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​Whiskey around the world : Japan

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 14th, 2016

Since 1924, Japanese spirit, wine, and beer giant Suntory has been making whiskey but it wasn’t until 2015 that the category of Japanese whiskey began to gain serious traction in the United States.

This was the year that Jim Murray named one of Suntory’s products, Yamazaki Sherry Cask as the #1 Whiskey of the World in a list that for the shocking first time did not feature a single whiskey from Scotland in its top five. Unfortunately, that particular whiskey was such extremely…

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​Whiskey around the world: Canada

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 7th, 2016

Canadians were first introduced to whisky by Scottish immigrants. It is often referred to as “rye whisky” by Canadians, although unlike American “rye whiskey,” there is no requirement of a proportion of rye in the mash bill. The only requirements of Canadian whisky are that it be aged for at least three years in wooden barrels and bottled at 40% abv or more.

In the early years of Canadian whisky all of their whiskeys were high rye mash bills but in modern times a wide variety of…

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​Whiskey around the world: Ireland

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 30th, 2016

By Chris Larson

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Irish whiskey is one of the oldest distilled spirits in Europe, dating back to the 12th century, when Irish monks brought back the art of distilling perfumes which was then modified to produce spirits for consumption.

The rules governing production of Irish whiskey are quite simple and to the point. In addition to the requirement that origin of distillation must be Ireland, the spirits must also be distilled to less than 94.8% and aged three years in…

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​Whiskey around the world : Scotch

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 22nd, 2016

By Chris Larson

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With a rich history of distillation dating back to the late 15th century, Scotch whisky has made its way around the world to the point that it is nearly impossible to find a single establishment that doesn’t have at least one single malt or one blended Scotch whisky on hand.

Other than a minimum of three years aging in a barrel, there are few rules that govern its production; but the variety of grains, where those grains were grown, and types of…

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​Whiskey to warm your winter

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 16th, 2016

By Chris Larson cjlarson@gmail.com

In the weeks to come, I invite you to take a journey around the world of whiskies with me. Along this journey I’ll introduce you to some great whisk(e)y from all corners of the Earth, including Ireland, Scotland, Japan, and beginning right here in the States with one of our prized American heritage spirits: bourbon.

This week, and in the weeks to follow, I will choose one whiskey I am familiar with and one I have little to no experience with and…

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​Some targets for seasonal beer hunters

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 9th, 2016

By Chris Larson

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It’s BEER hunting time! This week I will be highlighting seasonal porters and stouts that are either new to the market or come around once a year. A few are quite readily available to experience over and over again, while others may be less than easy to find but worth the hunt, for those looking for unique brews that are so special they are coveted as trophy beers by the most serious hunters.

Surly Darkness is the annual Russian Imperial Stout…

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​First Annual Festival of Wines

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 2nd, 2016

By Chris Larson Cjlarson75@gmail.com

The holidays are sneaking up on us faster than we would like to admit. There is one particular holiday shopping experience that really seems to frustrate a lot of my customers at the liquor store and if you are like any of them, you often feel overwhelmed and uninformed when it comes to shopping for wines to give as gifts or bring to a holiday celebration.

Fear not, my friends, for the First Annual Festival of Wines is Wednesday, November 9th at The…

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​Grand Opening: Front Street Taproom

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 26th, 2016

By Chris Larson cjlarson75@gmail.com

With a nod to Fargo’s history and a commitment to supporting local and regional brewers, Front Street Taproom opened its doors to the public this past Wednesday and thus delivered on a very simple concept that I have personally been desiring for quite some time: a taproom that features only beers made in Minnesota or North Dakota.

With seating for 126 and 30 taps available, manager/owner Aaron Templin and his crew are ready to serve up flights,…

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​Shiny and sexy: craft beer in cans

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 19th, 2016

By Chris Larson

cjlarson75@gmail.com

All you need to do is take a look at your favorite liquor store’s craft beer section to see that a revolution in craft beer is upon us and growing stronger month by month.

I’m talking about a steady surge of craft beer in cans. Fans of craft beer who once believed only in beer in a bottle are starting to come around to the idea of beer in of a can, partly because of changes in drinking habits and partly because the beers they want to bring home are…

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​Flatland Brewery in West Fargo

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 12th, 2016

By Chris Larson

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Located in the rapidly expanding commercial and residential development off Veterans Boulevard in West Fargo, Flatland Brewery has been pouring pints of their locally crafted beers since they opened near the end of July.

President of Flatland Brewery LLC and head brewer, Frank Clemens served me up a couple samples of two of the more popular brews, their IPA and Oktoberfest and explained that after just a couple of months, production was up enough to…

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