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The History of the First Canned Beer

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Teachers taught us who invented the light bulb and the telephone… but they never taught us the history of the world’s first canned beer. Richmond, VA lays claim to the title of not only our state’s capital but the site of a monumental moment in beer-story. 84 years ago on January 24th, 1935, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company together with The American Can Company debuted the world’s first canned beer for sale. Feedback for their product exceeded expectations and 80% of distributors were handling the canned beer within 3 months of its debut. Rivals soon caught on and over 200 millions cans...

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Why Drinking Alcohol Was Legal During Prohibition

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Most of us think we know all about Prohibition after our grade school history classes, but there's a common misconception around the era - it wasn't actually illegal to drink alcohol during Prohibition. 

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Private Tastings with Wine Gourmet

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Wanting to expand your knowledge about wine and beer in a exclusive setting? At Wine Gourmet we offer private, in-home and on-site tastings, classes, and educational opportunities to help you become the educated connoisseur you’ve always dreamed of being. Whether you’re looking for basic knowledge or a high class informative tasting for an event, party, night with friends or a sophisticated business function, we’re here to help with a vast selection of labels and extensive knowledge. Please contact us at info@winegourmetva.com or (540)400-8466 for inquiries and pricing.

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International Stout Day: A Brief History of Stouts

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Happy International Stout Day! This rich, strong brew has an even stronger history that dates back to the late 1700’s beginning with porters and royalty. I’m sure you’ve heard of Imperial Stout and maybe even wondered where it got the name “imperial”. We’re here to feed the curiosity. Although it’s historical meaning is “proud” or “brave”, the word stout came to mean “strong” by the 14th century. “Stout” was later coined by the alcohol industry in the 1700’s to simply identify alcohols with a higher alcohol by volume (ABV) and rather bold flavor. They evolved from the classic porter style...

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Mystery Solved: What are hops in beer?

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Beer is comprised of four main ingredients: barely malt, yeast, hops, and water. While you may know that beer contains hops… do you know what they are and why they’re used? We’re here to lay it out for you. The brewing process is more complicated than most tend to realize. While winemaking carries it’s own weight in difficulty, brewers take on a different set of challenges: they’re basically magicians. To produce the exact product they have envisioned, a brewer must meticulously choose and combine an array of items in perfect proportion. This includes malts, roasted grains, unmalted grains, sugars, dozens...

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