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How Green Is Your Local Coffee?

The Bean Queen returns to talk sustainability and your local coffee shop.
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The Beer Necessities: Pints for the Park 2016

"....we confidently surveyed the field of flowing taps below, ready to conquer the 2016 Santa Barbara Beer Fest"
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How Do You Make Good Coffee With a French Press and a Pourover Cone?

The Bean Queen ends her reign with some final tips about the french press and the pourover cone
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Santa Barbara’s Pints for the Park Preview

"As a German-French-Irish gal — obviously predisposed to like beer, wine and drinking too much, respectively — I can’t wait to get my hands on that tasting glass"
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How Do I Make the Best Coffee with a Percolator?

"...percolation is a great method of brewing for espresso junkies on a budget and/or those of us who need coffee strong enough to wake God himself from ethereal slumber"
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Artsweek & Co. Review the Hottest New Records

22, A Million by Simone Dupuy In 2012, Justin Vernon released an album independently under the name Bon Iver, deriving from a French phrase meaning “good winter.” Indeed, the band’s first two al...
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How Do I Make A Good Cold Brew?

Bean Queen continues her relentless teachings in this week's installment on cold brew
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How Do I Make the Best Coffee with a Drip Machine?

The Bean Queen is back and ready to teach you about cold brew
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Everything You Need To Know About Brewing Coffee

The self-proclaimed bean queen has got a few words of wisdom on how to buy , grind and store your favorite cup o' joe
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The Cider Series: Return of the Fermentalist

The Fermentalist is back and and ready to taste her concoctions. Four different varieties, including a hard lemonade, make for some interesting results.
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The Cider Series: Capped and Carbonated

The end is in sight as the final touches in bottling, flavoring and carbonation are added to the first Proulx Brew.
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The Cider Series: The Second Coming

This installment of homebrewing adventures brings firsthand taste tests, secondary fermentation and a third jug of brew.
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The Cider Series: The Brew Begins

Part one of a series documenting one girl's quest to brew her own hard cider
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UMO Stops at SOhO

The band may be off to Indio for the weekend, but, as frontman Ruban Nielson said, “Man, fuck Coachella. This is the show right here.”
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UMO Coming to SOhO

Psych-rock set Unknown Mortal Orchestra to warm up for their Coachella act right here in SB.
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