It sometimes gets confused for bourbon or overshadowed by its top rival, Jack Daniel’s, but George Dickel ranks as the second-largest manufacturer of Tennessee whiskey. Lodged in a rustic corner of Tennessee, 77 miles southeast of Nashville – closer to Chattanooga and nearer still to Jack Daniel’s hometown of Lynchburg – Dickel produces whiskey much […]
I was into my third 10-ounce glass of Pliny the Younger when I noticed the line snaking outside Russian River Brewing’s taproom in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif. “Five hours,” a bouncer told me. That was the estimated wait time to enter the hallowed halls of Sonoma County’s most revered brewery. Beer pilgrims hailing from 40 […]
Ashley Tobin used to come armed to her family’s house. Bottles of Philadelphia Brewing Co., Victory Brewing, Yards Brewing. If it was craft beer from greater Philadelphia, she’d drive it from her home in Eastern Pennsylvania up to Illinois so she wouldn’t have to drink her relatives’ preferred Bud Light Lime. “A little Pennsylvania for […]
With the resurgence of tiki culture, punches, and high-end sipping spirits, expect to notice more space behind the bar dedicated to cane-sugar-based spirits. These bottles span a number of styles and origins and are used to create drinks that may or may not come garnished with an umbrella. What are we talking about? The trio includes […]
Even the most militant craft beer evangelist drinks an industrial beer from time to time. When traveling, maybe; or when seeking comfort at the end of a long day. Or if there’s nothing else in the fridge. Without invoking (much) shame from the craft community, there’s a time and place for everything. I can cop […]
Gin is an old spirit — “medicinal” juniper hooch dates back to the 13th century — but it’s an evolving category. Pleasantly flavorful botanical gins are now on the market, capturing the creativity of bartenders who consider them more versatile than the juniper-heavy dry gins that pretty much ruled the roost until the early aughts.
Kentucky ranks almost last in the number of breweries and their economic impact per capita. Hindered until last year by restrictive laws and overshadowed by another alcoholic beverage whose popularity boomed this decade (hint: rhymes with schmurbon), craft brewers in the Bluegrass State were generally betting against the house. However, Kentucky’s craft beer fortune flows […]
Millennials get blamed for a lot of things. Participation trophies, head-scratching workplace expectations, and now beverage and business publications proclaim they’re killing the beer industry, too. It’s true the beer business has some introspection to do. Sales are losing ground to wine and spirits, and the growth of craft beer sales is slowing dramatically. Fingers […]