We Asked 12 Renowned Pitmasters: What’s the Best Beer to Pair With Your Barbecue?

We Asked 12 Renowned Pitmasters: What’s the Best Beer to Pair With Your Barbecue?

American barbecue pairs well with beer, wine, cocktails, sunshine, and rain. There’s something especially appealing, though, about drinking a cold beer with a plate of ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and the collards or cornbread that rightly accompany them. Doug Psaltis, chef-partner of Bub City in Chicago and cofounder of the city’s annual Windy City Smokeout, […]

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Why Every Cocktail Is Suddenly, Magically Turning Purple

Why Every Cocktail Is Suddenly, Magically Turning Purple

In an era rife with rainbow bagels and unicorn foods, “butterfly pea flower” sounds like a made-up ingredient. It is, however, a very real plant that hails from equatorial Thailand and Malaysia. In nature butterfly pea flowers are royal blue, like a Mets cap or the opening credits to ”The Simpsons.” They’re used in teas […]

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American Thirst: Three Homegrown Drinking Traditions We Think Are Foreign

American Thirst: Three Homegrown Drinking Traditions We Think Are Foreign

If you like shooting tequila with salt and lime, by all means go for it! Just don’t blame Mexico for your hangover. The trinity of tequila, salt, and citrus is one of many homegrown drinking customs Americans tend to think are foreign. We also assume locally brewed, cleverly marketed macro beers are shipped from far-away […]

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No Way! It’s Time to Rethink Rosé

No Way! It’s Time to Rethink Rosé

It’s probably not a provocation to say that you like rosé. Who doesn’t! Valued at $207 million, the pink wine category is popular and ubiquitous, the Gigi Hadid of beverages. The centuries-old style began its crossover to the American mainstream four to eight years ago, depending on your geographic region and propensity for early adoption. […]

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So Long, Citron: 5 of the Best Flavored Vodkas, Ranked

So Long, Citron: 5 of the Best Flavored Vodkas, Ranked

Ketel One Vodka launched a new line, Botanical, in May. Made with non-GMO grains and no sugar or artificial sweeteners, the series features varieties like Cucumber & Mint, Peach & Orange Blossom, and Grapefruit & Rose. The line is not technically classified as a ”flavored vodka” by the TTB, due to its slightly lower ABV, […]

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Sixth-Generation Winemaker Jeff Bundschu Would Bring a Pinot Home to Mom

Sixth-Generation Winemaker Jeff Bundschu Would Bring a Pinot Home to Mom

A sixth-generation winemaker with a surfer’s soul, Jeff Bundschu is the rare American who seems like he could pull off a silk scarf. His family business is Gundlach Bundschu, the esteemed Sonoma winery established in 1858. Despite Gundlach Bundschu’s lofty reputation (and wines), Bundschu is a salt-of-the-earth type. He hosts annual live music festivals in Northern […]

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