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Moet & Chandon’s 2012 Grand Vintage Rises out of Adversity

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“2012 was an unprecedented year in the records of winemaking,” states Moet’s cellar master Benoit Gouez. “So many trials and tribulations and yet such promising results.

“Nature treated the vineyards to almost every form of meteorological disaster. Frost in the winter, frost in early spring, frost in late spring, torrential rains, hailstorms, a cold spell during flowering and, finally, scalding heat and water shortages in late summer all put the vines and vintners to the test.

“Nevertheless, thanks to a reversal of fortune that could only happen in Champagne, one month later there was talk of this being one of the great vintages!”

The final vintage is made from black grapes, including the Meunier, and consists of Chardonnay, Meunier, and Pinot Noir. The vintage is the 74th release from the maison, and features a fruity flavour with sweet citrus and pear notes, and hints of apricot and peach.

“This Grand Vintage is a softly fresh and harmonious wine that reveals itself slowly but with supple assurance,” explains Gouez. “It’s like the gentle transition of spring into summer and envelops the palate, blossoming into a crisp yet balanced bouquet.”

An interesting description considering that the spring and summer the grapes had to endure was anything but gentle. Still, hard times often bring about the sweetest rewards.

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Breaking Bad Beer is Silky Perfection

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Breaking Bad’s Hank Schrader once noted that: “Brewing is an art form.” Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company is taking that sentiment to heart and teaming up with Dean Norris, who played Schrader, and Sony Pictures to make Schraderbrau, the homebrew made by Norris’s character in the hit TV show.

“I’m proud and excited to partner with Sony and Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. to bring the public a product I’ve been passionate about for quite a while,” states Norris, who played Walter White’s DEA agent brother-in-law and homebrewing enthusiast. Norris continues, “We took a lot of time and effort to create a beer (the research was quite enjoyable!) that is worthy of the show it comes from and we think the result is fantastic.”

Susan Pierce, Executive Director Hardlines Sony Pictures Worldwide, said of the beer, “This is a project we have been thinking about for a long time and we are so excited that Dean has decided to take it on. The beer is delicious and we can’t wait for consumers to get their first taste! This will be a must-have for Breaking Bad fans across the country.”

Schraderbrau will be available this Spring and will be accompanied by other merchandise. No word yet on who will carry the beer, but Norris did reveal that “it’s a beer that has been brewed to silky perfection.”

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Archie Rose Launches its First Two Whiskies

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We all know and love their Gin, but now Archie Rose Distilling Co is making a foray into the aged whisky scene. Set to release on the 27th of June is the scarce limited edition Chocolate Rye Malt Whisky followed by the release of its first core range Rye Malt Whisky from 1 August.

Five years ago, in a distillery in the heart of Sydney Archie Rose began making whisky, gin, vodka and rum. Patience has been a virtue and Archie Rose are about to have their dues paid. With their first release of an aged whisky, you can expect the high standard set by their now extensive range of drops.

The limited edition Chocolate Rye Malt Whisky has been aged in a single batch of eight Australian Apera casks. Reserved for only the rarest and most interesting releases, the Chocolate Rye Malt Whisky uses choc rye, rye malt and barley malt to yield flavors of caraway, mint, shortbread, violets, hot chocolate and fruit jams.

With only 1,148 bottles available, you’ll wanna be super quick to get your hand on these suckers. If you do miss out, don’t fret. Come August 1st Archie Rose will release batch one of its Rye Malt Whisky as the first of its core range whiskies.

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Electrolyte Beers Are the Recovery Drink You’ve Been Waiting For

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A cold beer may not be exactly what you think of as what you need to recover from a hard workout or tough competition, but why not? It’s the first thing you reach for after a hard day’s work, right?

Of course, after a workout you’re needing to replace all those electrolytes that you just lost, and beer isn’t exactly known for doing that. At least, it didn’t use to be. Breweries across the country are catching onto the idea of adding glycogen, electrolytes, and protein to their beers, to appeal to the after-workout crowd.

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Several breweries have started marketing their own versions of electrolyte beers, including Evil Twin Brewing, Harpoon Brewery, Zelus, and Sufferfest. “Small brewers have long sponsored active events in their communities like weekly fun runs, bike rides and road races. People with active lifestyles no doubt love reaching for a beer after a good sweat, like after those weekend long runs, bike rides, and softball games,” states Jess Baker, the editor in chief of CraftBeer.com.

That being said, “electrolyte beer” isn’t a category of beer that the Brewers Association recognises—yet. “It’s safe to say haven’t yet come close to the popularity of something like the juicy or hazy IPA, which could merit creating a new style,” explains Baker.

Of course, there is a debate over how well these beers will actually help you to recover. Sure sounds like a fun experiment to see if they do.

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