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You Can Find Some of the Best Sparkling Wines You’ve Never Tasted in Slovenia

You Can Find Some of the Best Sparkling Wines You’ve Never Tasted in Slovenia

There is no Michelin-starred restaurant or sommelier dressed in stiff white garb when you arrive at Istenič winery in Bizeljsko, Slovenia. The modest building near the Croatian border is surrounded by hillocks with terraced vineyards, and looks nothing like the ritzy wineries you might see in Australia’s Yarra Valley or the Cape Winelands in South […]

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There’s a Czech Beer Brewers Are Obsessed With, And It’s Not Pilsner

There’s a Czech Beer Brewers Are Obsessed With, And It’s Not Pilsner

Pilsners dominate Americans’ perceptions of Czech beer, but the Central European country has a dark, beery secret. The second most popular brew in the Czech Republic is near-black tmavé pivo, or “dark beer,” a brewing style that actually predates pilsner — and upstages it in some Czech taverns. At Prague’s oldest brewery, U Fleků, founded in […]

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‘Speakeasy’ Bars Are Killing It in Countries That Never Had Prohibition

‘Speakeasy’ Bars Are Killing It in Countries That Never Had Prohibition

The Butcher, a bustling joint at the Albert Cuyp street market in Amsterdam’s De Pijp, is packed in evenings with locals biting into babaganoush burgers. A select few walk straight past the parade of prime Aberdeen Angus beef to TBA, a speakeasy accessed by a daily-changing password.

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What’s The Difference Between Pilsner And Lager?

What’s The Difference Between Pilsner And Lager?

The best thing about a lager: it’s very simple. OK, actually the best thing about a lager is that you can shout the word in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice and not seem ridiculous. “Laaaaggggah! Get to the choppa!” But when you want to drink, Predator quotes are generally meaningless. Actually, we hope to god they’re […]

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