Beer and American Patriotism are Inseparable Thanks to WWII

Beer and American Patriotism are Inseparable Thanks to WWII

As anyone who has ever watched any sports broadcast can attest, nothing is more American than beer. Served ice-cold on a hot summer day. In tandem with baseball, perhaps, or maybe church.  Better still — over Memorial Day weekend, or beneath fireworks on the goddamn Fourth of July. The root of our beer-soaked nationalism is […]

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8 Things You Should Know About Del Maguey Mezcal

8 Things You Should Know About Del Maguey Mezcal

After years of low-quality imports and instantly regrettable “shooters,” agave spirits like tequila and mezcal are ascendant in America. Between 2005 and 2015, the volume of mezcal sold in the United States grew by 279 percent, according to International Wine and Spirits Research. Bars like Brooklyn’s Leyenda, the Pastry War in Houston, and Baltimore’s Clavel […]

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Sake Is Emerging From the Shadow of the Sushi Bar

Sake Is Emerging From the Shadow of the Sushi Bar

For years Americans only knew sake in cheaply mass-produced iterations. We dropped shots of it into pints of Kirin, screaming “sake bomb!” to no one in particular; or sipped hot, boozy versions in strip-mall sushi joints. The latter comprised my introduction to the category. As a college undergraduate I went to dinner with a roommate’s […]

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What Happens If the Cork Falls Into Your Whiskey?

What Happens If the Cork Falls Into Your Whiskey?

Breaking a cork into your wine is a relatively familiar problem. Like all beverage professionals and functioning alcoholics, we’ve explored its causes and sought best-practice solutions. But! What if you pull off the cap of a beloved whisk(e)y only to find yourself with a handful of wood or plastic topper, while the cork remains firmly […]

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We Blind-Tasted Pricey Kentucky Water by Selflessly Drinking Four Bourbons

We Blind-Tasted Pricey Kentucky Water by Selflessly Drinking Four Bourbons

In lyrics, as in life, Toby Keith gets it wrong. The man who crooned about needing whiskey for his men and beer for horses omitted one crucial addition: water. (Mr. Keith also apparently has no women friends, but this is perhaps not a revelation.) Last month, Scientific Reports published a study on the chemical benefits […]

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We Are Entering a Golden Age of Breakfast Drinking

We Are Entering a Golden Age of Breakfast Drinking

Brunch is a divisive issue. There are those whose social handles and hashtags herald the institution, celebrating runny yolks, cross-cut bagel sandwiches and bombastic Bloody Marys. Others decry brunch as an invention of the American leisure class, launching their own digital campaigns and countless think pieces. Among the anti-brunch crusade’s complaints are that the category […]

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