It’s the kids’ table, all grown-up and a little bit defiant. ‘Tis the season of Friendsgiving. A Pinterest– and Instagram-worthy event that brings non-relatives together for a Thanksgiving-adjacent feast, Friendsgiving has become the gravy of November. Everyone is doing it, which means Kylie Jenner already did it. Ranging from a potluck of paper plates to […]
Big brewing company versus small craft label is a well-known story by now. Even craft brewery versus craft brewery is getting played out. But small craft brewery versus a tag team of the largest brewing company in the world, Maker’s Mark, and the small-business-loving city of Portland, Oregon? That’s something we haven’t heard before.
As anyone who has ever watched any sports broadcast can attest, nothing is more American than beer. Served ice-cold on a hot summer day. In tandem with baseball, perhaps, or maybe church. Better still — over Memorial Day weekend, or beneath fireworks on the goddamn Fourth of July. The root of our beer-soaked nationalism is […]
Ask a bartender to give you a shot and he or she will not present you with a bullet or new opportunity. It’s clear that you want a pour of liquor served neat in a small glass — that’s what ”shot” has always meant, right? Not really. As with many drinking terms, the origin of ”shot” […]
Among the many mysteries of the back bar is the abundance of spirits named after birds — particularly in the whiskey category. From Ireland to Scotland to Kentucky, labels like Redbreast, Famous Grouse, and, of course, Wild Turkey have been, well, peacocking for years.
Bourbon has seen a lot of change over the past couple of decades. It’s grown into a huge industry with more than 60 distillers across the country. Before all that growth, though, there was Jim Beam. Jim Beam is the No. 1 selling bourbon brand in the world, but that didn’t happen overnight.
When it comes to whiskey, two things are certain: America and Ireland spell it with an “e,” and every other country spells it without. But like every rule, there are exceptions. In America, one notable exception is Marker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky. Maker’s Mark chooses the Scottish way to spell whisky, even though it’s […]
Ask for a Hot Toddy today, and you’re likely to get a warm drink with whiskey, lemon, and spices. But if you ordered one in the earliest days of American history, that drink would have likely come with rum. The Hot Toddy originated in British-controlled India.
Bourbon is often called “America’s native spirit,” and for good reason. But there’s another type of liquor that can claim the title of being America’s oldest native spirit. It’s one that many drinkers aren’t familiar with, even though it’s been bottled in New Jersey by descendants of a Revolutionary War fighter since the 18th century. […]