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A Comprehensive Guide to Outdoor TV

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A Comprehensive Guide to Outdoor TV

Last Fall, we published an article that gave a brief overview of the reasons to invest in a REAL solution for your outdoor TV needs. Today we’d like to elaborate on that article in an effort to help you become a more knowledgable consumer. At The Backyard Bartender, we’ve settled on two TV suppliers and one enclosure supplier that we think are at top of their specific segments - we think this will provide you with a wide selection of product, and a good balance between features and pricing.  Your First Decision - Budget Let’s start with the sticker shock....

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Kombucha - the latest drink for your Backyard Bar

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Kombucha - the latest drink for your Backyard Bar

What??? I bet you thought bartending was all about the alcohol! No, my friend, it’s all about the socializing. Drinking just enhances the belief that you are the most interesting person in the world. But Kombucha - ahh, understand this and they will seek you out for your wisdom and knowledge, long after the party. Drink it, and you’ll remember the party. Huh? Don’t get it? Read on. First of all, it is pronounced “kom-BOO-cha”, not Kombooka or Kombookie. Now say that a few times and let it roll off your tongue - you want it to sound sexy and...

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Wine Part II - Tasting Wine and Wine Tastings

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Wine Part II - Tasting Wine and Wine Tastings

Tasting Wine   A wine’s profile consists of visual, aromatic, and taste components. You may think it pretentious to hold the wine up to a light, swirl it, sniff it, and swish it around in your mouth, but there is a reason that all of those elements contribute to your understanding and appreciation of the wine. For instance, if you don’t look at the wine under a light, how will you know its true color, or even how bright it is? If you don’t know both of those things, then you are not learning about wine. Same thing goes for...

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Wine Part I - It's All About The Grapes

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Wine Part I - It's All About The Grapes

So you want to be a Backyard Bartender? Then you'd better know your wines! Start here to learn about the main varieties of wine and their characteristics!

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A Short History of Beer Styles

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A Short History of Beer Styles

Origins of Beer It’s said that beer originated several thousand years ago, shortly after humans began making bread from crushed grains. Somebody left the grain outside in a pail of water, and shortly afterwards, wild yeast found this delicious mixture and began propogating themselves - ingesting the sugars and excreting alcohol. Imagine being that first beer drinker - having no idea what this disgusting, frothy liquid would taste like, but having the guts to down it anyway. Must have tasted okay, but I don’t think that mattered - a little while after consuming it, a nice glow began to take...

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