Barcelona seems familiar, even to those of us who’ve never been. Everyone has a friend — some of us are that friend — who visited once, as a Eurail Pass-toting undergrad, and still raves about it. They slur the “c” in the city’s name whenever possible, trilling Bahthhhelona with gusto. But Barcelona is much more […]
Bart Watson, Ph.D., is a beacon for those of us who love beer and analytics in equal measure. (We exist, and we are all over the internet.) The Brewers Association’s chief economist analyzes economic data, statistics, and market research to distill beer industry intel and predict trends. What does that mean, exactly? Well, Watson is […]
“The Old Fashioned is beautiful in its simplicity,” Aren Bellando, the lead bartender at SideDoor and Lawry’s the Prime Rib in Chicago, says. “It can be taught to a layman in less than a minute, but it’s consistently botched by some bartenders who have been behind the stick for years.” The trick is to treat […]
In February 2018, photogenic friends George Clooney and Rande Gerber launched Casamigos Mezcal, a joven iteration of the ancient Mexican agave spirit. It retails for $59.99. Clooney and Gerber are not the only estadosunidenses embracing mezcal. In the last five years, shipments to the U.S. have reportedly quadrupled.
As the American craft beer industry evolves, small-town brewpubs are increasingly outnumbered by slick operations poised for multi-city expansions, massive productions, and, of course, rapidly proliferating corporate buyouts. Taprooms remain essential for all breweries, regardless of size and business model. They provide a physical manifestation of brewery identity, without the carefully worded marketing materials. Does […]
It’s easy to botch Mojitos. Despite having four ingredients and breezy, tropical-island vibes, Mojitos require precision. In a drink with so few components, you’ll taste every off flavor, from subpar spirits to from-concentrate citrus. Like their cousins, the Daiquiris, Mojitos are a combination of rum, lime juice, and a sweetener. Mojitos also involve fresh mint, […]
There are more than 70 breweries in Denver and upwards of 11,500 bars and restaurants. In August 2018, the city’s culinary hit parade started singing a new tune. Alon Shaya, the James Beard Award-winning chef behind New Orleans’ perennially packed Saba, debuted Safta, his latest restaurant and Denver’s first destination for modern Israeli cuisine.
There is no bad time to drink whiskey. Statistically, however, we tend to consume cocktails made with brown spirits more as temperatures cool. According to Google Trends, searches for “Old Fashioned cocktail” and “Manhattan cocktail” soar from November to February annually. In advance of this year’s Old Fashioned and Manhattan season, we tasted an array of […]
Served in fancy glassware prone to sloshing, Martinis can intimidate otherwise confident home bartenders. After all, drinks without a lot of ingredients hide even fewer flaws. Fortunately, mastering Martinis is easier than you think. Like life itself, Martinis are all about balance. A traditional Martini recipe has exactly two ingredients: gin and dry vermouth. The […]