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3 Daughters Brewing: Making Waves in the Florida Craft Beer Community

3 Daughters Brewing: Making Waves in the Florida Craft Beer Community

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Drink, Travel | 0 comments

Giant Jenga pieces crash to the floor and patrons sip on craft beers ranging from the St. Pete Blonde Ale to the Stern Line Stout. Not only is 3 Daughters Brewing an adult playground filled with life-sized versions of your favorite childhood games, but the brewery serves as owners Mike and Leigh Harting’s playful outlet to dream up exciting new craft beers with head brewer Ty Weaver. With 14 beers on tap, there’s truly a craft beer style for every palate, as well as plenty of games, live entertainment, food trucks and more to entice even the non-drinkers and children to join in on the fun at 3 Daughters Brewing. 3 Daughters Brewing all started with Mike Harting’s wish to create a special beer-battered fish recipe for his former St. Pete Italian restaurant, Bella Brava. Soon, Mike was offering his chef’s homebrew beer on tap as the perfect pairing. Chef Ty Weaver’s small homebrew operation escalated to brewing upwards of three times a week for Bella Brava, and this beer quickly became the number one beer on tap at the restaurant. Discovering their passion for creating innovative craft beer, Ty and Mike decided to take things to the next level and thus, 3 Daughters Brewing was born. Mike and Leigh are passionate about family; they often joked as the brewery was being built, “how many beers do we have to sell to put 3 Daughters through college?” (Hence the name!) When Swig visited 3 Daughters Brewing, Leigh stressed the importance of her family as well as the greater Florida community. 3 Daughters Brewing is a leader in the Florida craft beer scene and serves as a sponsor for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg College of Arts and Sciences’ Brewing Arts Program. This program provides students with the foundational knowledge and training for a successful career in the fast growing industry of craft brewing. 3 Daughters Brewing has a laboratory at the brewery that runs tests on craft beer and gives interns with the Brewing Arts Program hands-on experience. The St. Petersburg, Florida craft beer scene is booming and 3 Daughters Brewing supports their neighboring breweries and businesses.3 Daughters Brewing recently expanded their operation to include new a new...

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Honeysuckle Cocktails

Honeysuckle Cocktails

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Drink | 0 comments

Perhaps my favorite part of a warm summer day is walking down the street when the wind carries a sweet smell directly towards you, engaging all of your senses. Ah, honeysuckles! These beautiful vines attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and bloom heavily in the spring and throughout the summer. Savor these warm days by making a honeysuckle simple syrup at home to use in cocktail recipes (adapted from www.bellalimento.com). Honeysuckle Simple Syrup Ingredients 1 cup granulated sugar 2 cups water 1 cup honeysuckle flowers Directions Bring sugar and water to boil in a small saucepan, whisk to combine. Remove from heat and add honeysuckle flowers. Test mixture to ensure it is at room temperature. Transfer to a glass mason jar or container with air-tight lid. Seal and refrigerate. Strain honeysuckle flowers before using. Once you have created your honeysuckle simple syrup, the rest is easy! Adapted from a Garden & Gun cocktail, I bring you the Sparkling Summer Cup recipe. Simply keep some chilled champagne on hand and you can enjoy these wonderful flavors well into those hot summer days. Sparkling Summer Cup Ingredients 1 tablespoon Honeysuckle Simple Syrup (recipe above) 4.5 ounces chilled champagne 1 fresh honeysuckle flower (for garnish) Directions Place honeysuckle simple syrup into the bottom of a champagne glass. Top with chilled champagne and garnish with flower. Another refreshing cocktail is a spin on the Bee’s Knees. Bee’s Knees Ingredients 2 ounces gin 3/4 ounce honeysuckle simple syrup 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice 1 fresh honeysuckle flower (for garnish) Directions Shake in a cocktail shaker full of ice and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with honeysuckle...

