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Latte Liberals, Average Joes, And How Your Morning Cup Became a Political Act

Latte Liberals, Average Joes, And How Your Morning Cup Became a Political Act

You probably don’t think about erstwhile presidential hopeful Howard Dean while brewing your morning pick-me-up, but some analysts think coffee cost him the nomination. In January 2004, just prior to the critical Iowa caucuses, a right-wing organization funded a PAC-TV advertisement that famously derided the Vermont governor as a “tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving” dolt. […]

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If You Drink Tequila With Salt and Lime, You Don’t Like Tequila

If You Drink Tequila With Salt and Lime, You Don’t Like Tequila

Tequila, despite being one of the most popular spirits in the world, is also among the most misunderstood. If you’ve had the spirit, you’ve most likely had it in a Margarita or imbibed tequila cruda, the classic shot-with-salt-and-lime combo served at dive bars the world over. The thing is, if you’re served tequila with salt […]

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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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Miller Didn’t Invent Light Beer. It Didn’t Even Invent Miller Lite.

Miller Didn’t Invent Light Beer. It Didn’t Even Invent Miller Lite.

You may have seen Miller refer to its celebrated Miller Lite brand as “the original light beer.” You may have even seen the brewing giant claim in modern television commercials that Miller invented light beer.  The thing is, it didn’t. The true father of light beer was Dr. Joseph L. Owades, a biochemist and Rheingold […]

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Five-Cent Beers and Hard-Drinking Horses: 15 Saloon Photos Reveal the Real Wild West

Five-Cent Beers and Hard-Drinking Horses: 15 Saloon Photos Reveal the Real Wild West

The Western frontier is equal parts geographical destination, era, and myth for most Americans. Notions of the so-called Wild West conjure evocative hyphenates; we envision hard-scrabble folks carving out lives in punishing conditions, rife with dust-filled saloons and hard-drinking cowboys. This folklore inspires odes by Willie Nelson and Will Smith, and decades of films, television, and […]

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This Ancient South Pacific Sipper Is Officially Trending

This Ancient South Pacific Sipper Is Officially Trending

In one of Brooklyn’s coolest neighborhoods, free-spirited locals sip on a beverage they say helps them relax, unwind, and socialize. At a similar bar in Berkeley, Cal., students imbibe during a mid-afternoon study session, taking gulps from coconut shells and chasing it with bites from a juicy tangerine. What they’re drinking is called kava. It’s […]

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