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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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Bern’s Steak House, With the Biggest Wine Collection in the World, Is Nostalgic for an America That Never Was

Bern’s Steak House, With the Biggest Wine Collection in the World, Is Nostalgic for an America That Never Was

There is only one window in Bern’s Steak House, and it’s one customers will never see. Replacing natural light is a red wine-colored aura cloaking the carpet, walls, and staircase, giving rows of antique paintings an alluring, ghostly glow. The Tampa restaurant opened in 1956 at the hands of Mr. and Mrs.

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A Gulf War Veteran Is Making Craft Beers With Big-Name Brewers for Military Charity

A Gulf War Veteran Is Making Craft Beers With Big-Name Brewers for Military Charity

Dave Pappas insists that, for the sake of full transparency, he is identified as a non-combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War. He stresses that it is an important distinction. Pappas has dedicated his post-service career to veterans. And, as a former active-duty marine, he can understand some of the challenges veterans face while away […]

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America’s 10 Most Anticipated Bars for Spring 2018

America’s 10 Most Anticipated Bars for Spring 2018

Spring has officially sprung, even if temperatures across much of the country remain stubbornly wintry. On the bright side, the new season brings several hotly anticipated bars, perfect for late-night revelry, patio sipping, and so on. From an experimental cocktail laboratory in the Pacific Northwest, to a chic Midwestern hotel bar, to an izakaya next […]

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6 of the Best Porters and Stouts to Warm Up Your Winter

6 of the Best Porters and Stouts to Warm Up Your Winter

Those who frequent Irish pubs might argue there is no wrong time to drink a Guinness. Still, few beer styles are as perfectly suited to the depths of winter as stouts, the style Guinness made famous, and their cousins, porters. These two dark, malty styles are often grouped together and, in some circumstances, brewers use […]

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Why Top Bartenders Are Reclaiming a 350-Year-Old American Spirit

Why Top Bartenders Are Reclaiming a 350-Year-Old American Spirit

Bourbon is often called “America’s native spirit,” and for good reason. But there’s another type of liquor that can claim the title of being America’s oldest native spirit. It’s one that many drinkers aren’t familiar with, even though it’s been bottled in New Jersey by descendants of a Revolutionary War fighter since the 18th century. […]

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The Differences Between Czech, German, and American Pilsners

The Differences Between Czech, German, and American Pilsners

Pilsners are clean-slate beers. Best known for versatile drinkability, these are refreshing, palate-rinsing, and thirst-quenching brews. The style started with the Pilsner Urquell brewery in Plzen, Czech Republic in 1842, and has since been adapted around the world. Today the most prominent pilsner-style beers come from the Czech Republic, Germany, and America. Pilsners from these three […]

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