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The Differences Between Soju, Shochu, and Sake, Explained

The Differences Between Soju, Shochu, and Sake, Explained

It’s no secret that Asian spirits are on the rise. Soju is the world’s top-selling liquor by volume. Shochu is the most popular spirit in its homeland of Japan, and it’s reportedly making a splash stateside in Highball variations and posh umami cocktails. Meanwhile, sake continues to gain popularity, with U.S. sales increasing annually since the […]

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Getting to Know Cream Ales, the Best Beer You’re Not Drinking

Getting to Know Cream Ales, the Best Beer You’re Not Drinking

Cream ales are one of beer’s biggest misnomers. The name confuses consumers, frustrates bartenders, and occasionally leads to mansplaining. One challenge in defining this style is that different brewers set different rules for cream ales. Historical accounts and modern interpretations vary wildly. Compared to macro lagers, cream ales tend to be a little more bitter.

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What’s the Difference Between Club Soda, Seltzer, and Sparkling Water? (And Tonic, Too)

What’s the Difference Between Club Soda, Seltzer, and Sparkling Water? (And Tonic, Too)

Carbonated water can be confusing. There’s lightly fizzing bitter tonic water, a frequent foil for gin. Sparkling mineral water has subtle flavors that range from salty to metallic. And what about club soda and seltzer water? Aren’t they basically the same thing? Though each of these bubbly beverages appears identical, each contains different flavor profiles […]

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‘Old-Vine’ Zinfandel Is Lying to You

‘Old-Vine’ Zinfandel Is Lying to You

Like Disneyland, Silicon Valley, and traffic on the 405, old-vine Zinfandel is a California institution. For fans of the big and bold wine, those three words not only represent an easy-drinking style of wine, they also celebrate an important part of American winemaking heritage. It might be surprising, then, to learn that labeling a Zinfandel […]

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How to Get the Most Out of Every Wine Tasting, According to Wine Country Pros

How to Get the Most Out of Every Wine Tasting, According to Wine Country Pros

We’ve all been there. The near-arctic chill of an ornately furnished tasting room washes over you and, breathing a sigh of relief, you belly up to the bar ready to discover a new favorite bottle. But the calm disappears as fast as it arrived — confronted with overwritten tasting menus and overly exuberant staffers, wine […]

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How to Drink Tequila, According to a Texas Bartender

How to Drink Tequila, According to a Texas Bartender

Tequila has inspired songs, cocktails, raucous evenings, and interminable mornings-after for the unfortunate among us. The Distilled Spirits Council reports that tequila volumes in the U.S have increased at an average rate of 5.8 percent per year, driven in part by the growing popularity of premium tequilas. The agave spirit shows no sign of slowing […]

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