a great deal of which comes from ubiquitous scenes set pieces anchored to a corner pub.

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5 Surprising Places Making Great Sparkling Wine

5 Surprising Places Making Great Sparkling Wine

What’s better than wine? Wine with bubbles, of course! The sparkling wine trend is booming. In 2015, Americans consumed over 21 million cases of wine, according to the Wine Institute. For winemakers, this means two things: First of all, there’s a much bigger reward in focusing on producing excellent sparkling wine, since consumers are clamoring […]

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Was WWI-Era Britain The Birthplace Of The Session Beer?

Was WWI-Era Britain The Birthplace Of The Session Beer?

The British have a pretty fantastic track record when it comes to keeping their armed forces buzzed: the British Royal Navy got rations of overproof rum in the 18th century; there were floating breweries for World War II-era British navy stationed in the Pacific; and to this day, Naval officers who’ve failed the Submarine Command […]

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