bar etiquette

Why You Should Never Pour Your Own Sake

Why You Should Never Pour Your Own Sake

All drinking culture is rich with tradition. Unspoken codes and customs find us clinking glasses, buying rounds, and tapping the bar before taking a shot, regardless of our surroundings. The primary ritual to keep in mind when drinking sake, the Japanese beverage in the midst of an American renaissance, is to never pour your own […]

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Ask Adam: What’s the Difference Between Malt Liquor and Beer?

Ask Adam: What’s the Difference Between Malt Liquor and Beer?

Got a question? Email advice@vinepair.com  What’s the difference between cheap beer and malt liquor? In reality, not much. Both are made the same way: You create a mash, let it ferment, bottle it, let it carbonate, and then you have your product. The real difference lies in what’s used to create each, and the amount […]

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Ask Adam: Is There a Substitute For Vermouth if I’m Out?

Ask Adam: Is There a Substitute For Vermouth if I’m Out?

Are there any easy substitutions for vermouth if I don’t have it at home? I wanted to make a Martini the other night and realized I was out. Unfortunately, there are not really any “easy” substitutions for sweet or dry vermouth, as the other spirits that will work are less common in home bars.

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Ask Adam: How Should I Store Wine in the Summer if I Don’t Have a Wine Fridge?

Ask Adam: How Should I Store Wine in the Summer if I Don’t Have a Wine Fridge?

Send all questions to: advice@vinepair.com What should I do to store my wine in the summer months if I don’t have a wine fridge? Summer can be an awful time for wine. With temperatures rising at a dramatic rate, the delicate liquid inside your bottle can cook and turn very easily, which is why understanding […]

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Ask Adam: I Ordered a Dirty Martini and the Bartender Said I Might As Well Drink Olive Juice. Huh?

Ask Adam: I Ordered a Dirty Martini and the Bartender Said I Might As Well Drink Olive Juice. Huh?

Send all questions to advice@vinepair.com What is eau de vie and when should I drink it? Eau de vie is a fruit brandy that is distilled clear, with a slight flavor of the fruit it was distilled from. In English-speaking countries, it is used to refer to a fruit brandy made from any fruit other […]

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Ask Adam: Do I Need to Keep My Sparkling Wine Corked While It’s Open?

Ask Adam: Do I Need to Keep My Sparkling Wine Corked While It’s Open?

Send all questions to advice@vinepair.com Do I need to keep my sparkling wine corked while it’s open? How fast will it go flat? If you’re planning to drink the entire bottle, then continuing to recork the bottle after pouring each glass is a bit of overkill. The bottle will not go flat in one sitting.

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10 Rules Not to Break in a Bar

10 Rules Not to Break in a Bar

The bar is, generally, a happy place. Whether you are there to pass a quiet hour with a friend or to go on an insta-rampage, most people associate positive things with the place where alcohol is served. Nothing can ruin an excellent time, however, like a display of bad manners, or a breach of unspoken […]

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