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Barrel to Bottle Episode 21: All Things Cider

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This week on Barrel to Bottle, Kristen Ellis and Jeff Carlin look at all things cider. Cider Director / Floor Manager for The Northman in Chicago, Brian Rutzen aka “CiderBrian” dives into the ever-growing world of cider to explain cider’s historical roots, common misconceptions about cider, and to taste some unique styles. Roger Adamson(Beer Buzz) also joins the conversation with a look at how modern cider production mimics the American beer scene. Want to discover cider for yourself? Check out the 6th annual Cider Summit Chicago.

 

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Barrel to Bottle Podcast Episode 20: Valentine’s Day Pairings

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What’s the perfect wine, spirit, or beer to go with your Valentine’s Day plans? This week on Barrel to Bottle Kristen Ellis, Jeff Carlin, and Roger Adamson explore elegant offerings from KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates in Wisconsin and pair them with various spirits, wine, and beer. Looking for something extra special this V-Day? Try Kohler Dark Chocolate Brandy.

 

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Barrel to Bottle Podcast Episode 19: Terroir Under Cork

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How do the soil, terrain, climate, and tradition impact the taste of certain wines and spirits? Terroir, of course! This week on Barrel to Bottle Kristen Ellis and co-host Jeff Carlin take a trip through terroir’s impact on the production of wine and spirits. Also, joining the conversation are B2B regulars Joe Maloney (Whiskey Hotline) and Roger Adamson (Beer Buzz) with a look at how hops and grain are also impacted by terroir. All that, plus someone walks away with a $20 Binny’s gift card, just for asking the right question.

 

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Demo Kitchen Recipes: Arancini Footballs

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The big game happens every year, and every year it’s back to the drawing pinterest board for new and exciting apps to serve at your super party. From the Binny’s Demo Kitchen at Binny’s Highland Park, resident Chef Scott Becker brings us Arancini shaped footballs. Your taste buds will be screaming TOUCH DOWN when these hit your mouth.

 

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Barrel to Bottle Podcast Episode 17: Wine About the Weather

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On this week’s episdoe of Barrel to Bottle with Binny’s Beverage Depot as winter weather sets in, host Kristen Ellis lays out a couple of guidelines for picking the perfect cold weather wine that pairs well with football party fare and hearty cold-weather favorites like stews and roasts. Co-host Jeff Carlin and Kristen are joined by Binny’s Whiskey Hotline expert Joe Maloney and Binny’s Beer Buzz expert Roger Adamson on tour of Italian wines that are sure to impress.

 

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Barrel to Bottle Podcast Episode 16: A Cold Weather Beer Survival Guide

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Binny’s Beer Buzz expert Roger Adamson joins hosts Kristen Ellis and Jeff Carlin for a cold weather survival episode of Barrel to Bottle with Binny’s Beverage Depot. Roger salutes old-school barleywines that are sure to keep you warm in the cold months of Winter.

 

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Barrel to Bottle Podcast Episode 15: A Primer on Port Wine

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Winemaker Mike Kush has a lot of experience making wine in the Duoro region of Portugal, he joins Kristen Ellis and Jeff Carlin with a deep dive into the complex world of port wine. What differentiates a tawny from a ruby? Who declares a port wine is Vintage? And what is a late bottled vintage? Mike shares the knowledge he has acquired from spending over a decade on the ground in Portugal working with growers, making his own port wines, and exploring this versatile fortified wine. Port is always rich and sweet, just like this episode of Barrel to Bottle.
 

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Barrel to Bottle Podcast Episode 14: Bring out the Fizz! A Guide to All Things Champagne

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There is no better wine to take us through the holiday season than Champagne. Kristen Ellis chats all things ‘fizz’ with her co-host Jeff Carlin in this bubbly episode of Barrel to Bottle. How do the bubbles get in there? What kind of glass should I use to serve Champagne? Why does it taste like it does? Join us as we break it all down just in time for your New Year’s toast.

 

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Barrel to Bottle Podcast: Episode 13

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Can you pick up a glass of wine and in just one sip identify the grape, region, and even year it was produced? Kristen Ellis and Jeff Carlin try to wrap their heads around the process of becoming a Master of Wine. Joining the discussion this week on Barell to Bottle is half of the husband-wife team behind Chasing Harvest wines and MW candidate Mike Kush. Mike offers a first-hand account of just what it takes to prepare one of the most grueling exams in the world. Mike also talks about balancing his lofty goal of achieving a mastery in every facet of wine from viticulture, to vinification, to marketing & sales, and to global wine trends with his transhemispheric travels, chasing the perfect harvest.

 

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