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Archive for April, 2014

Beer Town: Brooklyn’s Steve Hindy on “The Craft Beer Revolution”


In his new book, “The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World’s Favorite Drink” (Palgrave Macmillan, $25), Steve Hindy chronicles nearly 50 years of American craft brewing history, from Fritz Maytag buying Anchor Brewing in 1965 to the current boom of innovative new breweries.

Hindy is a good man for the job for many reasons. As a former Associated Press Middle East correspondent, he knows how to get the facts and tell a good story — and he tells it warts and all. As the president and chairman of Brooklyn Brewery, which he co-founded in 1988, he’s been both a craft beer eyewitness and a major player. And, nowadays, his membership on the boards of directors of the Beer Institute and the Brewers Association gives him what he modestly calls a “unique perspective as an insider.”

Q: For some people, I think this book might come as a bit of a shock. You really get into some of the controversy and bickering that was and still is part …

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Kulers Uncorked: Miner Viognier

Gil Kulers, CWE

Gil Kulers, CWE

2012 Miner Family Winery, Simpson Vineyard, Viognier, California

2012 Miner Family Winery, Simpson Vineyard, Viognier, California

  • $24
  • Two Thumbs Up
  • Inviting aromas of honeysuckle, white peach and a subtle smokiness. It offers flavors of fresh apricots, tangerines, white pepper, raw almonds, mango, pineapple and something akin to toasted coconut.

Listen up professional wine geeks, there’s a new app out there called Tasteavore. You scan a special UPC code of a wine you are tasting at a trade show and it catalogs your notes along with facts about the winery, its personalities and the winemaking process. You receive a tidy, little e-mail a couple days later with the info. I love it! It beats the heck out of juggling a show guide, notebook and a tasting glass.

I just got my notes back from the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, which rolled through Atlantic Station in March. I tasted 11 pinot noirs, 10 cabernet sauvignons, one cabernet franc, one malbec and one viognier. The pinot noirs make sense, as I’m in the market for a …

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Craft Brewers Guild promoting Georgia-grown beer


Some 2,000 people gathered March 22 at Red Brick Brewing on Atlanta’s Westside for the inaugural Georgia Craft Beer Fest.

At a time when beer festivals have become commonplace, and craft beer is present everywhere from fine dining restaurants to gas stations and growler shops, it wasn’t obvious that there was anything out of the ordinary going on.

But the sunny early spring afternoon was historic because it marked the first Georgia-only beer event, bringing together 26 breweries and brew pubs, including widely distributed and well-known brands such as Sweetwater from Atlanta and Terrapin from Athens, and fledgling companies such as Reformation from Woodstock and Omaha from Omaha, Ga.

“It was the first time we had Georgia breweries stand together like that,” said John Pinkerton, the brewmaster and co-owner of the Moon River Brewpub in Savannah and president of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, which put on the festival. “There’s never been a festival where it was …

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Wine Kulers: Grgich Hills

Gil Kulers, CWE

Gil Kulers, CWE

2011 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Calif.

2011 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Calif.

  • $42
  • Two Thumbs Way Up
  • Complex aromas of ripe peach, mango, hazelnut and raw almond. Lots of tropical fruit flavors and a touch of ripe pear with a chalky mineral quality.

Chardonnay ain’t what it used to be. Today, among other styles, we have the big, buttery California version that makes many wine lovers go “Ahhh!” Back in 1975, there was basically one model, one standard for excellence—the chardonnays from Burgundy, France. The following year, the status quo got a big kick in the backside.

To celebrate the United States Bicentennial, a tasting was set up in Paris that pitted six California chards against four acclaimed Burgundies. To everyone’s disbelief, especially the French judges, an American winery won. This historic event came to be known as the Judgment of Paris and it lit a fire under the fledgling California wine industry.

And who changed the face of chardonnay that day? Who made …

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