Cask & Vine’s What’s On Tap: Clem from Younity Winery!
Hi, I’m Clem – The Barefoot Vintner & and my wife Jeri. I couldn’t make it work without her. I’m from Washington State and Jeri was born & raised right here in Maine. I grew up making and learning wine in the Northwest. It’s a little different than Maine.
We do not parrot Napa wines. We are not Napa wines. We are Maine wines and we have our different flavor. If you want those California wines… you won’t find them here. Our wines are different just as I am.
We are open on the weekends and do be prepared with a dry pallet, and a clean ear. I’m going to talk your ear off and a bunch of ears on the floor are no fun to sweep up! So come with clothes pins for your ears to hold them in place.
We are never in a hurry to move you through. It about an experience; not a product.
Bert’s Better Beers’ Draft Pick(s) of the Week:
1. Pie Eyed
2. Treehouse – Curiosity 15
Listen for our review!
Kettle to Keg’s In the Kettle: Wine Tip: There is no need to adhere to style guidelines!
1. Mass. craft beer distributor charged in pay-to-play probe
State regulators on Wednesday accused the company that distributes much of the craft beer in the state to bars and liquor stores of unfair trade practices that limit consumer choices and harm small brewers.
The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, or ABCC, said Craft Beer Guild LLC violated a state rule against offering inducements to retailers to stock its products over those of competitors and a state law that prohibits distributors from charging different prices for the same products.
These are the first charges to emerge from a six-month probe into so-called pay-to-play practices that limit consumer choices by favoring one company’s products over another’s.
“The alleged wrongdoing in this case is serious,” said state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who oversees the ABCC, said in a statement. “As the commission examines this matter, we’ll continue the work to ensure license holders across the state are acting in a proper manner.”
In one form of pay-to-play, distributors pay bars to have their beers served and a competitor’s excluded; in another, retailers demand free booze, rebates, or expensive equipment from distributors in exchange for stocking their products. READ MORE
2. On the Paleo Diet? Enjoy a Beer
Our ancestors likely got into fermented grains and fruit, so drink up.
It turns out that you can thank your ancestors for your eye color, your ability to make a fire with only minimal grunting, and your love of booze—especially beer and wine.
A lot has been written about how the Paleo diet isn’t really all that similar to what our ancestors actually ate. (More on that here and here and here.) Most importantly, it turns out that the “no grain-based beer” rule for the Paleo diet may be bunk too. Our ancestors were boozers, turning both fruit and grain into fermented goodness.
Dr. Pat McGovern, a bimolecular archeologist at the University of Pennsylvania, has studied ancient spirits for the past quarter century. By testing the remnants of wine or beer found on shards of pottery, he’s been able to piece together much of what our ancestors drank, which he writes about in his 2009 book Uncorking The Past. READ MORE
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