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Myth-busting the taste of Arizona wine

Carly Oseran and Reed Wallace - - Arizona Sonora News

If you think Arizona wine doesn't compare to wine made in Sonoma or Napa Valley, you're right.

Arizona wine doesn't compare, but not for the reasons you may think.

Robert Leopardi, Southern Arizona director of sales for Quench Fine Wines, has been working his way up the wine industry for 40 years. In his current role, he represents wines from around the world, including Arizona.

"I think you have to understand what Arizona wines are, what their history has been and how young the industry is," said Leopardi. "And rather than compare it to someplace like Napa or necessarily the old world, you compare it to places like maybe the Pacific Northwest."

Canarchy Expands Distribution of Cigar City to Arizona

- Brewbound

TAMPA, Fla. — Cigar City Brewing continues to expand the reach of its world-class beers with the addition of Arizona to the Florida-based brewery's distribution network. CCB has partnered with Crescent Crown Distributing, Canyon Distributing Company, Finley Distributing and Legacy Beverage to distribute its portfolio of unique ales and lagers, including the award-winning Jai Alai IPA, throughout the Grand Canyon State. Kegs and twelve ounce cans of Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale and their newest year-round offering Guayabera Citra Pale Ale will be available throughout Arizona beginning in February.

Beer Remains the Preferred Alcoholic Beverage in the U.S.

Justin McCarthy - - Gallup

Americans who drink alcohol continue to say they most often choose beer (40%) over wine (30%) and liquor (26%). Beer has typically been the preferred alcoholic beverage in Gallup's trend.

How The Story Of Beer Is The Story Of America

Ari Shapiro - - NPR

If you crack open a beer this Fourth of July, history might not be the first thing on your mind. But for Theresa McCulla, the first brewing historian at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, the story of beer is the story of America.

"If you want to talk about the history of immigration in America, or urbanization or the expansion of transportation networks, really any subject that you want to explore, you can talk about it through beer," McCulla says.

7 of the most common beer myths debunked

Kevin Loria & Skye Gould - - Business Insider

Beer has been around for thousands of years. And though it's one of the most popular beverages in the world, it's also commonly misunderstood.

Even regular beer drinkers will frequently cite myths about how a beer gets skunked or how many calories are in dark beers. In honor of National Beer Day we've decided to debunk some of those myths.

Carving up the most-asked question

Joe Stange - - Draft

November is here. Time, again, for the Turkey Question.

Wine folks might debate it amongst themselves, but they usually have a simple answer—pinot noir or chardonnay, for example. Meanwhile, beer geeks have a rep for giving people answers that are, like many of their beards and the rest of this post, too long.

So if you want the simple answer, here it is: Pick something malty, a bit sweet, and not too bitter. Think bocks or märzens, brown ales, dubbels and tripels.

You don't want a bland beer but you also don't want anything too rich or intense (save that imperial stout for pumpkin pie and IPA for leftover turkey sandwiches). Residual sweetness contrasts and highlights that beautiful savory umami of a properly roasted bird (sweetness also is welcome if that bird winds up too dry). Meanwhile, malt can find its Maillard-reaction friend in the caramelization of the crispy skin.


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