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Ryly Hamilton

Ryly Hamilton

Ashlandite obsessed with all things liquid seeks the perfect vintage. Beer, booze & wine reviews.

Some readers don’t like cocktails. They like their booze simple. For them, we here at Drink Local are featuring mead, the anti-cocktail. What’s more basic than hooch drunk from the Serengeti to the Fjords since before record? It’s one of the oldest boozes; mead, honey beer, tej. But brewers have

Forget swilling wine and and burning buds. Forget the spins. Most importantly, forget Cheech and Chong and getting crunk. Wine is about subtly unique flavor, and a cannabis and wine pairing uses the sensory enhancing properties of cannabis to cultivate an entirely new flavor experience with wine. Every tasting situation

Cannabis is finally legal and all you home cook aficionados can finally annoy your significant other with pungent aromas, new dishes and exciting experimentations. Which you were probably already doing, but now you can do so with weed instead of okra. Unless you are a medical user (and we recommend

Platt Anderson Cellars is Ashland’s first urban winery. Wait, an urban winery? Yes, it’s possible! They source each of their grapes from local vineyards based on desired soil quality, vine nutrient and flavor integrity. They then crush, press and ferment in Ashland’s residential railroad district. And the results are top-notch.

Hard Cider is as American as the Boy Scouts, or driving jacked-up trucks downtown listening loudly to Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, or Johnny Cash. Chances are if your great-great-grandparents were stateside circa the Louisiana Purchase, they were getting swilled in a barn on locally pressed cider. At that time, it

Brettanomyces. It’s a kind of yeast, not a made-up word. And beer and wine producers fear this fabled yeast as much as wizards fear Voldemort. “Some winemakers and brewers who find the dreaded yeast strain Brettanomyces will literally burn their barrels,” says Brandon Overstreet from Swing Tree Brewing Company “It’s

For Those Times You Want A Six-Pack in a Single Pint It’s all about the malt in Caldera Brewing’s South Side Strong Ale. It has a potent flavor of raisins, toffee and caramel mixed with rich loamy soil and cherry tree roots. The appearance is reddish brown, the body is big

Second Annual Exploring Psychedelics to Bring an Academic Focus to a Blurry Topic   Southern Oregon has been somewhat of a psychedelic hotbed in recent years. Groups like the Santo Daime and Native American churches of Ashland have both won Federal Court cases for the right to use psychedelic substances

With the publication of our Short Fiction Contest, we can’t help but think what it would be like if Southern Oregon was filled with the famous writers of yesteryear. For one, there’d probably be a lot more drunk old white men about. Alcoholic beverage sales could double (alongside reports of