craft spirits

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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9 Things You Should Know About Aviation Gin

9 Things You Should Know About Aviation Gin

England has a strong claim to gin. The Dutch originated the spirit, then the English people’s love for gin brought the juniper-flavored liquor to new levels. But now there’s a new innovative and exciting destination for gin: America. And it all started with Aviation, a homegrown craft spirit out of Portland, Oregon. Here are nine […]

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How the Government Is Saving Craft Alcohol

How the Government Is Saving Craft Alcohol

Whether your drink of choice is vodka, Pinot Noir, or cider, you’ve probably noticed a change at bars and retailers lately: The selection is exploding. From craft beers to artisanal scotches and wines of every imaginable provenance, the American alcohol market is just plain booming, and it’s not slowing down. Political divides aside, drinkers and […]

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Drink Like Santa At These 18 Xmas-Themed Bars Around The World [MAP]

Drink Like Santa At These 18 Xmas-Themed Bars Around The World [MAP]

Two years ago, partners Greg Boehm and Zachary Sharaga were getting ready to open their celebrated cocktail bar Mace in Manhattan, along with one of the five most legendary bartenders in New York, their head bartender, Nico de Soto. But Greg’s mom had an idea: Instead of rushing to get the bar open in December, why not open […]

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Craft Spirits Are More Expensive Than Ever. Here’s Why Consumers Are Still Willing To Pay Up.

Craft Spirits Are More Expensive Than Ever. Here’s Why Consumers Are Still Willing To Pay Up.

Just what makes craft alcohol so damn special? Why should I pay $80 for a bottle of vodka? Isn’t it just grains and water? These questions sound like church bells – carrying tidings of joy or judgment depending on who’s doing the asking and answering – up and down the aisles of liquor stores and at […]

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The Lost Spirits Distillery Claims To Make 20 Year Old Rum In Less Than A Week, But Does It Matter?

The Lost Spirits Distillery Claims To Make 20 Year Old Rum In Less Than A Week, But Does It Matter?

Bryan Davis is the owner of Lost Spirits Distillery, where he’s created a chemical reactor that supposedly ages spirits rapidly. Sort of. He makes young spirits taste more mature. The science behind it? Unaged spirits have short-chain molecules called carboxylic esters and short-chain fatty acids. When these chemicals interact with oak, extraction and esterification occur. […]

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