A Call for Innovation — Beer vs. Wine

Wine Slushie (Left)

Wine Slushie (Left)

Saturday the Mrs. and I made our way to Quattro Goomba Winery in Aldie, VA. We sampled some fantastic wines and dined on some pizza, cheese and freshly baked baguettes. This wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary for a local winery except they have one thing that sets them apart from the competition — Frappe Vino. Frappe Vino means wine slushie.

“Made with either Goomba Red or Frascati, Frappe Vino is the perfect drink for a warm day! Enjoy it at the winery and then take home a packet of the Frappe Vino mix, along with a few bottles of Goomba wine, to make your one batch at home.”

It was delicious. But it made me think, who’s more innovative — wine or beer?

The Argument for Wine

  1. With wine I witnessed hands down the greatest alcohol smuggling technique ever.
  2. Wine continues to have newer and newer accessories such as electric openers (I have one), charms for glasses, wine sippy cups and even TSA-approved carriers. Maybe these items have been around and I never noticed but I keep seeing more of them.
  3. The wine barrel furniture trend.
  4. Not every new winery is named after an animal.

The Argument for Beer

  1. Beer uses new and different ingredients. Beer is being brewed with peppers, bacon, oysters and bull testicles.
  2. You can open a beer with your flipflop.
  3. Anyone can make beer from home.
  4. The beer cell phone charger.

Obviously I want beer to win but I need your help. Leave your responses as to why beer (or wine) is more innovative.

TWIB – “Finally’s”

This Week in Beer (TWIB) is a feature where I’ll highlight some craft beers I had during this past week mixed with some related (and unrelated) thoughts. Yes, it’s a play on the name of the show This Week in Baseball which I grew up on and loved.

This Week in Beer is all about “finally’s” — finally drinking some elusive beers and meeting a big influence in my beer journey.

Pinecones in a Glass

Finally, my first Stone Enjoy By IPA!

Finally, my first Stone Enjoy By IPA!

A few days ago I received a tweet saying,

Needless to say, days later I was sitting at Glass Half Full finally enjoying my very first Stone Enjoy By IPA. Since I’m in suburbian Northern Virginia, some 2,700 miles from the brewery in Escondido, CA that prides itself on delivering fresh beer, I’ve had a difficult time finding this beer. Incredibly, Glass Half Full had the Enjoy By 09.13.13 on tap. So I ordered one up and indeed enjoyed the piney-goodness. I guess I like eating pine cones more than Tom Aguero.

I’ll buy you a round the next time Glass Half Full has some if you haven’t had one yet. Maybe I’m a sucker for the hype but it’s a beer every beer-lover should have at least once.

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