Guinness’s First U.S. Brewery in Over 50 Years Is Making Waves in Maryland

Guinness’s First U.S. Brewery in Over 50 Years Is Making Waves in Maryland

Let’s get one thing out of the way: Classic Guinness stout will not be brewed at the company’s new brewery opening just outside Baltimore this Friday (Aug. 3). No, that operation will remain in Dublin, where the water, the history, the Irish knowhow, or something similarly romantic makes it taste just right. But the new […]

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Design Behind the Vine: This Winery’s Labels Are Turning Terroir Into Art

Design Behind the Vine: This Winery’s Labels Are Turning Terroir Into Art

This article and the Design Behind the Vine series is brought to you by Columbia Winery. The natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest is iconic within the continental United States. Stunning vistas, awe-inspiring mountain ranges, and arid deserts span the state of Washington, from the snow-capped peak of Mt. Rainier to the wild and rugged Olympic […]

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Bourbon Distillers Are Betting $1 Billion That International Drinkers Will Save Them From the Next, Inevitable Bust

Bourbon Distillers Are Betting $1 Billion That International Drinkers Will Save Them From the Next, Inevitable Bust

This spring, Buffalo Trace commemorated the filling of its 7 millionth barrel of bourbon with a celebration at its Frankfort, Ky., distillery. The barrel in question was signed by a bunch of workers and some visiting journalists and then rolled through the crowd into the tiny Warehouse V, a “single barrel” warehouse/tourist attraction, as Sazerac […]

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Barrel-Aged Gins Are Incredible Once You Figure Out the Right Ways to Use Them

Barrel-Aged Gins Are Incredible Once You Figure Out the Right Ways to Use Them

If you find the concept of barrel-aged gin a little perplexing, you’re not alone. Just what is one supposed to do with this amber-colored spirit that has all the botanical flavors of gin, plus whiskey-like notes of wood and vanilla? Treat it like bourbon? Use it in place of traditional gin? Sip it neat? For one, […]

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Aged Canadian Whisky Is the Best Brown Spirit You’re Not Drinking

Aged Canadian Whisky Is the Best Brown Spirit You’re Not Drinking

Canadian whisky is the Rodney Dangerfield of brown spirits — it just doesn’t get the same respect as bourbon and single malts do in America. Here, the category is dominated by brands like Crown Royal and Canadian Club. (Canada omits the “e” like the Scots do.) These labels are perennially popular in the U.S.; according […]

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The Global Gin Boom Washes Ashore in Ireland

The Global Gin Boom Washes Ashore in Ireland

Irish whiskey has been on a tear over the past few years, with sales value increasing by 22 percent in the U.S. and 18.5 percent in all markets over the first half of 2017. But gin is the fastest-growing spirits category in Ireland. There are now 30 Irish brands available, and global exports tripled in […]

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The 10 Best Espressos From Chain Coffee Shops, Ranked

The 10 Best Espressos From Chain Coffee Shops, Ranked

Studies on the health benefits and hazards of caffeine seem to veer from miracle wonder drug to possible silent killer every year or two. No matter what the latest finding is, though, we Americans love our coffee — and drink massive amounts of it. Nearly half the coffee Americans consumed in 2017 was purchased outside the […]

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Does Anyone Really Want Craft Cocktails at a Steakhouse?

Does Anyone Really Want Craft Cocktails at a Steakhouse?

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a steakhouse cocktail? Probably the classics – Martini, Old Fashioned, Manhattan – being drunk by a group of dudes, probably all wearing Brooks Brothers suits, probably all putting the tab on their expense accounts. It’s predictable, yes. But steakhouse drinks are classics for […]

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The Making of a Legend: NYC’s Best Dressed Somm Is Sick Of Museum Wine Lists

The Making of a Legend: NYC’s Best Dressed Somm Is Sick Of Museum Wine Lists

This article and the Making of a Legend series is brought to you by Légende, the taste of elegance. On a recent December afternoon, the dapperly dressed AJ Ojeda-Pons is thoughtfully nosing a glass of wine. He’s currently battling a touch of the flu, but you’d never know it. His sartorial swagger is no surprise; […]

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