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    Monday
    Jun012009

    If I had a nickle for everytime I said this... "I would enjoy Vodka more if it only had a hint of bacon."

    Sometimes the planets just align for great ideas to happen.  Like the following article about a premium flavored vodka with just a touch of bacon.  They even have a recipe section on their website to get your creative juices flowing.  The first link is to an article about the new beverage and the second is to the website of the vodka itself. 

    Bacon Flavored Vodka is on it's way

    Bakon Vodka Website

    Sunday
    May312009

    Green tea helping in the battle against leukaemia

    Here is an interesting article about some research being done by a team led by Neil Kay at the Mayo Clinic.  The team is working on killing leukamia cells with epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) an antioxidant found in green tea.  The second link is just some general information about EGCG and green tea.  Click the links for more info.

    Green tea fights leukaemia

    EGCG and green tea

    Tuesday
    May262009

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast Episode #5: Iced Tea

    Welcome to Episode 5 of the AboutBeverages.com Podcast!  In this episode we read some listener email and talk about why sun tea may not be the safest way to brew tea.  We then go to the tasting room where we will be trying four different teas in two different ways; hot and over ice.  Also, time is running out for your chance to vote in our listeners choice podcast.  The last day to vote is Tuesday, June 2nd, so click on the link to the left and cast your vote.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode.  Enjoy!

    Link Lounge

    Here are the links to the things we talked about in our podcast.

    Tasting Notes - Tea

    Recipe - How To Brew Loose Leaf Tea

    Bodum Assam Tea Press pot w/ Steel Infuser

    Young Hyson

    Darjeeling

    Black Tea

    Keemun

    In the interest of always giving as much information as possible, I have posted below a diagram of how different teas are processed.

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    Wednesday
    May202009

    Despite the economy consumers aren't buying less wine, just cheaper ones

    Here's an article from the Chicago Sun Times about wines sales.  Even though the economy has been difficult, wine sales by volume are up over last year.  On the other hand wine sales decreased slightly showing that consumers still want their glass of wine but are looking for more value.  They also interviewed some wine merchants to get their thoughts.  Click the link to read the article.

    Recession pinch hits high-priced wines

    Monday
    May182009

    Green Tea is good, but don't keep it forever

    Researchers at the Institute of Food Technologists have found that as green tea ages its antioxidants begin to lose their healthful benefits.  The study indicates that a storage time of more than six months in warehouses, stores or even the home could adversely impact tea’s potential health benefits.  Click the link for the article directly from the IFT.

    Health Benefits of Green Tea May Decrease After Long Storage

    Friday
    May152009

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Rough Draughts - Tequila

    Welcome to a brief podcast with some outtakes from our two tequila themed podcasts.  It's a compilation of audio clips that were edited fortime but we thought were humorous.  This tiny "sip" of a podcast should help to tide youover until our next podcast about tea.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode.  Enjoy!

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    Tuesday
    Apr282009

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast Episode #4: Tequila Mixed Drinks

    Welcome to Episode 4 of the AboutBeverages.com Podcast!  In this episode we answer a listener's email about the blue agave plant and how it relates to tequila. We then go right to the tasting room where we will be trying a multitude of mixed drinks involving tequila.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode.  Enjoy!

    Link Lounge

    Here are links to all the recipes you heard on our podcast.  They are listed individually or if you want them all there is a link for that too.

    Tasting Notes - Tequila Mixed Drinks

    All Tequila Mixed Drinks

    "Go Two" Margarita

    The Ultimate Margarita

    Mayahuel

    Tequila Sunrise

    Bloody Maria

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    Thursday
    Apr232009

    Surprising hit in Japan...Alcohol Free Beer!

    Once again Japan is at the forefront of the ever elusive alcohol free beer sensation.  The new beer produced by Kirin Holdings called Kirin Free, claims it's brew has 0.0 percent alcohol.  This new beer has become so popular there are actually shortages.  Now here is my favorite part of this story;  Kirin advertises their product as "a soda with a beer-like taste".  Click the link for the whole story.

    Alcohol-free brew surprise hit in beer-loving Japan