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109-Sake?

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Sake or sometimes known as rice wine is an ancient and reviled beverage in several Asian cultures. Although more akin to beer in the brewing process, when it comes to flavor it is closer to wine. It can be drank at a variety of temperatures, as well as in cocktails. Through researching and recording this episode Chris and Joe realized that Sake is wholly its own unique alcohol.



101-Bitters?

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We have recorded episodes about several alcohols and their mixers but have, until this moment, largely ignored a cocktail staple, bitters. Bitter herbs have been used medicinally for centuries but have had a bit of a roller coaster ride in the last 200 years. They became extremely popular during the 1800’s with the advent of cocktail parties, to virtually disappearing with America’s prohibition period. Although a few have stood steadfast in that time many new bitter making companies are popping up. Sometimes what you need is that old-timey flavor in today’s day and age. So don’t be bitter, just try some in your next cocktail.

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066- Thunderbirds?

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Thunderbird is the word! These megabirds supposedly flying over North America have been worshiped and feared since before Europeans discovered the new world. Very similar to the European Roc, Thunderbirds have contemporaries in many countries around the globe.

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065-Hops and IPA?

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Hops is one of the most distinct ingredients in beer. Some beers have less some have more but generally IPA’s have the most! Welcome our guest Jason Cavegn as we hop to it!

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050-Icewine?

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Icewine or in Germany Eiswein is a specialty desert wine of extraordinary character. It is categorized as a desert wine because of its sweet taste. Icewine needs to be made late past the harvest season when the grapes freeze on the vine. Typically the grapes are harvested in subzero temperatures in the early morning hours. The grapes also need to be pressed while frozen to ensure only the sweetest nectar of the berries are used. We talk about icewine and taste a little of this amazing treat on today’s Curioso.

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044-Absinthe?

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Absinthe make the mind wander. Some call it the Green Fairy. Some call it a Devil in a Bottle. We call it very refreshing.

Today for the end of the Halloween season we dive into the green world of Absinthe. The ban has been lifted on absinthe after a century and we couldn’t be happier. We try several cocktails including the Sazerac, a Corpse Reviver #2 and a Slow Death in the Afternoon. Of course we also try it straight and the traditional drip method. We gave the Bohemian method a try by lighting it on fire to not the greatest effect.

We want to thank our friend Mike for corrupting this episode with us! Check out his blog Dust & Corruption here.

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025-Pseudoscience?

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Good Science, bad Science or pseudoscience is hard to define. Claims, beliefs or practices which that are seemingly scientific but does not use the scientific method are generally considered Pseudoscience. Regardless of lack of evidence or plausibility some people still have faith in these methods.

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022-Haggis?

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The Burns Supper is a celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Celebrated on or about the Bard’s birthday, January 25th, they range from formal gatherings of scholars to uproariously informal parties of drunkards and louts. Join us at our Burns Supper as we try to adhere, more or less, to a time honored celebration which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky, and the recitation of works by the ploughman’s poet.

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020-Yule Tidings?

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It’s winter time and the it looks like it might snow outside. Let’s heat up a warm cup of apple cider or egg nog and talk about the traditions we celebrate this cold and blustery time of year. Happy holidays!

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002-Applejack?

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Applejack is a liquor distilled from fermented apples. It has a long history dating back to colonial America and quite possibly helped the U.S. win the revolutionary war. It’s also tasty.

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