1/26/22 - The Year of the Craft Lager, Rinks at breweries, Great Wine Values, Double IPAs ranked #Rink #skating #wine #value #DIPA #IPA #ranked

Wednesday January 26 2022 - and yesterday the Detroit Free Press called 2022 the year of the craft lager. We’ll see if they’re right.

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First - kudos to Four Quarters in Winooski, VT for turning their outdoor patio into a skating rink. It’s a great use of a space during the coldest months of the year in this area. You can check out the video of the outdoor skating area (complete with a fire pit) at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=639426120845987&extid=CL-UNK-UNK-UNK-AN_GK0T-GK1C and check out 4Quarters at https://www.4qbc.com/

But - I found out - they’re not the only one doing it! Nope - there’s Fifty West Brewing https://fiftywestbrew.com/ice-skating/, Schram Haus Brewery http://schramhausbrewery.com/icerink/, and Throwback Brewery (whose was unfortunately damaged, but re-opening Friday) https://www.throwbackbrewery.com/blog/therink/ all have skating on site. Brewery Hockey leagues anyone?

When you re-rank all the new wines, it shakes things up a bit - and turns out you might be able to get a great value as a result of the new rankings from Wine Spectator. I’ve frequently gone back to some advice from a friend of mine that the best bottle of wines often only costs around $15 - $25 dollars. Sounds like that almost still holds true as The Top 10 Wine Values of 2021 rankings meet three criteria: They have rated 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale. They cost $40 or less and provide three other things - quality, price, and availability. They’re wines with solid track records that are good representatives of their regions. Get the rundown and put together your shopping list at https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/01/25/10-best-wine-values-from-wine-spectators-new-rankings/ I bet this will be talked about at the Naples Winter Wine Fest this weekend!

And this time of year is when IPAs are most popular - so let’s look at eight highly rated Double IPA’s and see how they rank when it’s a blind taste testing panel. Dirt Wolf and Florida man are the only two I haven’t tried yet, but by the rankings, there are no losers on this list. Even the 8th ranked Double IPA is described as a well-made beer that’s complex, flavorful, and easy to drink - and it seems to get better from there! However, it was a smashing success for Lawson’s Finest Liquids out of Waitsfield, Vermont as they took two top spots! At number 3 was Second Fiddle Double Fiddle, number 2 was Bell’s Hopslam and at number 1 was Lawson’s Finest Double Sunshine. https://uproxx.com/life/high-rated-double-ipas-blind-taste-tested-and-ranked/

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