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Archive for June, 2012

Beer Town: Brick Store Pub celebrates 15 years in Decatur

Over the decade and a half of its existence, Brick Store Pub has grown from a pioneering Decatur business to a defining fixture on the city’s square and a major mecca for craft beer pilgrims from all over the world.

Tom Moore, Dave Blanchard, Mike Gallagher, 2012

Tom Moore, Dave Blanchard, Mike Gallagher, 2012

“We’re gonna make a T-shirt, for sure,” Tom Moore said one day sitting at a table at the pub, as his Brick Store partners, Dave Blanchard and Mike Gallagher, mirrored sly smiles.

“That’s a bit of a joke,” Moore explained.

New commemorative T-shirts or not, BSP, which opened June 27, 1997, will mark its 15th anniversary over seven days of memory-making celebrations, beginning June 24 with a fundraiser for the DeKalb History Center and the unveiling of a historic piece of local art.

The remainder of the week will bring out special anniversary dishes each night, created by chef friends from Decatur and beyond, including Drew Belline of No. 246, Billy Allin of Cakes & Ale and Ryan Smith of Empire State South.

“It seems …

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Kulers Uncorked: Jaboulet Rosé

Gil Kulers, CWE, Kulers Uncorked

Gil Kulers, CWE, Kulers Uncorked

2011 Paul Jaboulet, Parallèle 45, Rosé, Côtes du Rhône, France

2011 Paul Jaboulet, Parallèle 45, Rosé, Côtes du Rhône, France

  • $15
  • Two Thumbs Up
  • Pleasant aromas of watermelon rind, rose petals and white flowers. It balances its bracing acidity with a touch of creaminess and offers flavors of red cherry, tart raspberries, lime zest and a white pepper spice.

An age-and-a-half ago, Americans had to search high and low for a decent dry rosé. And these would be the very few Americans who recognized the distinct differences between the ubiquitous, slightly sweet white zinfandels that roamed the wine aisles of the 1980s and the tart, refreshing, spicy, decidedly un-sweet pink wines from Italy, France and Spain.

Dry pink wines have come a long way, but still suffer a bit from an identity crisis among American wine lovers. With the same intensity of Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man, shoppers still ask: “Is it safe? Is it safe??” Meaning, of course, are these pink wines free from the residual sugar found in white …

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Beer Town: The summer of canned craft beer and Koozies

Just few years ago, it seemed like a crazy idea. But aluminum cans have become a ubiquitous craft beer delivery system nowadays.

Oskar Blues of Lyons, Col., was the pioneer, first producing its iconic Dale’s Pale Ale on a newly developed Ball small canning system in 2002.

can060712beerSince then, more and more craft breweries, both big and small, have introduced canned versions of their most popular beers (see: New Belgium Fat Tire and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale).

Not surprisingly, the new Oskar Blues restaurant/music venue and brewery, due to open in Brevard, N.C., in December, will include a canning line.

Closer to home, Marietta’s Red Hare is poised to be the first Georgia craft brewery with a canning line and plans to release its Long Day Lager in cans in July.

The appeal of the latest generation of beer cans is obvious. Cans keep beer fresh by sealing out flavor destroyers like oxygen and light and new can liners prevent beer from coming in contact with aluminum. Cans are easier to chill, …

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Kulers Uncorked: Charles Banks

2011 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa

2011 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa

  • $17
  • Two Thumbs Way Up
  • Refreshing aromas of white flowers, ripe pears, chalky minerals with a hint of honey comb. This dry wine has brisk acidity and bright flavors of green apple, tart citrus fruit, lime zest and a mild white pepper quality. Leaps and bounds better than the 2010.

Who wouldn’t want to be top dog of Screaming Eagle, one of the world’s most prestigious wineries?  Once that position was secured, who would want to give it up?

Charles Banks, that’s who.

The Westminister Academy and University of Georgia graduate, co-owned and operated Screaming Eagle from 2006 to 2009. He and his business partner, billionaire Stan Kroenke, bought the property from founder Jean Phillips to renovate and improve the winery and its vineyards.

Banks, 44, spent 18 years as an investment banker and president of CSI Capital Management prior to jumping into the wine business in 2000. He and his wife, Ali, purchased 600 acres in …

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