We Americans love our beer. Also, our spirits. But our consumption of wine might surprise you. These are just a few of the things you’ll notice on our infographic laying out what and how much Americans drank over the past 150 years. You’ll also notice a few other things, like what a hit we took during […]
The word “spirit” can mean many things. The Holy Spirit, for example, or everyone’s favorite Disney horse. But when it comes to drinking, spirit is a synonym for a very specific intoxicant: liquor.
Women are making strides in the spirit world, but the vibe is still overwhelmingly macho. ‘Twasn’t always thus. It’s not that there weren’t some serious roadblocks thrown up against distilling women, like when 50,000 of them were burned at the stake in the 1500s (more on that later). But before the Industrial Revolution belched its giant […]
It’s pretty safe to say that 2016 was quite a year, in more ways than one. And while most of us are more than ready to move on to 2017, there were many things that happened this year that impacted the way we enjoy a daily drink.
Picture this: It’s a weeknight evening after a long day at work. You come home, order some take-out, and fall back onto the couch for some late-night entertainment. The commercial break begins and a Bud Light advertisement appears, followed by a Jim Beam commercial. You think nothing of it — they’re just promotional ads. But one […]
They say there’s no better pairing than wine and cheese, and while we’re the first to admit that we love a solid bottle and cheese platter, it’s debatable to say that wine is the superior alcoholic beverage of choice to pair with cheese. No matter what we’ve drunk too much of, be it beer, tequila, or […]
Cocktail bars are becoming more popular by the minute, which means that more of us are heading to these establishments on a weekly and even nightly basis. Yet even though we’re frequenting these establishments with more regularity than ever before, they can still be very intimidating. Most of us are bound to make some mistakes. Here are […]
Like beer, spirits have a wide range of tastes and aromas. Lots of things contribute to the flavor profile of a liquor: its ingredients, how it’s aged and what it’s aged in, how many rounds of distillation it’s gone through, where it’s made, plus certain x factors we can’t quite put our finger on. Even […]
One of the most seductive things about travel is food tourism. Eating local fare is arguably the easiest way to engage with another culture, be it Chicago’s deep dish pizza or an obscure seafood stew only found in a remote town in Italy. If you live in a metropolis, you might be able to taste […]