Food: Bourbon Vanilla Sugar is made from raw Demerara sugar and is packed and aged with Bourbon-Madagascar vanilla beans to enhance the rich molasses flavors. Try Bourbon Vanilla Sugar in many different cocktails to add some extra flavor or add a little to your coffee in the morning. Available here.
News: Small and independent craft brewers enjoyed continued growth in the first half of 2014, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association that represents the majority of U.S. breweries. American craft beer production volume increased 18 percent during the first half of the year. Full article here.
Gear: The Bountiful Breweries of the USA is a perfect addition to any man cave. The map features over 2,500 breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs and measures 60″ by 40″. It would make a great gift for the beer lover in your life or a nice little treat for yourself. Get it here.
Gear: We all know how good that dense foam you get out of a tap at a pub tastes. The Beer Foamer brings that joy into your home by creating a dense beer foam that will significantly increase the taste and aroma of your beer. Just pour 1/4″-1/2″ of beer into the container, put the top on, push the button, and add the foam to the top of the rest of your beer for a delicious bar like experience at home. Get one here.
Gear: Riedel glassmakers collaborated with Left Hand Brewery & Rogue Ales to design a glass that accentuates the unique flavors and body of a stout beer. Riedel is known for making quality glassware and these are no different. At around $25.00 for 2 glasses, these are hard to beat. Get them here.
Last week I took my family to Disney World for vacation. We had a great time and lots of people with us, my two brothers, my oldest brothers family, my parents, and cousins. The weather was hot and humid which was the only downfall if you will since I was just getting some perfect fall weather here in Atlanta. I was able to escape the happiest place on earth for a few and make a visit to Sea Dog Brewery nearby. We had two flight trays and both were great. My wife ordered her four, apricot, blueberry(with fresh blueberries), raspberry, and a summer ale. I ordered 3 IPA’s and a stout. One of my favorite beers available this time of year is Shipyard Pumpkin Head. Shipyard happens to be Sea Dog’s sister company and so they had some available and our waitress brought me one and added sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon to the rim of the glass. It was delicious! Tasted just like pumpkin pie. We had some bourbon as well but it was just standard stuff, wasn’t able to find anything special. If you are ever in the area be sure to check out Sea Dog Brewery, very cool place to visit.