The Ultimate Guide to Barcelona, Spain, and Catalonia Wine Country

The Ultimate Guide to Barcelona, Spain, and Catalonia Wine Country

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 […]

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Why Bart Watson, the BA’s Chief Economist, Keeps a Lot of Wine Around the House

Why Bart Watson, the BA’s Chief Economist, Keeps a Lot of Wine Around the House

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 […]

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We Asked 11 Brewers: How Do You Know When You’re In a Really Good Taproom?

We Asked 11 Brewers: How Do You Know When You’re In a Really Good Taproom?

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 […]

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Best Practices: Less Is More When You’re Making Mojitos

Best Practices: Less Is More When You’re Making Mojitos

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, […]

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Chelsea Little, Bar Manager at Denver’s Safta, Has a Box of Rosé In Her Fridge

Chelsea Little, Bar Manager at Denver’s Safta, Has a Box of Rosé In Her Fridge

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.

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The Five Best Cocktail Cherries for Your Manhattans and Old Fashioneds, Ranked

The Five Best Cocktail Cherries for Your Manhattans and Old Fashioneds, Ranked

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 […]

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Best Practices: The Key to Mastering Martinis Is Finding Your Balance

Best Practices: The Key to Mastering Martinis Is Finding Your Balance

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 […]

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