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British Columbia Is Suddenly Awash In Craft Spirits. That’s Not an Accident.

British Columbia Is Suddenly Awash In Craft Spirits. That’s Not an Accident.

When British Columbia-based Victoria Distillers launched in 2008, its founders could count their local competition on one hand. At the time, nearly all of Canada’s spirit production was dominated by powerhouses like Canadian Club, Crown Royal, and Seagram’s. “In the beginning, the price structure was prohibitive for small distilleries,” Peter Hunt, a molecular biologist turned […]

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Farm to Can: 16 North American Breweries Making Hyper-Local Beer

Farm to Can: 16 North American Breweries Making Hyper-Local Beer

The majority of beer produced in North America is brewed with grains grown on a large scale, often far from where the brews themselves are made. So while “local” breweries might be physically making beers onsite, most of their ingredients are shipped from far and wide. Now some breweries are flipping that script.

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6 Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Books to Put in Your Beach Bag This Summer

6 Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Books to Put in Your Beach Bag This Summer

Summer is here, and with longer days and poolside lounging comes the need for a good book. This is not, however, the time for challengingly cerebral volumes like Jancis Robinson’s  (excellent) ”Wine Grapes.” Nor is it the time for dense histories on the origin of corn whiskey. The best summer reads bring the season’s easy-breezy […]

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Boozy Ferris Wheel or Mountaintop Wine Bar: Eight of the World’s Most Extreme Drinking Destinations

Boozy Ferris Wheel or Mountaintop Wine Bar: Eight of the World’s Most Extreme Drinking Destinations

While we’ve certainly got nothing against bars at sea level, sometimes we want to take our drinking game up a notch — and by notch, we mean 10,000 feet. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about swigging $7 mini-bottles of booze on our next American Airlines flight.

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The Role ‘Wild’ Yeasts Play in Terroir Is Finally Being Recast

The Role ‘Wild’ Yeasts Play in Terroir Is Finally Being Recast

With his long hair, Matt Goddard looks a bit like a bass player from a progressive rock band. But he’s a scientist, and his field of interest is microbial ecology. Goddard’s particular interest of late is wine yeasts. He uses modern genetic techniques to answer one of the long-standing controversies in the wine world: Can […]

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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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Blue Moon Has Secret Canadian Double Identity

Blue Moon Has Secret Canadian Double Identity

Blue Moon, a Belgian-style wheat ale brewed by MillerCoors, is noted by market researchers as the most successful “craft” beer in the country. Often served in a tall glass that bows at the top, allowing for a thick, frothy head garnished with a wedge of orange, the beer is eye-catching, aromatic, and ubiquitous. It’s brewed […]

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