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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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9 Things You Should Know About Ron Zacapa

9 Things You Should Know About Ron Zacapa

Arguably the most important thing to know about rum this time of year is that it’s in your glass. And while we too plan on pursuing carefree rum consumption this season, while also quietly praying that “moisture wicking technology” is actually a thing, we like getting a bit better acquainted with our favorite spirits: tequila, […]

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Actually, It Makes a Lot of Sense That Craft Brewers Are Also Distilling Spirits

Actually, It Makes a Lot of Sense That Craft Brewers Are Also Distilling Spirits

Dogfish Head may be one of the more recognizable craft breweries in America, but there was a time when its Rehoboth Beach outfit made it the smallest brewery in the country. After the 90 Minute IPA became a cult favorite, owner Sam Caligione suggested the company “do more,” according to James Montero of Dogfish Head […]

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To Capture the Terroir of San Francisco, One Distiller Is Making Vodka With Fog

To Capture the Terroir of San Francisco, One Distiller Is Making Vodka With Fog

Laboratory analyses can’t identify anything special about the water Hangar One Vodka Distillery collects from Bay Area fog to produce its limited edition Fog Point Vodka. But head distiller Caley Shoemaker can. She says it’s the taste of San Francisco. At the height of summer, when inland temperatures soar above 90 degrees, San Francisco is […]

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11 Things You Should Know About Bombay Sapphire Gin

11 Things You Should Know About Bombay Sapphire Gin

There’s a lot more a lot of us should know about gin in general. Which means there’s definitely plenty we should know about a gin like Bombay Sapphire. The great grandchild of the 1761 gin distillery founded by Thomas Dakin in Warrington, England, Bombay burst onto the scene in the late ‘80s.

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All The Ways Wood Affects Your Whiskey, Explained

All The Ways Wood Affects Your Whiskey, Explained

What’s on your mind when you sip your favorite Scotch, bourbon, or whiskey? Politics, maybe? Philosophy? A funny Tweet you read on your phone just now? Few of us spend cocktail hour contemplating wood, but it’s impossible to overstate its importance in the production and taste of brown spirits. Dan Szor, CEO and founder of […]

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Getting to Know Raicilla, Tequila and Mezcal’s Rebellious Cousin

Getting to Know Raicilla, Tequila and Mezcal’s Rebellious Cousin

With skyrocketing sales and famous friends (¡hola, George Clooney!), agave spirits like tequila and mezcal are having a banner year in the United States. Now, savvy bartenders and industry folks are embracing raicilla, a distilled Mexican agave spirit with nuanced, vegetal flavors. Despite its centuries-old history, for many, raicilla remains shrouded in mystery. In part […]

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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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The Global Gin Boom Washes Ashore in Ireland

The Global Gin Boom Washes Ashore in Ireland

Irish whiskey has been on a tear over the past few years, with sales value increasing by 22 percent in the U.S. and 18.5 percent in all markets over the first half of 2017. But gin is the fastest-growing spirits category in Ireland. There are now 30 Irish brands available, and global exports tripled in […]

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