craft spirits

This Boulder Bar Is Serving Vodka Cocktails Infused With Baby’s Laughter. (No, Really.)

This Boulder Bar Is Serving Vodka Cocktails Infused With Baby’s Laughter. (No, Really.)

Shine Restaurant & Potion Bar couldn’t exist anywhere other than Boulder, Colorado. Kooky to its core, it’s no coincidence that this Colorado mountain town was the setting of ”Mork & Mindy,” a 1970s sitcom starring Robin Williams as a suspenders-wearing extra-terrestrial. There’s an otherworldly vibe to the place.

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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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India’s Craft Distillers Are Shaking Up the World’s Biggest Whisky Market

India’s Craft Distillers Are Shaking Up the World’s Biggest Whisky Market

Close your eyes and imagine a distillery making exceptional, single malt Scotch. You might envision gray Islay or scenic Speyside. Or perhaps the fecund woods of Kyoto, where Yamazaki is made. A cooler climate locale, certainly, where distillers wear wool sweaters to brave the chill. India probably does not immediately come to mind. But that […]

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How Do You Make a Booze Brand Go Viral? The Master of Craft Explains

How Do You Make a Booze Brand Go Viral? The Master of Craft Explains

Steven Grasse has mastered the art of navigating the boundaries of the booze world. The FDA’s list of acceptable additives “tells you every single ingredient you’re allowed to use in a spirit,” Grasse says. “If it’s not on the list, you can’t use it. Unless… you can make a historical precedent for why you need […]

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The Differences Between Rum, Rhum Agricole, and Cachaça

The Differences Between Rum, Rhum Agricole, and Cachaça

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 […]

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The Insider’s Guide to Portland, Oregon’s Distillery Row

The Insider’s Guide to Portland, Oregon’s Distillery Row

Many have tried to distill Portland’s essence, but few, other than perhaps Gus Van Sant, have done it well. Distillery Row, a collection of tasting rooms in the southeast area of the city, is another happy exception. After the early 2000s boomlet in craft distilling nationwide, Portland producers banded together in 2010 to create a […]

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Eight Trends to Watch in 2018

Eight Trends to Watch in 2018

With 2017 tilting toward our collective rearview mirror, we’re reflecting on the previous year. It’s been an extremely exciting time for the beer, wine, and spirits world, from a seemingly endless stream of craft beer acquisitions to the meteoric climbs of natural wine and amaro. We can’t wait to see what keeps glasses filled and […]

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We Asked 9 Bartenders: What’s the Most Versatile Bottle in Your Arsenal?

We Asked 9 Bartenders: What’s the Most Versatile Bottle in Your Arsenal?

If you take a look behind any bar in America, you’re bound to find a variety of liquors both familiar (hello, whiskey) and unusual. But what about the workhorse bottles that bartenders reach for again and again? We asked nine bartenders from West Hollywood to Nashville to tell us about their ”Swiss Army knife” bottles, […]

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