How to Brew in a Bag: The biab method

Learning how to brew in a bag leaves you with a cost-effective way to experience all-grain brewing. High-quality, craft beer is yours with about as much effort as steeping a bag of tea. It’s that easy! If you want to brew beer at home without much fuss, the brew in a bag (BIAB) method is … Read more

History of Moonshine and Prohibition in America

During the prohibition era in the United States, which began in 1920 after the Volstead Act went into effect following the ratification of the 18th amendment, moonshine became a staple of the underground drinking culture that sprang up to avoid the ban on alcohol. Moonshine has a rich and interesting history in America which precedes … Read more

Mead Facts: Alcohol Content, Taste, and What Is Mead?

Have you ever wondered what ancient Chinese emperors, Irish peasants, Vikings, and Greek philosophers have in common? They all enjoyed drinking mead.  Mead is one of the earliest alcoholic drinks, with a history that stretches back thousands of years. It is a delicate drink with a sweet flavor profile that includes a strong honey taste. … Read more

Difference Between Dark Beer and Light Beer

When five o’clock rolls around after a long, hard day of work, nothing sounds quite as good as heading home and cracking open a cold one. After all, you’ve earned it.  But when you get to your fridge, which do you reach for: a pale ale or a stout? Do you even know what those … Read more

15 Fun Bourbon Facts To Wow Your Bar Companions

Anyone can order a bourbon at a bar, but few can tell you much about it. You might know that bourbon is a type of whiskey. Maybe you have vague visions of Kentucky bluegrass when you hear the name.  But you probably haven’t heard much more about this all-American spirit, and that’s a shame. Everyone, … Read more

Pale Ale vs. IPA: What’s the Difference?

There are hundreds of craft beer styles you can find at breweries and in the local liquor store. You can tell the difference between a stout and a sour, but there are craft beer styles that taste and look very similar.  If you’re not a beer enthusiast, chances are you don’t know the difference between … Read more

History of moonshine in Appalachia

Moonshine. Hootch. White Lightning. Mountain dew. Whatever you call it, the home-brewed alcoholic beverage has a long and storied history in the United States. Nowhere is that history more colorful than in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of the eastern U.S.  So how and why did moonshining start? Why did the industry thrive in Appalachia? It’s … Read more

11 Legal Moonshines in the United States

Throughout American history, moonshine has held a pretty prominent place for liquor fans and connoisseurs. From the bootleggers during the Prohibition era to the famous “Moonshiners” today, this form of homemade, distilled alcohol has been a go-to drink for countless people for years.  It’s difficult to pinpoint an exact definition for what moonshine is; the … Read more

Fig Wine: How to Make Fresh Fig Wine at Home

Nature’s candy, the sweet, succulent fig, can satisfy any sweet tooth and create various dishes, including fig butter, jam, preserves, salads, flatbread toppings, cookie fillings, and even wine.  That’s right, wine. Much like its sugary cousins, grapes, you can use figs to create the peculiar yet tasty fig wine, and it doesn’t require the intense … Read more

Best Moonshine Still for Beginners: 5 Solid Options

Making moonshine is a fun hobby that delivers an extremely rewarding bonus —  delicious moonshine that you can enjoy with friends and family. However, before you begin your journey as a moonshiner, you need to purchase yourself a decent still. In this guide, I’ll be sharing some tips for choosing a still before listing 5 … Read more