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Kaldi: A Taste of Craft Beer in Iceland

Kaldi: A Taste of Craft Beer in Iceland

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Drink, Travel | 0 comments

If you ever get the chance to visit the magical country of Iceland in winter, do it. Frozen waterfalls, mountains covered in snow and the Northern Lights; does it get much better? Well, add a little craft beer into the mix and you’ve got yourself an excellent vacation. Many tourists often drive the “Ring Road” in Iceland, which is a highway that forms a rough circle around the country. Although my boyfriend and I only had a Ford Fiesta with studded tires, we somehow made it through wintry weather without getting stuck. The microbrewery Bruggsmiðjan is located in the small town of Árskógssandur, which is just off the Ring Road. The brewery offers guided tours and a chance to sample Kaldi, the craft beer that is brewed here. We turned off the Ring Road and down a small road surrounded by towering mountains. Bruggsmiðjan wasn’t too hard to find since the brewery is clearly labeled with Kaldi bottles. We didn’t have a reservation, so on a whim we parked the car and knocked on the door. We were greeted by Agnes Anna, one of the brewery owners who invited us inside the facility. Bruggsmiðjan was established in December 2005, and the idea for starting a craft brewery came from two people in Árskogssandur, the couple Agnes Anna and Olafur Trostur. Agnes saw a small news report on Icelandic television about the growing popularity of small breweries in Denmark, and a week later she convinced her husband to head to Denmark to pay a visit to these breweries. Early in 2006, the couple found investors and today there are 15 individuals who share 44% of the company, and Agnes and Olafur own 56%. Agnes and Olafur wanted to give Icelandic people a new brand of beer, something high quality and rich in taste. The couple chose to use traditional Czech brewing because beers from the Czech Republic are known for their good quality. They hired a brewmaster named David Masa from the Czech Republic, who has studied brewing for 9 years, to craft recipes for their new brewery. Agnes and Olafur’s son and head brewer Sigurdur Bragi (“Siggi” for short) took us around the brewery to explain...

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Pasteur Street Brewing Company Brings Craft Beer to Vietnam

Pasteur Street Brewing Company Brings Craft Beer to Vietnam

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Drink, Travel | 0 comments

Located down a small alley, Pasteur Street Brewing Company in Ho Chi Minh City is bringing a taste of American craft beer to Vietnam. Send up a short prayer as you cross the bustling streets filled with motorbikes and then head upstairs to the second floor at 144 Pasteur Street in the heart of Saigon– District 1 to be exact. In December 2014, Alex Violette, former head brewer at Boulder, Colorado’s Upslope Brewing Company opened the taproom of Pasteur Street Brewing Company, the first American craft brewery in Vietnam. The brewery uses local ingredients in their brewing process to craft inventive brews ranging from their Passionfruit Wheat Ale to Saigon Saison. The hops and malt are imported from around the world but their use of local ingredients gives this brewery’s craft beer a Southeast Asian twist. If you find yourself in the Ho Chi Minh City, head to the tasting room at Pasteur Street Brewing Company for a flight and some bar snacks. The flight includes six beer tastings, which pair perfectly with bar food options like the Nashville hot chicken and black eyed pea hummus. The food at Pasteur Street Brewing Company is certainly keeping up with the trends back in the States, which gives expats living in Vietnam a taste of home and locals an opportunity to experience new foods. After working hours the tasting room becomes packed with locals who are craving a taste of craft beer. One of my favorite craft beers at Pasteur Street Brewing Company is the Saigon Saison, a Farmhouse Ale with a spicy aroma and herbal character from locally grown lemongrass. Another easy drinking beer is the Jasmine IPA, which uses a blend of American hops to create a fruity hop profile along with dried jasmine flower added for the nose. If you’re more of a darker beer fan, the Ca Phe Porter is a coffee porter brewed to be sweet and chewy. This beer is smooth drinking, and brewed with locally roasted coffee beans to create a flavor loaded with chocolate, caramel and toffee notes. Overall, the selection at Pasteur Street Brewing Company are representative of American craft beer and is perfect for the beer lover...

