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  1. Barrel to Bottle: Glassware and Ice

    Barrel to Bottle: Glassware and Ice
    Glassware. It's an essential part of the drinking experience, but there are so many options in wine, spirits and beer. Stemmed or stemless? Big bowl or small? Shaker pint or tulip? And what about ice? Big cube, small cube, sphere? Filtered water or tap? The Barrel to Bottle crew is here to help you sort through this madness and also prove that despite all the pretension it really does make a difference in how your drink tastes. Throughout the episode Pat will also be measuring how fast (or slow) the ice cubes are melting into the drinks with his fancy/ridiculous laser thermometer.
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  2. Confessions of a Mixologist: Barrel to Bottle New Orleans Cocktails

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Barrel to Bottle New Orleans Cocktails

    Mardi Gras is right around the corner. Are you ready to celebrate? Looking for something to serve besides Abita beer? How about the official cocktail of New Orleans – The Sazerac.

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  3. Barrel to Bottle: New Orleans Cocktails

    Barrel to Bottle: New Orleans Cocktails
    Laissez les bon temps rouler! It's Mardi Gras season and Barrel to Bottle's resident mixologist and New Orleans enthusiast, Roger Adamson, is here to give you an authentic taste of the French Quarter. Get yourself set up for Fat Tuesday with two easy New Orleans cocktails plus some strong opinions on paczkis. 
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  4. Barrel to Bottle: Australian Wines

    Barrel to Bottle: Australian Wines
    That's not a podcast! THIS is a podcast! Binny's Wine Manager Mike Bach spent two weeks in Australia last May, and this week he's joining the Barrel to Bottle Crew to share some of his favorites wines from the land down under. Forget about throwing a shrimp on the barbie, because Mike has wine and kangaroo pairings.
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  5. Top 10 Cigars of 2019

    Top 10 Cigars of 2019

    2019 was another great year of cigar releases. In what has become an annual tradition, we're excited to share our favorites from the year with you. Our list selected by the Cigar Consultants at Binny’s. After hours of deliberation, calculation (and smoking, of course) we're ready to present our Binny’s Top 10 Cigars of 2019.

     
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  6. Barrel to Bottle: Vermouths and Manhattans

    Barrel to Bottle: Vermouths and Manhattans
    What is vermouth? Where does it come from and why does Pat Brophy love it so much? This week, the Barrel to Bottle Crew will be sampling through an array of vermouths, while Pat tries to find one that will pry Greg away from his beloved Cocchi di Torino. After that, we will take all those vermouths, combine then with a variety of bitters and see who can craft the best Manhattan. Will it be The Greghattan? El Broph? The Rogehattan? 
     

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  7. Barrel to Bottle: Lo-Cal Beers

    Barrel to Bottle: Lo-Cal Beers
    If you're not quite ready to commit to Dry January, how about Lo-Cal January? Specifically, low calorie beer options that still taste good. Roger has assembled 9 flavor-packed beers, ciders and hard waters from some well-known breweries, plus one surprising stalwart that has been making low-calorie, flavorful beer for decades. Plus, listener questions are back and this week we've got a controversial topic: aging whiskey in small barrels. 

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  8. Barrel to Bottle: Bordeaux Basics

    Barrel to Bottle: Bordeaux Basics
    This week the Barrel to Bottle team covers the basics of the world's most prestigious region: Bordeaux! Doug Jeffirs, Director of Wine Sales for Binny's, joins the team to help demystify the topic and cover a few wines that provide excellent value. They're also discussing one of the best wine tasting events of the year, the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux on January 22nd at the Drake Hotel. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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  9. Barrel to Bottle: Dry January

    Barrel to Bottle: Dry January

    Are you doing Drynuary? Dry January? Non-Alc New Year? Whatever you call it, there are many reasons our customers seek out non-alcoholic offerings. Non-alcoholic beers have been around for several decades, but now craft breweries have begun producing them in addition to the old stalwarts. Roger's offerings run the gamut from old stalwarts to new craft offerings. Meanwhile, Pat has a whole new category for the Barrel to Bottle crew to sample, whiskey and gin alternatives. 

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  10. Barrel to Bottle: Louis Martini

    Barrel to Bottle: Louis Martini

    Michael Eddy is the first winemaker at Louis Martini that doesn't share a last name with winery's founder. In his tenure with Louis Martini, Michael has witnessed a huge transition for this legacy brand. He's been presented with the unique challenge of growing the winery and moving it in new directions, while also maintaining the standards wine drinkers have come to expect. 

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