WHAT MAKES BEER A STOUT?


When most people think of stouts, they think of creamy, strong and dark beers. Usually, a Guinness comes to mind. Yet, though many types of stout do have these attributes, there are different varieties that don’t have any of them. In fact, Guinness doesn’t even have a high alcohol content. It’s the same as Bud Light, at 4.20%. Styles range from being dry and very alcoholic to hoppy with a low ABV.  What really differentiates a stout from other beers styles is its standout, roasted flavor. This flavor comes from roasted barley, which is made by highly kilning barley grain that has not been malted.  Let’s take a look at the history of the stout style to better understand it and to find out where all these misconceptions came from.  A Brief History of Stout Beer The word “stout” used to refer to strong beers way back in the late...
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Necessary Supplies for Your Bar


Bartending, even at home, requires lots of supplies, mixers, and garnishes. In addition to beer, wine, liquors, and liqueurs, a decent home bar should have the following supplies if you plan on serving cocktails. You need one bottle of the following mixers for every five guests: Cola or diet cola Lime juice Cranberry juice Orange juice Ginger ale Pineapple juice Grapefruit juice Seltzer water or club soda Lemon juice or lemon mix Tomato juice Lemon-Lime soda Tonic water   You also need these fruits, garnishes, and seasonings: Lemon twists Angostura bitters Lime and lemon wedges Salt and pepper Maraschino cherries Superfine sugar Olives Tabasco sauce Orange slices Worcestershire sauce
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A Basic Bar Setup for a Limited Budget


Setting up a home bar can become quite costly. The variety of liquors available today is mind-boggling. How do you pare down your shopping list to the essentials? Some bartenders might scoff at the idea of not having both American and Canadian whiskey in a bar. And do you really need both dry and sweet vermouth? The options can be overwhelming. For simple entertaining, even if you're on a limited budget, start with the following items:  One 750 ml bottle of gin One 750 ml bottle of whiskey (Bourbon, Canadian, etc.) One 750 ml bottle of rum One 750 ml bottle of white domestic wine One 750 ml bottle of tequila One 750 ml bottle of red domestic wine One 750 ml bottle of vodka Twelve 12-oz. bottles of beer (domestic or imported)   Three 750 ml bottles of the liqueurs and cordials of your choice (such as Irish cream,...
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Block Island


My wife's company held their annual summer outing on Block Island.  Lynne and I had never been.  Some notes and observations of our weekend     - Take the slow ferry... Unless you're in a medical emergency, take the slow boat out of Point Judith.  55 minutes of something you don't get to do everyday.     - Monica's taxi tour; worth it for $75 plus tip.  Lasted 1.5 hours.   Fourth or fifth generation islander. Monica Shea- Hull; a spit fire, living legend, she'll be missed when she's gone.     - Finns seafood.  On the Old Harbor. Allegedly freshest seafood on the Island.  Lobster roll was great.  Lynne's lobster club looked very good. Cold beer.   - Oars restaurant up in New Harbor: nice bar inside.  Fish taco's blackened were delicious.  Outside there is corn hole and picknick tables with umbrellas.  You get a nice cross breeze outside...
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#americaisgreatagain


It's official.....America is on its way to being great again. I know a lot of people are not in support of Mr Trump, but you do have to commend the fact that he is sticking to his guns and focusing on cleaning up the "Politics as Usual" mentality in Washington. Nobody is going to say everything the right way and a lot of times I'm even shrugging at some of the remarks made by our new president, but if he truly is focused on the american people, why is there so much resistance?   I'm in support of change and hope most people can give it some time before slamming him.          
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