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Introducing Aphrodite’s Rock Brewing Company in Cyprus

Introducing Aphrodite’s Rock Brewing Company in Cyprus

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Drink, Travel | 0 comments

Craft beer is starting to make waves in Cyprus, which it’s quite fitting for this country surrounded by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus is a deeply historic island and also a place of great importance when it comes to brewing. Aphrodite’s Rock Brewing Company is fully operational and the first high quality, small-batch craft brewery licensed in Cyprus. Less than 10km from the brewery are the 3,500 year old bronze-age remains of an ancient traditional brewery. According to history, the brewery would have been tended by the wives of the Cypriot nomadic hunter-gatherers of the time. Aphrodite’s Rock Brewing Company is committed to continuing history, and brews handcrafted beers in small, personally-tended batches using mineral-rich spring water from the brewery’s own well. The brewery is a family business employing well qualified and highly experienced brewing specialists from Great Britain and Cyprus who create a wide range of fresh, full-flavoured locally handcrafted beers. To ease newcomers into craft beer, the brewery’s Rock Premium is the perfect starting point. According to Aphrodite’s Rock Brewing Company, the Rock Premium is “a rarity in a world of ‘real ales’ – a precision hand-crafted Bavarian lager.” The brewery blends a rich base of Bavarian pilsner and crystal malts with grassy and flowery Hallertau Hersbrucker and other aromatic hops. The Rock Premium is a favorite among Cypriots who want to kick their typical lager beers up a notch. As you can imagine, it gets quite hot in Cyprus. Lagers and pilsners are quite popular, and this 4.8% ABV beer is a perfect introduction to the craft beer scene. Another favorite among the Cypriots is the London Porter. At 4.5% ABV, the London Porter is a very drinkable, refreshing beer with a slight roasted malt finish. It’s a faithful reproduction of a traditional 18th century English-style porter. Aphrodite’s Rock’s London Porter has delicious flavors of caramel and rich chocolate with a hint of spice, pouring dark and creamy. I enjoyed this beer at a locally owned bar in Nicosia called BrewFellas, and it was the perfect way to end a day spent touring around Nicosia, the only split capital city in the world — occupied by Turkey and...

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Create Industry City Distillery’s 20 Minute Limoncello

Create Industry City Distillery’s 20 Minute Limoncello

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Drink | 0 comments

Limoncello is my favorite of the liqueurs– tart, sweet and refreshing. Plus, it reminds me of traveling through Italy and lounging on the Amalfi coast amongst the lemon trees. Made from lemons, alcohol and sugar, this liqueur often takes over three months to create. Limoncello has a controversial, rich history. The original recipe of limoncello bends through a series of anecdotes and legends, competed by the Sorrentini, Amalfitani and Capresi. These three Italian populations boast of a production of limoncello passed on by various generations (Source: Sorrento Info). Although the origins of limoncello are controversial and we aren’t sure which population created the first batch, one thing we can all agree on is that this Italian liqueur is absolutely delicious. It’s definitely a ray of sunshine and the perfect pick-me-up on a cold winter day. So, how can you create this delightful beverage at home? All you need is time, a lot of lemons (we’re talking like 40) and tons of sugar. Yikes! I don’t want to zest 40 lemons either. Luckily, I’m here to bring you good news. The fine folks of Industry City Distillery have shared their 20 minute limoncello recipe. You heard us, 20 minutes is all it takes, and you only need about one lemon. Industry City Distillery is an experimental distillery located in Brooklyn, New York. The distillery is pursuing better craft spirits through science, and produces their Industry Standard Vodka using beet sugar as well as their newest product, Technical Reserve. Industry City Distillery created Technical Reserve specifically for the needs of the creative cocktail connoisseur. Distilled to 95.6% ABV (the highest possible), Technical Reserve is exceptionally high proof and the neutral character allows you to create limoncello at home. 20 Minute Limoncello  Ingredients 10-12 grams (1-1.5 lemons) lemon zest 150ml Technical Reserve 60 grams sugar 75ml water Directions Zest your lemons with a zester or microplane and place zest in a glass jar. Pour 100ml of Technical Reserve on the zest and stir or shake as much as possible while it soaks. Do not soak for more than 60 minutes for the best tasting limoncello. Pour off the bright yellow liquid into another glass jar without losing the zest (a tea strainer...

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