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Oktoberfest: Story of a Party

It might come as a surprise to many of you, but Oktoberfest didn’t start as a beer festival and it is celebrated more in September, than October, in Germany! The first “Oktoberfest” was a wedding reception for Prince Ludwig I, who married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The marriage took place…

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what’s the HAZE about?

With the introduction of the pilsner hundreds of years ago, the look of a beer became a point of focus for drinkers. At the time, it was an interest in having brilliantly clear, golden beers like liquid sunshine. In recent years, starting in the American Northeast, a move towards cloudy…

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Cooper’s Mark Small Batch Bourbon

We here at Spec’s always enjoy trying new bourbon! We consider ourselves lucky to get our hands on small distilleries that most people don’t have the time to do. This time, we got our hands on Cooper’s Mark Small Batch Bourbon. It’s charcoal filtered and handcrafted for smoothness and balance…

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Seresin Leah Pinot Noir

Seresin Pinot Noir is a wine I recently had the pleasure of enjoying. I overheard our wine guys talking to one of our guests about it and I also picked up a bottle. I think what piqued my curiosity was their talk of the region in New Zealand where it…

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North Coast Brewing Co. Scrimshaw Pilsner

North Coast Brewery opened in 1988, one of the pioneers in the momentum of craft beer culture. Located in the historic town of Fort Bragg in California’s Mendocino Coast, they have won 70 awards in national and international competitions. Upon tasting this beer, it was pure satisfaction. With all the…

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In the Caribbean, the name “Zafra” is a rather old name that means “Sugar Harvest.” Zafra became a big deal after Cuba began to use it for their national seasonal sugarcane harvest in the 1960s. Similarly, this 30-year-old Panamanian rum is such a big deal, we’re honored to have grace…

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Fresh and focused with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Merlot, aged eight months in French and American oak barrels. Offers fresh, dusty red and black fruit showing spicy cherry-berry character combined with gravelly earth terroir, dusty mixed oak, and accents of cedar, tobacco, black pepper, leather,…

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Mumm Napa Brut Rosé

A methode champenoise blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay from vineyards in Napa Carneros and southern Napa Valley. A portion of the Pinot part of the blend is red Pinot Noir (riper, longish cold soak, punchdowns) to give the wine its full, darker rosé color. After aging en…

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Saint Arnold • 5 O’Clock Pils

“Light, crisp and easy” is the definition of what a summer beer should be, but flavor should not be lacking in that formula. Saint Arnold has taken the Czech Pilsner, beloved for its ease of drinking, and infused it with flavor through dry-hopping to create a flavorful beer that doesn’t…

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Ommegang Brewery has brought us some of our best selling beers like Abbey Ale, Three Philosophers and Hennepin. This one should be no exception considering they’ve teamed up with Leifamns Brewery. Rosetta is an ale aged with cherries and presents bold notes of cream and cherry tart with a big…

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