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Craft Beverage Expo moves to PDX

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Craft Beverage Expo (CBExpo) will return for its fourth annual conference in Portland, OR Nov. 7-9, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. It’s the first time the conference will be held outside of Northern California.

Each year, CBExpo attracts professionals from across the craft beer, wine, cider, mead and spirits market for three days of ducation sessions and presentations from hand-chosen experts. CBExpo also offers networking opportunities, bringing together artisan beverage masters from all segments to connect and collaborate.

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Samuel Smith’s, Merchant du Vin launch organic pear cider

organic-perrySamuel Smith’s Brewery and Merchant du Vin have announced the release of Samuel Smith’s Organic Perry, a USDA Certified Organic and naturally gluten-free sparkling pear cider.

Samuel Smith’s Organic Perry shows a clear pale straw color, smooth body, crisp but rich flavor of ripe pears, and the aroma of a summer pear orchard. The finish is dry, but, the company says, “not demanding or austere.” A crisp, clean wine yeast strain ferments Perry, to highlight the delicate pure pear flavor and maintain the soft aromatics, and results in an ABV of 5.0 percent.

Merchant du Vin has suggested a few food pairings: Blue cheese or Gorgonzola; arugula or Waldorf salad; sweet potatoes; pancetta or prosciutto; pear tart. Perry shows especially well alongside any dish featuring ginger.

Samuel Smith’s Organic Perry is sold in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (355 mL – six 4-packs per case); and 18.7 oz. “Victorian pint” bottles (550 mL – 12 per case).

The Drinkable Week: CiderCon 2016

 

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The Drinkable Week returns with a stop in Portland, Ore., for the 2016 edition of CiderCon, the annual convention of the United States Association of Cider Makers. Is cider still the hottest category in beverage alcohol? Find out in this week’s video.

 

The Drinkable Week: Book Launch Bar Crawl Preview!

The launch of my book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously is upon us. And so is Saturday’s (11/21) bar crawl to celebrate said launch! That’s why this week’s The Drinkable Week is shamelessly all about ME! It’s a quick look at what to expect at the crawl, which kicks off at 1:30 pm.

Free Book Friday!

Turner Publishing is giving away a copy of The Year of Drinking Adventurously today as part of Free Book Friday. Follow this link to enter! And if you don’t win, you can pre-order it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. It comes out in just 11 days! image_DrinkingAdventurously1

NY Champagne Week, the HOOCH app and the official launch for The Year of Drinking Adventurously

hoochforglobe copyIMG_5874Some info on NY Champagne Week, a new mobile app called Hooch that creates a secret cocktail society and details on the launch event for the book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously.