It started like this: I was 18 years old, on the beginning of a new life, in a new home, and too young to buy alcohol legally. The problem was, I really liked wine. I had been drinking it socially for years, but on someone else’s dime.
It is a special evening. There are cocktails before the meal and excellent wine to serve with the food, the coffee has been served, however, the day is not done. The perfect way to end such an evening is to linger over an after-dinner drink and good conversation. It is the hour of spirits.
Yeasts are living organisms, a uni-cellular fungus, and have a rare ability: to live with or without oxygen. In the presence of air, they multiply. In the absence of oxygen, they ferment sugars into alcohol. That's what makes beer brewing possible.