New Year, New Brew

New Year, New Brew

New Year, New Brew Sheesh, I feel like it has been forever since I posted. My last post was last year (insert sound byte of applause). Glad I got that one out, I have been trying to use it on customers and they are not fond of it, they chuckle but I can tell it’s out of pity. Every year people do this thing where they resolve to be better and then give in by summer. They resolve to be kinder, to donate more, to stop biting their nails, to finally fix that gutter that leaks on the side of the house, or, my personal favorite, the whole “new year, new you” gym membership explosion. If I want to change I will do it and it being a different number on the calendar has nothing to do with it. So since I won’t be changing this year I thought of what else wouldn’t be changing for many people. I leaned back (not far, my work stool has no back) and sighed, feeling the warmth from the freshly brewed coffee in my hands spread up my arms to my neurons in my brain creating potential energy that fired when I took that first luscious sip. Coffee. That was it. No matter how many years go by that is the one consistency many people maintain from year to year. I thought about my life and how coffee played a roll in it. Honestly, I prefer tea most of the time, but coffee my darlings… coffee is to me what pickles with peanut butter are to a pregnant woman at three in...
The 12 Brews of Christmas

The 12 Brews of Christmas

This week in Jo’s Beer Corner features ~ The 12 Brews of Christmas ~ Oh yes, it is that time of year again. The oh so incredibly pleasant tight lipped family gatherings, the increasingly wonderful balance on your credit cards, the sweet scent of burned cookies because you were too busy trying to get the kids to stop trying to strangle each other with the tinsel. Oh wait… you said most wonderful time of year. My bad. But really, we spend an unreasonable amount of time around Christmas doing things that don’t make us happy in an attempt to make others happy. Which is why in my family we don’t have a holly jolly Christmas, we have a holly jolly Brewsmas. We aren’t prejudiced to just beer either; we also enjoy wine and watching grandma pour the whole bottle of vodka into the cranberry punch then add a capful of soda to make a “spritzer.” It is now an unspoken tradition of ours to see who can bring the best tasting alcohol to the Christmas gathering. This year I was trying to think that if I were to attempt to con my family into investing in my income then what would I use to lure them into spending money on my brews. So I decided to just pick some of my favorites and go from there. After naming just about every beer in my seasonal collection I realized that I had a LOT of good product. Then I thought, why share this with just my family when I can share this with everyone? And thus the brain child of...
Jo’s Beer Corner – Nov 6th

Jo’s Beer Corner – Nov 6th

Here is what’s brewing in Jo’s Beer Corner this week! ~ The Spice of Life ~ It’s getting cold out so I decided to heat up your taste buds with some spicy favorites. In the past few years I have really been trying to grow my palate in the areas of spices. Of course I must pay homage to the “spicy” spices of the world and their native regions: India, the orient, Thailand and even some Hispanic regions. I want you all to know I officially can handle a level 2 spice at an Indian restaurant, I know, I impress myself too. With that in mind I wanted to bring a little spice to everyone’s lives by bringing you my favorite brews influenced by worldly spices. I have Thai influence lending some brews a heat while also adding creamy coconut. Some reflect the spicy peppers of our south of the equator neighbors. I even bring in herbal spices from Japan to tickle your spice-buds. So if your beer collection in your fridge is looking a bit dull and you want to spice up your beer life stop in and try one of this weeks featured brews. Southern Pines Brewing Suit & Thai IPA: 6.4% ABV – 60 IBU A marriage of Thai chillies, milky-sweet coconut, and Man of Law IPA. A selective blend of hops used in brewing lends a pineapple undertone. Westbrook Brewing White Thai Wit: 5% ABV – 16 IBU This beer is a twist on the classic style witbier. Brewed with fresh lemongrass, ginger root, and a dash of Sorachi Ace hops the result is a...
The Beer Corner – July 5th

The Beer Corner – July 5th

THE CRAFT/MICRO -BREW WORLD IS ALWAYS CHANGING. KEEP AN EYE ON THIS SECTION SO SEE ANDI’S MOST EXCITING AND NEWEST ADDITIONS. JULY IS ALL ABOUT HOPS AT TAYLOR’S WINE SHOP! The craft beer industry is saturated with hops! The most popular and representative style in American craft beer, the India Pale Ale is something that keeps craft drinkers coming back for more. Most breweries in the US offer at least one year round IPA. There are even breweries so dedicated to the style that they offer a variety of IPAs suited for every beer drinker. It’s important to note that while IPAs are known for their fruity and floral flavor profile as well as their biting bitterness, not all IPAs are like this! IPAs are much more versatile than a lot of beer lovers think! There’s truly an IPA for everyone. IPAs derive their versatility from the core ingredient used in making them… hops! Hops are the flower that impart flavoring and aroma to an IPA. Because many hop varieties have bittering properties, they are used to balance out malt sweetness in other beers as well. Hops also have microbial and preservative properties which is one of the reasons why the style exists today. In the 1700s, Britain was exporting beer to different parts of the world to accommodate troops, emigrants, and anyone else with ties to the British Empire. A common place that the British exported beer to was India which meant the beer had to travel about six months. This meant the pale ales that were being shipped were at risk of spoiling on the trip or...

Jul-IPA Sale!

July celebrates Jul-IPA month! Is there any better way to beat the heat than with a crisp and refreshing IPA on SALE?! All 22oz bottles of IPA are 10% off. If you buy 4 or more bottles you get a 15% discount. Come on down to Taylor’s Wine Shop and stock up for...