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Products | for at home entertaining and enjoyment.

BARS & STORAGE

Bygel Utility Cart from Ikea this is what Nicole uses for her bar cart. It's incredibly affordable at $29, and about a fifteen minute put together. The bottom shelf is very tall, perfect  for large bottles of liquor.  The middle shelf is thin, the perfect size for small glasses. The top is lipped so you can use it to serve, and there's even a drawer underneath to store any ugly bar supplies. Check out how others are using it on Pinterest

RASKOG Utility Cart from Ikea ok first of all, this cart used to be $54 and it is now $29. STEAL. This cart is a little different than the Bygel in that it 3 basket-like shelves. It comes in turquoise and black. This one is a little funkier than the Bygel too, especially if you get the turquoise color.  Again, check out the creativity on Pinterest. 

Wall Mount Wine Rack from Amazon may be for you if you have a wine collection you'd like to display.  This mount is affordable at $24 and minimalist, so the emphasis is really on the bottles. 

Lacquer Wine Rack from West Elm may be better suited for rentals, or wine drinkers with a very modest collection. This rack would also sit perfectly on the bottom on a bar cart. 

Under Cabinet Wine Glass Holder from Amazon a chic, easy way to store your wine glasses. You could even keep them like this inside of a cabinet, or install it under a bar if it was sturdy enough (please don't try it on one of the carts). And $11. You need it!

Many of the Amazon items are available with Prime two day shipping! We've used Prime for years for everything, for last minute presents, home decor and groceries. If you're on the fence, try a 30 day free trial and see how it will change your life. 

BOOKS | Some of the most interesting books in the craft beer, craft sprits and fine wine industry. 

This list serves as our alcohol book reading list. We are slowly making our way through this list and as we do, we will share our opinions. Some of the books listed are digital Kindle versions only. If you don't have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle Reading App for your computer, tablet or phone for free! 

Wine

Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Complete Wine Course recommended by many people in the wine world as the place to start to learn about wine. 

2014 Certified Specialist of Wine Guide you don't have to be studying for your CSW to get use out of this digital wine guide.

Wine Bible this book is highly regarded in the wine community, but it is also 15 years old.  Rumor has it a new edition is coming soon. 

Grape Expectations: A Family's Vineyard Adventure in France this is more of a narrative than a learning guide. A Winery is also our family's lottery dream. 

The World Atlas of Wine: 7th Edition Nicole is currently using this book as a study guide for sommelier exams! It is THOROUGH. 

The Science of Wine: From Vine to Glass

The Concise Guide to Blind Tasting

Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to Think and Drink Like the World's Top Wine Professionals

beer

 Brew Notes a beautiful brew tasting notes guide. For the meticulous beer drinker with a leather binder, page protector, and a detailed tasting sheet.

We Make Beer: Inside the Spirit and Artistry of America's Craft Brewers 

The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Training Classes 

Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer...Even More 

spirits

The Craft Maltster's Handbook for those interested in distilling or already taking a stab at distilling. More of a reference than a how-to guide.

The Savoy Cocktail Book written by Harry Craddock, America's favorite European-pretending-to-be-American-bartender-revolutionary! 

Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes and Formulas 

The Art of the Bar: Cocktails Inspired by Classics 

The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender's Guide from the celebrated Speakeasy

The Ultimate Bar Book

The 12 Bottle Bar: A Dozen Bottles. Hundreds of Cocktails. A New Way to Drink. 

The World Atlas of Whisky: New Edition

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Podcasts | Our favorite podcasts to think to and drink to.

Mixology Talk from abarabove.com. Awesome, easy to follow advice about making cocktails from a craft bartender and his cocktail enthusiast wife. 

Brewing Business from brewingbusinesspc.com. All about starting your own brewery, with interviews from real people doing the same. 

America's Test Kitchen from americastestkitchen.com. While it's mostly about food, Chris Kimball and his ilk give about 10-15 minutes a show to wine.

Apps | to increase your beverage enjoyment out and about.

We're still testing our favorite check in apps. When we feel we know an app well enough, we'll give your our honest feedback. When a new app comes out we want to try, we'll add it here so you can try along with us.  

Beer

Untappd Check into your favorite beers and earn badges. We've been using Untappd for awhile now. It's not incredibly intuitive, but it is the best app on the market for social drinking + sharing great beer. 

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         Nicole: NicoleStGermain     Mary: wineoverbeer

            Jim: hopoid50      Sam: shriljac

Wine

Vivino check into your favorite wines. Easily take a picture of the bottle, no searching required. 

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Nicole: @NicoleStGermain

Spirits

Swig is the social drinking app we've been looking for. Check into wine, beer and cocktails all in one place. 

Elixir allows for the same functionality as Swig: check into everything you drink. 

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Nicole: @NicoleStGermain