distilleries

America’s Next Big Whiskey Scene Is Big, Bold, and Deep in the Heart of Texas

America’s Next Big Whiskey Scene Is Big, Bold, and Deep in the Heart of Texas

When it comes to whiskey, the first place that comes to mind is Kentucky. The Bluegrass State has been producing some of the tastiest whiskeys for centuries — in addition to other American whiskey powerhouses like Tennessee, and even Virginia. Now there’s a new breed of distillers emerging in an unexpected place. Garrison Brothers. Whitmeyer’s. […]

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Love It or Hate It, Without Jameson You Wouldn’t Be Drinking Irish Whiskey

Love It or Hate It, Without Jameson You Wouldn’t Be Drinking Irish Whiskey

People who say that success is a double-edged sword probably haven’t struggled to pay rent in a while. Still, certain gravy trains have their drawbacks. Take Jameson, the world’s most popular Irish whiskey. The brand moved 6.5 million cases last year and reported double- and triple-digit growth in 80 global markets in the latter half of […]

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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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Feuding Distillers Could Be the Best Thing to Happen to South American Spirits

Feuding Distillers Could Be the Best Thing to Happen to South American Spirits

I was about five minutes into my tour of Casa Real, a family-owned distillery in Bolivia’s Tarija Valley, when I casually observed that its signature spirit, singani, sounded a lot like pisco. Both are made by distilling white wine, and both result in an alcohol suitable for sipping or mixing.

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8 Things You Should Know About Lagavulin Whisky

8 Things You Should Know About Lagavulin Whisky

An iconic Scotch whisky, Lagavulin is synonymous with Islay’s signature peat. Its range spans golden pours aged in new American oak, amber single malts ideal for those presently or aspirationally wearing Shetland sweaters, and a rich, russet, sherry-aged distiller’s edition. Its celebrity fan base and pop cultural allure abet more than 200 years of history […]

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The Three Ways to Distill Gin, Explained

The Three Ways to Distill Gin, Explained

Gin is an old spirit — “medicinal” juniper hooch dates back to the 13th century — but it’s an evolving category. Pleasantly flavorful botanical gins are now on the market, capturing the creativity of bartenders who consider them more versatile than the juniper-heavy dry gins that pretty much ruled the roost until the early aughts.

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Kentucky Is Neither the Birthplace Nor Apex of American Whiskey

Kentucky Is Neither the Birthplace Nor Apex of American Whiskey

Virginia is in many ways the true birthplace of American whiskey. As we let that sink in, note that Kentucky will always be known as America’s preeminent whiskey destination. But its eastern neighbor is giving it a run for its money. Virginia distilleries bottle some of the best American whiskeys available today, and, more surprisingly, […]

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This Zero-Waste Distillery Invites You to Sleep it Off on Designer Sheets

This Zero-Waste Distillery Invites You to Sleep it Off on Designer Sheets

When distiller couple Connie Baker and Carey Shanks were raising funding for their hybrid distiller-inn in Colorado, certain investors reportedly questioned the concept. Brewery hotels from the likes of Dogfish Head and Stone Brewing are ascendant, and many Old World wineries historically offered lodging. Standalone spirits labels, however, rarely invite guests behind closed doors — let alone […]

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You Keep Using That Word Moonshine but I Don’t Think You Know What It Means

You Keep Using That Word Moonshine but I Don’t Think You Know What It Means

“Every Spring, a fearless group of men and women venture deep into the woods of Appalachia, defying the law, rivals and nature itself to keep the centuries-old tradition of craft whiskey alive,” reads the synopsis for ”Moonshiners,” a hit Discovery Channel reality show now in its seventh season.

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