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November 8 2016

Fizzics Waytap : Draft Beer At Home

This Indiegogo venture has been on Indiegogo for a couple of months now but it’s only just crossed my

It’s a device to turn your canned or bottled beer into a foamy, draft pint!

Previously, this company launched the Fizzics which is a draft beer system that takes all sizes of cans and bottles and using their special technology, creates a freshly drawn beer straight from the tap.

The Fizzics Waytap appears to be a more portable version of this and has already raised over $1,000,000! (over 2000% of their initial asking price), on IndieGoGo.

Fizzics Waytap

Fizzics Waytap

It does look very cool and a nice draft beer in the home is always welcome but unfortunately the $120 price (on IndieGoGo, RRP will be $150) is a bit out of my budget range.

The Indiegogo campaign can be found here if you want to find out more about the WayTap.

October 3 2016

The Lakes Vodka is a Firm Contender as World’s Finest Vodka Brand

Some news from The Lakes Distillery:

The Lakes Distillery, Cumbria’s only distillery, is celebrating another impressive win this week, after being awarded Silver in this year’s The Vodka Masters competition which aims to find and reward the finest vodka brands from across the world.

The Lakes Vodka fought off competition from over 100 entrants to win Silver in the Ultra Premium Vodka category – vodkas that retail over £25 per bottle.
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September 18 2016

The Development of Whiskey

Whiskey is water based spirits obtained by the distillation of one or more cereals and aged in oak barrels, while Cognac and Armagnac are produced from grapes, apple-based calvados (and pears), and the sugar cane-based rum.

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Glenfiddich Distillery Stills Image from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whisky

Nevertheless, one cannot directly distil cereal, fruit or sugar cane in a still. It must be extracted first and the sugars contained in the cereal grains or in the fruits converted into alcohol using yeast: Fermentation is indeed the pivot of this complex process.

To simplify, we can say that whiskey is water spirits fermented cereal, just like cognac is a brandy wine spirits or calvados, water spirits cider. The whiskey ingredients are apparently simple: grain, water and yeast, all going in different tanks and then filtered into stills before aging in oak barrels. But every ingredient, every step and every tool is of considerable importance in creating the flavours and texture of the whiskey. We offer you to discover each of these steps. How Whisky is Made

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August 29 2016

Europe’s Biggest Harley-Davidson Rally Toasts Drams Created by Speyside Distillery

Here’s some news from the Speyside Distillery

Europe’s biggest Harley-Davidson rally toasts drams created by Speyside Distillery in honour of its 20th anniversary year

It may be Scotland’s secret distillery – but its hidden location off the beaten track didn’t stop dozens of leather-clad bikers from discovering drams produced in their honour the other day (August 28).

Harley-Davidson enthusiasts who gathered in the Highlands for the annual Thunder in the Glens motorbike rally this weekend descended on Speyside Distillery to be presented with commemorative bottlings produced to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the event.

The quiet countryside roads around the distillery – located in the shadow of the Cairngorm mountain range – echoed to the sounds of roaring engines as a group of riders staged a ride out from their base in Aviemore.

Beinn Dubh’s fallen angel Klaudia Zrobek joins bikers from Thunder In The Glens during a ride out to Speyside Distillery which launched commemorative bottlings for this year’s 20th anniversary rally.

Beinn Dubh’s fallen angel Klaudia Zrobek joins bikers from Thunder In The Glens during a ride out to Speyside Distillery which launched commemorative bottlings for this year’s 20th anniversary rally.

Speyside Distillery is the home of Beinn Dubh – an unusual ruby-black coloured whisky – which was launched at Thunder in the Glens last year. It won rave reviews from thousands of bikers at the event, which is the biggest Harley-Davidson rally in Europe.

Two limited edition releases have been created for the anniversary. The first is a rare 20 year-old single malt from the archives of Speyside Distillery and just 200 bottles have been produced. In addition, the distillery has produced a second 20th anniversary single malt with commemorative label which is available in greater quantities.

One of the commemorative bottles of Beinn Dubh has been sent across the Atlantic to Milwaukee in the United States – the home of the Harley-Davidson and the patriarch of the world renowned company, Willie G. Davidson.
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June 28 2016

iGulu – Craft Beer Home Brewery

I just found this on indigogo, iGulu – Smart, Automated Craft Beer Home Brewery, a fully automated home brewing kit.

iGulu Craft Beer Home Brewery

iGulu Craft Beer Home Brewery

It appears you just get your materials together, select the beer you want on the machines screen, add the ingredients, sit back and wait 1~3 weeks.

And it’s connected to an app on your iphone (my guess is that’s why they’ve called it the very odd, and uncatchy iGulu – previously it was Artbrew , a much cooler name), so you get alerts when it’s ready so you can rush home and try it out.

It’s all fully funded apparently, but fairly pricey ($549 for the basic package), so well done to them.

All they need to do is fix the terrible name 🙂

The campaign can be found here.

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