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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.  85 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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Giving Tuesday - Brands That Give Back

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In honor of #givingtuesday, we want to draw attention to some of the companies in our store that #giveback outside of days like today. SweetWater Brewing Company has a big commitment to keeping the great outdoors protected. Beers like Costa Kick Plastic Pilsner, made in partnership with Costa Sunglasses, help protect our waterways and #kickplastic. PLUS SweetWater donates over $100,000 a year to 5 different non-profits. Lubanzi Wines is Fair for Life Fair Trade Certified AND 50% of annual profits are shared with those that grow the wine through The Pebbles Project - promoting growth for the future of South African...

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This Week at Wine Gourmet

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New Product Arrivals The holidays here at Wine Gourmet mean our shelves become lined with a plethora of unique, quality gifts that help you mark everyone off your holiday shopping list in one place. With the addition of so many new vendors this year, instead of inundating your news feed or email with an overload of information, we'll share tidbits about some of our favorite new vendors on the blog!  Click to learn more!   Thanksgiving Tastings "As long as we have wine... Thanksgiving will be fine." Having the right wine on your table for Thanksgiving Dinner can feel as crucial...

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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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