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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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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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California Wine Month & The Magic of Monterey

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Did you know California, as a state alone, is the world’s 4th leading wine producer? Aside from topping the charts globally, they are also the largest wine producer in the United States. Every September is California Wine Month – a time to cherish these famed producers during the annual harvest season and an excuse to drink some exceptional wines.  Aside from all the fancy statistics that earn these Californian vintners their respect, their eco-friendly approach to winemaking shows why they’re a force to be reckoned with. Winegrowers look for sustainable alternatives for their vineyards and winegrowing methods to protect the delicate...

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Tips to Choosing Wines That Age Well

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A question that seems to pop up every now and then at a wine store – “How do I know what wines to cellar and what to drink now?” While it’s a question that can be answered, it’s not always cut and dry. Most wines are meant to be enjoyed within a year but some wines that are produced are intended to improve with age, becoming smoother and more complex over time as the harsh tannins break down. So how do we know which wines will age well? Sommeliers look for characteristics like the tannin structure, alcohol level, acidity, and...

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