Cask & Vine’s What’s On Tap: Laphroaig!
The History of Laphroaig
No one knows the full history of Laphroaig as much of it has been lost in the midst of time unfortunately. It’s clear that the Irish had been distilling here for many years and that the locals picked up the skills when they left, but because it was illegal the small stills on the farms were rarely discussed – just a nod and a wink in the right direction!
What we do know though, is that the Johnston’s started farming here around 1800, and that soon after messers Charles and Willie Doig were asked to do some ‘work on a distillery’ at Laphroaig. By 1815 Laphroaig’s reputation had spread and the tax man was getting suspicious so they officially established Johnston & Johnston and the legend of Laphroaig begun.
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Brewery Successfully Recreates 172-Year-Old Beer Recovered From Shipwreck
A Finnish brewery has made good on its 2013 promise to recreate a 1840s-era beer salvaged from the bottom of the ocean: The Guardian reports Stallhagen brewery is ready to release Stallhagen 1842 and Stallhagen 1843, beers that scientifically re-create the brew discovered on-board a Finland shipwreck (the shipwreck, discovered in 2010, dated back to 1842). Stallhagen’s brewmaster teamed with scientists from the Leuven Institute for Beer Research to determine the specific types of yeast and “living lactic acid bacteria” used in the original beer, which researchers concluded originated from Belgium. The modern-day recreation results in a beer “much sweeter than modern brews because of the way the malt was produced.” (Stallhagen CEO calls the flavor profile “Champagne-like,” noting that the light and subtle flavors represent how “luxury beer tasted in early 1800s.”)
Stallhagen’s two releases include the mass-market 1843 bottle and a collector’s edition 1842, which will sell for £89 ($143 U.S.) per bottle. Below, go watch a video of the original shipwreck beers being discovered — and drank.
A New Study Suggests That People Who Don’t Drink Alcohol Are More Likely To Die Young
A newly released study shows that regular drinkers are less likely to die prematurely than people who have never indulged in alcohol. You read that right: Time reports that abstaining from alcohol altogether can lead to a shorter life than consistent, moderate drinking.
Surprised? The tightly controlled study, which looked at individuals between ages 55 and 65, spanned a 20-year period and accounted for variables ranging from socioeconomic status to level of physical activity. Led by psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin, it found that mortality rates were highest for those who had never had a sip, lower for heavy drinkers, and lowest for moderate drinkers who enjoyed one to three drinks per day.