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So you’ve decided to start a beer cellar? Congrats! You are about to enter a realm of infinite possibility. More and more beers these days are being made that beg for extended aging. They are some of the most wonderfully complex and mouthwatering beers ever made. So why wait? Why not drink them now in all their glory!? Patience young grasshopper, one day you will see. Although it is true that these beers are often glorious upon release, the complexity and maturity of these beers will only increase with time. Continue »
Happy New Years everyone! Wow, what a year it has been here at BottleJockey. If there is one thing that I noticed overall it was that 2012 was the year of the craft beer explosion. People like you and me are starting to want, nay demand, a higher level of beer. So what does this mean? It means that craft beer producers are making even more exciting and interesting beers than ever before! Trust me when I say, that’s a good thing. So get excited! Get pumped up! I know I am! Here are a few ways to get in on the buzz. Continue »
In my latest blog I gave up some of my top secret cocktails recipes. In the spirit of sharing recipes I have decided to share a couple more recipes. After all, cocktail recipes are all well and good, but what do you EAT with the cocktails? The answer, my friends, shall herein be revealed. Continue »
I consider myself more or less a purist on the cocktail front, I love the classics. Old Fashioned’s, Dry Martini’s and Rusty Nail’s are a few of my personal favorites. And while these cocktails can be enjoyable at any time, a summery and fresh cocktail on a hot summer’s day is just what the doctor ordered. Now normally I wouldn’t consider anything like this, but for the purposes of “spreading the love” I have decided to share with you a few of my own personal top secret recipes for great summer cocktails. Continue »
Well, it’s finally here. All those months of rain have not been in vain. That’s right, the sun is upon us and it’s time for the patio and beach to reign supreme. And let me tell you, nothing is going to quench your thirst like a perfect summer beer. On those heat scorched days, not just any old beer will do. What you want is something crisp, something fresh but most of all something refreshing. There are a few styles of beer that I find really hit the spot. Continue »
Being a bit of a beer freak, I love to hear about interesting things happening in the world of beer. To me the story of the beer is almost as important as the beer itself. Naturally, I am drawn to the beers of Belgium. There is no place in the world that has more of a history with beer than Europe. One place in particular is known for its interesting and unique brewing traditions, and that place is Belgium. In Belgium, beer is more than a drink; it’s a way of life. It is also home to one of the most amazing and interesting brewing groups in the world, the Trappist Monks. There are eight Trappist monasteries in the world, six of them being in Belgium, and they brew some of the best and most sought after beers in the world. Continue »
Alright, let’s talk Scotch. First thing you’ll need to know is I am and have always been a lover of whisky. My weakness in particular is Scotch. Though I believe the disease to be genetic, passed to me by my father, there are other theories to how this sickness can be contracted. I once heard a man say, “You do what you want to me, as long as the apology includes a bottle of single malt.” Though not sure I completely agree, I thought it was a good demonstration of the cult like appreciation of Scotch whisky. I remember my first dram fondly, as it was the moment I first found the new love of my life. Continue »